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Lay Members of Council x 4

Registrars and Secretary Department
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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With a vibrant community of academics, students and professionals, the University of York is a world-leading institution with a reputation for excellent interdisciplinary research and outstanding teaching and learning. York has a unique heritage, distinctive profile and welcoming culture; yet at the same time, it continues to evolve, embracing the values of modern society and acting as a champion for diversity and inclusion. Every aspect of life at the University of York is informed by our founding principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all.

With a turnover of £367 million, 17,000 students and 4,000 staff, the University makes significant contributions to economy, society and culture through research and its impact, addressing some of the key challenges of our time. The University is making investments to enhance student life and education, research and its translation, and the fabric and estate of the institution. The future will demand continued investment in all of these areas, alongside a bold agenda for a new strategic plan in the context of considerable uncertainties in the sector.

It is within this context that the University is now seeking to appoint four exceptional individuals as lay members of Council who will bring a variety of skills, and particularly those who bring experience and expertise in the broad areas of:

  • Marketing, communications and media
  • Technology and digital
  • Research, innovation and knowledge exchange
  • Fundraising and philanthropy
  • HE and local and regional development, including government (and Whitehall connections)
  • Secondary education 
  • Financial strategy, leadership and reporting 
  • Social policy and third sector

The University is also looking to re-balance the board to include a greater proportion of regionally-based Council members.

Working closely with the Chair of Council, members are collectively responsible for the effective stewardship and strategic direction of the University, as well as the safeguarding of its mission and values. The ideal candidates will demonstrate an understanding governance at board level, a commitment to higher education and will bring to bear their skills, knowledge and experience in support of York’s vision and purpose.

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We particularly welcome applications from female candidates, and candidates from minority ethnic backgrounds, who are under-represented at senior levels in the institution.#EqualityatYork

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Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.