Recruitment process for a new Vice-Chancellor

Under Chapter 2, Section 8 of the Higher Education Ordinance, a vice-chancellor is appointed by government decision, acting on the proposal of the governing board of the university. The appointment is for a maximum term of six years, after which it may be renewed, but no more than twice, for a maximum of three years at a time.

Uppsala University’s Vice-Chancellor, Eva Åkesson, who is currently serving a three-year term ending on 31 December 2020, has announced that she will not be available for a further term. In view of this, the University Board has decided to initiate an open recruitment process to propose a Vice-Chancellor and appoint a Deputy Vice-Chancellor to take office on 1 January 2021.

RECRUITMENT TIMELINE

12 June 2019

The University Board decides to initiate an open competition recruitment process and decides on detailed rules to supplement the provisions in the University’s rules of procedure.

26 September 2019

The University Board decides on a timeline for the process, two external members from the Board to join the Recruitment Committee and the chair of the Recruitment Committee.

Late October–November 2019

The Electoral College is appointed and holds its inaugural meeting. Representatives are nominated to the Recruitment Committee. The Recruitment Committee drafts a person specification for the role of Vice-Chancellor.

14 November 2019

Consultation with the University Board on the person specification for the role of Vice-Chancellor. The person specification is then referred to the Electoral College.

12 December 2019

The University Board decides on the person specification for the role of Vice-Chancellor.

January–April 2020

The Recruitment Committee produces a list of candidates.

Late April 2020

The Recruitment Committee consults with the University Board on candidates to interview and the names of candidates to be interviewed are then submitted to the Electoral College. Candidates’ names are made public.

Mid-May 2020

Introductory course for new University Board members.

Late May 2020

Interviews with candidates for the position of Vice-Chancellor. Members of the University Board are entitled to be present.

Early June 2020

The Electoral College delivers its proposal to the Recruitment Committee. The Recruitment Committee delivers its proposal to the University Board.

Mid-June 2020

The University Board takes a decision on the proposal for Vice-Chancellor and submits it to the government. Consultation on a draft person specification for the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

June–September 2020

The person specification for the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor is referred to the Electoral College.

Early September 2020

The University Board decides on the person specification for the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

September 2020

The Recruitment Committee produces a list of candidates. Consultation with proposed Vice-Chancellor on candidates.

Late September 2020

The Recruitment Committee consults with the University Board on candidates to interview and the names of candidates to be interviewed are then submitted to the Electoral College. Candidates’ names are made public.

Mid-October 2020

Interviews with candidates for the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Members of the University Board are entitled to be present.

Late October 2020

The Electoral College delivers its proposal to the Recruitment Committee. The Recruitment Committee delivers its proposal to the University Board.

Mid-November 2020

The University Board decides on the Deputy Vice-Chancellor.