Solent University
Chair of Board

Solent University creates opportunities: for its students, for its staff, for its partners, and for its communities. It offers expertise and experiences you couldn’t get anywhere else, opening doors and making introductions, and fanning the flames of ambition and aspiration. Solent gives all the freedom to achieve.

We are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in university education, teaching, learning and research that enables learners from all backgrounds to become enterprising citizens and responsible leaders.

We are committed to promoting economic and social prosperity for the communities we serve. We undertake research that has wide-ranging and significant impact on the experiences and learning of our students and on the lives of those in our local, national, and international communities.

It is our mission to be work ready, world ready, and future ready.

Recent successes include triple TEF Gold in 2023, 11th in the UK for graduate start-ups (HESA 2022), top 20% in the UK for assessment and feedback (NSS 2023) and 6th in the UK for sustained employability (LEO 2022).

Our Chair will be purpose-led and bring vision, dynamism and an entrepreneurial mindset to the leadership of Solent University’s Board. Working closely with an ambitious Vice-Chancellor, Professor James Knowles, the incoming Chair will take a proactive approach to guiding long-term strategy setting, while being mindful of the importance of agility and resilience given the fast-changing sector within which Solent operates.

Candidates must have the appetite to be an ambassador for the University, in addition to demonstrating excellent chairing and mentoring capability.

The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Monday 26th February 2024.

Please send applications to

Applications must include a full CV and a letter of application setting out your interest in the role and details of how your knowledge, skills and experience match the essential criteria being sought (no more than two pages).