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Head of Governance

University Corporate Services


This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

This new full –time post is available immediately on a permanent basis

Summary of the role

The Head of Governance will be one of the assistant directors in the University of Exeter’s new Division of University Corporate Services (UCS) and will report directly to the divisional director.

In this role you will work closely with the Chair of Council and the Registrar and Secretary in ensuring effective management and support for the business of the University Council, the University’s governing body, and its committees. You will act as the Secretary to Council.

Other key responsibilities include effective management of the University’s institutional governance arrangements, including compliance with the University’s articles of governance, the Office for Students Regulatory Framework and relevant sector guidance such as the CUC Higher Education Code of Governance. There will also be an expectation that you will work with senior officers to ensure governance arrangements and practice effectively support the delivery of the University’s corporate strategy, Exeter 2030.

As Head of Governance you will provide independent governance and related policy advice to the Chair of Council and other independent members of Council as required. You will also also provide a single point of contact for the Chair of Council with regard to the management of the business of Council and its committees.

About you

To be successful in this role you will have worked as a senior committee or company secretary and held senior corporate governance duties within a large private or public sector organisation. Ideally, this will have been within higher education or a similar operating environment.

You will have demonstrable high level analytical skills, with the ability to interpret and present complex information, both through delivery of presentations and the production of high quality minutes and reports. You will also have excellent internal and external stakeholder relationship skills at senior level.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment.

The closing date for applications is Monday 5th Sept 2022. Interviews will be held at the end of Sept 2022.


The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futuresand how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy

Further information

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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