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Head of Academic Quality and Standards

Job title Head of Academic Quality and Standards

Department Academic Registry

Salary Starting from £53,353, rising to £61,823 per annum

Grade Grade 9

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2317

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Tuesday 01 November 2022

Closing date Wednesday 11 January 2023

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF9991

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This is an exciting opportunity to shape and drive progress of academic quality assurance, policy and standards at a top UK university at a time of expansion and development within the Academic Registry department. 

The role-holder will be integral to building a responsive service, and in strengthening and developing policies, procedures, and regulations to oversee academic quality assurance and standards across the University.  

About the role

We’re looking for an experienced and inspiring manager to provide leadership in academic quality assurance and standards for our expert and engaged team and for the wider University.

As the Head of Academic Quality and Standards, you will lead programmes of strategic and cyclical improvement in policy areas such as: 

  • Delivery of strategic education project workstreams in support of the University’s education ambitions
  • Quality assurance frameworks and risk-based monitoring 
  • Academic standards and assurance activity, including degree outcomes and attainment 
  • Academic regulations, and assessment regulations 
  • Curriculum change, and approval and review processes for the University’s course portfolio 
  • Strategic academic policy development and operational education policy improvements 
  • Alignment and compliance with sector requirements, such as those of the Office for Students, and practice, for areas of education provision such as degree apprenticeships and international joint degrees

You will lead planning and activity that enacts change and enables institutional priorities. You will build a consultative and collaborative service that is responsive to the needs of academic and administrative colleagues, and other professional services. 

About you

We’re looking for a candidate with strong experience in UK higher education to bring sector-informed expertise to this important portfolio and its projects. You will be committed to working both collaboratively and with significant independent responsibility to lead and develop this key education service. 

You will have an up to date understanding of emerging and important issues in academic quality assurance and standards across the sector. You will need to have proven experience in delivering complex policy and change projects and cyclical activity.

You will lead and develop a growing team, taking an active role as a senior manager within the Academic Registry and wider Professional Services. There will be significant opportunity to build on your expert knowledge and effective service delivery, and to extend your internal and external networks. 

More information

The team are currently following a hybrid working pattern that requires a minimum of one day a week on campus (currently Wednesdays), with flexible on-campus availability as needed depending on activities each week. For more information regarding the University’s Future ways of working for Professional Services departments please click here

For informal discussion about this role, please contact Rachel Sheer, Director of Academic Registry (r.m.l.sheer@bath.ac.uk).

What we can offer you:

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for. Please visit the following webpages for more information:

     - Relocation Procedure

     - Visa Reimbursement Scheme

     - Interest-Free Loan Scheme

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK you should refer to our guidance on the Skilled Worker Visa before embarking on a job application to ensure that you understand the requirements for sponsorship. You may be eligible to work in the UK via other alternative visa routes such as the Global Talent Visa or by having Settlement / ILR, please refer to our Staff Immigration webpages for further details.

Update to our application process:

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 the personal details of applicants may be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.