Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive - Appointment of - Saxton Bampfylde

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive - Appointment of - Saxton Bampfylde
Appointment of
Vice-Chancellor and
Chief Executive
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                                                             Aston University is seeking an inspirational leader to
                                                             build on our success as a Top 25 UK university with
                                                             a global reputation for employable graduates and
                                                             applicable research.

                                                             The successful candidate will have academic credibility,
                                                             strategic vision, and the ability to work with the
                                                             University Council and University Executive Team to
                                                             shape and deliver our future. You will be committed
                                                             to teaching excellence, to graduate employability, and
                                                             to widening access to Higher Education.

                                                             You will be able to demonstrate a passion for enterprise,
                                                             and to deepening our strong links to business and the
                                                             professions, which make Aston distinctive from many
                                                             other institutions. You will be impatient for growth, and
                                                             for enhancing our global footprint.

                                                             During this appointment process you will learn
                                                             more about our vision, our plans for the future, and
                                                             what makes Aston special. This brief introduces the
                                                             University, and sets out the main characteristics we
                                                             seek in the successful candidate, including a strong
                                                             track record of outstanding leadership.

                                                             Thank you for your interest in Aston University.
    Aston University
    Introduction from the Chair of Council
                                                             Dame Yve Buckland
    About Us
                                                             Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council
    Aston University
    Our Strategy
    Education: Teaching and Learning
    Academic Structure
    Birmingham: Living and Working

    About You
    The Role
    Job Description
    Person specification
    Appointment Process

    Structure and Constitution
    University Governance
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    Aston University
    Built on strong and diverse foundations

                                                                                                                  Award-Winning University
                                                                                                                  We received a number of national accolades in 2020-21, testament to the commitment
                                                                                                                  and dedication of colleagues in delivering excellence, adding value and ensuring the
                                                                                                                  long-term outcomes for students remain at the forefront of whom we serve. This external
                                                                                                                  recognition of our strategy and its delivery is reflected in the following peer reviews.

                                                                                                                  Extract from The Guardian’s Citation                        “Their placement year has been shown to
                                                                                                                  “Awarded for its work in eradicating the gap                improve grades for students from disadvantaged
                                                                                                                  in grades between black, Asian and minority                 backgrounds, as well as narrowing the gap in
                                                                                                                  ethnic (BAME) students and their white peers,               grades between BAME students and their white
                                                                                                                  as well as its emphasis on sustainability.                  peers. It also reinforces the university’s emphasis
                                                                                                                                                                              on courses that lead to professions, including
                                                                                                                  “The award is calculated on the basis of several            in business, engineering and health, which are
                                                                                                                  measures, including performance and improvement             especially popular with Aston’s students.
                                                                                                                  in the Guardian league tables; how well universities
                                                                                                                  retain students who come from areas of low                  Aston’s performance was strengthened by its rise
                                                                                                                  participation in higher education; and whether              up the Guardian league tables, which focus on
                                                                                                                  black, Asian and minority ethnic students do as             the university activities that matter most to young
                                                                                                                  well as their white peers. It’s unusual obligatory          people: quality of teaching, student satisfaction
                                                                                                                  placement year is key to this strategy.”                    and employability. In recent years the university
                                                                                                                                                                              has prioritised hiring extra teaching staff, which
                                                                                                                                                                              has boosted its staff-to-student ratio score.”

    Aston University was set up by                       We are renowned for improving the lifelong
                                                         prospects, social capital and progression
    Birmingham’s employers in 1895 as a
                                                         of hard-working students who aspire to
    technical college to support the needs               develop professional careers and contribute
    of the City. From its establishment as               to their communities.
    a University in 1966 to the present day,
                                                         By most measures we are one of the most diverse
    Aston University has maintained its focus            universities in the UK, with 68% of our students from                                                       National winner of
    on meeting the commercial and technical              BAME communities, compared with 24% average for                         Outstanding
                                                                                                                           Entrepreneurial University                Buildings that
    needs of the region.                                 UK universities, and we welcome international students
                                                         from over 120 countries each year.                                                                          inspire
                                                                                                                      Judges Report
                                                         A recent study by HEPI ranked Aston University 2nd in        Aston University’s “strategic”                 Winner of The Guardian
                                                         England for transforming lives through social mobility       and “inclusive” cross-institutional            Award for Buildings                Aston University has
                                                         at scale. This is embedded across the DNA of Aston           approach to supporting businesses,             That Inspire, the new              been shortlisted for the
                                                         University – the results demonstrate our commitment.         the West Midlands region and                   Students’ Union building           Times Higher
                                                                                                                      student entrepreneurship impressed             reflects the importance to
                                                         We were the first university to include integrated                                                                                             Education (THE)
                                                                                                                      the judges in this category. Aston             students of sustainability
                                                                                                                                                                                                        University of the

                                                         placement years as standard in their degree                  Enterprise – the University’s flagship         and inclusivity. Made
                            in the                       programmes. Placements, pre-registration years and,          student start-up support body –                of sustainable wood,               Year 2021
                                                         work and study abroad opportunities now feature              enhanced its offering with the creation        it incorporates a low-

