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Closing date:23 June 2019 at midnight 


Inverness College UHI is one of the largest partners of the University of the Highlands and Islands, a partnership of 13 colleges and research institutions comprising Scotland’s newest university. As the UK’s leading tertiary education provider, we deliver both further education and higher education courses and that makes us different from traditional institutions. Through an innovative approach to learning and some of the best online learning technologies, we offer our students the complete learner journey, where they have choice and flexibility to study from access level right through to PhD.

Inverness College UHI is at the heart of the community and working closely with businesses and stakeholders, our curriculum and research capacity is designed to meet the ever-evolving needs of industry and support the strengths and ambitions of the region. Through a personalised approach, we help our students discover their right path, providing them with a combination of qualification and job-ready skills to succeed in the workplace.

Inverness College UHI is located at Inverness Campus, a growing hub for research, innovation and enterprise set within a 215 acre site.

We are seeking to appoint a talented and enthusiastic individual who has good current and local knowledge of Inverness and the surrounding area. As Chair, you will have a strong commitment to and understanding of Higher and Further Education in Inverness and the wider Highlands and Islands. You will lead the Board of Management, working in partnership with the College Principal, Senior Management Team and the University. You will demonstrate:

• An ability to work strategically and collaboratively at a senior level with excellent knowledge of corporate governance; and
• An ability to lead change successfully and positively influence individuals and organisations.

Through his/her leadership, the Chair will make a real difference to the education and prospects of our learners and to the wellbeing and success of the communities where they live. The Chair will also contribute to the College’s strategic direction, decision-making and continued development while also acting as an ambassador to communicate our activities to his/her contacts throughout the local area and beyond.

The Board is committed to equality and diversity and to ensuring that our governing body represents the staff, students and community that it serves and applications are particularly welcome from women, people with disabilities and people from ethnic minorities. Successful appointees will be expected to undertake a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme check.

A time commitment of approximately 25 hours per month is required. The role requires regular contact with the Board Secretary, Committee Chairs and the Principal as part of the ongoing good governance of the College; attendance at Board and Committee meetings; engaging with the wider UHI partnership and stakeholders on behalf of the College and attendance at a number of important internal and external events such as Graduation and Prize giving.

Appointments will be for four years in the first instance, with the position available from 1 January 2020. Candidates must not be employees or students of the college.
The role is not remunerated, however, appropriate travel and subsistence costs will be paid.


If you would like to know more about the role of the Board and the Board Chair, please visit our website or contact our current Chair, Neil Stewart – neil.j.stewart.ic@uhi.ac.uk 

We are holding an open evening to promote the work of the College and the Board and to provide information to candidates interested in the role. Some of our current Board Members, Members of the Senior Management Team and representatives from the Further Education Regional Board and the University Court will be there to share their experiences about working on or with the Board of Management.

When: 17th or 18th June, early evening
Location: Inverness College UHI, 1 Inverness Campus, Inverness IV2 5NA

Your application

To apply please visit the Board Recruitment page on our website where you will find the role description and applicant brief and an application form. Completed application forms are to be returned by e-mail to the Secretary to the Board of Management (fiona.ambrose.ic@uhi.ac.uk) by 23.59 on Sunday 23 June 2019


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*Please note that this is not a regulated public appointment, therefore the Public Appointments Team are unable to answer any queries in relation to this vacancy, please contact the Board directly*

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