BPP University is currently seeking to appoint two Independent Members to serve on its Academic Council from November 2023 for an initial term of three years.
Of these two appointments, the University is specifically seeking one appointment to be an individual with expertise in Nursing and Healthcare (with experience of managing NMC
The Academic Council is the University’s senior academic authority and seeks to promote the academic and professional work of the University and safeguards the integrity and standards
of its awards. The role of Independent Members within this is a key factor in ensuring the Academic Council, and thus the academic governance of the University, is informed by wide,
authoritative experience and expertise within higher education, and/or the relevant professional and practice subject areas delivered by the University.
As a group, the Independent Members must be able to provide authoritative advice on the following areas:
- Higher Education Governance and Management
- Academic Quality & Standards
- Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
Learning and Teaching
Each individual Independent Member must also be able to provide objective and authoritative expertise and advice on the above areas, and demonstrate the following criteria:
- Have reached the rank of Professor or equivalent status (e.g., Dean/Pro Vice- Chancellor/Deputy Vice-Chancellor/Vice-Chancellor).
- Have a track record of sustained leadership in their field.
- Have a track record of operating at a senior level within their institution (e.g., sitting on Senate/Academic Council, chairing committees, leading working parties).
- Be in good standing with their professional body or institution and be familiar with and have regard to the principles of ethical practicer and professional conduct.
We would particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic background candidates and LGBTQ+ candidates.
Role Requirements & Remuneration
Independent Members must be able to commit to providing the time necessary to fulfil their duties to the Academic Council. This includes attending Academic Council meetings (3 per
year) and sub-committee meetings (6 per year), the Academic Council away day (1 per year), graduation ceremonies, and chairing occasional University programme approval panels and
providing individual advice to the Vice-Chancellor and the Independent Chair of Academic Council.
The role is remunerated at a rate of £250 per half day, and reasonable expenses will be paid in line with University guidelines on expenses (e.g., travel/accommodation/subsistence for
attendance at in-person events etc).
The deadline for application is Monday 18th September 2023, 23:59. All applications must be sent to AcademicGovernance@bpp.com.
Applicants are requested to send a covering letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) detailing how they are suitable for the role and fulfil the above criteria, and an up to date CV (that includes
the contact details of two referees who can speak to the candidate’s suitability) to AcademicGovernance@bpp.com.
Following closure of applications, shortlisting will take place, with shortlisted candidates invited to interview shortly thereafter