Vacancy for an External Member of the University Council (Governing Body)

The University of Gloucestershire is a vibrant and dynamic academic community of some 10,000 students and 1,000 staff.  We are a student-centred, teaching-led, modern University. 

Our goals are to provide a breadth and richness of experience that enables all our students to reach their full potential; to provide teaching and support for learning of the highest quality; to undertake excellent research and innovative professional practice which enrich students’ learning and create impact and benefit for others; and to build partnerships which create opportunity, innovation and mutual benefit for the communities we serve.

We have long-established and distinctive strengths in Media, Business, Sport, Fine Art, and Liberal and Performing Arts. We have been training teachers since 1847 and our primary and secondary school training programmes are rated outstanding by Ofsted.  We have ambitious development plans, which include the launch of a BSc programme in Nursing, the construction of a contemporary student village in Cheltenham, opening this September, and the creation of a new Business School and extensive sports facilities in Gloucester.

The University Council is seeking to appoint one new non-executive External Council Member for an initial four-year term of office.  Applications are invited from individuals with a strong personal commitment to higher education; with a successful track record of leadership and achievement in their professional lives; with an understanding of the leadership and management challenges in large, complex organisations; and experience of non-executive roles at Board level.  We would especially value applications from individuals with a customer service industry background and strong social media knowledge.

The primary responsibilities of Council include setting the mission and strategy of the University, monitoring institutional performance to ensure financial sustainability and the achievement of the University’s goals, and ensuring sound corporate governance. The role is not remunerated, although reasonable expenses are reimbursed.  We have also prepared a statement about the broader benefits you can expect to gain as an External Council Member, including the opportunity to build a larger, more diverse network, and to engage in something of real value.

The University is committed to advancing equality and valuing diversity in all of its practices.  To support this, we particularly welcome applications from people who can enhance the diversity of the Council’s membership. 

Further details can be obtained from: Mrs Carol Wilkinson, Administrator (Council Support) and PA to Dr Matthew Andrews, University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH. Email:, Tel: 01242 714013.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 11 August 2017.