Recruitment of new Independent Members of University Council (Deadline 9 April 2021)

We are looking to enhance our governance through the appointment of independent members to join Council, our governing body. As we continue delivering against our strategy, Impact 2022, Council will play a key role in advising and challenging constructively the Vice-Chancellor and senior team. We are seeking enthusiastic and energetic individuals who have an interest in higher education and are pursuing an opportunity to utilise their experience, skills and insight to support the University.

We are particularly interested to hear from individuals with skills and expertise related to:

  • Aviation
  • Further Education
  • Higher Education
  • Compliance / Regulatory sector
  • Sustainability
  • Hospitality
  • Commercial arena
  • Estates & property management
  • Student well-being / Mental Health / Equality & Diversity
  • Digital

Additionally, we would particularly welcome individuals with regional connections to Buckinghamshire.

Ideally, applicants should have Board level experience or hold prominent or senior positions within their workplace. Successful candidates will have excellent interpersonal skills and must be committed to working as part of a team with other Council members and the Executive team.

The time commitment for this role is 8 days annually although more time may be required depending on allocated sub-committees and other University events such as Graduation Ceremonies. This is a non-remunerated post, although BNU will pay reasonable expenses. The initial term of appointment is four years extendable for a second term up to a maximum of eight years.

At Buckinghamshire New University equality of opportunity and diversity is at the heart of all we do and fully integrated into our values. Our aim is to create an inclusive environment where everyone thrives and feels a sense of belonging. We welcome applications from different backgrounds and experiences, particularly from underrepresented groups including BAME, LGBTQ+ and disabled candidates. We are a Disability Confident employer and as such you will be given the opportunity to declare a disability as part of the application process. The University is committed to achieving the Race Equality Charter.

For further information please see the Candidate Pack and Application Form. For an informal discussion, please contact Ellie Smith, University Secretary and Clerk to the Council at the below email address.

Applications can be made by sending the completed application, together with the equality form to: or by post to:

Ellie Smith
University Secretary and Clerk to the Council
Buckinghamshire New University,
Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe,
HP11 2JZ

Applications will be considered by the Governance Committee and individuals may be invited to an informal meeting at the University prior to interview.

Applications should be received by 9 April 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a formal interview with selection panel in May/June for appointments from 1 August 2021 onwards.