Our Next University Chancellor


This is an exciting time for the University as we seek nominations for our next Chancellor. 

This year we would like our University community - staff, students and alumni - to join the nomination process, submitting their own suggestions for the 8th Chancellor in the University’s history.  

Following consideration of submissions the Nominations Committee will make a recommendation of appointment to the University Council in early 2018.

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Who could be our next Chancellor?

The only rules about who our next Chancellor might be are that they can’t be a current employee or student of the University or its Students’ Union and they can’t be a serving Chancellor at another University.  Other than that, there aren’t any rules.  It’s much more about the skills, personality and energy that the person can bring to the role.

We actively encourage you to consider people that reflect the inclusive, international outlook of our university and to nominate candidates from all sections of the community and walks of life. Some of the key attributes that we are looking for are set out here. These attributes can cut across the conventions of what you might consider to be your typical University Chancellor, so we would like you to think as broadly as you can about possible nominations in order to ensure a diverse range of individuals are considered.

What does our Chancellor do?

A Chancellor is the ceremonial head of a University but at the University of Nottingham the role is more than presiding over the conferral of degrees at graduation ceremonies.  Our Chancellors play an important role as both an ambassador and an advocate for the University and are integral in advancing the University's profile nationally and internationally.  More information about the nature of the role is available here.

How to make a nomination

Nominations are invited from University of Nottingham staff, students, Council members and alumni. Before making a nomination, please read the role profile and consider how your nominee meets the attributes that we are seeking in our new Chancellor. You will be asked to include details of this in your nomination. There are nomination forms for each campus and a process for alumni nominations:

Nominations will be open until 8 December 2017.

Please do treat this process as confidential and do not divulge your nomination to the person concerned.

Further information

The search for our new Chancellor is being led by the University Council’s Nominations Committee supported by the Registrar, Dr Paul Greatrix. If you require any further information, please contact Rowena Hall, Head of Governance and Quality at governance@nottingham.ac.uk.

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