Pro-Vice Chancellor for:

Engineering & Physical Sciences

Our Vision & Strategy

Over the past 18 months, the University has been developing a new Strategic Plan through extensive engagement with staff, students and external stakeholders.

QUB - Shaping a better world

Building on the success of our Corporate Plan 2016-21, Strategy 2030 sets out our ambition for the next ten years to shape a better world through life-changing education and research across our disciplines, investing in our people, both students and staff, to ensure excellence and impact.

Our new Strategy defines the response of the University in the COVID pandemic as we drive the social and economic recovery of Northern Ireland. The role of Queen’s in the recovery underlines our vision to meet the needs of Northern Ireland, driving social and economic change with global resonance.

The University’s success is a reflection of the success of our people and our core values of Integrity, Connectivity, Ambition, Respect and Excellence underpin all that we do.

Strategy 2030 will be launched in the coming months.

The Role & Requirements

The University is seeking to appoint a Pro-Vice Chancellor to lead the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. More detailed information on the Faculty is available here.

The role of Pro-Vice Chancellor

This is a senior strategic leadership role across the university. As a member of the University Executive Board, they will also play a major role in developing our new strategy, building on the success of our Corporate Plan which concludes in 2021. As well as providing leadership of the Faculty, they will play a central role in the co-creation of initiatives with other colleagues on the Executive Board, to provide a collaborative and integrated approach to University wide success.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor will be responsible for:
  • Acting as an advocate of the University locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Collaborating with national and international government departments and other external stakeholders to build research and innovation capacity.
  • Developing, managing and maintaining strategic partnerships.
  • Leading and developing international initiatives and reputation.
  • Leadership of their Faculty Executive Board, responsible for planning and prioritising the key activities of their Faculty, demonstrably shaping and supporting the University-wide strategic priorities.
  • Building on existing and seeking to develop new interdisciplinary activities across the Faculty and University.
  • Providing leadership to the senior management team within the Faculty.
  • Providing innovation, direction and effective management of resources to deliver its contribution to the University’s new strategy.
  • Embedding the drive, ambition and capabilities required to excel in teaching and research.
  • Operational and financial management of the Faculty with appropriate prioritisation.
  • Managing performance, recruitment and retention.

The Person

The Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor must be a professor who is committed to supporting the development and delivery of the new University strategy. Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following skills, abilities, personal motivation and experience:

  • Experience of successfully leading change in a large, complex organisation.
  • A senior leader with credibility within the academic community and a proven track record of leading and delivering a strategic vision.
  • A strong advocate with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build productive relationships locally, nationally and internationally.
  • International academic standing in a discipline relevant to the Faculty as evidenced by levels of grant income, a sustained high quality publication record and PhD supervision.
  • Proven track record of the successful management of financial, human and physical resources.
  • Experience in, and a passion for, delivering high quality research and teaching by setting challenging academic standards.

Job Specification

Click here to download a detailed job specification for Engineering and Physical Sciences.

University Overview

The successful candidate will join a globally connected University that is committed to bringing together world-leading researchers and students to tackle some of the biggest global challenges of our generation.

Queen’s is one of the oldest universities in the UK with a rich and distinguished heritage. The University recently celebrated its 175th anniversary, having been established in 1845 as part of the federal Queen’s University of Ireland with Colleges in Belfast, Galway and Cork. It was awarded independent degree awarding powers in 1908 when it became a university in its own right.

Our Economic Impact

Today, Queen’s is a dynamic and diverse institution with a thriving multicultural community of over 4,300 staff and 24,000 students, including 3,500 international students from 80 different countries.

The University’s focus on quality teaching, research excellence and a student-centred culture endures. A member of the Russell Group, it is ranked joint 1st in the UK for research intensity (Complete University Guide 2021), while ten of the University’s subjects are in the top 200 in the world (QS World Rankings by subject 2021).

The University persists in growing its global reputation and outlook. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2021), Queen’s was placed 21st in the world for international outlook and is in the top 25 universities in the world for international joint publications, according to U-Multirank 2020. Global partnerships and academic alliances continue to grow and develop with leading institutions in America, China, India, the Middle East and Asia.