                            Guardian                     across all our undergraduate programmes.                     of Apollo, a new six-week mini-                carbon heating system
                                                                                                                      accelerator. The programme inspires            drawing energy from more
                            Guide                        Our alumni community is extensive with over 100,000
                                                                                                                      entrepreneurs to develop business              than 100 solar panels.
                            (2022)                       engaged alumni around the world, contributing to the
                                                                                                                      ideas through interactive masterclasses
                                                         success of their organisations and communities.
                                                                                                                      taught by business leaders.
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    Our strategy: beneficiary led                                                                                            Mission, Vision and Values
    The Aston University strategy was developed                           OUR BENEFICIARIES ARE ARRANGED
    and launched in 2018 with an initial five year                        IN THREE GROUPS:
    outlook. It was created around the philosophy
    of sharpening and focusing resources on three                         Our Students –                                     MISSION
    beneficiary groups and activities in which                            who progress to be our graduates and alumni;
    the University has distinctive strengths.                                                                                To be the UK’s leading University for students aspiring to succeed
                                                                          External Organisations –                           in business and the professions, where original research, enterprise
                                                                                                                             and inspiring teaching deliver local and global impact.
                                                                          (comprising businesses, public entities, the
                                                                          not-for-profit sector, and the professions), who
                                                                          employ our students, and also engage with us
                                                                          directly on research and educational programmes;   VISION
                                                                                                                             In 2023 Aston will have an international reputation for delivery
                                                                          Birmingham and the                                 of outstanding graduate outcomes and equipping business
                                                                          West Midlands region –                             and communities with the skills for future success.
                                                                          and wider society whom we serve as a public
                                                                          university, with a strong sense of place.
                                                                                                                             Aston is professional and ambitious
                                                                                                                             The University believes this is a prerequisite to realise our mission and vision,
                                                                                                                             and will be recognised by businesses and external organisations as shared
                                                                                                                             values which make Aston an attractive partner for research and education.

                                                           re       and organisa
                                                 C    ultu                              tion                                 Aston is innovative and collaborative
                                                                                                                             The University works across disciplines, institutions and partners to be
                                                                                                                             proactive in creating and implementing new ideas, to be a leader in modern
                                                                                                                             educational techniques and to undertake research which inspires staff,
                                                                                                                             students and external partners.
                                       Students                                   Business and
                                                                                 the professions                             Aston is ethical and inclusive
                                      A rewarding
                                                                                                                             The University recognises its responsibility to be an exemplar of behaviour
                                       career and                                  Agile, innovative
                                                                                                                             and conduct in all that it does. It will leverage the diversity of its staff
                                        improved                                      and fit for
                                                                                                                             and student body to achieve outcomes for its beneficiaries and provide
                                        improved                       The            the future                             opportunities for education and professional development to all.
                                      quality of life                 Aston
                                                                                                                                                                                                 •	The strategy since 2018 has reduced the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    breadth of offerings/disciplines in both
                                                                                                                                                                                                    teaching and research to sharpen and
                                                            Our region and society                                                                                                                  strengthen Aston’s academic focus, to
                                                            Capabilities, connections                                                                                                               put more weight behind existing strengths
                                      As                        and prosperity
                                                                                                      e                          Performance                                                        and leverage current resources.
                                                ra                                             a   nc                            Focused                                                         •	An increased focus on employer
                                                     ti o                                 rm
                                                            n al                   e r fo
                                                                                                                                                                                                    partnerships has been a key driver for
                                                                   a n d hig h p                                                 Our original strategy set out eight KPIs to                        our students and the businesses and
                                                                                                                                 drive the focus of colleagues and resources                        professions we serve, with a greater
                                                                                                                                 for our beneficiaries. These included a slight                     focus on collaborative research, industry-
                                                                                                                                 increase in student numbers, with a marked                         building outreach, and skills development.
                                                              Core activities                                                    increase in the percentage of international
                                                                                                                                 students within the student body. Our financial                 •	An interim review and update of the
                                                                                                                                 performance through the past three financial                        strategy was completed this year; adding
      High quality teaching           Collaborative research                   Skill building and            Community           years exemplifies our focus and delivery.                           revenue from employer-led education,
      and student support              with high translation                industry development          engagement and                                                                             enhanced domestic tariff and increasing
                                           and impact                                                       development                                                                              community engagement to the overall
                                                                                                                                                                                                     lead indicators of performance.
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    Education Strategy
    Teaching and learning
    The University has developed a strong reputation for learning and teaching, having
    been awarded TEF Gold in 2016/17. Over the last academic year, a new Education
    Strategy has been developed and approved, following extensive consultation with
    staff, students and other key stakeholders.

    The Strategy drew on national and                    STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:
    international thought pieces, sector research        Put Aston at the forefront of learning, teaching
    and the learning from Aston’s staff and              and student experience, so that the institution is
    students over the past 18 months.                    recognised as a leader in blended and hybrid learning
    The strategic intent is to offer all students a      Provide all learners, whatever their background
    high quality learning and teaching experience        or mode of study, with a distinctive, innovative
    that realises and embeds the benefits                and consistently high quality academic learning
    arising from the rapid and enforced shift to         experience that utilises flexible pedagogies
    digital and blended learning that took place         designed to meet diverse learner needs and
    in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.                build social capital and citizenship skills
    In addition, the Strategy aims to build on           Develop high quality, strongly employable graduates     Strategic Principles
    Aston University’s excellent track record            and postgraduates equipped with the knowledge,
    in graduate employability, by preparing              skills and ability to excel in the global workplace
    students for the future, post-Covid world of                                                                    Deliver high quality, innovative and             Offer students a varied, but purposeful
    work, in which digital skills and the ability        Offer attractive, research-led and employer-               inspirational teaching from well-qualified       approach to assessment, including
    to effectively undertake hybrid working              informed curricula that meet the needs of our              staff, facilitated through the institutional     opportunities for authentic assessment,
    will be highly sought by employers.                  beneficiaries, and enable our graduates and                adoption of designed blended and                 as determined by the nature of the subject
                                                         postgraduates to realise their full academic               hybrid learning across all disciplines.          discipline and where appropriate, the

