Interim Head of Governance




Senior Manager

Salary Scale:



Full time, Fixed term for 1 year

Closing Date:

9 August 2020

This is a currently a full time, fixed term opportunity for 1 year and will ideally commence in August/September 2020

Glasgow Caledonian University a vibrant, multi-cultural, modern university in the centre of Glasgow and is placed amongst the top 150 modern universities in the world (THE, 2017) and in the top 50 universities globally for social impact (THE 2019). The University is seeking an interim Head of Governance, to provide operational and secretariat support to the University’s governing body (University Court and Senate), and the Executive Board.

This is an exciting interim position which gives the successful candidate the opportunity to promote a corporate culture of good governance where legal, regulatory, political and commercial considerations often combine. The role also requires the role holder to carry a personal portfolio of governance work and provide operational support in terms of executive servicing of relevant committees including drafting minutes and reports.

It is a leadership role and will support the delivery of University governance through the work of the University Secretary and the University’s formal governance structure. This includes the governance for Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC).

As a senior manager this role will be responsible for a cohesive and high performing team of professional and support staff, act as executive secretary of senior Court committees and manage the contract and gatekeeping arrangements for the University’s legal service providers. The role holder will oversee project delivery and a high level case work associated with compliance (including data protection and privacy legislative compliance), complaints and student discipline.


Candidates interested in this role will have a solid track record at a senior governance level with a relevant professional qualification and/or experience in e.g. law, corporate governance, administration. Ideally you will have had some exposure to the higher education sector. You will have excellent communication, analytical and influencing skills aligned to GCU’s values and demonstrate the strategic insight that will underpin a full contribution to developing governance practice across GCU.

If this is the opportunity interests you and you would like to discuss further, please contact Ms Jan Hulme University Secretary and Vice-Principal Governance through Karen McMillan, Executive Assistant to the University Secretary, at

As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality and diversity, as well as our values in everything that we do. As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values.

Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process that is free from bias so that we can attract and retain a high performing workforce which makes a critical contribution to our success.

As a Disability Confident ‘Committed’ employer, we are striving to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. Although the Disability Confident ‘Committed’ level does not guarantee an interview for disabled applicants, we will make reasonable adjustments for applicants with a disability during the recruitment process.

The University offers a range of benefits including opportunities for professional development, family friendly policies, cycle to work scheme and onsite childcare facilities.

Applicants must have the continued right to live and work in the United Kingdom to apply for this vacancy.

You can apply for this role through the Glasgow Caledonian University Vacancies page.