About the University of Leicester

Role specification

Term of office

To be determined by Court on appointment, but normally a maximum period of five years.


This is an honorary position with travel and subsistence expenses paid.

Role purpose

The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the University. They are not involved in the day-to-day executive management of the University, which is the role of the President and Vice-Chancellor, but should be willing where appropriate to act as an ambassador for the University.

The Chancellor acts as an advocate for the University both nationally and internationally and chairs the annual meeting of Court.

Time commitment

The approximate equivalent of up to 10 full working days per year.

Key responsibilities

  1. To preside at an agreed number of Degree Congregations held in January and July each year.
  2. To Chair an Annual Meeting of Court, normally held in February.
  3. To actively engage in promoting the University’s achievements to enhance its profile both nationally and internationally.
  4. To participate in public-facing activities as appropriate and as agreed with the University.

Attributes and skills

The Chancellor should have the following attributes and skills:

  1. The ability to represent the diverse nature of the staff and student body.
  2. A respected and well-networked individual who has enjoyed significant achievement in their personal career, and ideally has some connections to academic work.
  3. A positive public profile which will appeal to the hearts and minds of students and staff.
  4. Integrity and a willingness to demonstrate a commitment to the University and the enhancement of its values as articulated in the current strategic vision and plan, which may include:
    • promoting a diverse, inclusive and supportive learning community
    • supporting and promoting social justice
    • cross-cultural understanding
    • working in partnership
    • integrity and open-mindedness
  5. A clear understanding of the role of universities in today’s society, including the challenges and opportunities they face, and a recognition of the importance of higher education, learning and research.
  6. Capable of inspiring a diverse range of audiences.
  7. A willingness to support the University in its development and alumni activities.
  8. The ability to develop a good working relationship with the President and Vice-Chancellor and other Senior Officers of the University.
  9. No actual or perceived conflicts of interest relating to the work of the University.
  10. Not currently a serving politician or have an active role within the academic sector

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