Division of General Counsel, Governance and Compliance

VC recruitment process

Help us find the right leader for Sussex. Share your views and insights, smoothing the path for our eventual new Vice-Chancellor. We want widespread support for the decision.

We want your help in determining the kind of candidates we aim to attract as our next permanent Vice-Chancellor. We want to know what you consider to be the important characteristics of the candidates.

How will the interview process be run?

The University has appointed Odgers and Berndtson (OB) as the agency to lead the recruitment process and ensure we get the best candidate. They are eager to understand what is important to you so that there is a smooth transition.

The initial engagement process ran for two weeks, 21 September until Wednesday 6 October 2021.

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How have the community shared their views?

They were able to complete an online form , answering these questions:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities facing the University of Sussex?
  • What do you see as the strategic priorities for the next Vice-Chancellor?
  • What key characteristics do you seek in your next Vice-Chancellor (essential and desirable skills, experience and qualities)?

A number of bespoke sessions were held with various University committees and groups including Senate, Council, UCU, Unite, Unison and the Students’ Union.

Odgers Berndtson held in-person drop-in sessions for staff and students.

Discussions took place within Schools and PS Divisions, which feedback was also captured.

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