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Head of Academic Partnerships

University of Derby

Location: Derby
Salary: £48,123 to £63,176 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th October 2021
Closes: 26th November 2021
Job Ref: 0421-21

Challenging, interesting and constantly changing, the University of Derby is an exceptional place to learn and an incredibly rewarding place to work.

Our combined higher and further education offering is spread over campuses in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield and we have some of the best university facilities in the UK, investing more than £200 million in facilities in the last 10 years.

We achieve outstanding results for our teaching and research and with more than 34,000 people choosing to study with us every year, we depend on the dedication of a team of 2,200 academic and professional services staff.

Financially strong and seriously ambitious we offer our employees a family-friendly, rewarding career with lots of opportunities to progress.

Learning and Teaching

We are an inclusive University that is passionate about social mobility and giving all of our students every opportunity to excel; we constantly strive for excellence and success for our students, and seek to reach all communities and attract students from around the world.

This is a transformational time for Learning and Teaching at the University, with innovative approaches being developed to enhance student experience and to make a significant contribution to a developing and ambitious University.

About the Role

As a member of the University Delivery and Operations Group, the role holder will support the delivery of the University’s wider strategic framework and objectives.  They will lead development of the Academic Partnerships Portfolio through the creation of an Academic Partnerships Office, informing the partnerships portfolio through leadership and management, identifying business opportunities to ensure sustainability and deliver a high quality-customer service for external academic partnerships both in the UK and abroad.  Ultimately the Head of Academic Partnerships will ensure that all arrangements for the development, support and oversight of all related programmes delivered by partners are fit for purpose and leverage advantage for both the University and partner, whilst simultaneously delivering an excellent student experience. 

In addition, we are seeking someone with:

  • A PhD/Professional Doctorate or equivalent expertise / standing in professional practice, particularly focused on major influences on academic policy, quality assurance and the application of partnership strategy against learning and teaching pedagogical approaches.
  • Evidence of relevant continuous professional development and active memberships or affiliations with relevant external associations or networks.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the higher education environment, nationally and internationally.
  • A strong track record of effective engagement and influence with a wide range of stakeholders within UK and overseas.
  • An understanding of UK Higher Education Quality Assurance processes, finance, registry and relevant functions in regard to transnational education portfolio delivery.
  • An ability to build effective relationships and to engender trust with a variety of stakeholders including colleagues, students, collaborative partners, and external representatives in the UK and overseas.

In return, you can expect a competitive salary and an excellent package of benefits including generous holiday entitlement and a contributory pension scheme. Prove you can make things happen and your career with us could take you almost anywhere.

Interviews for this position will take place on Thursday 9 December.

This position is subject to a Fit and Proper persons check as part of our new starter compliance - further details will be provided if you are shortlisted for interview.

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