Pro Vice-Chancellor & Head of College

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London, UK

The University of Westminster has a long and distinctive history. Founded over 180 years ago as the UK’s first polytechnic institution, it has become known for the many ways in which it helps students to realise their full potential, regardless of background. Westminster’s founding values are to be progressive and questioning, with a spirit that reflects its location at the heart of a world city, which is home to diverse communities and which has global reach. Its teaching is practical, relevant and contemporary, providing grounded, holistic education with wide horizons and opportunities, and graduates, therefore, who will help fuel growth and prosperity, and who become good citizens of the world.

Under its new strategy, ‘Being Westminster’, the University is set to build on this unique history and previous achievements to make more of a difference than ever before.

The University now seeks a Pro Vice-Chancellor & Head of College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries to join them on this journey who will bring truly inspirational, visionary leadership to a dynamic College. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and President, you will drive continued excellence and work in partnership with stakeholders, including colleagues and students, to deliver successful, high quality transformative and inclusive learning and an exceptional experience for all. The College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries (DCDI) brings together, under one umbrella, academic programmes, research activity and enterprise in Media, Arts and Design, Architecture and Technology. Established in 2018, DCDI was created recognising the convergence between technological development and the creative industries and the need to provide our students with cutting edge practical education and equip them with the confidence to succeed and flourish.

As a member of the University Executive Board, you will join a small team of ambitious leaders driving the University towards a successful future. You will ensure the College provides an infrastructure for high performing academic Schools, and the agility to respond to societal needs and a changing higher education landscape, hence in turn contributing to a focussed, high-performing University.

This position requires an individual passionate about the design, creative and digital industries, and the potential for interdisciplinarity, innovation and connectivity. You will have the courage and conviction to try new initiatives and embrace change, alongside the prudence and reflectiveness to ensure continued sustainability. The University is particularly keen to identify those who will be keen ambassadors for their disciplines, and education’s role in changing lives and creating meaningful impact.

Westminster will be delighted to hear from those who share their ambition, energy and commitment; who look forwards and outwards, continuing to challenge with imagination and insight; and who embrace their culture of support, encouragement, and responsibility.

How to apply

The University of Westminster will be supported in this appointment by executive search firm, Perrett Laver. For further details, including the job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please visit: https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference number 4728.

The closing date for applications is midnight (BST) on 19 July 2020.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further or have any questions about the role, please contact Harriet Howlett at [email protected] or +44 20 7340 6274.

The University is currently under-represented with regards to gender and BAME within its senior roles and is actively promoting diversity in its workforce. We particularly welcome applications from all sections of the community, particularly females and individuals from BAME backgrounds and those with disabilities.

The University of Westminster was founded as Britain's first polytechnic in 1838.The University of Westminster has always been at the forefront of technological change in the heart of London, providing educational programmes shaped by the changing needs of the capital.