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Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Keele University

Keele University is seeking to appoint an exceptional individual as their new Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council to succeed Dame Jo Williams.  The University has international reach, a reputation for world-class research, high quality research-led education and an outstanding student experience. Keele has consistently ranked within the top three universities in England for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey. The University has invested heavily over the past 10 years in its beautiful campus and infrastructure and aims to build on the impact of its broad academic and research programmes to transform understanding and bring benefits to society, communities and individuals.


The next Chair of Council will bring an outstanding track record of success in their own field. They must have senior executive level experience, and ideally will have led a large and complex organisation. The incoming Chair will have a strong commitment to Higher Education, the student voice, diversity and most importantly to the mission and values of Keele University. The Chair must have strong ambassadorial qualities; they must be capable of engaging with a broad range of stakeholders and ideally have an international perspective. They must be collegiate and understand the parameters of good governance. Strong candidates will already have some non-executive experience. They will act as an excellent sounding-board and source of advice for the Vice-Chancellor and other senior leaders of Keele University. The incoming Chair shall be instrumental in leading Keele forward and helping the University to achieve its future ambitions in a challenging and highly competitive environment.


The Chair of Council is by definition the senior lay (non-executive) officer of the Council and plays a key role in the business of the University. They are responsible for the leadership of the Council and are ultimately responsible to the University’s stakeholders for ensuring that the Council operates effectively giving proper consideration to the issues which it needs to discuss and efficiently handling the business with which it is charged.


The time commitment associated with the office of Pro-Chancellor varies according to circumstances but is expected to average out at approximately two full days a month. This includes the need for availability at unexpected times on occasion.


The Pro-Chancellor may claim all reasonable travel and subsistence expenses for all University business.


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Equal Opportinunites Form


To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to by midday on Friday 15th October 2021.


Keele University values diversity, and is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity, and to proper and fair representation across its senior decision-making groups. In support of these commitments, the University particularly welcomes expressions of interest and applications from women and from individuals of black and ethnic minority backgrounds, for this post.