Appointment of the Vice-Provost, Medicine

University of East London

Welcome

The University of East London is one of the most diverse and vibrant universities in the global capital. Our pioneering and forwardthinking vision is making a positive and significant impact to the communities we serve, inspiring both our staff and students to reach their full potential.

We are looking for forward-thinking, innovative, curious, high-energy, self-aware people who are passionate about making a positive difference and who will thrive in an inclusive and diverse University community who are always moving forwards.

As one of the most socially inclusive and international Universities and comprising one of the most diverse staff populations in the UK (50% of our professoriate identify from black or minority ethnic backgrounds), we are hugely proud of our track record in reducing inequalities (ranked 1st in the UK & 2nd globally, Times Higher Education Global Impact Rankings, 2020) and our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of Vision 2028.

We are building an environment of success where colleagues are supported to achieve, and our community can flourish and thrive. We are an accredited Investors in People Award Institution and have achieved the Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award. With Athena Swan Awards and being one of a small number of Universities to have achieved the Race Equality Charter Award, we continue on our journey to address and reduce barriers to opportunity.

So, if you are looking to build your career in a dynamic, inclusive and performance-focused team and are inspired by our environment and drive for success, we want you to apply to join the University of East London. We are looking for inspirational individuals who have a passion to make a positive difference to people and planet, creating a more sustainable future for everyone.

Professor Amanda Broderick
Vice-Chancellor and President

The opportunity

Despite having some of the greatest health inequalities in Europe, East London and a number of areas in the South-East of England remain significantly ‘under-doctored’.  To contribute to addressing this, having established a strong profile in the education of future health workers, the University of East London is now developing a profile in medicine. We are looking for an exceptional individual to lead the delivery of a genuinely transformative approach to community health and preventative ill health care in East London and beyond.

The combination of the University’s values, relationships, history and setting position UEL very well to make a unique and highly valued contribution to medicine. With social justice, inclusivity, community, and the addressing of health inequalities (particularly those experienced in urban settings) as core values, the Stratford Health Campus is rapidly becoming the health education provider of choice for students wanting a high quality and transformative future-focused education. Building on this, we are currently planning the development on the Stratford Campus of a community medical centre with a specific focus on the provision of primary and rehabilitative care and preventive and public health services.  And we are leading the establishment of a civic agreement across major health-related anchor institutions based in East London.

The post of Vice-Provost (Medicine) is a senior leadership role.  Reporting to the Provost and working closely with the Vice-Chancellor & President, the post-holder will be a doctor registered and in good standing with the GMC and will lead the development of the University’s provision in the field of medicine. They will drive the development of each component of that and will provide effective leadership to the teams involved.  The principal target will be the establishment of a medicine course along with an innovative ‘Professional Development’ offer that reflects the needs of doctors, other clinical staff and employers in the locality with a particular focus on primary care and community health; the post holder will also drive the development of the University’s research and external engagement relevant to the practice of medicine.

The postholder will lead and drive effective links with the University’s senior management, relevant academics and external parties, which will include NHS providers, NHS Primary Care Networks, NHS England, the General Medical Council, and research funders.  The successful applicant must, therefore, be able to build very strong and purposeful internal and external stakeholder relationships and have an excellent understanding of the needs of academic and relevant commercial processes.

Given the importance of this project to the University, performance against expectations on the project plan and key milestones will be regularly and closely monitored by the University Executive Board and the Board of Governors.

The role

Vice-Provost, Medicine (AQ2517)

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JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title: Vice-Provost (Medicine)
Service: Office of the Vice-Chancellor & President
Campus: Stratford with frequent attendance at Docklands (flexible working arrangement as per UEL Flexible Working Policy)
Responsible to: Provost
Duration: Initial appointment fixed-term for 2 years
Hours: Full-time (with the option that the postholder will maintain clinical work up to a maximum of 0.2FTE as part of their role)
Grade: Professor
Salary: Negotiable based on national Clinical Academic Payscale

Job purpose

The principal role of the Vice-Provost (Medicine) will be to provide strategic academic leadership and management for the development and delivery of the University’s provision in the field of medicine – addressing the new thinking and advancement required in primary care, community, preventative and public health education – and to ensure it achieves the highest possible standards of excellence in learning, teaching, research and knowledge exchange. Key to achieving this will be: the building and leadership of strong academic teams; leading, establishing and maintaining the very strong internal and external relationships required; and a leadership and management style that enables the effective delivery of agreed academic, operational and financial targets.

