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The ten-year term of office of the current Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, finishes on 31 July 2021 and the University has commenced the process to appoint his successor. This website hosts the advertisement for the position, further particulars on the post and the details of the two-stage appointment process, which involves an interview followed by an election.

The Board (Governing Body) of the College has put in place 3 committees to oversee the appointment process.

  • An Interview Committee, whose remit is to ensure that candidates going forward to the election phase meet the requirements, outlined in the College and University Statutes, in terms of academic standing, appropriate management experience and leadership ability.
  • A Steering Committee chaired by the Registrar charged with oversight of the appointment process.
  • An Appeals Committee to resolve any disputes which may arise during the process.

The closing date for applications is the 4 December 2020 and interviews of candidates will take place during December and January. Interviews will be conducted by the Interview Committee chaired by a senior academic. Following the interviews, a list of candidates to proceed to the election phase of the process will be forwarded to the Steering Committee who will then invite candidates to seek 12 nominations from the electorate in order to have their names appear on the ballot. The formal campaign period runs from the 5 February to 7 April 2021. The election will take place on Saturday the 10 April 2021. The name of the elected candidate will go to Board for approval and new Provost will take up office on the 1 August 2021.

The electorate is made up primarily of full-time members of academic staff who have been in post for at least 12 months on the date of the election. Certain part-time members of academic staff are also eligible to be members of the electorate, as are elected members of the College Board and University Council. There are 10 student representatives in the later category. The draft electorate will be published on the 7 December 2020 and there will be a period to allow appeals by those who believe they should be included on the list. The final version will be published on the 14 January 2021.

The appointment of the new Provost is a very valuable opportunity which College gets every ten years. It allows the community the opportunity to reflect, to take stock of where it is as an institution and to debate, in the best academic tradition, its vision for the next decade.

The appointment is taking place against the backdrop of the Covid-19 Pandemic and the Steering Committee has the responsibility of ensuring the that process flows as smoothly as possible in light of public health guidelines. This website will be updated on a regular basis as the process proceeds from the advertisement phase to the election and appointment by Board.

Professor Brendan Tangney, Registrar and Chair of the Steering Committee