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University of Cambridge seeks new vice-chancellor

One of the biggest jobs in higher education is open for recruitment – the University of Cambridge is looking for a new vice-chancellor.

The new candidate will take over from Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, who started in 2010, after he comes to the end of his term in September 2017.

Cambridge has already held open meetings for members of the university to give their views on the search.

According to a presentation given at the meetings by Ian White, master of Jesus College and chair of the selection committee, the new incumbent will face a “huge demand to modernise and reorganise” elements of the university, including a rebuild of its historic Cavendish laboratory.

There are also parts of the university which are “historic sites barely fit for purpose”, according to his presentation. It acknowledged that Cambridge has “underinvested in its estate for decades”, and that it would require at least £100 million of capital expenditure a year for the next two decades.

One challenge listed for the new vice-chancellor during the presentation was to ensure Cambridge “remains attractive, affordable, and that salaries and rewards are competitive”.

But it also stressed the university’s financial strength, global reputation and research record.

The closing date for applications is 6 May, and applications are being handled through the headhunting firm Perrett Laver.

In 2013-14, Sir Leszek earned a salary of £288,000.

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