General Counsel Appointment
University of Sussex



Vice Chairman

Dear candidate,

The University of Sussex is a remarkable institution. The distinctive ethos on which it was established more than 50 years ago is still very much at the heart of the University. The traditions of creativity, interdisciplinarity, innovation and intellectual rigour – in both education and research – play an important part in who we are. Building on this and against a backdrop in which English universities will be facing a period of political and economic change, Sussex is forging ahead and creating a new destiny.

We are in strong health and have forged collaborative arrangements with other universities. With a reputation for inspirational teaching, we are turning out graduates who are well-rounded global citizens – contributing to the worlds of business, sciences, the arts, academia, government and the third sector. The University is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for graduate employability and in the top 20 for most major UK league tables. Applications and acceptances for study are at an all-time record. The importance of our professional services staff to our mission has never been higher and the effectiveness, efficiency and innovation delivered through their work is essential as together our University presses forward.

We care about genuine equity among our academic and non-academic staff, and are determined to continue year by year to improve our operations in service of them and our students. We are also minded to explore the most innovative modern models for our operational organisation and services, introducing greater connectivity and partnership working wherever possible.

The University is now seeking to appoint, for the first time, an experienced lawyer to provide advice and wise counsel to the team responsible for running the University. This is a key strategic appointment and you will report to the Chief Operating Officer and work closely with the Vice-Chancellor.

This is an exciting time in the University’s history as we look to build on the past and redefine Sussex’s distinctiveness for the 21st century. I hope you will join us in playing a part in shaping the future of a thriving University, with strong values that we believe make Sussex a very special place.