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Named University of the Year 2022 by Times Higher Education, Northumbria is a research-intensive modern university with a global reputation for academic excellence.

Ranked in the UK top 50 (Guardian University League Table 2022 and Complete University Guide 2023), Northumbria recorded the biggest rise of any UK university for research power in the Research Excellence Framework for the second time in 2021 and is now rated within the top 25 in the UK.  

We have ambitious plans for further development.  These include launching a new Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship Scheme to appoint exceptional academics, at all career stages, who have research plans which will have a remarkable impact on any of our disciplines and/or drive development of our Research Peaks.  

What you can expect as a Northumbria Vice-Chancellor's Fellow:

  •  Appointment to a permanent Academic position and salary, commensurate with your academic standing (Assistant Professor / Associate Professor / Professor)
  • Three-year Fellowship period during which you will have a research-focussed workload which will ensure no formal scheduled teaching in year 1; 50% of typical teaching workload in one semester in Year 2; and 50% of typical teaching workload across full year in Year 3
  • Membership of the Northumbria Fellowship Academy which will bring together Vice Chancellor's Fellows across the University on a regular basis, providing opportunities including 
  • Session with the Vice Chancellor and key members of the University Executive
  • Regular collaboration sessions to develop interdisciplinary links
  • Individual and group development programmes
  • Support from our central Research and Innovation Service
  • Access to internal research budget to support the development of your research and external funding applications
  • Identified Mentor who will work with you to support your research plans
  • Individual Fellowship Development Plan – which will include tailored support and development to meet your Fellowship objectives.
  • Access into the University’s Academic Development Review process – providing the opportunity to be considered for academic promotion during the fellowship period. 
  • Integration as part of the Departmental team, relevant to your discipline, providing peer support
  • Transition to the substantive Academic role (Assistant Professor / Associate Professor / Professor) at the end of the Fellowship, with relevant support as required.
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including access to excellent pension schemes, generous annual leave and flexible working policies, discounted travel and salary sacrifice schemes. 


If you believe you have research ambitions that match ours, we would like to hear from you.  

Further details on the role and how to apply can be found on our VCF Apply Now page.

Application closing date – 8am 6 February 2023


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