Chief Operating Officer
With around 38,000 students, 12,000 staff, and an annual income of over £1.3bn, UCL is one of the largest and most complex universities in the UK. Its ethos – that excellence should go hand-in-hand with enriching society – is as strong today as it was at its establishment in 1826. It was first university in England to welcome students of any religion, the first to welcome women on equal terms with men, and the first to hold both a Silver Athena SWAN award and a Race Equality Charter Bronze Award. It is currently ranked 7th worldwide in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, and performed outstandingly well in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, becoming the UK’s top-rated university for research strength. It also achieved Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework.
Reporting directly to the President & Provost the newly configured role of Chief Operating Officer will lead UCL’s key Professional Service Directorates, ensuring they support and enhance UCL 2034, the University’s 20-year strategy to deliver world-leading excellence in all areas of its academic mission. S/he will have substantial senior leadership experience, gained across multiple areas of relevance to the portfolio, combined with a proven ability to deliver change within multi-faceted environments of genuine scale and complexity. Having the intellectual acuity and emotional intelligence to engage effectively with the broad range of internal and external stakeholders, inherent in a world-class academic environment, will also be vital, but previous experience in the higher education sector is not required.
This is an exciting time to join UCL in what is a groundbreaking leadership role. It is transforming its estate through a £1.25bn capital programme, including an entirely new campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (UCL East); has embarked on an unprecedented change programme (TOPS) to transform professional services; and is scoping a significant IT investment plan designed to transform the experience of both staff and students. Cultural change lies at the heart of responsive and integrated professional services and the right candidate for this role will be able to deliver creative and innovative solutions to ensure a working environment where all of UCL’s communities are able to thrive.
UCL is committed to diversity and equality and wishes to attract as broad a field of candidates as possible to this key role.
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The closing date for applications is Friday 27th July 2018 at 5pm.