2. Job purpose

People Committee is a Thematic Committee of Court and is composed of 18 members. Its role is to provide strategic advice on the University’s People Strategy, policy and practice, to ensure that the University is managing its people issues effectively, in keeping with good practice, and monitoring how people strategies contribute to improved organisational performance.

3. Main responsibilities

1. People Committee members collectively provide advice and guidance to the Policy & Resources Committee and Court, with respect to the University’s strategic priorities in relation to people management.

2. The University greatly values the wide range of experience brought by all members to People Committee business. It is hoped that all members will engage with and contribute fully to the work of People Committee.

3. Committee members are expected to develop an understanding of the University, its teaching and research mission and internal structure and culture. The University endeavours to provide members with opportunities to develop this understanding.

4. Knowledge, skills and experience needed 

Higher Education or other Public Sector organisation with industry engagement experience or individuals from the commercial sector with senior level HR experience.

Candidates should have experience of some or all of the following:


·         Effective promotion of inclusion and diversity

·         Leading Cultural change

·         Working in an international context

·         Effective succession planning and talent management

·         Service excellence and continuous improvement approaches

Personal Attributes

Individual members and the Committee collectively should at all times conduct themselves in accordance with accepted high standards of behaviour in public life, which embrace selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

5. Job Context and any other relevant information

People Committee is a Thematic Committee of Court. It is composed of 18 members both internal and external to the University. The internal members are staff of the University. It has one lay member of Court and two members external to Court and the University with appropriate skills. The Convener of the University Joint Unions is also invited to be in attendance at all People Committee meetings.

Responsibilities of members

Members of People Committee collectively provide strategic advice and guidance on the University’s People Strategy, policy and practice, to ensure that the University is managing its people issues effectively, in keeping with good practice, and monitoring how people strategies contribute to improved organisational performance.

Committee responsibilities and time commitment

Members will be expected to attend 3 meetings per year.
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Period of Appointment

The appointment will be for a period of 3 years from the start date. Appointees will be eligible for consideration for reappointment for a further term of 3 years.


In common with most higher education institutions, there is no remuneration directly associated with membership of People Committee.  The University will meet all reasonable out of pocket expenses including child and other dependent care costs.

Section 3 – Additional information:

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page or via www.ed.ac.uk/jobs Vacancy Website and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

Applicants should submit their CV along with a Supporting Statement (no more than 500 words) setting out why they are interested in the post and what strengths and experience they can bring to it.

We anticipate interviews will be held on 8th and 11th January 2016. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm on 11 December 2015.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website:

If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, it may be possible for the University of Edinburgh to sponsor you to obtain a Tier 2 (General) visa to enable you to take up the appointment should you be successful at interview.

For applicants interested in sponsorship information is located at Working in the UK Website:


However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.

Further information and Informal Enquiries

Full information about the University is available at www.ed.ac.uk.  Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Zoe Lewandowski, Director of Human Resources, telephone number 0131 650 8130 or zoe.lewandowski@ed.ac.uk or Professor Jane Norman, Vice-Principal People and Culture, telephone number 0131 650 8128 or jane.norman@ed.ac.uk