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Principal and Vice-Chancellor

University of the West of Scotland
United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Apr 11, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Chancellors & Presidents, Principals & Headmasters
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Career-focused teaching. World-leading research. An international outlook. And a far-sighted approach to technology and innovation.

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is a dynamic, modern, multi-campus University with its origins dating back to 1897. The University has 4 campuses across the west and southwest of Scotland and one campus in London. It contributes c£816m of value to the Scottish economy and is consistently recognised as Scotland’s most successful university in recruiting the highest proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The University’s Strategy 2025 outlines its purpose and the key themes that comprise the focus of UWS’s work: these are excellent learning and teaching; distinctive research and innovation; and shaping the University’s communities and wider society. Students are at the heart of everything that UWS does – they are treated as individuals, as partners and future leaders in their professions.

The University Court is now looking to appoint an exceptional individual as Principal and Vice-Chancellor to lead the strategic and operational management and academic development of the University to achieve its vision and goals, delivering an optimal student experience, academic research, and ensuring that the University is a great place to work.

The successful candidate will bring: significant leadership experience of a large, complex organisation; first class communication and listening skills; the ability to engage staff, students and stakeholders; and a genuine commitment to students, widening access and reducing inequalities.

Salary: Competitive for the role

Location: Paisley, Scotland

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further or have any questions about the role, please contact Senior Research Associate, Dr Danielle Willard-Kyle at or +44 (0)20 3928 7341.

For further details, including a job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please visit

The closing date for applications is at 12:00 noon BST on Monday 16th May 2022.

Candidates should be available in the weeks commencing 30th May to week commencing 13th June 2022 for preliminary meetings with Perrett Laver.

Shortlisted candidates will be formally interviewed by UWS on Tuesday 19th July & Wednesday 20th July 2022.

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