Appointment of Principal and Vice-Chancellor
The position of Principal and Vice-Chancellor provides the opportunity for an outstanding individual to build on a strong platform of impressive progress made over recent years to shape an exciting future for Dundee on its journey to become Scotland’s leading University.
Our next Principal will be an inspirational leader who will command the respect of our community and bring energy and enthusiasm to the delivery of our vision and strategy. They will promote and stimulate the very best academic, organisational and financial performance across the University, as well as playing a leading role in representing our interests locally, nationally and internationally.
Our Charter identifies the Principal and Vice-Chancellor as our chief academic and administrative officer, presiding over meetings of the Senatus Academicus and, in the absence of the Chancellor, exercising the functions of the Chancellor including the conferment of degrees. The distinguished astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell has recently been appointed as our new chancellor.
The Principal is a member of Court, the University’s governing body. As de facto Chief Executive, the Principal has overall responsibility for the academic strategy and effective management of the University and is the ‘accountable officer’ responsible for its governance and progress towards long-term financial sustainability.
The Principal works closely with the Chair of Court and Court members in discharging these responsibilities and in all other aspects of Court’s work. The Chair is formally the Principal’s line manager, meeting with them on a regular basis and undertaking formal annual reviews of their performance.
"A high performing community driving one of the world’s top 200 universities. A city that is in the midst of a transformation – highlighted by the opening in 2018 of V&A Dundee – which is making it one of the best places in the United Kingdom to live, work and study.
The University of Dundee is an extraordinary university. In searching for a new Principal and Vice-Chancellor we are offering an outstanding opportunity to lead an institution where we have our sights set on being Scotland’s leading university.
It is an ambitious goal but one we are well on our way to achieving. The person who becomes our next Principal will share that ambition.
We are seeking someone who embraces our values and sense of place, working with the leadership team and the University community. We are almost unique in placing equal value on research, on teaching and on the student experience. In doing all of that we look to fulfil our core mission, to transform lives globally and locally.
We are an inclusive university and look forward to receiving applications from a diverse range of backgrounds.
If you are ready to be that leader who shares our commitment to excellence in everything you do and the transformative power of a university, then we want to hear from you."
Ronnie Bowie, Chair of Court
About the University
Alastair McCall, Editor of the Sunday Times Good University Guide, said when they named us Scottish University of the Year for the second year running, “Dundee proves it is possible to be both an outstanding teaching university and one at the cutting edge in research work.”
Learn more about us:
- Our University
- Read our prospectus (PDF)
- Dundee at a glance (PDF)
- Reports and Financial Statements (PDF)
- Economic and Social Impact (PDF)
Our recently launched Strategy places a high-performance community at the heart of everything we do and takes us forward in our next fifty years.
Our university at the heart of the city
Dundee occupies a stunning position on the east coast of Scotland, overlooking the River Tay, where in summer dolphins can be seen playing. The city and its surrounds offer a high quality of living. Experience city life with wide open spaces.
Life in Dundee
- Dundee: Scotland's City of Design
- Scotland's coolest city
- Where to go in 2018
- The Revival of Dundee
- Why you should visit
Take a virtual tour around our campus and see what we have to offer.
Enquire and apply
Saxton Bampfylde are supporting the University to carry out an executive search. Applications close at 12pm on 30 April and interviews will be held on 25 June. For further details contact Belinda Beck, quoting reference code KUDD, on:
+44 (0)20 7227 0880