Key tasks

To:

  • Shape and be responsible and accountable for the academic strategy for medicine in line with the University’s strategic plans, direction and values, and communicate this vision in ways that staff can understand and know how they can contribute;
  • Lead and drive the development, approval and organisation of all aspects of the University’s offer in medicine; this will include providing effective leadership, oversight and line management of the teams responsible for the development and delivery of the offer, promoting good practice, developing capacity and capability, and ensuring continuous development in response to emerging findings and needs;
  • Lead the establishment of the organisational structure and associated processes required to deliver all elements of the University’s provision in medicine to the highest levels of quality, integrity and ethics and in line with all relevant University policies;
  • Provide intellectual leadership to the community of staff involved in medicine whilst also ensuring that academic staff performance is managed appropriately and in ways that are consistent with HR and equality and diversity policies;

Working with others, to:

  • Establish and maintain the very strong external relationships required to realise the University’s ambitions for medicine – particularly those with NHS England, NHS partner organisations and local education providers, other higher education providers, the General Medical Council and research funders;
  • Drive the growth and diversification of the academic offer, particularly in the areas of research, scholarship and application in one or more fields relevant to medicine, in ways that reflect the University’s core values, that lead to measurable outputs of high quality and impact, and that complement and build the University’s profile.
  • Set and model appropriate cultural norms, particularly those required to ensure that the highest standards of equality, diversity and inclusion are upheld and to position medicine effectively and collaboratively within the organisation;
  • Establish a vibrant and innovative learning environment designed to ensure the best possible student experience throughout the student journey;
  • Drive income generation, including the provision of consultancy and the establishment and maintenance of links with external organisations, in one or more fields relevant to medicine;
  • Ensure that all requirements set by the Academic Board and by relevant regulatory and/or professional bodies are met;
  • Ensure a safe and healthy environment for staff and students, always ensuring full compliance with statutory and University health and safety requirements.
  • Provide effective communications and regular briefings for all relevant staff.

And, as part of the relevant senior team, to:

  • Promote and represent the University internally and externally;
  • Represent the University on (and, where appropriate, Chair) internal and external committees;
  • Contribute as required to the delivery of other aspects of the work of the University, including responsibilities in relation to excellence framework submissions and evaluations;
  • Lead and manage agreed other areas of work as agreed with the Provost and/or the Vice-Chancellor & President;
  • Undertake such reasonable duties as may be requested by senior management of the University.

About us

The University of East London is a vibrant and diverse university located in Stratford and Docklands. Our goal is to become the leading careers-focused, enterprising university in the UK, one which both prepares our students for the jobs of the future and provides the innovation to drive that future sustainably and inclusively.

Born in 1898 to serve the skills needs of the 2nd industrial revolution, the University of East London has commenced Year 5 of its transformational 10-year Vision 2028 strategic plan led by our Vice-Chancellor & President, Professor Amanda Broderick, to advance Industry 5.0 careers-1st education. We have a clear route-map to provide a springboard for the jobs and opportunities of the future; drive diversity in the 5.0 talent pipeline – working in partnership to promote talent wherever it is found; and to create an inclusive and sustainable, green future.

The University of East London is one of the most diverse and vibrant universities in the global capital. Our pioneering and forward-thinking vision is making a positive and significant impact to the communities we serve, inspiring both our staff and students to reach their full potential.

As one of the most socially inclusive and international Universities and comprising one of the most diverse staff populations in the UK (50% of our professoriate identify from black or minority ethnic backgrounds), we are hugely proud of our track record in reducing inequalities (ranked 1st in the UK & 2nd globally, Times Higher Education Global Impact Rankings, 2020) and our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of Vision 2028.

VISION 2028

At the University of East London, we’re constantly adapting. Today’s world is changing constantly. Tomorrow’s problems are unknown. Society depends on experts for answers. Everything we do is geared towards preparing for an unpredictable future.

Vision 2028 is our ambitious 10-year strategy. We’re working with industry to reshape education for the benefit of all, giving students from any background the skills and opportunities to thrive in a changing world.

Our priorities remain resolute to our mission: driving career-ready student inclusion, increasing our reputation for the benefit of our alumni and social impact of the University.

Progress

Over the past five years, the University has undergone significant transformation. Vision 2028, our 10-year strategy, has provided a roadmap for our continuous progress, evolution, adaptation, and growth.

In 2023, the cumulative impact of our transformational achievements may be best summed up by our shortlisting for one of the most prestigious recognitions in UK higher education: The University of the Year by the Times Higher Education 2023 Awards.

