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Vice-President (Education and Student Experience)

Shape our success

This is an exciting time to join the University of Southampton.

We are seeking a visionary Vice-President (Education and Student Experience) who shares our commitment to build on and drive forward our current achievements, and who will proactively seek out opportunities to champion our students on the global stage to enhance our reputation as a world leading University and a destination of choice for anyone seeking a world class education and experience.

The new Vice-President (Education and Student Experience) will instil a culture of high performance, ensuring that Southampton is established and renowned as an innovative, entrepreneurial and international university, with a genuinely distinctive educational and student experience offering. You will play a key role in delivering the University’s vision and academic mission alongside the President and Vice-Chancellor and the senior leadership team.

This is a fantastic opportunity to take your career to new heights. You will have University-wide oversight of all activities relating to education and will be responsible for the Education Strategic Plan; supporting student success by ensuring an exceptional student experience. Your innovative thinking and passion will ensure the continued success of the University’s education activities and you will lead and inspire others, evaluating, implementing and reviewing core projects that improve and enhance quality at all stages of the student journey.

Reporting directly to the President and Vice-Chancellor, you will be part of the University’s executive leadership team. As such, you will have responsibility for the strategic direction and performance of the University, representing the University externally to enhance reputation and contribute to the University’s development activities.

Southampton is aspiring to be a truly agile organisation; we developed an interim bridging strategy which has helped us navigate both the impacts of COVID-19 as we experience them today and its future health and economic uncertainties.  This has enabled us to emerge from the global COVID-19 pandemic strongly and safely. Our new strategy will encapsulate the triple helix of excellence of research-education-enterprise that aims to make the Southampton offer distinctive – and it is against this backdrop that you will use your professional and personal life experiences to help us take the next steps.

We welcome students and staff from all walks of life, and as such, we champion a uniquely diverse working environment in which every colleague is able to excel, regardless of their background or their life choices. Quite simply, we want to attract likeminded people to our community – people who care about the world, and who share our passion for creating an innovative and forward-thinking learning and research environment.

About you

We are currently number 77 of the world’s top 100 universities* and this post is key to advancing our position. You will play an instrumental role in this as you use your life experiences to engage with and inspire diverse teams across the University, to deliver a truly high-quality education provision and student experience. You will create synergies and opportunities throughout the whole University community that will be instrumental in the continuous improvement of our offering to our students.

With a deep understanding of the global Higher Education sector, as well as a proven ability to lead and manage innovative change throughout an organisation, you will be able to think both analytically and creatively. Crucially, you will come up with innovative solutions to complex problems and will have the scope to build relationships with people at all levels and empower them in their roles. With exceptional communication and influencing skills, you will rise to the challenge of shaping the debate around higher education both nationally and internationally.

A global and diverse university

As a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, we have a global reputation for delivering world-class education, research and enterprise that makes a real impact on society’s biggest challenges. These challenges are broad and complex, and with the impact of the pandemic to contend with, it is more important than ever that we work creatively to reaffirm what matters most to us as a diverse community.

We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work. As such, we are a Stonewall Diversity Champion and we are immensely proud to have been awarded an institutional Athena SWAN silver award, which underpins our pledge to improve equality for women. Crucially, we work with our people to ensure their ideas are always heard – so share your background and life experiences, and help us create a truly unique working prospect.

What we can offer you

We support a flexible approach to work, as well as additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a corporate health care scheme and generous holiday allowance. We will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts. Furthermore, Southampton is a fantastic place in which to live, work and socialise – so regardless of what life stage you are at, you will find a dynamic and vibrant city that caters for all.

If you want to take your career to new heights and believe you have the skills, experience and drive to help shape the future of the University of Southampton, then we look forward to receiving your application.  We value diversity and it’s important to us that we find the right person, whatever their circumstances. This job can be constructed as a job share if desired and we will look to be as flexible as we can to accommodate the right candidate(s).


Important dates 

The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 09 November 2021.

Following a long listing meeting of the Search Committee, successful candidates will be invited to attend an ‘engagement day’ on Friday 03 December 2021.

Interviews will take place on Monday 20 December 2021

Additional Information

This post is offered on a tenured basis initially for a period of five years, which is extendible upon mutual agreement. At the end of this tenure, the successful candidate will return to a substantive Professorial position within the University.

*QS World University Rankings, 2022

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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