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Higher Education Recruitment

With over 160 organisations providing higher education degrees across every subject imaginable, universities are unique centres of knowledge generation and teaching that inspire and shape the lives and opportunities of around 2.5 million students every year in the UK.

Your higher education organisation needs the best leaders and governance experts to fulfil the needs of your students.

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Values-led higher education leadership and board recruitment

At Peridot Partners, we are proud to work in partnership with higher education providers — from small specialists through to large global institutions — committed to providing inclusive, high-quality education to their students and widening participation and opportunities to people across society.

In an evolving landscape of policy changes and competition and as creators of the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs, higher education recruitment must continually attract diverse and talented leaders to maintain the highest standards across the institution, from teaching and research to professional services and governance.

At Peridot Partners, we can provide a bespoke and personal approach to higher education recruitment for executive, academic and professional services leaders.

We specialise in the appointment of experts and professionals from across every sector and industry imaginable to Governing Councils and Committees, to provide a diversity of experience and thought that will ensure the highest standards of governance and support the development of ambitious strategies that will elevate standards, student experience and institutional reputation.

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We can support you with the appointment of:

  • Non-executive directors:
    • Governing Council Members / Governors
    • Chairs and Vice / Deputy Chairs of Council
    • Committee Chairs
    • Committee Members
  • Executive, academic and professional leadership roles
  • Chief Executives
  • Deans, Chiefs, Directors, Heads, Managers
See our open roles in higher education here

Specialist higher education areas we recruit to include:

  • Governors and governance professionals
  • Registry and Academic Services
  • Finance and HR
  • Academic/Faculty Heads and Deans
  • Student Services
  • Quality
  • Research, Innovation, Partnerships
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Business Engagement, Employability and Careers
  • Fundraising, Gift Giving, and Alumni
  • Apprenticeships and Skills
  • Student Experience and Success

“Peridot are excellent to work with, we set a brief of the appointment of independent governors with an EDI focus. They were able to source a set of excellent candidates, we appointed two IGs and one co-optee.  All will add strength and diversity to our Governing Council.  Peridot are very professional and customer-centric, they are open to feedback, tailoring searches and plans to match desired appointments.”

University Secretary and Registrar, University of Derby on the appointment of Governing Council and Committee Members

Our higher education appointments

Our leadership appointments include

Bishop Grosseteste University: Chief Finance Officer | Chief Data Officer

Institute of Law Jersey: Chief Executive and Dean

King’s College London: Director of Policy Impact, The Policy Institute | Director, Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO)

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE): Head of Employer Engagement | Corporate Engagement Manager | Head of Prospect Research

University of Oxford: Head of Major Gifts – Sport

Queen Mary University of London: Research Impact Manager

University of Bath: Independent Governing Council Members

University of Derby: Academic Registrar | Assistant Academic Registrar (FE & Skills) | Head of Student Services | Head of Business Engagement and Employability

University of Roehampton: Head of Development

University of Sunderland: Head of Development and Alumni

University of Warwick: Leadership & Regular Giving Manager | Alumni Engagement Manager

Our governance appointments include

Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln: Chair of the University Council

Conservatoire of Dance and Drama: Chair of the Board

Coventry University: Independent Governing Council Members

University of Bath: Independent Governing Council Members

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA): Independent Board Director

TASO – Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education: 4 Trustees

University of Derby: Vice Chair of Council | Chair of the Skills Committee | Independent Council Members | Co-opted Skills Committee Members | Co-opted Audit & Risk Committee Members | Co-opted Finance, Strategy, and Planning Committee

“The team at Peridot were excellent. Through our meetings as part of a competitive pitch process, the board felt a personal connection to their values and their friendly and professional approach. The Institute was going through a dynamic change and Drew and Sophie’s knowledge of the sector meant that we felt very comfortable that they could meet our brief. We originally engaged them to manage our interim appointment and were so impressed that we continued with their support to manage the recruitment for our permanent CEO and Dean. Through this process, they kept us engaged, produced an extremely impressive shortlist of candidates, and guided us through to our final selection. They were, as to be expected, clearly expert in their field but importantly also engaging, collegiate and easy to deal with. We were delighted with our appointed candidate, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Peridot Partners to find a first-rate leader in the Higher Education field.”

Chair of the Board, Institute of Law Jersey – appointment of CEO and Dean

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