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Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students)

The Open University - Office of the Vice Chancellor

Location: Milton Keynes
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 13th September 2022
Closes: 14th October 2022
Job Ref: 20277
 

Unit: PVC Students
Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package at Senior Academic & Related Band 5
Location: Milton Keynes- Hybrid working will be considered with ad-hoc travel to Milton Keynes when required.

Closing Date: 14 October, 2022 - 12:00

Be Inspired, Be So Much More

The Open University was established by Royal Charter in 1969 with the mission is to be ‘open to people, places, methods and ideas’. It is a national university, working in all four nations of the UK as well as globally, employing around 11,000 people across a range of academic, associate lecturer and professional services roles. Pioneering higher education by distance learning over 2 million people have studied with the OU, predominantly part-time and often while in paid work. 

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Students) has executive responsibility for the University’s policies and processes supporting student access, continuation, completion, and employment outcomes. This is a real opportunity to make a difference to the largest body of students in the UK at a time of great challenge and opportunity across the HE sector. The appointment is made by a joint committee of the University Senate and Council.

The role

This is a critical leadership role reporting directly to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and sitting on both the Vice Chancellor’s Executive and the VCE-Academic teams. Working very closely with the faculty Executive Deans and our nations Directors you will deliver success through collaboration and influencing, achieving this through direct and indirect authority. You will act internally as the ultimate student voice and representative, and externally as the face of The Open University for student matters with regulators and other Higher Education sector organisations.

The appointment is initially for five years with eligibility for re-appointment. A permanent academic appointment in an appropriate Faculty may be made if the successful applicant is an external candidate. The role holder is seconded full-time from their academic appointment to the PVC role. 

Skills and Experience

Candidates will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Extensive senior academic experience and achievement in teaching and learning, including in digital environments and working with governance. This should include operating at a senior leadership level, chairing and sponsoring enterprise-wide initiatives.
  • Sustained record of strategic leadership in a large and complex education institution, including managing change to achieve positive outcomes with a strong focus on student voice and wellbeing.
  • Logical and evidence-based thinking that achieves positive change and improvement.
  • Collaborative team player building highly effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders. Internally, negotiating and influencing resourcing decisions for the delivery of an excellent student experience, including student-related projects, in the context of wider OU priorities. Externally, building networks that create an understanding of the wider landscape of HE, and innovations and governments’ policy changes that impact OU.
  • Experience and understanding of large-scale student systems to allow effective sponsorship and support of operational leads for each workstream.
  • Outstanding communication, including both internal and external presentations and written reports, including engagement with regulators and communication across the four UK Nations.
  • Commitment to the OU’s mission and values, including equality, diversity and inclusion and sustainability.

To apply for this role please visit: Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students) | Employment (open.ac.uk)

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