                                                         potential as part of their lifelong learning journey.                                                       professional body accreditation requirements

                                                                                                                    Offer a sector-leading, dynamic and              of the designated Professional, Statutory
                                                                                                                    stimulating learning environment comprising      and Regulatory Body (PSRB).
                                     in England
                                                                                                                    physical and virtual learning spaces that are
                                     for impact on
                                                                                                                    designed to support diverse learning needs and   Encourage students to engage proactively
                                     social mobility
                                                                                                                    enable the adoption of flexible pedagogies.      in shaping their learning experiences through
                                     in HEP Social
                                                                                                                                                                     an embedded set of digital and in person
                                     Mobility Index                                                                 Provide inclusive and accessible curricula       ‘Student Voice’ activities that form part of the
                                     (2021)                                                                         which are research-led, employer- informed,      University’s ‘Student as Partner’ culture.
                                                                                                                    and designed to develop and enhance
                                                                                                                    students’ subject-based knowledge and skills,    Provide high quality, effective and consistent
                                                                                                                    as well as their employability skills, digital   academic and pastoral support for all learners,
                                                                                                                    capabilities and their understanding and         regardless of their backgrounds or mode of
                                                                                                                    awareness of sustainability in their practice.   study, as they transition to higher education, and
                                                                                                                                                                     progress through their chosen programmes of
                                                                                                                    Provide an attractive and distinctive            study, making best use of learner analytics.
                                                                                                                    product portfolio which is routinely reviewed
                                                                                                                    and enhanced to ensure it continues to           Promote an institutional culture of
                                                                                                                    meet the needs of Aston’s beneficiaries.         continuous enhancement of pedagogic
                                                                                                                                                                     practice (including digital pedagogies)
                                                                                                                    Embed employability skills through all           through a systematic approach to
                                                                                                                    curricula to equip students with the skills,     professional development for academic
                                                                                                                    knowledge, behaviours and intercultural          staff at all stages in their careers.
                                                                                                                    awareness that they need to excel in the
                                                                                                                    global workplace, building students’ social      Recognise and celebrate excellence in
                                                                                                                    capital and citizenship skills through a         learning and teaching through institutional and
                                                                                                                    range of extra-curricular opportunities as       external reward and recognition schemes;
                                                                                                                    part of their lifelong learning journey.         and promote and establish mechanisms for
                                                                                                                                                                     the sharing and embedding of good and
                                                                                                                                                                     innovative pedagogic practice across the
                                                                                                                                                                     institution and externally, raising the profile of
                                                                                                                                                                     individuals and the institution as a whole.
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     Our Colleges and Academic Structure                                                                              College of                                    School of Engineering and Technology
                                                                                                                                                                    School of Informatics and Digital Engineering

     The engines of Aston University are three Academic                                                               Engineering and                               School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering

     Colleges, comprising 11 specialist Schools; blending
     business, health, science and technology expertise
                                                                                                                      Physical Sciences
     to drive innovation and engagement for our primary
     beneficiaries. The Colleges work very closely with
     colleagues from Professional Services and Engagement
     to deliver an outstanding student experience.

                                                                                         RANKED IN

     College of                                Aston Business School                     THE GLOBAL

