Strategic Advisor to Principal and Vice-Chancellor

University of the West of Scotland – Executive Office/Strategic Planning and Development

Paisley Campus (Travel to other campuses will be required)

We have an exciting opportunity for a newly created post working with Professor James Miller, Principal and Vice-Chancellor who joined the University of the West of Scotland in 2022.

You will be a strategic advisor and senior support to the Principal and Vice- Chancellor, bringing your knowledge and expertise from the higher education sector and external environment to guide and advise on policy and practice developments, and a frontline support ensuring he is briefed and prepared for key engagements. 

You will be responsible for briefings and speech writing and ensuring a strong focus on action; and will demonstrate high-level skills in drafting briefings, synthesising complex information at pace and identifying opportunities for the University of the West of Scotland to progress. 

You will have extensive experience of the HE sector and have a demonstratable track record in leadership, working effectively with senior colleagues and be a credible and compelling communicator in oral and written communications. 


UWS was named Higher Educational Institution of the Year in The Herald Higher Education Awards 2022 and is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 600 universities worldwide (2022 World University Rankings) as well as in the top 150 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2022 Young University Rankings). University of the West of Scotland 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. 

Our professional services teams are the backbone of UWS, providing robust and innovative solutions to support the vast range of work across learning and teaching, and research and innovation. You will join a supportive and dedicated team, playing a key role in a range of work that will help drive forward our ambition to deliver world-leading research, and graduates who will design, shape and build a new future. 

We offer our staff a caring and supportive environment, across five campuses, and a competitive benefits package which includes: 

  • 24 days of annual leave, plus a further 12 days for public/university holidays
  • 19.3% employer’s pension contribution, including death in service benefits on joining the pension scheme
  • A flexible approach to working pattern and work-life balance
  • Employee discount scheme across 3,500 retailers
  • Fitness facilities across our campuses
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing resources, including occupational health, physiotherapy and access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Professional, career and research development opportunities. 

Further information, including details of how to apply are available when clicking 'Apply' above.

Interview Date: Week Commencing 13th March 2023 

The University reserves the right to shorten/extend the closing date of any position where a high/low volume of suitable applications are received. Therefore, if you are interested in this role, an early application would be encouraged. 

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.