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 Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor.

Queen’s is one of the top 200 universities worldwide, ranked at 173 in the QS World University Rankings 2020. With an annual turnover in excess of £370 million, over 23,000 students and 4,000 staff, our university plays a unique leadership role in Northern Ireland, contributing £1.9 billion to the UK economy. This website provides you with all the information you will need about these senior roles and the Faculties they lead, as well the wider University.

I am proud of the positive impact that we make on society and the economy in Northern Ireland, supporting the communities that we serve. This impact reflects both the strengths of Queen’s and our approach to partnership and collaborative working. Our Social Charter for example, reaffirms our commitment to engaging with society and celebrates the many ways our students and staff make a valuable contribution to our local community. The University is also playing a key role in the Belfast Region City Deal, leading on a number of innovation projects that will have a transformative effect on the local economy.

Providing a world-class education and student experience is always a priority in our thinking. For example, we recently launched a new campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues for our students and staff. Last year our international student population increased by 11% and this will continue to be a focus for us moving forward. Ranked 22nd in the world for international outlook, we are a diverse institution with almost 700 international staff and over 3,000 international students from over 88 different countries.

As a member of the Russell Group of UK research intensive universities, we are continually looking to strengthen our culture of research ambition, tackling global challenges such as Food Security, Cyber Security and Global Peace, Security & Justice. The University was ranked 8th in the UK for Research Intensity by Times Higher Education with over 75% of our research assessed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in REF 2014. In research innovation, our impact has been recognised by seven Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, the most recent just this year for our work on shared education. We have also just been ranked No 1 in the UK for commercialising our research through spinout companies.

We are globally connected from our home in Belfast with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. Amongst our dynamic partnerships are academic links with leading institutions in America, China, India, the Middle East and Asia.

During the 2019-20 academic year, we are developing our new Strategic Plan which will reflect the changing external environment and new opportunities. It will be an exciting time to come and join 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.

The University welcomed Professor Ian Greer as its new President and Vice Chancellor in August 2018. Professor Greer is committed to ensuring Queen’s continues to be a world class global university with regional impact, and he is ambitious to drive the University’s research and educational offering through significant investment in the coming years.

It is in this evolving context that Queen’s is seeking Pro-Vice Chancellors for both the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences to join as members of the University Executive Board. These are senior strategic leadership roles across the University. The Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellors will play a key role in supporting the Vice Chancellor in the academic leadership and management of the University and be directly responsible for their respective Faculties. As well as providing leadership of the Faculty, they will provide an important executive leadership role, with other colleagues on the Executive Board, providing a collaborative and integrated approach to University wide success. The nature of the roles requires leading, developing and delivering excellence in both teaching & learning, and research & innovation, including strategic national and international initiatives and partnerships.

The successful candidate, internationally recognised for their research and scholarship, will have extensive leadership and management experience and a proven track record of success in leading and delivering strategic objectives.

You will find more information regarding the University, the Faculties and the roles on this site.

Annual turnover
Number of students
Number of staff
University ranking
173rd (QS World University Rankings 2020)
Research Quality
Over 75% of research world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2104)