Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University London


Middlesex University is a global university committed to meeting the needs and ambitions of a culturally and internationally diverse range of students, by providing challenging academic programmes underpinned by innovative research, grants and professional practice. With campuses in London, Dubai and Mauritius, Middlesex University prepares its students to be professional, skilled individuals fit for the modern world, committed to life-long learning, and able to contribute to the communities in which they live and work. A new campus dedicated to arts and creative industries is being established in Hainan, China, with Minzu University of China.  We are seeking an exceptional individual for the role of Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

The new Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor will be committed to the mission of Middlesex University, of putting knowledge into action, and transforming lives through education, and the experiences of our students will resonate with the person we appoint to this post. Candidates will be excited by developing new operating models, and committed to meeting the challenges of reducing the cost base while delivering excellent, service-oriented professional services. They will have a vision for transforming efficiency and effectiveness through digital advances. And they will bring out the best in staff and have a track record of developing high performing teams and nurturing talent.

Ideal candidates will be experienced senior professional services leaders with a strong track record of strategic leadership and delivering impactful organisational change in a large, complex Higher Education institution. They will have prior experience of overseeing and delivering operational management across a broad range of professional services functions and will be able to point to how they have improved student and user experiences. They will be financially minded and be a natural ambassador and negotiator for the University.

This is an extremely exciting time to be joining Middlesex and to contribute to the University’s ambitious development. This is an opportunity to work with the new Vice Chancellor, Professor Shân Wareing, to lead the University, with its three international campuses in addition to its London campus, into an exciting future.


To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter outlining how you meet the job description and person specification to by close of business on Monday 2nd September 2024.

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