Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)


28th November 2019

The University of Bristol is an international powerhouse of learning, discovery and enterprise. We are recognised across the world for our research, education and academic excellence. With an outstanding existing research platform, a culture of innovation, a strong research community.

In the UK, Bristol is one of the leading institutions among the UK’s Russell Group of universities and has an exceptional Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 performance.  With a focus on building greater interdisciplinary and innovative collaborations and more national and international partnerships of scale, Bristol has, five university-wide multidisciplinary research institutes and seven specialist research institutes. In the past six months, the University has been awarded  over £60 million of research & enterprise funding for two important platforms, the Bristol Digital Futures Institute and the Quantum Technology Innovation Centre, both to be based at the new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, in the heart of the city’s new enterprise zone. The University is home to 18,000 undergraduate students, over 5,000 postgraduate students and almost 7,000 staff in six faculties, with a total income of £608 million. 2017/18 annual research income was £219 million. 13 Nobel Laureates are associated with the University of Bristol.

The University of Bristol is looking to appoint to the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise). This senior academic leadership position is a member of the University’s Executive Board and will be responsible for enhancing an already high-performing and world-leading research environment as well as engaging with a wide range of organisations, from funders to corporates to charities, regionally, nationally and internationally. The role will focus on growing transdisciplinary and innovative collaborations, internally and externally, and fostering knowledge transfer and commercialization, to create highly impactful contributions to the key global challenges facing society.

As such, we are looking for a committed international academic with a strong personal credibility in terms of positive leadership and superb partnership and relationship development skills. Backed up with a track record of leading the REF, having high-level published research and significant experience of developing and securing complex and sizeable research funding across disciplines. The postholder will also oversee the Bristol Doctoral College and have responsibility for postgraduate research students.

Bristol is committed to diversity and inclusion at all levels and in all forms. The University wishes to encourage applications that will continue to strengthen the diversity in its executive team.  The University is happy to discuss flexible working opportunities with applicants including whether a role can be considered as a job-share arrangement or a job split.

For details of the appointment, including further information about the job description, person specification and how to apply, please visit here.

For informal inquiries please contact IIona Motyer at or +44 20 7340 6220.

The deadline for applications is 18:00pm BST 28th November 2019.