Pro Vice-Chancellor – Research and Knowledge Exchange


29th May 2024

Closing Date

28th June 2024




Lancaster or Carlisle

Interviews Scheduled

August 12, 2024

We are the University of Cumbria, for and from Cumbria and our localities, rooted in and serving our communities. We are a university for our region with people, place and partnership at our heart.  We are also a university that is growing.

Diversification of our academic portfolio and activities, an expanding apprenticeship offer, bold campus developments, and strategic partnership working are driving this growth, informed by both regional and national sector skills needs. Our University Strategy: Towards 2030, articulates our ambition to deliver inspirational, inclusive and accessible higher education to students and communities for generations to come, and from a robust financial position we look forward to the future with excitement and confidence.

To help us deliver against our ambitions we are thrilled to be recruiting for three new Pro Vice-Chancellor positions to enhance our senior leadership capabilities and expertise in research & knowledge exchange, portfolio management and innovation, and the student journey.

In our Pro Vice-Chancellor – Research & Knowledge Exchange, we are looking for an experienced senior, strategic leader to realise our ambitions for the Research & Knowledge Exchange portfolio. You will have line management responsibilities for our Head of Research & Knowledge Exchange (who leads the Directorate of Research & Knowledge Exchange) and the Head of Graduate School.

Success will be demonstrated through delivering growth and improvement of Research activities. These include leading future REF submission and driving growth of the Graduate School. You will develop long-term and sustainable policies and procedures, providing strategic oversight for the University’s five institutes, its research centres and hubs.

A proven track record of senior-level leadership and demonstrable growth and improvement in Research and Knowledge Exchange portfolio. Key to your success will be your ability to effectively lead multidisciplinary groups and develop collaborative partnerships.

Now is a very exciting time to be joining us. For an informal discussion about the role please contact Simon Critchley at

We encourage applications from the broadest range of society, including all under-represented groups with particular emphasis on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, who are currently under-represented in our University and in comparison, to the sector.

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How to apply

Applications should be made via email to and must include on separate documents:

  • a letter of application setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the person specification
  • a comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV)
  • details of three referees and notice period (referees will not be contacted without your permission)
  • a completed Personal Details Form (available above)

Closing date for applications is Friday, 28 June 2024.

Longlist interviews will be held with Dixon Walter via Microsoft Teams mid July 2024.

Final interviews will take place on campus on Monday 12th August 2024 on campus (likely Carlisle)

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