The role

The Provost and Pro-Vice-Chancellor is responsible for the leadership and management of the University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus (UNNC), and will play a crucial role in building on UNNC’s unique heritage and ensuring its future success in one of the world’s most dynamic and competitive higher education landscapes.

Reporting to the President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West and the UNNC Board, the successful appointee will be able to further develop UNNC’s existing strengths in research and education and identify new opportunities emerging from the expansion of China's higher education sector and thriving industries.

Principal accountabilities


Provide inspiring leadership across

  • You will provide inspiring leadership for UNNC by setting a vision and strategic direction for the Institution that builds upon existing strengths and past successes
  • You will lead the strategic development of UNNC and the implementation of agreed objective
  • You will have primary responsibility for management of affairs of UNNC


  • With 8,000 students and over 700 staff, you will be responsible for all academic matters relating to UNNC ensuring the quality and reputation of the University are upheld at all times.
  • You will establish and maintain outstanding communications, both formally and informally, across the institution, observing the highest standards of integrity, objectivity and honesty in the execution of all responsibilities.
  • You will ensure that UNNC’s senior team provides effective and accountable academic and administrative leadership.
  • You will maintain strong governance structures, leadership teams and management arrangements of formal relationships under the auspices of the Joint Venture Agreement with the Wanli Education Group.
  • You will take responsibility for ensuring that the University complies with relevant regulations/policies in China and the UK.

Partnerships and external engagement

  • You will manage key stakeholder relations including the Wanli Education Group (our joint venture strategic partner in China), the Ningbo Government, the Ministry of Education, other Chinese Government Departments and UK agencies such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the British Council in alignment with senior academics and professional staff in Nottingham.
  • You will provide outstanding representation and promotion of UNNC locally, nationally and internationally.

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