The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Appointment of a Chancellor of the University of Kent from 1 August 2013
Students, staff, alumni and members of the University's Senate, Council and Court are invited to suggest names of suitable people who might be appointed as Chancellor of the University of Kent.
The University’s current Chancellor, Sir Robert Worcester, will be completing his term of office on 31 July 2013. Suggestions for the appointment of a successor should be sent to Dr. Keith Lampard, Deputy Head of the Central Secretariat, by Friday 7 September 2012 (K.J.Lampard@kent.ac.uk).
The Chancellor’s principal duties are:
- to preside at the University's Degree Ceremonies;
- to chair the University's Court (held once per year);
- to be a member of the University’s Honorary Degrees Committee (which considers proposals for the award of honorary degrees and makes recommendations for approval by the University's Senate and Council);
- to represent the University externally on appropriate occasions as agreed with the Vice-Chancellor;
- to visit the University regularly for social events and working meetings as appropriate to his/her interests as agreed with the Vice-Chancellor.
The time commitment is currently about 10 working days per year.
Suggestions should include a brief explanation as to why the individual might be appropriate for appointment and any appropriate supporting documentary material, such as an entry from Who's Who. Suggestions will be considered by a Joint Committee of the University's Senate and Council and an agreed recommendation will be forwarded to the Council for approval (click here for the agreed timetable and membership of the Joint Committee).
The Joint Committee will use the following criteria to consider suggestions received.
- The Chancellor should be someone from whom students could be proud to receive their degrees.
- He/she should be able to demonstrate the highest quality and integrity in his/her chosen walk of life.
- He/she should have a clear commitment to the values of the University in teaching, research, in openness and in public service.
- He/she should have a general interest in higher education and in extending it to a wide group of people.
- He/she should be supportive of the University’s European and international role.
- An interest in the academic areas represented in the University would be desirable.
- He/she should not be currently active in national politics although political experience could be valuable.
- The Chancellor should not hold comparable office at any other higher education institution. Click here for a list of senior officers at other higher education institutions.
- Whilst a previous connection with the University, the City of Canterbury, or the region of Kent and Medway is likely to be seen as attractive, the Committee has not considered it appropriate to narrow its choice by making this a requirement.
Universities UK has published a useful brochure on the role of University Chancellors in the UK: Beyond Ceremony: On Being a Chancellor