Independent Member of Council

Job Title: Independent Member of Council
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: Expenses Only
Reference: UOR1
Contact Name: George Turner
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 19, 2020 14:51

Job Description

Appointment of an Independent Member of the University Council

At Roehampton we change lives by helping our students to develop the confidence, knowledge and adaptability they need for a successful graduate career and fulfilling life.

The University is looking to appoint an independent member of the University Council, which is the governing body of the University. Council is responsible for determining the ongoing strategic direction of the University. It approves major developments and is provided with regular and timely information on the overall strategic performance of the University, together with other information, including student education, research and knowledge exchange activity and the long-term sustainability of the organisation.

The role would involve attending four two-hour meetings per year and a one-day strategic planning session in May. Dates of meetings are provided up to a year in advance. The meetings usually take place at the University’s main campus in Roehampton, London. In light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we also anticipate a number of shorter additional meetings throughout the current academic year to consider matters of immediate strategic importance. Meetings are currently taking place by videoconference but will revert to being held on campus when it is possible to do so.

We would welcome applications from candidates who can demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for higher education and who have the knowledge, skills and experience to make a contribution to the University at board level. We would be particularly interested to hear from candidates who have existing knowledge of the strategic and financial context in which universities operate today. This may be from recent experience of working at a senior level within a university or similar organisation.

The University is keen to increase the diversity of representation present on the Council to further reflect the make-up of our student body. We would particularly welcome applications by candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, candidates identifying with all genders and disabled candidates.

The deadline for applications is 9 November 2020. To apply, please send your CV and a short covering letter setting out why you are interested in the position to The selection process will involve an initial conversation to discuss your application followed by an interview at the University.

For more information about the role, including a detailed person specification, please see the candidate pack:

To make informal enquiries or to discuss receiving the recruitment pack in an alternative format, please contact Dr George Turner, University Secretary & Clerk to Council, at