Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic

Arden University

Arden University’s ambition is to make Higher Education more accessible, engaging and beneficial to people everywhere. Securing taught degree-awarding powers and its recently earned university status has reiterated Arden's position as a progressive organisation with plans to disrupt the HE sector through innovation. Presently with around 6,500 online students, over 50% of whom are overseas, and new campuses set to open in the UK and overseas, Arden University is growing rapidly.

Sustaining and enhancing the quality of our provision is at the core of the organisation. In this context continuous improvement is an important part of the Arden culture; it is derived from its long held values of innovation, support, ownership and integrity. The University has established a broad range of academic programmes, from a law degree to a recently launched innovative masters in data analytics and marketing, many externally accredited by professional bodies. A distinguishing feature of all Arden’s programmes is the development and application of behavioural traits that are attractive to employers. These are embedded within the pedagogy of Arden’s programmes.

The Opportunity

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for an individual with exceptional leadership drive and vision to become Arden University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic with a remit for delivering innovation, development and execution of the academic strategy across the University.

Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Philip Hallam, and a member of an exceptional and dynamic Executive Team, the Pro Vice-Chancellor will be responsible for developing, communicating and delivering the University’s strategy for Teaching, Learning and the wider student experience.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) will enjoy considerable autonomy as Chair of the Academic Board with responsibility for ensuring academic standards and oversight of the academic team, student support, registry and quality. Working closely with the academic, administrative and student bodies, as well as relevant external partners and networks, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) will lead all aspects of the University’s academic strategy and policy.

Credentials

The successful candidate will have strong academic credentials with a genuine passion for quality, student experience, and innovation in higher education. They will bring experience of senior leadership and delivery across a complex academic organisation, and will demonstrate the ability to inspire enthusiasm for, and ensure the implementation of, an ambitious educational agenda. The University has demonstrated an exemplary record of quality assurance over many years evidenced recently through ‘commendable’ outcomes from QAA. This is an exciting leadership opportunity to play a key role in taking forward a unique and ambitious University.

For further information about the role and details of how to apply, please contact our employment agency adviser, Saxton Bampfylde Ltd at www.saxbam.com/jobs using reference KAXCA, email belinda.beck@saxbam.com, or telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0890 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on Tuesday 31 October 2017.

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