Appointment of Vice-Principal (Education)

Appointment of Vice-Principal (Education)

I am delighted that you are considering applying for the role of Vice-Principal (Education) at Queen Mary University of London, and hope the information on these pages will increase your interest in working with us.

Queen Mary is a world-leading university providing world-class research-informed education across the disciplinary spectrum. In the most recent UK assessment of research activity in universities, Queen Mary was ranked 5th in the country amongst multi-faculty institutions for the proportion of our research outputs that were world-leading or internationally excellent. That world-leading research feeds directly into our teaching and, importantly, we have a genuine and strong track record in public engagement, with a commitment to shaping society, health and well-being and the economy. We were the first institution to be awarded the Engage Watermark Gold Award for excellence in public engagement

Queen Mary is an international institution - we have five campuses in London, alongside a campus in Malta, a presence in Paris, and significant activity across China. In London we have 162 nationalities represented on our campuses, creating environments where students, staff, visitors and the local community have the opportunity to understand, learn from, and respect the diverse cultures found across the globe, as well as acting as a local and national gateway to the rest of the world.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. We continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers. We can trace our roots as an educational institution back to 1785, when The London Hospital Medical College was founded. In 1887, the People’s Palace was established at Mile End, a philanthropic organisation designed to bring culture, leisure and education to the East End. Core to our founders’ beliefs was that the institution should be open to all irrespective of their religion, class or position in society. This is a fact that remains true today and forms the bedrock of this University.

From these origins, we have evolved into a world-leading University, with a truly distinctive character.  We have a highly diverse student body for a Russell Group university, with 91% of our students from a state school background; 60% from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups; and 42% are the first from their family to go into Higher Education. We truly provide world-class education and opportunities to all students who have the potential, irrespective of their background. 

At Queen Mary, we believe that the diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. This diversity in our student profile, alongside our commitment to providing an outstanding education, ongoing research excellence and a deep engagement with our local communities, makes Queen Mary a unique and special place to work and study. 

We are seeking an experienced and visionary leader to take our education strategy to the next level and to continue to grow our global reputation, a reputation that allows us to attract the best staff and students, generate inward regional investment, and to build lasting relationships with other universities, institutions, businesses, governments, future students, supporters, donors and alumni. 

These pages outline some of the initiatives we are already undertaking to enhance our teaching excellence and provide an outstanding student experience in an exceptional learning environment. Education leadership and activity is fundamental to Queen Mary’s future success, as we seek to flourish in a challenging time for the sector. We aim to develop an already strong and diverse portfolio, offering high-quality programmes delivered by exceptional staff to a diverse student body at home and overseas. We will work to tackle global challenges, create social and economic benefits, contribute to cultural development and create opportunities for the next generation, in an ever-changing national and international environment, without compromising our fundamental commitment to academic quality, ethical standards, diversity, inclusiveness and collegiality.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.

As a member of our Senior Executive, the Vice-Principal (Education) would be accorded the authority to shape and implement the education strategy, fully supported by me, the rest of the Senior Executive, and the Council. We are looking for a candidate who will be genuinely excited by what makes Queen Mary unique and by the challenges and opportunities of its future as a global university.

A commitment to our values is as important as academic leadership of the highest order. Thank you for your interest and I wish you well in your application.

Professor Colin Bailey
President and Principal