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Vice-Principal (Internationalisation)

University of the West of Scotland

UWS Vice-Chancellor’s Executive

Paisley Campus base with travel to other locations as required

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is driving an ambitious strategy - Dream, Believe, Achieve - for high-quality teaching and research, with a global engagement agenda to reflect the needs of the 21st century workplace. UWS works in partnership with its students to deliver world-ready graduates who will design, shape and build a new future. We are pioneers in developing effective interactions with global business, industry and the public and voluntary sectors.

UWS research and innovations will address major global challenges. Through our multi-disciplinary teams we will deliver at a scale and intensity that will ensure sustainable impact.

In alignment with the strategy and significant international growth, UWS Principal & Vice-Chancellor, Professor James Miller, seeks to appoint a new key member of his Executive Team, to lead the University’s internationalisation ambitions.

  • Vice-Principal (Internationalisation)

Working with a range of senior colleagues, you will develop a cohesive, University wide approach to all aspects of internationalisation. You will be responsible for conceptualising and developing a new Transnational Education (TNE) strategy for the University of the West of Scotland and delivering a step change and growth in TNE provision.

As a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive, you will contribute to the wider leadership and collective responsibility for the strategic direction of the University.  You should have proven success in the development and delivery of TNE of scale, that deliver strong academic, reputational and academic contributions. You will be a strategic thinker with a personal resonance with the academic endeavour of the University and enthusiasm for its ambitions and aspirations.

The successful candidate should have the following:

  • A First Degree and relevant postgraduate qualification or significant demonstrable relevant experience, and up to date continuous professional development
  • Proven success in leading large functions and delivering operations and strategies within internationally focused universities
  • Experience of developing and contributing to long-term strategic business planning, within the higher education sector environment
  • Experience in the development and delivery of TNE developments at scale that deliver strong academic, reputational and economic contributions
  • A demonstrable track record of leadership of professional staff and the delivery of international plans and strategy including international recruitment and the relevant regulatory systems
  • Significant experience of delivering and embedding change in a complex environment
  • Experience in or a demonstrable understanding of the Scottish and international higher education landscape

About us

UWS was named Higher Educational Institution of the Year in The Herald Higher Education Awards 2022 and is ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2022 Young University Rankings).

UWS is one of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic modern universities. Our reach across the country, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that set them up for global success in world-leading sectors, industries and businesses. With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to experience the joy of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and apply their knowledge for the benefit of others.

With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to experience the joy of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and apply their knowledge for the benefit of others.

Further information on the Vice-Principal (Internationalisation) vacancy can be found here.

For informal enquiries about this post, please contact Donna McMillan, University Secretary by email: Donna.McMillan@uws.ac.uk

Closing date: Monday 5th December 2022 (by Midday)

Interview date: Tuesday 20th December 2022

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.