Appointment of Director of Public Engagement

Welcome from the Vice Chancellor

As President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, I would like to thank you for showing an interest in the position of Director of Public Engagement.

Queen’s University is one of the leading institutions in the UK and Ireland. With an annual turnover in excess of £370 million, over 24,000 students and 4,300 staff, Queen’s plays a unique leadership role in Northern Ireland, contributing £1.9 billion to the UK economy. We are proud of the positive impact we make locally, nationally and internationally.

This is an exciting time to join Queen’s as we embark on the next phase of our development as a University. Our new ten-year Strategic Plan, which sets out our ambitions to shape a better world through our education and research, was launched in July. Strategy 2030 reflects the changing external environment and new opportunities, particularly around internationalisation.

This website provides you with information about the Director of Public Engagement role and our University. I hope you will consider joining us on our journey as we continue to ‘Shape a Better World’.

QUB Vice Chancellor - Signature
Professor Ian Greer
President & Vice Chancellor
QUB Vice Chancellor - Ian Greer

Executive Summary

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland with a distinguished heritage and history. A member of the Russell Group, Queen’s combines excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

As we continue to expand our global reputation and reach, the University is seeking to appoint a Director of Public Engagement. The post holder will be a specialist advisor and Institutional lead for the University on strategic engagement both nationally and internationally and will be responsible for the successful implementation and delivery of an engagement strategy to achieve the University’s corporate vision and ambitions.

Reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor, the post holder will be responsible for growing the University’s reputation and relevance nationally and internationally. The role will lead the University’s high-level engagement, lobbying and advocacy initiatives, particularly but not exclusively, with governments (often at ministerial level), government departments, arms-length bodies and other major stakeholders, to meet the needs of the University.

The post will require an individual with substantial relevant experience gained in a public affairs or a related role at board or senior leadership/executive management level. The successful candidate will have a track record of networking and lobbying with a proven ability to establish, broker and build major strategic relationships with multiple external stakeholders and networks on national and international platforms.

Annual turnover
Number of students
Number of staff
University ranking
200 (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021)
Research Quality
Over 75% of research world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2104)