Higher Education

Our clients span the full breadth of the Higher Education sector. We have considerable experience of working on senior leadership, academic and professional searches. Our comprehensive networks enable us to reach innovative and impactful leaders from across the world.


Synthesiser – Lock Kristofer

Some clients in this sector include:


Minerva’s track-record includes Vice-Chancellor, Deputy and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dean, COO, CFO, HRD and senior professorial appointments.

We have also helped to appoint many non- executive chairs, trustees and pro-chancellors to the boards of Higher Education institutions.

Our Clients

We work with everyone from Oxbridge colleges (including heads of house, bursars, development directors) to small specialist institutions and large post-1992s.

Our practice extends to Chief Executive and senior policy roles in sector agencies, mission groups and learned societies.

There is a heightened emphasis on mission, purpose and values in the sector. In a time of challenging funding and increased regulatory oversight, it is critical that leaders have integrity and a vision for an increasingly impactful role that Universities can play in society.

The Big Picture



Over 700 appointments in this sector in our first decade


Gender Balance

41% of appointees have been candidates identifying as female


Global Majority Backgrounds

17% have been candidates coming from global majority backgrounds

Governance Appointments

One fifth of our work in this sector is on governance appointments