                                                                                         TOP 30
                                               Aston Law School

     Business and                              School of Social Sciences
                                               and Humanities
     Social Sciences                                                                     QS Online MBA World
                                                                                         Rankings 2021, The Aston
                                                                                         University Online MBA.
     Aston Business School is                  ambitions through the development         Top 100 in the world:
     part of an elite group of global          of critical soft skills and placement     The Economist
     business schools that hold the            opportunities. Home to the world’s        Which MBA 2021
     gold standard of ‘triple-crown’           largest research institute of             The Aston MBA has
     accreditation from AACSB, AMBA            forensic linguists – Aston Institute      been ranked in the top
     and EQUIS, as well as appearing           of Forensic Linguistics (AIFL) – the      100 in the world by The
     in the top 100 for Business and           School of Social Sciences and             Economist Which MBA
     Management Studies (QS World              Humanities plays a pivotal role in        2021 ranking. The Aston
     University rankings 2021).                conducting impactful research that        MBA has been ranked 12th
                                               is recognised as excellent, both in       in the UK, and 85th in the
     It is also one of the first business      national and international contexts.      world (ranked Jan 2021).
     schools awarded the Small
     Business Charter in recognition           The Aston MBA
     of ongoing work to support small          Our AMBA accreditation (The
     businesses, the local economy             Association of MBAs) was
     and student entrepreneurship.             awarded in 2015. The Aston                                             We deliver practical, industry-           Institutes that have achieved              Professional Standards
                                               MBA is one of the longest-                                             relevant teaching alongside applied       international recognition for              The majority of our programmes
     Aston Law School has an
                                               established MBA programmes                                             research that delivers solutions to       research excellence:                       are fully-accredited by the
     established record of excellence
                                               in the UK, and one of the first to                                     real world problems. By embedding         •	
                                                                                                                                                                  Aston Institute for Photonic             relevant professional body,
     in legal education and roots
                                               achieve AMBA accreditation.                                            an innovative learning by doing             Technologies (AIPT)                      a selection is shown:
     its approach in the business
                                                                                                                      ethos into all our courses, we
     environment. We prepare students          Our programme                                                                                                    •	
                                                                                                                                                                  Aston Institute for Urban
                                                                                                                      aim to provide an inspirational
     for a diverse range of careers            accreditations include:                                                                                            Technologies and the
                                                                                                                      education that delivers impact
     in law and other industries. Our                                                                                                                             Environment (ASTUTE)
                                                 Association to Advance                                               in UK industry and worldwide.
     staff are regarded as leaders                                                                                                                              •	
                                                                                                                                                                  Energy and Bioproducts
                                                 Collegiate Schools of
     of legal education, evidenced                                                                                    We offer courses in a wide range            Research Institute (EBRI),
                                                 Business (AACSB)
     through national teaching awards,                                                                                of engineering disciplines –                also home to the SUPERGEN
     recognition at the highest level          • Association of MBAs (AMBA)
                                                                                                                      biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical     Bioenergy project
     by the HEA and by the award of            •	
                                                 EFMD Quality Improvement
                                                                                                                      and mechanical engineering,
     National Teaching Fellowships.              System (EQUIS)                                                                                                 Key fields of research include
                                                                                                                      mathematics, computer
     Many are also qualified lawyers.          •	
                                                 Association of Chartered                                                                                       photonics, low carbon energy
                                                                                                                      science, logistics, and supply
                                                 Certified Accountants (ACCA)                                                                                   sources, renewable bioproducts,
                                                                                                                      chain management.
     The School of Social Sciences             •	
                                                 British Psychological                                                                                          and innovative technologies
     and Humanities is a closely                 Society (BPS)                                                        Students join us at multiple              that enhance urban life.
     integrated, innovative, multilingual      •	
                                                 CFA Institute University                                             stages through our successful
     and multidisciplinary school with an        Affiliation programme                                                foundation programme, degree
     international outlook. The School                                                                                apprenticeships, and innovative
                                               • Small Business Charter
     strives to offer students a quality                                               FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR:       work-based learning options               FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR:
     education that supports their             •	
                                                 Chartered Institute of Personnel
                                                 Development (CIPD)                    College of Business            that extend from a foundation             College of Engineering
     graduate outcomes and future                                                                                     degree up to masters level.
                                                                                       and Social Sciences                                                      and Physical Sciences
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     College of                                Aston Medical School
                                               Aston Pharmacy School                                                   Engaged University:
     Health and                                School of Biosciences
                                               School of Optometry                                                     Our civic duty
     Life Sciences                             School of Psychology
                                                                                                                       Our regional and civic engagement aligns with
                                                                                                                       our core mission to collaborate and co-produce
     We are developing the next                We offer a range of courses in the        Professional Standards
                                                                                                                       mutually beneficial activities with the people who
     generation of professionals               areas of audiology, biosciences,          Our programmes are
                                                                                                                       live, work and study in the West Midlands. Our
     in health and life sciences               neuroscience, medicine, optometry,        fully-accredited by the       commitment to engagement, performance and
     through innovative teaching,              pharmacy, and psychology.                 relevant professional body,   our communities in the Midlands and beyond.
     and creating new knowledge                                                          a selection is shown:
     through internationally recognised        Our research aligns to these areas
     and transferrable research.               of teaching, with a specialist focus in                                 Our Knowledge Exchange (KE) teams bring together the worlds
                                               cellular and molecular biomedicine,                                     of business and academia in a way that increases engagement
     The College of Health and Life            health and disease across the                                           and allows everyone to benefit from the power of new ideas.
     Sciences is firmly established as a       lifespan, clinical and systems
     leading provider for health and life      neuroscience, and vision,                                               Enterprise activities and KE are embedded in our culture and
     sciences education and research.          cognition, and language.                                                integral to everything we do. Our outward-looking approach puts
                                                                                                                       the needs of the regional economy and our student body first.
     We are currently top 150 in the
     world for Psychology (Times Higher                                                                                We deliver economic growth, productivity enhancement
     Education, World Subject Rankings,             WE ARE CURRENTLY                                                   and social impact through five key themes:

