Pro Vice-Chancellor & Head of College

University of Westminster

Under the inspirational leadership of Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, the University of Westminster is a place where discoveries are made, barriers are broken, diversity is celebrated and everyone is welcome. Serving more than 21,000 undergraduate, postgraduate, apprentice and executive students, our mission is to transform the lives of people from all backgrounds through education. We seek to make the world a more inclusive, sustainable, better and healthier place through our educational, research and knowledge exchange endeavors. Since our founding in 1838, we have stood out as innovators, committed to tackling social inequalities.

Against a backdrop of a changing and challenging higher education environment, we have published our “Being Westminster” commitments for the period 2022-29, with the ambition to build in our unique history and previous achievements to make more of a difference than ever before.

We are now seeking to appoint a Pro Vice-Chancellor & Head of College of Westminster Business School to join us on this journey and 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 Westminster Business School brings together, under one umbrella, academic programmes, research activity and enterprise in Management and Marketing, Finance and Accounting, Applied Management and Organisations, Economy and Society. Established in 1997, our purpose is to transform the prospects of our students by equipping them with the knowledge, skills and mind-set to succeed in management and, through research and knowledge exchange, to positively influence and shape policy and management practice. We are committed to building a Business School that is distinctive, globally connected, research-engaged and financially strong, and a provider of choice for applied and professionally-accredited management education.

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 infrastructure for high performing academic Schools, and the agility to respond to societal needs and a changing higher education landscape, contributing to a focussed, high-performing University.

This position requires an individual passionate about Business 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 as well as the role of education in changing lives and creating meaningful impact.

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

The University of Westminster will be supported in this appointment by executive search firm, Saxton Bampfylde. For further details, including the job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please visit: using code IAYWD. Please do not apply via this website.

The closing date for applications is midday (BST) on Wednesday 21st June 2023. 

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further or have any questions about the role, please contact Saxton Bampfylde on 0207 227 0819.  

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 welcome applications from all sections of the community, particularly females, individuals from BAME backgrounds and those with disabilities.

At the University of Westminster, diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity are at the core of how we engage with students, colleagues, applicants, visitors and all our stakeholders. 

We are fully committed to enabling a supportive and safe learning and working environment which is equitable, diverse and inclusive, is based on mutual respect and trust, and in which harassment and discrimination are neither tolerated nor acceptable.

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