Union kicks off student consultation

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Durham Students’ Union has launched a series of student consultation sessions in a bid to find out what students want out of Durham’s next Vice-Chancellor.

The hour-long sessions, which started on Tuesday and run until next Friday, will see Dan Slavin, the Students’ Union President, officials from Perrett Laver, a global executive search firm and University members of staff, discuss the appointment of a new VC with students.

This is the first time the University has involved students in the recruitment process.

Clare Curran, Director of Human Resources, told Palatinate why the University has decided to consult students, saying:

“This is the first time the University has consulted all staff as well as students, this is all about being inclusive. The search company shared that those universities that have undertaken a similar exercise have learnt a lot from the outcomes of these decisions.

“Therefore we wanted to ensure we engaged in all such activities that have proved successful elsewhere, as we want to ensure we recruit the right person.”

Students can take part in a consultation session by booking online here.

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