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Chair of Trustees, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland holds a distinctive and important role in the landscape of higher education in Scotland.  Originally founded in 1901 by Andrew Carnegie, the Trust provides financial support to students in the form of tuition fee awards and grants to alleviate hardship, and encourages the development of research, particularly for those at an early career stage.   It also provides vacation scholarships, study support grants and PhD scholarships.  In 2019-20, the Trust’s expenditure of £2.6m translated into 882 applications and 448 awards, with 17 institutions supported.


The Trust is looking for a new Chair of Trustees to succeed Professor Dame Anne Glover.  The Chair leads the Board of Trustees, ensuring its effectiveness in all aspects of its role including satisfying the Trust’s charitable objects; setting the strategy and values of the Trust; maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements; ensuring that the expectations of the Trust’s beneficiaries and other stakeholders are effectively managed and delivered; and maintaining high levels of accountability, probity, and corporate governance. The role is likely to require a time commitment of one to two days per month.  It is unremunerated, although reasonable expenses are covered.


Candidates should be enthusiastic about, and committed to, the ethos and values of the Trust.  They will bring sound judgement and a nuanced approach to governance, ideally gained through significant experience and stature in their own field.   They will be skilled chairs who will effectively lead an engaged and high calibre board of trustees.   They must have highly developed representation, communication and interpersonal skills, and be sensitive to the challenges faced by the universities of Scotland, the wider academic community, and current and future students.


Candidate Pack


To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to by no later than the 29th of October 2021.