Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, University of Bristol


The University of Bristol is a world-leading research-intensive institution with a clear mission to address society’s greatest challenges and make a positive impact both locally and globally. We are a top ten UK university and 55th in the world (QS Rankings 2024), and achieved a Silver rating in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework. Our people – our researchers, alumni and partners – are passionate, committed and inventive, and bring these qualities to tackle issues that are complex and multi-dimensional in a rapidly evolving world.

Our University Vision and Strategy was launched in 2022, with the mission to be a world-leading research-intensive university making impactful contributions to global societal challenges. We have had huge success in this area over the last few years, and there is much more to come: Isambard-AI, expected to be the most powerful supercomputer in the UK, will open at the National Composites Centre in the summer of 2024, for example, and The Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, part of the largest urban regeneration programme in Europe, will open in 2026.

In this exciting time of development, we are looking to appoint an inspiring Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation to drive Bristol’s disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and innovation excellence. Reporting to the DVC and working closely with the rest of the University Executive Board, they will lead the University Research and Innovation Strategy and have responsibility for shaping research and innovation activities across the institution. They will oversee the University Research Institutes and REF2029 preparations, lead on our spin-out and enterprise activities, and play a key role in the development of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. This is a critical role for the University and the new PVC Research and Innovation will be able to build on a real position of strength and collaboration.

We are looking for a future minded, inspiring, and strategic individual to make an impact on and develop Bristol’s research and innovation portfolio. Ideal candidates will bring a demonstrable track-record of leading change, building consensus, and driving research innovation and entrepreneurial activities. They will have significant experience of developing and leading world class research and innovation capability, and the vision to bring together and enthuse others across the institution. They must be effective internal and external relationship-builders, with the ability to set and implement coherent and comprehensive strategies to support the University in maintaining and enhancing its reputation for distinctive, innovative, high-quality research. This is an exciting opportunity to drive a key element of the University’s future vision.

Bristol is committed to diversity and inclusion at all levels and in all forms. The University wishes to encourage applications that will continue to strengthen the diversity in its executive team. The University is happy to discuss flexible working opportunities with applicants including whether a role can be considered as a job-share arrangement.

Please click here for the Candidate Pack.


To apply, please send a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter outlining how you meet the job description and person specification, and a completed Equality and Diversity Form to Thursday 11th April 2024.

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