Head of Admissions

University of Reading - Admissions

The higher education sector has changed dramatically over recent years; it’s a genuinely global market and it’s never been so competitive or challenging to attract students, academics and funding. The University of Reading has an ambitious vision for the future, and our newly established Global Recruitment & Admissions service has a key role in achieving this. At the forefront of attracting & recruiting the brightest foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students, we continually work to increase our reputation and profile and to deliver an exceptional and personalised experience for prospective students and applicants.

This is a unique opportunity for an outstanding candidate to make a significant and key contribution in delivering our ambitious vision and recruitment targets. With responsibility for leading a large team of nearly 35 staff in making a timely and accurate assessment of all applications and handling enquiries from applicants to the University across UG, PGT and PGR levels of study, in addition to pre-sessional English (PSE), international foundation (IFP) and Degree Apprenticeship programmes, you will directly affect the success of an internationally ranked university.

Highly motivated, astute, strategic and proactive, you have a great track record in delivering for high-profile, large and/or complex organisations. You’ll be an inspiring leader with proven ability to manage teams, projects and resources. You’ll work with energy and confidence with the ability to bring new and innovative solutions to challenges where there may be no clear precedents. You must be able to work at pace in a fast-moving environment with the ability to spot opportunities early to stay ahead of our competitors.

An expert in your field, you’ll be able to build and maintain strong networks of internal and external stakeholders. Above all, you’ll be able to help lead change in an exciting time of transformation both for the University as a whole and for Global Recruitment and Admissions.

You will have:

  • High level understanding and expertise of admissions policies and processes.
  • Understanding of the potential and use of technology to maximize applicant-related services and to capture management information.
  • Experience of working at a senior level in HE admissions.
  • Agile thinker with the ability to use initiative and ingenuity in finding solutions to problems.

Informal Contact Details
Contact role: Director of Global Recruitment and Admissions
Contact name: James Ackroyd
Contact phone: 0118 378 7605
Contact email: j.h.ackroyd@reading.ac.uk

Alternative Informal Contact Details
Contact role: Interim Head of Admissions
Contact name: Samantha Drage
Contact phone: 0118 378 6476
Contact email: s.m.drage@reading.ac.uk

Interview date: Week commencing 22nd January 2018.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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