Appointment of Independent Council Members

Job description

The distinctive ethos on which Sussex was established more than 50 years ago remains at the heart of the University. The traditions of creativity, interdisciplinarity, innovation and intellectual rigour – in both education and research – continue to play an important part in who we are. Building on this, and against a backdrop of change in higher education, Sussex is forging a new destiny for itself. Our aim is to reimagine the pioneering spirit of our founders for new times and a new generation.

‘Sussex 2025’ is an ambitious, bold and distinctive strategic framework, underpinned by thematic and school strategies. It is designed to guide the institution to 2025 and beyond, keeping us true to our original purpose whilst being ready for the challenges of our own times. Sussex has a long tradition of experimentation and innovation that has made a difference to the lives of students, and those who benefit from our research and wider endeavours. We will build on these achievements and evolve as a better University, dedicated to making a better world.

Under the Royal Charter of 1961 that established the University of Sussex, the Council is the governing body of the University. The University is proud of the diversity and calibre of its Council, with members drawn from a variety of backgrounds to ensure a breadth of experience is brought to debate and discussion.

Council seeks to appoint two independent members to take up seats from March 2020. This will be a stimulating and challenging time to join Council, as we look to build on the past and redefine Sussex’s distinctiveness for the 21st century.

Members of Council are expected to demonstrate proven leadership skills gained at board level, either through professional roles or volunteer experience, whether executive or non-executive, have a strong commitment to higher education in general and to the goals and objectives of the University of Sussex in particular, and an understanding of the complexity of university governance and of the strategic, political and economic context in which the University operates.

We welcome expressions of interest from most walks of life, and would be particularly interested in applications from candidates who can:

• Support Council’s understanding of the potential of new and disruptive technologies to education

• Strengthen bonds to our local community

• Bring strategic HR leadership experience

The University of Sussex is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and through this appointment process it is the Council’s clear stated aim to develop candidate pools that include applicants from all backgrounds and communities. The University particularly welcomes applications from women, people from black and minority ethnic communities, the LGBT+ community and from disabled people.

Being a Council member at the University of Sussex is a highly rewarding voluntary role. In the spirit of charity trustees, our members of Council are not remunerated, but members may reclaim all reasonable travelling and similar expenses incurred in the course of University business. Council meets three times a year for meetings over a full day plus a briefing the night before. Independent members are also expected to join one sub-committee which will meet between three to five times per year. Most meetings take place on campus. Members of Council may be re-appointed for three periods up to a maximum of nine years’ service.

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