We were also shortlisted by THE Awards for Technological or Digital Innovation of the Year, a testament to our commitment to innovating educational technologies. Our graduating students expressed their satisfaction with an 83 per cent overall positivity score in the National Student Survey, the 13th best score in the country. Over 2,500 employer partners are actively engaged with us – nearly 10 times more than we did in 2018.

We have won awards for our strategies and programmes, created ground-breaking integrated professional services and implemented a pioneering Mental Wealth and Professional Fitness curriculum which has helped us engage students more than ever and prepare them for the jobs and opportunities of a fast-change future.

Our Connected Campus investment continued to enhance our physical and digital infrastructure and we marched forward in our quest to be net zero carbon by 2030. We worked to reduce health inequalities, improve the lives of children and keep people safe online. We expanded our global partnerships while strengthening our position as an anchor institution in east London.

We collaborated with partners to create the Royal Docks Centre for Sustainability, a regional hatchery for green innovation and enterprise launched in December 2023.

We also took over as the cultural operator for the flagship Stratford Youth Zone, part of a new partnership with Newham Council. The venue, located in the former Stratford Circus building, will deliver a programme of creative and performing artsbased activities for young people as well as the larger community.

There is still much to be done, but we take pride in what we have accomplished. In Year 5 of Vision 2028, we continue to support a community of students, staff and stakeholders seeking to build a fairer and more sustainable world.

Strategic objectives

Future professional

Employer-led careers zones: We are proud to announce ground-breaking collaborations with world-leading companies to drive graduate-level careers and fulfil rewarding life goals.

Sustainability

Education 4.0: Implementing cloud technologies to improve performance, generate cost savings, and provide an outstanding learning experience for students.

Future Graduate

Maximising mental wealth: The world of work is changing and so are our degrees. We are developing professional fitness to accelerate employment readiness for a 4.0 and 5.0 economy.

Future Life

Innovation Pioneers: Our academics are pioneers of new thinking that impact people and the planet. Their knowledge advances practice, policy, and well-being in every community we serve.

EDI

EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION (EDI)

Inclusivity is at the heart of our institution. We are continuously pushing boundaries and finding solutions to complex social, environmental, and economic challenges.

  • Ranked number 1 in the UK for addressing inequalities (2nd in the world) by the Times Higher Education Global Impact Ranking, 2020.
  • We hold the Athena Swan Bronze award for gender equality, are a disability-confident employer, and we are working closely with Stonewall to ensure inclusivity for our LGBTQ+ staff and students.
  • The University of East London achieved a Bronze Race Equality Charter (REC) award in May 2019.

We help students develop big ideas for a kinder world, inspiring the workforce of the future through a careers-based education and giving back to the local community. We foster an academic environment that motivates diverse thinkers to turn inspiration into reality, encouraging innovation and creativity.

Office for Institutional Equity

What we do

Realising our ambitions relating to equality, diversity, and inclusion add up to what we call institutional equity. Our Institutional Equity Strategy is founded upon the core principles of fostering inclusivity, promoting staff and student success, enhancing belonging, and promoting equitable culture and practice.

We are developing a dynamic approach to equality, diversity, and inclusion based around our Institutional Equity Strategy.

Our community

There’s plenty of choice in London. But you won’t find anywhere like the University of East London. Nowhere else quite matches us for a unique sense of community.

Our community is made up of 25,195 total students from 140 different countries studying at the University of East London and collaborative partners.

  • Ethnicity breakdown*: Asian 34%, White 26%, Black 24%, Mixed 5%, Other 4%, Not known 6%
  • Gender breakdown*: Female 57% , Male 43%

We embrace diversity. As our campuses are home to people from all walks of life, who join us from all corners of the globe, it ensures our students develop new ideas, discover new opportunities and make new connections.  (*From available data for 2020/21. Figures rounded to nearest whole number)

UEL Campuses

The East of the capital is full of opportunities with businesses, developments and innovative careers at every turn. The Olympic Boroughs have the youngest, fastest growing, and most multicultural neighbourhoods in the UK. There has never been a better time to live and learn in East London.

With campuses in Stratford and the Royal Albert Dock , we’re at the heart of it all. Global businesses are making the area their base and the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf create a brilliant backdrop. Because industry in the area is connected to the rest of the world, so are we.

Docklands Campus

Our waterfront campus in the historic Royal Docks provides a modern, well-equipped learning environment, with modern lecture theatres and seminar rooms, a 24/7 library and learning centre, and a multimedia production centre – complete with audio and visual labs and studios

Stratford Campus

Our historic Stratford campus is located in one of the best-connected areas of London: close to Stratford’s thriving town centre, as well as  the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which hosted the 2012 London Olympic Games. The Stratford campus is home to The School of Education and Communities, and the School of Health, Sports and Bioscience,  which houses the Hospital and Primary Care Training Hub including Nursing, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Occupational Therapy.

