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Pro-Vice-Chancellor/Executive Director: Global Impact, Communications and Policy (Permanent, Full Time)

Vice Chancellor

Location:  Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
Salary:  Competitive
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Tuesday 14 February 2023
Reference:  KB-2023

Harper Adams University is the leading UK Higher Education (HE) institution focused on the land-based and food supply-chain sectors with an important national and international role in these subject areas. 

We are looking to appoint a PVC/Executive Director: Global Impact, Communications and Policy.  This is a newly created role which will play a critical part in the development and implementation of our new strategic plan. 

Our PVC/Executive Director: Global Impact, Communications and Policy will translate the potential of everything we do in ways which are accessible and useful to future generations of leaders, industry partners and policy makers. Working with the Vice-Chancellor and Executive Committee colleagues, the PVC/Executive Director will lead the University’s work across these areas as outlined in our Strategic Plan to 2030, Together We Will Make The Difference. The postholder will lead on ensuring the Vice-Chancellor, University Executive and wider institutional community deliver on institutional ambitions and priorities in the following areas at a global, national and local level:

  • Institutional relationships and partnerships
  • Student recruitment 
  • Communications, marketing and story telling
  • Public affairs, policy and influence
  • Civic relationships and community partnerships
  • Campus and community engagement

The successful candidate will bring experience and an understanding of the vital role that universities play within local and national communities, as well direct experience of engaging with and communicating an institution’s purpose and impact on the global stage. 

You will be an experienced network creator and bring a sophisticated ability to develop stories that engage different communities across common agendas and priorities. You will bring knowledge and experience of the specific challenges and opportunities that the specialist sectors with which we work are facing, and the role that a leading University can play in partnering with them. An understanding of current approaches to student communications, recruitment and engagement and how these can be enhanced through both meta scale and locally-focused story-telling and narratives will be beneficial.

Please note that interviews will take place on Monday 27th February 2023 

If you have any queries or questions or for an informal discussion please contact Andy Allen, Head of HR, by emailing

Further details:    Candidate Information Pack    
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