Registrar and Chief Operating Officer

Swansea University

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery, and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life. The University has a turnover of £296M with over 20,000 students and 2,800 staff. It occupies a captivating location opposite Swansea Bay, on the doorstep of the breath-taking Gower Peninsula.

The University has enjoyed a period of tremendous growth, achieving its ambition to be a top thirty research University, soaring up the 2014 Research Excellence Framework league table to 26th in the UK from 52nd in 2008. Additionally, an ambitious Campus Development Programme is well underway – one of the largest knowledge economy projects in the UK and within the top five in Europe. This has seen the recent opening of the £450 million Bay Campus which is already delivering significant impact for the region with Swansea University seeing a significant increase in student and staff numbers, and an impressive increase in new research projects awarded since 2012.

As the University nears its centenary year in 2020 it is now seeking to appoint an outstanding individual as Chief Operating Officer (COO). The COO will be the head of the professional and support services and deputy chief executive officer; and in the absence of the Vice-Chancellor, responsible for the efficient and effective functioning of the University. Furthermore, the COO is responsible for ensuring the University remains compliant with the appropriate legal and regulatory frameworks that define the institution’s obligations and duties, supporting the governance of the University through advice and support to the Council.

Candidates for the post will have an outstanding track record of providing strategic level leadership, in a university or similarly complex organisation in either the public or private sector. This person will be a standard-bearer for the University. From a core member of the Executive Team, a support to the Council, to a visible member of the whole staff community, this person must bring enthusiasm, along with the requisite technical competencies, to drive forward Swansea’s ambitions.

To download additional information, and to apply, please visit the website of the University’s recruitment partners Society by clicking here.

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