Director of the Language Centre

Manchester Metropolitan University - Department of Languages, Information and Communications

Average weekly working hours: 37,00


Manchester is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe and the most popular city for students in the UK. We are at the heart of it, delivering cutting-edge skills to people from 120 countries - 94% of whom go into work or further study within six months of graduating. Since 2006, we have invested £350 million into our exceptional campus to deliver our vision of being the best modern university, and we continue to achieve and innovate every day.

Where you’ll work

Our Department of Languages, Information and Communications is enjoying an exciting period of transition and expansion. The Language Centre has a successful track record of delivering high quality EFL/EAP courses for existing and prospective students at the University (pre-sessional, English for University Study, Coaching for Academic English) as well as commercial bespoke and professional training courses to overseas clients including universities, businesses and governments. With several high-profile contracts with global partners across Asia and the Middle East, we have some ambitious plans - and you will make them happen.

Situated within, the Department of Languages, Information and Communications and working with the close support, the resources and the expertise of colleagues in the department, The Language Centre holds British Council accreditation for the teaching of English, and was awarded nine areas of strength in its most recent inspection (January 2016). We have also been named an El Gazette Centre of Excellence 2016. This level of recognition is in keeping with a Department which prides itself on having achieved a top 20 position in Modern Languages and Linguistics (Guardian University League tables 2017), and top 10 position in Information Management (Complete University Guide 2017) - and we’re hungry for more.


Championing cross-departmental and cross-University initiatives, working collaboratively with others you will develop and deliver certificated recognition of our UG TESOL courses, you’ll drive, develop and deliver on our growing portfolio of research-led CPDs, you’ll develop and implement pre-Masters and pre-PhD EAP programmes and working with others formulate plans for distance and blended learning activity. At the same time, you will identify commercial opportunities and bid for contracts, and ensure that projects are delivered on time and within budget to exceed client expectations, giving you substantial impact on our bottom line.

What’s more, you will be supported to devote time to innovative research in order to bolster our record of publications and will mentor and motivate diverse colleagues to achieve their full potential, so you can expect exceptional variety and visibility.

Ideal Candidate:

Chances are you are currently a director, manager or associate/deputy of a successful Language Centre, and you will certainly be commercially minded, academically astute and capable of delivering positive change. You will be fully versed in best practice and the latest thinking in language teaching, capable of driving programme and curriculum development, and highly qualified in your discipline (DELTA, PGCE, Certificate of Education and/or PGCAP) or willing to gain appropriate awards within three years. Finally, you will be an inspired and inspiring leader with a clear vision of the future and the drive and determination to make things happen.

How to Apply:

For an informal discussion regarding the requirements of the role please contact the Head of Department, Dr Derek Bousfield ( Alternatively, you can call Rebecca Pipe, Executive Assistant to Dr. Bousfield, on +44 (0)161 247 3021 for a mutually convenient time for an informal discussion. For more information and to apply online, visit If you do not have access to the internet, or require an application in an alternative format, please contact the Talent & Resourcing team on 0161 247 6820. Closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on 8th December 2016. Interviews will be held in January 2017.

The ideal colleague will be able to start within 3 months of interview though the post is tenable from January 1st 2017.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to creating a diverse environment where everybody is treated with dignity, fairness and respect. We welcome applications from all potential candidates.