Higher Education and Research

Perrett Laver has the most successful international Higher Education practice in the world, working in more countries than any other firm and having deep expertise, connectivity and reach in every major higher education market.

 

Higher education transforms societies through its unparalleled ability to create opportunity for students and solve the burning questions of our time through its research and translation.

In every country where we operate, we support the full range of HEIs; ground-breaking technology and design institutions; exceptional high quality teaching oriented universities; world leading conservatoires and artistic centres; private providers focused on professional training and education; top research universities of the world; ambitious next-generations institutions rising rapidly through the league tables.

 

How We Think

Higher Education and Research Brochure

Higher Education and Research Brochure

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Global Chairs and Professors Brochure

Global Chairs and Professors Brochure

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Where We Can help

Presidential Search

As universities continue to diverge between locally transformative, teaching led institutions and global research powerhouses, it will be through having the right leadership that institutions will be able to succeed in an immensely competitive world.

We have advised on over 200 Vice-Chancellor/President searches worldwide – including 3 of the current top 10 universities in the world, and 12 of the top 50. By region we have assisted with 24 Russell Group Vice-Chancellor appointments in the UK, two of the top five Asian universities, two of the last four Group of Eight Vice-Chancellor appointments in Australia and the most recent three U15 Presidents in Canada. We are the only firm that has advised upon top 30 Presidencies across North America, Europe and Asia.

Through our work over many years on prominent Presidential and Vice-Chancellor appointments we have developed extremely strong networks and deep relationships with candidates in all international markets.

Senior Academic Leadership

Securing world-leading talent is a major strategic priority for every university. Such hires are core investments for an organisation and it is crucial that the strongest possible appointments are secured across teaching, research and revenue-raising activities. Yet competition for such exceptional talent is high, presenting a key challenge for the sector.

We have advised on the appointment of over 2,000 Senior Academics from Senior Management teams - Provosts, VP, Rectors, Deputy and Pro Vice-Chancellors, Deans of Faculty, Heads of Schools and Directors of Institutes.

Our clients are located in 50 countries and have included over one half of the top 200 universities in the world.

Senior Administrative and Professional Services

We are the leading firm advising on professional service and administration roles for HEIs across all functions including fundraising, communications, finance, human resources, information, estates and operations.

Much of our work here is introducing candidates from other sectors to HEIs, bringing with them modern and innovative models of organisational and administration that help HEIS adapt to a highly marketised faster paced and digital environment.

Funding Bodies Regulators and the Policy Environment

Perrett Laver has also worked extensively with international HE bodies, the leading global charitable funders for research, national and governmental funding bodies, learned societies, policy organisations, and other leading bodies within the sector.

We also work on posts where higher education, and educational agendas more broadly, meet wider government policy and priorities, giving us a genuine breadth of experience and understanding of the wider strategic issues within and across the sector.

Global Chairs and Professors

Our Global Chairs and Professors practice has developed a rigorous and robust methodology based on our proprietary analytics for identifying, engaging and securing exceptional research talent.

We support global research intensive and research ambitious universities in 38 different countries across six continents. Over half of those appointed through our processes relocate internationally to take on their new post. The global nature of our work is intrinsic to success.

Principally we work on the appointment of full, tenured Professors, many of which are to endowed or named Chairs. We work across the full ranges of disciplines and our specific methodology can be adapted to the particular nuances of each specialism, including, for example, attention to a need for clinical qualifications and expertise, industry engagement or practice-orientation.

We are frequently invited to support on roles which also include specific leadership responsibility, such as Research Centre or Institute directors.

Who To Talk To

Tom Weinberg
Tom Weinberg
Partner
Senior Academic Leadership EMEA
Dr Sinead Gibney
Dr Sinead Gibney
Senior Consultant
Senior Academic Leadership EMEA
Sarah John
Sarah John
Partner
Senior Administrative and Professional Services EMEA
Rachel Witton
Rachel Witton
Partner
Chairs and Professors EMEA
Katharine Poundstone
Katharine Poundstone
Partner
Presidential Search Asia Pacific
Simon Laver
Simon Laver
Co-Founder and Director
EMEA
Jill Cloke
Jill Cloke
Partner
Senior Academic Leadership EMEA
Kate Hunter
Kate Hunter
Partner
Philanthropy, Communications and Engagement EMEA
Bing Han
Bing Han
Partner
Senior Academic Leadership Asia Pacific
Libby Hackett
Libby Hackett
Partner
Senior Administrative and Professional Services Asia Pacific
Dr Graham Little
Dr Graham Little
Partner
Industry Research and Professors EMEA
Dr Gordon Lobay
Dr Gordon Lobay
Partner
Senior Academic Leadership Americas
Fiona Carruthers
Fiona Carruthers
Partner
Senior Administrative and Professional Services EMEA
Erik Jackson
Erik Jackson
Partner
Senior Academic Leadership Americas
Janelle Entwistle
Janelle Entwistle
Partner
Senior Academic Leadership Asia Pacific
Dan Perrett
Dan Perrett
Co-Founder and Director
EMEA
Dr David Field
Dr David Field
Partner
Chairs and Professors EMEA
Dr Birgit Brandt
Dr Birgit Brandt
Partner
Presidential Search Asia Pacific

Recent Higher Education and Research Clients

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