Deputy Vice Chancellor


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We are looking to recruit an outstanding Deputy Vice-Chancellor who can help us think, develop our vision and shape implementation for the transformation of teaching and learning at a large inclusive university. The successful candidate will work as a member of the University’s senior leadership team, reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and taking responsibility for the implementation of change across teaching and research. The DVC (Academic) will lead teams centrally and across the three Colleges of the University. 

One of our most important concepts as we move forward is our vision of the ‘extended campus’ – a vision for the coherent integration of the physical and the digital.  This role will give the successful candidate exceptional scope to lead, and to do so across a large university which is rethinking the ways it works to be a genuinely flexible, adaptive organisation.

The Person

Key Attributes

We are looking to recruit an exceptional academically credible leader who can inspire the Hallam community to continue to do great things.  Horizon scanning is second nature to you.  You will  be:

  • an exceptional advocate for academic innovation and the transformational role in higher education in shaping the futures for all who can benefit from it.
  • able to demonstrate that you understand that transformation depends above all on enthusing and engaging people in change.
  • evidently committed to equality and diversity and to the public good of higher education.

In particular you will bring 

  • A passionate commitment to leading innovation and bold change across the academic offer that will drive an outstanding student learning experience based on embedding and evolving the Hallam Model and continue driving improvement in our research and innovation portfolio.
  • An absolute focus on the mission and purpose of Hallam; ambitious and committed to our success.
  • Personal integrity; able to listen, understand and take people with you.
  • Strong credibility and intellectual standing; able to demonstrate your own commitment to inquisitive and self-reflective professional growth and development.
  • A strong grasp of the issues involved in embedding digital innovation in higher education to drive inclusion and engagement.
  • Strategic appreciation of the higher education environment, funding and policy frameworks and understanding of the key factors, trends and issues.
  • Significant understanding of the challenges facing universities and the differing needs and modes of education and delivery across the different disciplines that make up a comprehensive university.
  • Experience of strategy formulation and execution in a complex organisation involving infrastructure, systems and people to drive improvement.
  • The ability to make logical, well-balanced, and reasoned decisions.
  • The ability to build and sustain strong strategic professional relationships, to optimise such networks for the benefit of the organisation and to fulfil ambassadorial responsibilities.
  • Successful experience of strategic business planning and implementation combined with a proven track record of achieving results; proven management experience particularly financial management, resource allocation and planning.

The Job

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) you will provide visible senior leadership across all aspects of university life, contributing to the strategic development, performance and institutional management of the University and promoting a culture of excellence, innovation and inclusion. You will model  exemplary practices in relation to leadership, management, mentoring and personal support to students, staff and senior colleagues.  You will help to ensure that the University is led and managed in a coherent and collaborative way, which supports and enables our ambitions.

In practice this means that you will bring the ability to provide strong and visible leadership of the University’s overall academic delivery, ensuring sector-leading quality and practice, in line with our Transforming Lives vision.  You will work with and through others to ensure that Sheffield Hallam offers sector learning quality and performance and realises the Transforming Lives mission. You will help shape the strategic development, performance, and institutional management of the University. It means playing a key part in  ensuring that the University is led in ways which drive our ambition to be the world leading applied University and reflect the Hallam Values.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide exceptional vision, leadership and strategic direction for the University’s academic offer, bringing agility and responsiveness to changes in the external environment; the highest levels of performance and quality, so that the University’s academic portfolio (size, shape and mix) is fit-for-purpose, sustainable and aligned to our University’s Transforming Lives strategy.
  • Work as a member of the  University Leadership Team (ULT) and with other senior leaders to ensure that issues crossing academic and professional boundaries are addressed and resolved in a collaborative and productive way, consistent with our One University ethos.
  • Drive Hallam to be the exemplar of extended campus learning by further evolving the Hallam Model, stimulating new ideas and innovations, challenging and supporting academic leaders to ensure students have a consistently excellent and inspiring academic experience.
  • Develop the academic vision and oversee the implementation of the digital transformation of academic provision with due regard to inclusive practices, the wellbeing of staff and sustainability of resourcing.
  • Contribute to the development and management of productive relationships with national bodies, funders and regulators, including the Office for Students (working closely with others), ensuring that our academic portfolio is tailored to opportunities created or constraints posed by regulatory and funding arrangements.
  • Lead our partnership working with the Students’ Union on all academic and related student experience issues. Champion Sheffield Hallam students and promote their successes both within the University and beyond.

Generic Responsibilities

  • Play a major role in strategic leadership and planning for the University, setting and communicating the strategic vision, mission, and ambition of Sheffield Hallam to be the world leading applied university.
  • Take personal, collective, and visible responsibility for decisions made within ULT, clearly communicating the decisions and business expectations to all relevant stakeholders.
  • Understand the implications of the financial, commercial, regulatory, and wider external environment for the University, applying this to the identification of strategic priorities and institutional responses.
  • Apply robust, evidence-based approaches to enhance the University’s performance and ensure an upward progression in league tables and other sector benchmarking.
  • Provide effective leadership, performance management, mentoring and personal support for direct reports; and engage with staff more widely, leading by example, to ensure the development of a high performing culture and collaborative cross-university community able to deliver the University's strategic aspirations through excellence in teaching, learning, professional services and research.
  • Set priorities and drive results, communicating a clear vision, setting stretching but achievable goals, and managing accountability through timely and transparent decision making and support.
  • Lead the effective delivery of change through collaborative processes which balance the needs of stakeholders, seeks out and develops innovative ideas, high quality, and progressive practice, and enabling others to do the same.
  • Maintain a strong external profile and network, actively engaging in horizon scanning and building effective and influential relationships with strategic stakeholders. Represent the Vice-Chancellor and the University in relevant areas, providing regular reports and updates for ULT and the Board of Governors.  Lead external groups, bodies, or initiatives as appropriate to the University's interests.
  • Embody the University’s values both within and outside the organisation; be accountable for improving equality, diversity and inclusion outcomes for staff and students. Drive and develop an open, collaborative, and inclusive culture across the University.
  • Take responsibility and accountability for specific University-wide initiatives or duties as assigned by the Vice-Chancellor.
  • Deputise as required for the Vice-Chancellor.

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