                                                    TOP 10
     2021), and top 10 in the UK for
                                                                                                                              Research and                           Regional and civic
     research quality in Aural and Oral
                                                                                                                              knowledge transfer                     engagement
     Sciences, Biological Sciences,
                                                                                                                              We collaborate closely                 Our regional and civic
     Ophthalmics, Pharmacology                      in the UK for Health                                                      with companies and public              engagement aligns with our
     and Pharmacy, and Psychology                   Professions (Guardian                                                     sector organisations to                core mission: to collaborate
     (Complete University Guide, 2021).             University Guide, 2021)                                                   pursue new knowledge                   and co-produce mutually
                                                                                                                                                                                                       The University has a long-term
                                                                                                                              transfer projects that                 beneficial activities with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       partnership with Aston Villa
                                                                                                                              support and encourage                  people who live, work and
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Football Club as its official
                                                                                                                              all forms of innovation.               study in the West Midlands.  
                                                                                                                                                                                                       UK University partner.
                                                                                                                              Degree apprenticeships                 Business engagement
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Villa Vision raises awareness
                                                                                                                              and work-based learning                We provide innovative             of the importance of eye health to
                                                                                                                              One of the UK’s leading                services for new businesses,      children in schools and individuals
                                                                                                                              providers, our degree                  Small and Medium-sized            in local communities. This is a
                                                                                                                              apprenticeships and                    Enterprises (SMEs) and            project between the Aston Villa
                                                                                                                              work-based learning                    large companies through           Foundation, Aston University’s
                                                                                                                              initiatives are specially              our dedicated business            Optometry School and optical
                                                                                                                              designed to fill skill gaps            support programmes                lens supplier, Essilor Vision for Life.
                                                                                                                              in business and industry.              focusing on leadership,
                                                                                                                                                                     innovation and growth.
                                                                                                                              Employability and
                                                                                                                              We value independent
                                                                                                                              thinking and
                                                                                                                              entrepreneurship, with
                                                                                                                              our students well-
                                                                                                                              prepared for the world
                                                                                                                              of business and ranking
                                                                                                                              highly for employability.                                                Birmingham will host the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Commonwealth Games starting
                                                                                                                                                                                                       in July 2022. Aston University
                                                                                                                                                                                                       is an Official University of
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Birmingham 2022. More than
                                                                                                                                                                                                       13,000 volunteers will help to
                                                                                                                                                                                                       organise, run and manage this
                                                                                         FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR:
                                                                                                                                                                                                       event including students and
                                                                                         College of Health and         FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR:
                                                                                                                                                                                                       staff from Aston University.
                                                                                         Life Sciences       
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     Business Engagement                                                                                                  Internationally Engaged
     From multi-nationals to local SMEs, Aston has                                                                        We are an internationally engaged University, both
     a long history of collaborating with businesses                                    Some of our                       inbound and outbound, for partners, research,
     to drive innovation and make real change.                                          engagement partners:              student recruitment and placements.
                                                                                        » Birmingham City Council
     The University provides a range of business services with a proven track                                             We are among the UK’s top 10             A key strategic part of this is
                                                                                        » Civic University Network
     record of success. Working in conjunction with firms and entrepreneurs,                                              universities for sending students        our new long-term partnership
     we drive innovation, productivity and growth in the economy. Enterprise              Greater Birmingham
                                                                                        »	                               (by volume and funding) on               with Cambridge Education
     and knowledge exchange have been central to our mission; today,                      & Solihull – Local              international placements for study       Group, building an On-Campus
     our research informs regional and national Government policy.                        Enterprise Partnership          and work, with higher education          channel for international students
                                                                                          Greater Birmingham
                                                                                        »	                               partners in more than 40 countries.      at Foundation and Year 1 into
     Our academics tackle real-world challenges, and aim to make                          & Solihull – Institute                                                   our academic programmes.
     it easy to work with us across a number of key services:                             of Technology                   In recruitment terms, we work
                                                                                                                          across the primary markets of Asia,
     •   Solving business challenges through consultancy                                  Greater Birmingham
                                                                                                                          Middle East and Africa. Our strategy
                                                                                          Chamber of Commerce
     •   Accessing cutting-edge facilities                                                                                is focused on diversifying our reach
     •   Investing in intellectual property                                             » Midlands Innovation             and attraction to ensure that our
     •   Extending your capabilities by upskilling your workforce                       » NHS Trust                       projected income and student
     •   Accelerating your growth with industry-leading expertise                         West Midlands
                                                                                        »	                               population is steadily balanced.
     •   Bringing new ideas and talent to your business through                           Combined Authority
         our students.

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     Knowledge Exchange                                                                                                   Global Alumni Network
     Our work in Knowledge Exchange informs and influences policy                                                         We have a global network of over
     to foster a culture of evidence-based policymaking.                                                                  100,000 alumni in over 100 countries,
                                                                                                                          reflecting our position as pioneers of the
     Tackling the social and economic challenges of today        We have also forged close partnerships with other        placement year more than 60 years ago.
     hinges upon the effective exchange of knowledge             research-focused universities through Midlands
     and specialist expertise between a wide range of            Innovation. Our joint strengths in critical areas such
                                                                                                                          Our alumni have established communities                       1                                2
     institutions and people. We work closely with regional      as energy, transport, and health are unlocking
                                                                                                                          across the world, including in the United States
     bodies, developing shared projects that benefit             exciting new avenues of engagement – these
                                                                                                                          of America, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, New
     citizens through our Civic University Agreement.            range from public partnerships through to deeper
                                                                                                                          Delhi, Malaysia and Nigeria, and these groups
                                                                 collaborations with government and commerce.
     These are designed to bring the benefits of                                                                          maintain an active connection with the University.
     research to the West Midlands by developing
                                                                                                                          This professional network is supported centrally by
     strategies that focus on the following themes:
                                                                                                                          the University, and also through our local international
     •   Health and Wellbeing                                                                                             colleagues, as well as through the activities of teaching
     •   Sustainable Business Growth and Productivity                                                                     and research staff. Aston alumni are generous with their
                                                                                                                                                                                        3                                4
     •   Environment and Low Carbon Energy                                                                                industry knowledge and professional connections in
     •   Crime and Justice                                                                                                order to support the University and our beneficiaries.
                                                                                                                                                                                       1. D
                                                                                                                                                                                           r Matthew Crummack – BSc International
     •   Education and Employment
                                                                                                                          The University is embarking on developing and                     Business and French 1993; DSc 2016 (H.C.).
     •   COVID-19 Recovery Planning
                                                                                                                          implementing its new alumni strategy, ‘Aston For Life’       2. Liyuan Li – MBA, 2011
                                                                                                                          during 2021-22. Through this we will provide a tailored,     3. Kayisha Payne – MEng Chemical Engineering, 2016
                                                                                                                          tech-driven, development programme which supports            4. Dr Charles Li – PhD Strategic Management, 1991
                                                                                                                          the long-term career aims of our graduates. We will
                                                                                                                          also continue our strong work in development and
                                                                                                                          fundraising. Our aims are to support our students and
                                                                                                                          key projects through philanthropy, and to drive income
                                                                                                                          through alumni-brokered industry partnerships.               FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR:
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     Research with Impact                                                                                                  Research Performance and Focus
     Our research strategy created three years ago is highly                                                               Our research awards have increased from £15m to £30m through the period of the
     focused, playing to the strengths of our four research                                                                most recent REF. Our volume of awards have doubled with major growth in Health and
     institutes, our partnerships and sustainable impact.                                                                  Life Sciences and, Engineering and Physical Sciences.