Queen’s plays a key role in Northern Ireland’s social and economic development. As well as contributing over £1.6bn to the local economy, the University has a proven track record in commercialisation and has been ranked first in the UK by Octopus Ventures for entrepreneurial impact. The University’s central involvement in Belfast Region City Deal (BRCD) further cements its role in supporting and accelerating economic growth in Northern Ireland and ensuring a talent pipeline of equipped, future ready graduates to meet demand.

Recent Achievements

Placed 200 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021
Ranked 43 in the world in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021
8th in the UK for Research Intensity

(Times Higher Education, based on REF 2014 results)

14 of the individual areas of research assessed were ranked in the Top 20 in the UK

(REF 2014)

Over 75% of Queen’s research activity was judged to be internationally excellent or world-leading

(REF 2014)

7 Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, the latest in 2019 for Shared Education
One of only 18 universities in the UK to hold an Athena SWAN Silver Institutional Award
Awarded Northern Ireland’s first Regius Professorship in 2016
96% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation

(HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2016-17)

No. 1 in the UK for research commercialisation

(Octopus Ventures Entrepreneurial Impact Ranking 2020)

14 Queen’s subjects in the UK top 10

(Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)

Ranked 21st in the world for International Outlook

(Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021)

Contributes £1.9 billion to the UK economy

(London Economics Report)

Investing in Excellence

Effective governance and strong financial performance is critical to the success of Queen’s and we are well positioned to meet the challenges facing the sector. Our primary financial objective is to generate surpluses sufficient to sustain our ongoing activities and to maintain the necessary investment in our estate and associated infrastructure. We have a successful track record in delivering against this objective, with a broad range of income streams from public and private sources.

Queen’s had a satisfactory year in 2019-20 with an operational surplus generated of £4.9m and total net assets at 31 July 2020 of £629.7m.

Financial Highlights 2018-19

Faculties & Directorates

Engineering & Physical Sciences

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) at Queen’s is unique. It brings together 6,500 students and over 600 academic and research staff to create a dynamic, multidisciplinary setting that is focused on creating impact.

The Faculty spans a wide range of disciplines and its configuration of subjects provides an unusual breadth of expertise that enables the discovery and exploitation of unique opportunities to meet global challenges. Ranging from Psychology to Geography and Archaeology, allied with the core engineering and science disciplines, the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences offers leading edge education and world class research from our deepest past to our exciting future.

Faculty of EPS

The Faculty is comprised of six Schools – Mathematics and Physics; Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Chemistry and Chemical Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Natural and Built Environment; Psychology - and one Global Research Institute (GRI) - the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT).

In the REF 2014 exercise, the Faculty submitted 100 per cent of its academic staff to 7 of its 10 Units of Assessment (UoA). EPS has an outstanding foundation of disciplinary research in basic science and engineering. Coupled with excellent industrial connections and practical application of research we are building ambitious programmes to address multidisciplinary research challenges.

One of the Faculty’s core strengths is the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT). ECIT has a unique environment that encourages collaboration among academics, researchers, engineers, industry and government to accelerate commercial uptake and application of research results. ECIT hosts the Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT), one of only seven UK Innovation and Knowledge Centres (IKCs). Funded by EPSRC and Technology Strategy Board, IKCs are a key component of the UK’s approach to the commercialisation of emerging technologies through creating early stage critical mass in an area of disruptive technology. In 2015, CSIT won a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize Award for Further and Higher Education, and in 2016 ECIT was awarded a prestigious Regius Chair.

Another key area of focus for the Faculty - Advanced Manufacturing – demonstrates the Faculty’s interdisciplinary approach. We have invested in a cross-school Pioneer Research Project, the Centre for Intelligent Autonomous Manufacturing Systems – iAMS, to develop innovative technologies and solutions to address the challenges of Industry 4.0 in a rapidly evolving digital manufacturing world.

This expertise, combined with that of ECIT has positioned the Faculty to play a key role in the development of two of the innovation projects going forward as part of the Belfast Region City Deal -a key initiative for the Faculty in the future. These projects will enable the Faculty to have a transformative effect on the economy of Northern Ireland and beyond.

