Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Council Lay Member

United Kingdom

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Council Lay Member

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Non remunerated position.

Job description

We are recruiting for a voluntary lay (independent/non-executive) member to join our governing body (Council) for an initial term of three years from 1 August 2024.

Our strategy, Creating Better Futures. Together , is focussed on how our work at Loughborough University can contribute to improving the lives of individuals and creating a healthier, more sustainable and more inclusive society.

About the role:

As a lay member of our governing body, you will be integral to us achieving our strategy.

You'll help to support our decision making, challenge our thinking and hold us to account.

You will bring with you a range of perspectives and lived experience to board- level discussions helping us to respond more effectively to internal and external challenges.

If you'd like to know more, please read further about the Council including existing member profiles.

We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you have executive level experience and expertise in one or more of the following:

  • people and culture
  • anti-discriminatory practices and a working knowledge and understanding of EDI principles
  • knowledge and experience of regional economic development and regional governance
  • marketing and communications
  • Ideally, you'll have:

  • executive/non-executive experience at a senior level in large and complex organisations (all sector backgrounds welcomed)

  • a passion for higher education and personal values that align to our strategy

  • good interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with a broad range of people
  • a strong commitment to the seven principles of public life (drawn up by the “Nolan” Committee on Standards in Public Life)
  • a willingness to commit to the duties and responsibilities of Council members(details included in the Candidate Pack)
  • Benefits of taking on the role:

    By joining Council, you can be an integral part of building the future success of the organisation.

    You will have opportunity to:

  • help make a difference to the lives of staff, students and other stakeholders of the University, gaining deeper insight into our work
  • support the pursuit of research with global importance and impact
  • contribute to important strategic decisions
  • develop valuable knowledge and insight regarding the higher education sector
  • At Loughborough we value the voluntary nature of governing body membership and ensure a manageable time commitment of approximately 10-15 days per year.


  • Council meets four times annually, with three in person meetings in March, June and October (Away Day), and one online meeting in November.

  • Lunch is provided for all in-person meetings and plenty of opportunities to attend post meetings/evening meals out.

  • You will be invited to serve on at least one other specialist corporate committee such as Human Resources Committee. Allowing y ou to work closely with a smaller group of university stakeholders and apply your personal experience to support policies and decisions.

  • You will have the opportunity to attend our annual joint Senate and Council dinner.

  • You will be invited to a range of social events which are a great way to learn more about Loughborough and network with others.

  • Whilst the roles are not remunerated, we'll cover reasonable expenses which will be reimbursed in line with the University's expenses policy.

    If you're ready to make a difference, we'd love to hear from you.

    For more information refer to our Candidate Pack.

    Informal enquiries should be made to Miranda Routledge, Director of Strategic Planning and Chief of Staff ([email protected]).

    How to Apply

    Please send a CV and a covering letter outlining how your skills and qualities align to the role to Miranda Routledge, Director of Strategic Planning and Chief of Staff ([email protected]).

    Please send your completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to Kreena Hemraj, Recruitment and Resourcing Team Leader on [email protected]

    Note: the information you submit through the Equal Opportunity form will be handled confidentially and utilised anonymously for monitoring purposes. Our aim is to use this data solely to enhance the ongoing assessment of our practices and procedures, ensuring we remain dedicated to our equity, diversity, and inclusion objectives.

    Loughborough University Council values a diverse working environment and recognises the many benefits this can bring. We particularly encourage Expressions of Interest from racialised minority groups as these groups are currently underrepresented on our Council.

    Shortlisting Process:

    The Council's Governance and Nominations Committee, chaired by Christine Hodgson, Chair of Council, will finalise a shortlist at its meeting at the end of June 2024. If it is agreed at this meeting to take your expression forward, you will be invited to participate in informal discussions with senior staff of the University and members of the governing body.

    Closing Date: 3 June 2024

    N.B. this role doesn't meet the minimum criteria for visa sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route. Therefore, we cannot consider applicants who require sponsorship to work in the UK.

    Job details


    Council Lay Member


    Loughborough University


    United Kingdom


    May 15, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 03, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    The history of Loughborough University can be traced back to the establishment of a small technical institute in 1909. Originally, Loughborough University of Technology provided education only in technical subjects like art and science. The university was given its current name in 1996. Currently, the university has 22 academic schools and departments, over 100 research groups, institutes and centers, and over 35 professional services, teams.

    Located in the center of Loughborough, UK, the university campus covers an area of 440 acres. The campus has a world-class infrastructure and provides a plethora of facilities like huge lecture theatres, a well-stocked library, well-equipped laboratories, an extensive IT network, a conference center, excellent accommodation, and Loughborough Students' Union. The university also has an arts center, a bank, a health center, two theatres, restaurants, and some shops. Also, it provides the students with excellent sports facilities. The university has a postgraduate campus in London too. Both the campuses have won many awards and rankings for the facilities they offer.

    Loughborough University offers numerous undergraduate, doctoral and postgraduate programs in various fields like accounts, finance, engineering, sciences, architecture, business, computer science, management, mathematics, languages, sports, economics, arts, social sciences, media, and psychology. The university houses more than 17,000 students and over 3,700 staff members. It is a member of a renowned international academic network, UNITECH International, and has collaborations with many international institutions like MIT, IIT Delhi, and Nanyang Technological University. It also has strong links with many funding agencies and sponsors like the Brunei High Commission, the Libyan Embassy, Oman Cultural Attaché Office and the Chevening Organization. The university equips the students with the skills and knowledge required to improve their employability and offers them plenty of outstanding career opportunities.

    Loughborough University has a large network of alumni. There are more than 178,000 alumni across 169 countries. Sir Peter Bonfield is BT Group's former chief executive. Lord Sebastian Coe is an Olympic athlete well-known for holding the world marathon record. Paula Radcliffe is Williams Formula One team's Head of Vehicle Performance and Rob Smedley's former race engineer. Malcolm Sayer is a successful car and aircraft designer. Rosalind Ayres is a popular English actress. Tanni Grey-Thompson is a television presenter, Welsh politician, and a former wheelchair racer. Clive Woodward used to be an English rugby player and served as the coach for the England rugby team from 1997-2004. There are lots of other distinguished and notable names linked to the university.

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