Job Vacancy: Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary

The University of Buckingham is unique. Founded in 1976 by Oxford academics, it is the only independent, not-for-profit university in the UK with a Royal Charter and charitable status. The University offers a unique blend of liberal arts and business-focused degrees, complemented by flourishing medical and education schools.

Placed 1st in the UK for Teaching Quality by The Times and Sunday Times ‘Good University Guide 2018’, Buckingham was awarded Gold in the recent Teaching Excellence Framework. Because of its unusual model using small-group tutorials and its relatively small student body of around 3,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, the Buckingham student experience is very personal. With interest in two-year degrees taking off, the University has seen a 22% increase in demand for places, attracting students from over 90 nationalities. Over the next decade, it will more than double in size, offering its distinctive experience to a wider range of UK and international students. Innovation, dynamism, liberal academic freedom and a pioneering spirit are at the heart of the University’s past, present and future.

To deliver these ambitious growth plans and academic goals, the University is now seeking to appoint an outstanding Chief Operating Officer (COO) and University Secretary. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, Sir Anthony Seldon, and guided by Buckingham’s aspirational mission, the COO will provide operational leadership and management support. In addition, s/he will facilitate the work of the University Council, enabling it to continue to provide effective institutional governance.

This is an opportunity for a dynamic, ambitious and energetic change leader to help shape an institution that is unique in British higher education.

For more information, including how to apply, please refer to the website of Odgers Berndtson ( or email The closing date for applications is Friday 2 March 2018.

Download the candidate brief (on the Odgers Berndtson website)

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