     1. Impactful –                            3. Excellent –                    Our Research Institutes                   •	Research income is now c20% of our total revenue,                                   •	In all bids, timely planning and engagement with
     addressing real world problems            we are committed to excellence    The four institutes are the primary          up from 10% in 2014, realising our strategic                                           Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) is
     and providing practical answers           in research, as evidenced by      research flagships and priority              ambition to selectively grow our research income.                                      key; externally, we continue to engage closely
     means our research is used by             the proportion of our research    for research capital investment,             In research bidding strategy, UKRI remains our                                         with Midlands Innovation: ERA (Energy), TALENT
     organisations, policymakers               assessed as world-leading (4*)    with a target for these to account           priority to increase sustainability, alongside                                         (Technicians), MICRA (Technology Transfer) and new
     and stakeholders to make a                in terms of outputs and impact    for 50% of awards in the future.             collaborative funding with industry/KTPs.                                              Inclusive Transformation theme (Social Sciences).
     positive impact on society                in the Research Excellence
     and our communities.                      Framework (REF) 2021.                                                            35

     2. Collaborative –                        4. Sustainable –                                                                 30

     our approach to research is               we want our research to be                                                       25
     highly collaborative across               financially sustainable, in
     disciplines and schools, involving        recognition of the fact that we   The Aston Institute for Photonic               20

     partnerships with businesses at           have to manage competing

                                                                                 Technologies (AIPT) is one of                  15
     a local, national and global level        priorities for resources.         the largest photonics research
     and with academic institutions in                                           centres in the UK, with over 90                10

     the UK and across the globe.                                                members of staff and current                   5
                                                                                 grant funding amounting to
                                                                                 £25.5m in 60 projects.                         0
                                                                                                                                     2013-14   2014-15    2015-16   2016-17   2017-18        2018-19   2019-20

                                                                                                                                      Research Councils    UK Government      EU    Other, incl. Industry

                                                                                 The Aston Institute of Health
                                                                                 & Neurodevelopment (AIHN)
                                                                                 conducts interdisciplinary research
                                                                                 for the study of developing brains,
                                                                                 conducting fundamental research
                                                                                 which impacts upon the wellbeing          REF 2021
                                                                                 and success of people and society.
                                                                                                                           Aston’s research team produced and submitted 37 impact case studies across our
                                                                                 Institute                                 primary research areas for the REF 2021. Research England appointed seven senior
                                                                                 for Forensic
                                                                                 Linguistics                               academic staff from Aston University to the subject panels for REF 2021.
                                                                                 The Institute for Forensic Linguistics
                                                                                 (AIFL) specialises in forensic
                                                                                 linguistics for forensic text analysis,             Unit of Assessment                                 FTE                      Outputs (FTEx2.5)*        Impact Case Studies
                                                                                 language and law, and spoken
                                                                                 interaction in legal contexts.                      3 (Allied Health Professions)                      107.04                   268                       8

                                                                                                                                     11 (Computer Science)                              36                       90                        4

                                                                                                                                     12 (Engineering)                                   100.85                   252                       8

                                                                                 The Energy and Bioproducts                          17 (Business Management)                           109.05                   273                       8
                                                                                 Research Institute (EBRI)
                                                                                                                                     21 (Sociology)                                     17.8                     41                        2
                                                                                 conducts world-class research
                                                                                 into all aspects of bioenergy                       25 (Area Studies)                                  27.6                     69                        3
                                                                                 including energy-from-waste
                                                                                 and the development of new                          26 (Modern Languages)                              36.2                     77                        4
                                                                                 bioproducts and services, all of
                                                                                                                                     TOTAL                                              434.54                   1070                      37
     FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR:                                                    which contribute to improving
                                                                                 the UK’s carbon footprint and
     Research                                                                    the security of energy supplies.
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     Birmingham: Living and Working
     Aston University is in a great, central location. Ideally positioned
     in the centre of Birmingham – one of the youngest cities in Europe
     – our campus is only a 10 minute walk to the city centre.

