Member Recruitment

The University of Salford is one of the UK’s fastest growing universities. Our forward-thinking approach has powered progress for 125 years.  With 26,000 students (70% from groups under-represented in HE), 2,500 colleagues and a new Vice-Chancellor, it is an exciting time to join Council to shape our future strategy and business activities, impact on teaching, learning and research priorities, and deliver valuable outcomes that benefit our students, our people, our local community, and national and global employers and partners.  

Council is seeking to appoint up to five independent members and up to seven co-opted members to its standing committees (1 x Audit and Risk Committee, 2 x Finance and Resources Committee, 2 x Governance, Nominations and Ethics Committee, 2 x Remuneration Committee).  

Council is the supreme governing body and trustees for the university.  Standing committees use co-option to enhance expertise and experience and, at the university, co-opted members are also eligible for succession to membership of Council if the opportunity arises.

We are looking for talented candidates with relevant and demonstrable expertise in the running of innovative and complex businesses, specifically in the following areas: 

  • Accounting
  • Risk
  • Governance (private, public and third sectors)
  • Human resources and people management
  • Industry and partnerships
  • Digital infrastructures
  • Audit
  • Finance and commerce
  • Higher education (HE)
  • Legal and regulatory
  • Estates, planning and management
  • International business

We pride ourselves on our inclusive culture and value diversity, in backgrounds, in experiences, and in cognitive thinking. Our differences make us stronger, and together we share a passion for improving students’ lives.   You will challenge and provide insight to the Executive based on your experience.  

These are non-remunerated roles; however, all reasonable expenses are covered (only UK-based candidates may apply). Members are appointed for a three-year term (which may be renewed for a further two terms).

You will be expected to attend campus (Salford) several times a year, with the remainder of meetings taking place virtually.

In return for your time and participation, we can offer you the chance to make a real difference. We provide support, a comprehensive induction package, and where applicable, will help develop your non-executive director experience (in general, or in the higher education sector).

Details about the role

Further information on the function and governing instruments of Council and its standing committees can be found on our Council page.

You can apply by submitting a covering letter and curriculum vitae to   

Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the university’s policies on data management and record retention.

Applications should be received by 16:00 on Friday 3 May 2024.  

Interviews will take place late May/early June 2024.  

Terms of office for successful appointments will commence Thursday 1 August 2024.

Queries should be directed to the University Secretary’s Office, or informal discussions can be held by prior arrangement with the University Secretary. In both instances, please email