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Office of the University and Senior Post-holders

An Officer of the University or Senior Post-Holder will play a significant role in the leadership of the school, faculty or wider University. They will be responsible for the development and implementation of activities which support the University’s mission to be in the top 10 UK Universities and top 100 international rankings and are likely to be a member of at least one of the University committees (Council, Senate, University Executive Board) and/or be a member of the Faculty Senior Leadership Team (Faculty Executive Group).

These roles are outlined in the University Ordinances Part 1. include the President and Vice-Chancellor, Vice-Presidents, Pro Vice-Chancellors, Deans of the Faculties, Associate Deans, Heads of Schools, the Chief Operating Officer, and other Officers as may from time to time be determined, together with the Academic and other Staff of the University (in established posts or otherwise).

Although not included in the Ordinances, this guidance can also be applied to other Senior Post-Holders, for example when considering the appointment or extension of Heads of Department, Directors of Doctoral College, Directors of Institutes.

Further information on becoming an Officer of the University, more specifically a Head of School or an Associate Dean can be found here - Contributions to Leadership, Management and Engagement , on the ERE Promotions Website. This information is aimed at;

i) Employee – Role Descriptors for those considering a leadership role as part of their career development.

ii) Dean and EA – and/or Head of School, Line Manager, HR Business partner – Guidelines for the appointment and extension of Officers of the University. This includes practical steps on how to seek expressions of interest and preparing for interviews, as well as information about the reward and recognition of these roles (allowances).

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Related Documents

Form – Variation to Officers of the University

What’s Related

Further Contributions to Leadership, Management and Engagement –

Leadership Development -

ERE Promotion -

University Almanac –

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