     CULTURE AND HERITAGE                                   WONDERFUL PERFORMING ARTS                                 SPORTING ACTION                                             WHERE TO FIND US
                                                                                                                                                                                   Where to find us


     Home to some of the greatest creators and inventors,   Birmingham hosts the best of British musicals,            Birmingham has a long history of football, cricket,
     culture and heritage makes Birmingham a great city.    pantomimes, opera and ballet.                             rugby and athletics. Aston University is the Official                                    Manchester
                                                                                                                      UK University Partner of Aston Villa Football Club
                                                                                                                      in the Premier League and is the host city of the
                                                                                                                      2022 Commonwealth Games.                                                                     FIND US HERE

     THE ULTIMATE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE                       FANTASTIC FOOD AND DRINK                                  OPEN SPACES                                                                        Cardiff


                                                                                                                                                                                     Aston University graduates achieved the

                                                                                                                                                                                    20th largest
     With over 200 shops across the Bullring and Grand      Michelin-starred restaurants, the Chinese quarter,        Birmingham has acres of green spaces, parks, historical
     Central, Birmingham is a shopper’s paradise.           street dining, farmers’ markets, high street chains       canals and scenic routes for walking, running or cycling.
                                                            to independents, Birmingham has some wonderful
                                                            places to drink.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Median salary in the UK five years

                                                                                                                                                                                     after graduation
                                                                                                                                                                                     (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2021)
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     The Role                                                                                            Job Description


     The next Vice-Chancellor will be an
     individual with significant leadership                               th                             Responsibilities and accountabilities
     qualities, energy and ambition. She                                                                 •	
                                                                                                           Lead and develop the strategic vision and                 •	
                                                                                                                                                                       Be a proactive, visible and effective ambassador
                                                                                                           aspirations of the University in line with its mission      for the University, enhancing and promoting the
     or he will help to shape an ambitious                       in the UK for Degree Continuation         and values; building upon existing strengths to             achievements, reputation and standing of the
     and dynamic strategic agenda, while                         in the Guardian University Guide          drive forward further achievements and success.             University locally, nationally and internationally,
     embodying the values and culture of the                     (2021)                                                                                                and continually strengthening Aston’s profile.
                                                                                                           Through personal example, create an environment
     University as a whole.                                                                                within the University which is inclusive,                 •	
                                                                                                                                                                       Ensure the University is innovative, flexible and
                                                                                                           diverse, innovative and transformational, and               sufficiently well-positioned to influence, and respond
                                                                 Ranked                                    one which attracts, develops and empowers                   decisively to, ongoing policy changes within a

                                                                 TOP 25
     The Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive provides
     strategic and academic leadership to the University                                                   people of outstanding talent and creativity.                rapidly evolving higher education environment.
     and is accountable to the Pro-Chancellor and Council.                                               •	
                                                                                                           Provide strong, visible and effective strategic           •	
                                                                                                                                                                       Pursue an ambitious research agenda through
                                                                                                           leadership across the University demonstrating              which the University is recognised for both
     She or he is responsible for the effective leadership
                                                                                                           clear decision making and building high                     excellence and research leadership.
     and management of the University with ultimate
                                                                 in the UK for ‘Value Added’ to degree     performing teams by harnessing the energies
     responsibility for the delivery of excellent student                                                                                                            •	
                                                                                                                                                                       Ensure that the University’s financial position
                                                                 in the Guardian University Guide          of staff, celebrating success, promoting shared
     outcomes, teaching and learning of the highest                                                                                                                    is robust and positioned well for growth,
                                                                                                           values a culture of ambition and achievement.
     quality, academic research of regional, national and        (2021)                                                                                                securing and diversifying funding streams and
     global importance and delivering effective outcomes                                                 •	
                                                                                                           Articulate the distinctiveness and future strategic         establishing new partnerships/collaborations
     to business and regional beneficiaries. They will also                                                direction of the University, working with Council to        with business in the UK and internationally.
     ensure that the University is a great place to work                                                   articulate a clear, and shared sense of purpose and
                                                                                                                                                                       Uphold excellent standards of accountability, ethics
     and that it is efficient and effective in its operations.                                             build on the strategy work currently underway.
                                                                                                                                                                       and corporate governance across the University.
                                                                                                           Provide clear leadership to further enhance the
                                                                                                                                                                       Provide strong support for the growth
                                                                                                           academic performance, standards and standing of
                                                                                                                                                                       and success of the three Colleges.
                                                                                                           the University; ensuring high levels of performance
                                                                                                           across all areas to ensure the delivery of high-quality   •	
                                                                                                                                                                       Provide strong and engaged leadership to Aston’s
                                                                                                           teaching, learning and research which continues to          fundraising and development initiatives including
                                                                                                           transform the lives of its students and beneficiaries.      promoting a highly engaged alumni community.
                                                                                                           Champion student experience in a post-Covid era,

                                                                                                           ensure that this delivers an outstanding student
                                                                                                           experience and continues to develop entrepreneurial
                                                                                                           graduates from a wide range of backgrounds with
                                                                                                           the highest levels of graduate employability.

