Can you ask the difficult questions, in an institution famed for exploring challenging topics?
Can you help us prepare for the future, in a place that thrives on being at the cutting edge of new developments?
If you’re keen to take an active role in shaping the future of a truly unique higher education institution, then Goldsmiths, University of London, is keen to hear from you.
Renowned for a creative and innovative approach to teaching and research, Goldsmiths offers study and research opportunities in the arts and humanities, social sciences, computing, and entrepreneurial business and management.
Founded in 1891, our mission has always been to offer a transformative education experience, generating knowledge and stimulating self-discovery through intellectually critical thinking and practice.
Clearly, a lot changes in 131 years. The expectations on our governing body are considerable as the College seeks to respond to a rapidly changing regulatory and social environment. Our independent (non-executive) Council members are valued as critical friends, with an important role in holding College management to account and ensuring we are delivering on our strategy.
We need people with the passion to serve as ambassadors for Goldsmiths, championing the work of our staff and students across relevant sectors and helping us retain our international reputation for creativity and innovation.
We are currently looking to recruit more than one individual including one with the view to being appointed Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee at a later stage of the successful candidate’s term. We are particularly keen to hear from you if you have experience in any of the following areas:
- Change Management
- Experience of promoting equality, diversity and race justice
- Human Resources (with significant union experience)
- Public Affairs
Goldsmiths has a genuine and active commitment to embedding equality and diversity into everything it does, and is keen to ensure a diverse range of perspectives are reflected on its Council. As such, expressions of interest from people of colour, women, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people who identify as disabled or neurodiverse, people of diverse faith backgrounds and ages. As an active and strategic partner of our local geographic community, we would also welcome expressions of interest from individuals who live and/or work locally in the London borough of Lewisham.
The term of appointment will run for a three-year period commencing in September 2022.
Enquiries and expressions of interest (short cover letter and CV) should be directed via the button below by the close of 22 August 2022. Interviews will be held in early September.
Candidates should expect to dedicate some time at Goldsmiths for particular meetings of Council on average of three days a month to the role. This commitment is reflected in preparing for and attending the four to five meetings of Council each year, participating in one or more of the Council’s committees, and engaging with the wider life of the College.
All new members will be provided with a thorough induction to the college, their role, and the wider higher education governance landscape. The College Secretariat are available to support Members and ensure they have the information, training, and guidance necessary to feel confident in their role.
Council meetings are typically scheduled on weekday afternoons and continue into the evening, whereas committee meetings take place during the working day.
The role is non-remunerated, however members my claim reasonable expenses and have access to a wide variety of training and development opportunities.
As a member of the College community you will also be encouraged to attend formal events as well as the rich range of other opportunities on campus, from graduation ceremonies and art exhibitions to public lectures and cinema screenings.
Members carry the responsibilities of Trustees of the College as an exempt charity. If selected for the role, individuals will be required to complete a declaration that they are a ‘fit and proper’ person as defined within the Public Interest Governance Principles set out by our regulator, the Office for Students.
Further information about the responsibilities of the Council, and a brochure with more specific details about the role, is available on our website and attached below.
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