Another key area of strength for the Faculty, and second Pioneer Research Project is the Sustainable Energy Research Centre that reflects our commitment to meeting the greatest global challenge of our time. Focused on interlinking areas including marine and bio-energy generation, future vehicle technologies including biofuels and low-carbon chemical manufacturing, the Centre brings together researchers from across the Faculty and has been successful in securing substantial international research funding.

Research in EPS has significant and strong connectivity with industry that underpins much of our activity and enables us to create real-world impact. We have a strong track record of working on cutting-edge research with leading organisations such as Seagate, Rolls-Royce, Petronas and Airbus. The Northern Ireland Technology Centre is a shining example of industry, government and academia working in partnership which received £7.5m investment to support its mission to enable more competitive supply chains with increased productivity. A long established relationship with Seagate has resulted in the ANSIN centre, a leading unit for advanced photonic research with industrial applications. Both of these initiatives have resulted in the Faculty hosting two Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chairs in the past five years, a great achievement.

EPS is a faculty looking forward to the future. Over the last three years external research awards have totalled just over £100m and in the last year, we have increased our EPSRC portfolio overall by 30% to £43m and we are driving to increase similarly over the next 5 years.

The Faculty is active in the international arena with well-established links across the globe. This is exemplified by our recent success in being selected to lead other members of the Russell Group in the UK-China Universities Consortium on Engineering and Education Research. This ambitious collaboration is forging links with the top engineering institutions in China (the E9) and aims to promote and facilitate strategic engagement and bilateral cooperation in transnational joint programmes on postgraduate higher education and engineering research between the UK and China.

Schools in the Faculty are at the forefront of implementing practices and policies that recognise and promote the advancement of women in science, technology and engineering disciplines. All have an active engagement with Athena SWAN. Four Schools hold Athena SWAN Silver awards and Psychology hold a Gold Award.

See below for list of our other faculties and directorates:

  1. Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  2. Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  3. Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences
  1. Academic & Student Affairs
  2. Development & Alumni Relations
  3. Estates
  4. Finance
  5. People and Culture
  6. Information Services
  7. Research and Enterprise
  8. Student Plus
  9. Marketing, Recruitment, Communications & Internationalisation (MRCI)

Belfast & N.Ireland

Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and is one of Europe’s most friendly and fashionable regional cities. Lonely Planet described Belfast and the Causeway Coast as the number one region in the world to visit in 2018.

Northern Ireland is renowned for its beautiful beaches and coastal scenery. It has a fascinating history and cultural heritage and is known as the country that built the Titanic, has the world-famous Giant’s Causeway and world class golf.

Belfast Skyline

People from all over the world are now making an important contribution to life here – in medicine, business, industry, science, education, sports, music and the arts. Queen’s University is proud to be a driving force in Northern Ireland’s cultural, artistic and economic renaissance, celebrating the innovation and creativity of its people and enhancing its reputation as an international centre of learning.

Belfast, Easy travel

Travelling to and from Northern Ireland is both easy and economical. Most major British cities are within an hour’s flying time from Belfast’s two regional airports, which are both easily accessible from the University. These airports provide flights from many locations in the UK and mainland Europe as well as North America. Belfast has regular ferry services from Scotland and England, and Dublin is just a two-hour train journey away. As a compact, easily accessible city which is rich in culture, it is easy to see why many visitors chose to make the region their home.

Terms & How to Apply

The role of Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor is available for 5 years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal for one further five year term. At the conclusion of the term of office as a Pro-Vice Chancellor, the successful candidate will be based within the appropriate academic School.

It is hoped that the successful applicants will be able to take up the post of Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor as soon as possible, subject to existing contractual obligations. An attractive remuneration package, commensurate with the seniority and responsibilities of the role, will be provided. The successful candidate will also be eligible to join the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).

The successful candidate will have a substantive and permanent professorial appointment in an academic School in order to maintain their academic profile and research interests.

The Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor is based within the Faculty and will receive administrative and secretarial support in carrying out the requirements of the role. The Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor will be required to travel on a national and international basis.

How to apply

Perrett Laver are managing the recruitment of the Pro-Vice Chancellor role. To apply for this role click here or call Perrett Laver on 0207 340 6200.

Key dates
Application closing date
Friday 21 February 2020
Interview date(s)
Monday 16 March 2020

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability.

Key Documentation

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