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Job title Director of Student Support and Safeguarding

Department Student Support and Safeguarding

Grade Competitive Package

Contract Type Full Time, Open Ended

Placed on Monday 25 March 2024

Closing date Sunday 21 April 2024

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CC11341

Special Conditions A DBS check is required for this position, Participation in an on-call rota that receives an additional on-call allowance

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Director of Student Support and Safeguarding

The University of Bath, a QS top 150 institution hosts over 17,000 students from 130 countries. Ranked among the UK's top ten universities, we pride ourselves on innovation and performance. At a pivotal moment in our history, we are seeking a visionary Director of Student Support and Safeguarding to champion our critical services and bring our community-based vision to life, right here in Bath.

About the Role:

As the Director of Student Support and Safeguarding, you will be at the forefront of shaping and executing a strategic vision for our student support and safeguarding activities. Leading both our Student Support Services and Student Policy and Safeguarding departments, this role offers a broad and impactful opportunity to forge meaningful relationships across the University. Your efforts will ensure our evolving student body receives outstanding support, tailored to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Key to this role is staying abreast of new developments, including national policy changes related to student support, to keep us ahead of the curve. Your leadership skills will be vital, as we look for someone who can organise, motivate, and lead our team to new heights. Exceptional communication skills are also crucial, enabling you to be an effective advocate for Student Support and Safeguarding both internally and externally.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a clear, innovative strategy for Student Support and Safeguarding.
  • Collaborate with senior leaders to enhance our service offerings.
  • Lead complex case management, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our community.
  • Foster key partnerships and serve as a vocal advocate for the directorate.
  • Empower and support a high-performing team, integrating innovative structures and approaches.

We Are Seeking:

  • Demonstrable experience in developing student support strategies, ideally within the Higher Education sector.
  • A creative and innovative thinker adept in complex case management.
  • A proven leader capable of empowering and inspiring teams to achieve their best.
  • Exceptional skills in partnership development and ambassadorial roles.
  • A strong commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, mirroring our university’s values.

To gain additional insight, watch the following video that further elaborates on the duties and anticipated qualifications associated with this position. 

Our Commitment:

The University of Bath is dedicated to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and supportive environment for all. We believe in empowering our staff through continuous professional development, encouraging growth, and embracing diversity at all levels.

Apply Now:

To embark on this exciting journey with us, please submit your application through our careers portal, including your CV and a cover letter detailing your experience and vision for the role. We look forward to discovering how you can contribute to the future of the University of Bath.

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We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.