University Square Stratford (USS) Campus

University Square Stratford is one of London’s most modern and well-equipped campuses. It is home to our Institute of Performing Arts, and we teach business, law and criminology here, too. Our Legal Advice Centre gives students the opportunity to give back to the community by offering free advice to those unable to pay for it.

Sustainability

These works aim to create fun and dynamic spaces for the UEL community to thrive today, tomorrow and for years to come. While we make these improvements, we clearly have UEL’s vision in mind to be the most sustainable university in London. In-line with this, the Connected Campus team works with local suppliers to create sustainable outcomes, carefully considering where resources come from and maximising equipment by efficiently keeping these in circulation for as long as possible. The programme also supports innovative solutions to recover and regenerate materials no longer need so they can be used for other purposes.

Working at UEL

At UEL, we pride ourselves on our growing global footprint and impact, along with our place at the beating heart of a vibrant and richly diverse local community. With civic engagement and widening participation informing how we reach out within east London, we take our responsibility for changing lives seriously, with drive, innovation and a clear sense of partnership.

Determined to address the challenges of an evolving higher education landscape, UEL is creating more focus, more direction and more professionalism around its offering to students and employees alike. We are increasingly investing in world class research and a modern campus that seeks to inspire and enable.

You can look forward to a warm, sincere welcome, genuine camaraderie, career choice and mobility. Your time at UEL will be characterised by support, empathy and an enthusiasm to be flexible around your personal and professional journey. You will find an institution led with passion, visibility and purpose, where your impact, resilience and sense of collegiality will directly contribute to UEL’s future and those of the students whose lives you will touch and change forever.

Induction

Induction is of crucial importance to UEL. It helps our new colleagues settle in and ‘feel at home’ – and means they are more likely to become effective and committed members of our team. All new staff joining us benefit from guidance, support and information, particularly in their first few weeks.

We ensure all line managers are aware of the importance of induction and are supported with a checklist of activities and events that should happen in the first six weeks of employment.  All new staff should be assigned an experienced colleague on their first day, who can help them with the settling in process.  In addition we run corporate induction sessions which are a great opportunity to learn more about our culture, vision and values and to network with other new colleagues from across UEL.

Facts and Figures

We employ over 1700 staff from 67 countries.

As Bronze Investors In People medallists we are in the top 20% of 15,314 organisations that take part.

Careers-led

We’re changing the face of education to match the ongoing fundamental shift in working cultures. We have collaborated with industry to re-develop, re-design and validate our course portfolio, so the knowledge our students gain reflects the changing needs of industry and prepares our learners for sustainable careers of the future.

Our ambition as a careers-first University, focuses on increasing the diversity of the talent pipeline, moving away from old-fashioned proxies for talent, and bringing together education, industry and talent in a new education and skills social value partnership – breaking down traditional barriers to education and work and developing students from all backgrounds to become pioneers in the evolving economy.

Conditions

Here are UEL we understand it is about more than just a salary. It is about the entire package on offer along with our outstanding work environment and inclusive culture. We know the market rates for this vacancy and will offer a genuinely competitive salary DOE.

We care deeply about your wellbeing and our benefits includes:

  • 31.08% to 35.38% pension (7.4% to 11.7% from you, 23.68% from us)
  • 30 days holiday (3 additional days over Christmas) plus bank holidays and we are always open to consider flexible working arrangements.
  • We have a discretionary and non-contractual shared success bonus scheme with a value of up to £5,000 in the 23/24 academic year.
  • A subsidised gym membership.
  • Three times base salary life assurance.
  • A cashback healthcare scheme.
  • A wide variety of other generous benefits including discounts on: Apple and Samsung products, holidays, clothing, fitness, lifestyle, dining out and weekly shopping.

For more information on our rewards please visit Benefits at UEL – Jobs at UEL

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to the University, an executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 15 April 2024.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of two pages) outlining your motivations to apply for this role, your relevant experience and how you meet the criteria of the person specification.
  • Please include details of two referees on your CV, though please note that we will not approach your referees without your prior consent and only should you be shortlisted.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Kiersten Avery at kiersten.avery@andersonquigley.com or +44 (0)7510 384 735, or Carolyn Coates at carolyn.coates@andersonquigley.com or +44 (0) 7825 871 944.