The University of Gloucestershire is different. We are a vibrant and successful institution, with a unique identity and a depth of experience that supports students from many different backgrounds. Our Council, staff and students share their passions, academic interests and goals to create more successful futures.


With our focus firmly on the future we have a heritage stretching back 180 years.  Now a diverse community of approximately 9,500 students and 1,000 staff the University has over 40,000 alumni across the world.  With campuses in the spa town of Cheltenham and historic city of Gloucester, as well as partners in the UK and overseas, the University offers students a safe, dynamic and exciting place to learn, grow, and make connections and shape the world.  Our commitment to sustainability has led to our reputation as a sector leader.


We are now seeking to appoint a new Chair of Council to succeed Professor Julian Crampton.  The new Chair will inspire the University to achieve our vision and ambition as set out in the University Strategy for 2017-22.


  • To provide a breadth and richness of experience that enables all our students to reach their full potential.
  • To provide teaching and support for learning of the highest quality.
  • To undertake excellent research and innovative professional practice which enrich students’ learning and create impact and benefit for others.
  • To build partnerships which create opportunity, innovation and mutual benefit for the communities we serve.


The Chair will bring energy, enthusiasm and personal passion to the role, and will lead the Council in its collective responsibility for defining and developing the educational character, strategy and mission of the University.  We are proud of our recent achievements, including the opening of multi-million pound new facilities in Gloucester and Cheltenham, and are confident that we have a strong platform for further future success.


Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate excellent leadership and interpersonal skills with experience of large, complex organisations in the private or public sectors.  They will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of good corporate governance alongside an interest in, and ideally a good understanding of, the UK higher education sector.  Ideally they will have international experience and a global outlook.


To informally enquire about the position, contact Penny Gravestock:
For further information, including how to apply, please contact the Assistant Secretary to Council, Penny Gravestock, on 01242 714184 or

To apply online click here, or to apply by email click here.