                                                                                                                                                                        Students (13,328 undergraduate
                                                                                                                                                                        and 4,944 postgraduate)
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     Person specification                                                                                                    University Governance
     All candidates must be able to provide evidence of their stature, vision, credibility                                                                                                     Senate
                                                                                                                             The Council
     and leadership experience in order to oversee, and drive, the successful future                                         As Aston University’s governing body, the Council,                Senate is the principal academic body of the
     development of a distinctive university committed to excellence in research,                                            oversees the University’s development and assists                 University. It is responsible for overseeing the
                                                                                                                                                                                               quality and standards of all teaching and learning
     learning and teaching, student experience and industry partnerships.                                                    it to fulfil its primary objectives of teaching and
                                                                                                                             research. Comprising 15 members, with a majority of               carried out at Aston, as well as for all research
                                                                                                                             independent governors, as well as five staff and one              activities. Senate meetings concentrate on significant
     •	An unequivocal belief in and commitment to the           •	The vision and passion to create life-changing         student member, it carries ultimate responsibility for            areas of academic strategy, policy and delivery.
         vision, values and ethos of Aston University and the         and truly transformational student experience          the University’s strategic direction, finances, property          Academic ordinances and academic awards can
         ability to understand, assimilate, empathise with,           and, including high levels of graduate                 and human resource and employment policy.                         only be made with the agreement of Senate.
         and shape the institution’s culture to best meet the         employability and industry engagement.
                                                                                                                             The Council has specific responsibility for approving             With over 50 members including Pro-Vice-Chancellors
         University’s needs, goals and future ambitions.
                                                                  •	An unquestionable track record of integrity,           the delivery and effectiveness of the University                  and Executive Deans, other academic and professional
     •	A strong intellectual leader, with the requisite             resilience, openness and honesty with a strong         Strategy which sets out the institutional mission                 staff, and student representatives, Senate is chaired
         experience and skills to operate credibly within a           and demonstrable commitment to equality and            and vision, academic aims and objectives and                      by the Vice-Chancellor and meets three times a year.
         progressive, high impact academic environment                social mobility throughout the institution.            identifies the financial, physical and staffing
         and engender the respect of both internal                                                                           strategies necessary to achieve them.
                                                                  •	Politically astute with a sound understanding
         stakeholders and external beneficiaries.
                                                                      of and ability to influence UK higher education
     •	Sustained leadership and strategic management                policies, or evidence of ability to quickly
         experience gained at, or near, board level                   develop such an understanding.                                 Audit and
         ideally gained within an environment that                                                                                Risk Committee
                                                                  •	A strong appreciation and understanding of the
         has affinities and synergy with academia.
                                                                      global nature of higher education (and evidence                                                                                                                       Learning and
     •	The requisite knowledge and experience                       of national and international impact as a thought                                                                                                                  Teaching Committee
                                                                                                                                     Finance and
         to further strengthen the University’s profile               leader and advisor at the highest levels).                    Infrastructure
         and reputation for excellence in teaching                                                                                   Committee
                                                                  •	The confidence and courage to take well-considered
         and learning, academic quality, the student                                                                                                                      Council                         Senate                         Research Committee
                                                                      risks drawing on the expertise of the University and
         experience, graduate employability, cutting
                                                                      its stakeholders, including members of the Council.        Nominations and
         edge research and knowledge transfer.
                                                                                                                               Governance Committee
                                                                  •	A strong commitment to Birmingham, the
     •	A deep understanding of inclusivity with                                                                                                                                                                                           Regulatory
                                                                      wider region and a desire to be closely
         demonstrable accomplishments in embracing                                                                                                                                                                                        Sub-Committees
                                                                      engaged with City and regional leadership.
         difference, diversity and influencing societal change.                                                                 Remuneration and
                                                                                                                               Workforce Committee
     •	Excellent pro-active strategic thinking and problem-
         solving skills, with the ability to formulate clear
         decisions through influence as well as through
         executive authority; entrepreneurial, with the
         ability and willingness to take calculated risks.                                                                   Executive Team Structure
                                                                     How to apply
     •	Highly developed commercial acumen with robust              Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an
         financial management skills and a proven ability            employment agency advisor to Aston
                                                                                                                                                                                    Vice-Chancellor and
         to diversify and increase income streams.                   University on this appointment.                                                                                  Chief Executive
     •	Outstanding ambassadorial skills with the
                                                                     Candidates should apply for this
         ability to represent and promote the University
                                                                     role HERE using code WAUR
         externally across business, industry, government,
         the wider education sector and other key                    Click on the ‘apply’ button and follow the                PVC and Executive                                                                                              Executive Director
         partners, both at home and abroad.                          instructions to upload a CV and cover                     Dean Business and          PVC Research
                                                                                                                                                                                Deputy Vice-Chancellor
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Chief Operating Officer        Human Resources
     •	A track record of establishing creative                     letter, and complete the online equal                      Social Sciences                                                                                                   and OD

         and sustainable partnerships with the                       opportunities monitoring* form.
         ability to develop and lead innovative
                                                                     The closing date for applications is                      PVC and Executive                                  Executive Director
         fundraising programmes, development
                                                                     noon on 18 October 2021.                                 Dean Engineering and        PVC Education         Marketing, Recruitment
         opportunities and strategic partnerships.                                                                              Applied Sciences                                   and International

     •	First class communication skills and a                      * The equal opportunities monitoring online
         collaborative leadership approach; with                     form will not be shared with anyone involved in
         high levels of self-awareness and proven                    assessing your application. Please complete               PVC and Executive                                    Executive Director
         ability to engage and empower staff.                        as part of the application process.                        Dean Health and                                     Business and Civic
                                                                                                                                 Life Sciences                                        Engagement
Aston University
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