Appointment of principal and Vice-Chancellor


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.

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

Please find a downloadable link to the Candidate Brochure below.

The University is committed to providing an environment which recognises and values people’s differences, capitalises on the strengths that those differences bring to the institution and supports all staff and students in maximising their potential to succeed.

More information on the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Unit at University of the West of Scotland can be found HERE.


Timetable and Key Dates:

  • March to early-April 2022 – Consultation and University of the West of Scotland Community Engagement
  • April to May 2022 – Public advertising and candidate outreach
  • May to June 2022 – Longlisting and shortlisting (*w/c 30th May to w/c 13th June for preliminary meetings with Perrett Laver)
  • Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th July 2022 – Formal assessments and interviews
  • Late July 2022 – Recommendation to Court

The Selection Committee

A selection committee has been formed to lead the search for appointing a new Principal & Vice-Chancellor and will be chaired by Kate Allum, the Chair of Court. Members of Court are:

  • Kate Allum, Chair of Court, Chair of Selection Committee
  • Professor Caroline MacDonald, Former Vice Chair of Court
  • Andrew Miller, Vice Chair of Court
  • Andy Munro, Chair of Audit & Risk Committee
  • Allan Burns, Member of Court
  • Dr Iain McLellan, Member of Court
  • Julie Edgar, Dean, School of Health & Life Sciences, University
  • Dr Lucie Pollard, Director of the UWS London Campus
  • Ellie Gomersall, The President of UWS Students’ Union
  • Donna McMillan, Internal Advisor to the Committee and Secretary to Court
  • Alex Gillick, Internal Advisor to the Committee and Interim Director of People

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Applications should consist of a full curriculum vitae, detailing academic and professional qualifications and experience, full employment history and relevant achievements. CVs should be accompanied by a covering letter describing briefly how candidates meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, why the appointment is of interest and what they believe they can bring to the role. The closing date for applications will be 12:00 noon BST on Monday 16th May 2022

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