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Head of Academic Quality and Standards

University of Bath - Head of Academic Quality and Standards

Location: Bath
Salary: £53,353 to £61,823 per annum, Grade 9
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 1st December 2022
Closes: 11th January 2023
Job Ref: CF9991

This is an exciting opportunity to shape and drive progress of academic quality assurance, policy and standards at a top UK university at a time of expansion and development within the Academic Registry department. 

The role-holder will be integral to building a responsive service, and in strengthening and developing policies, procedures, and regulations to oversee academic quality assurance and standards across the University.  

About the role

We’re looking for an experienced and inspiring manager to provide leadership in academic quality assurance and standards for our expert and engaged team and for the wider University.

As the Head of Academic Quality and Standards, you will lead programmes of strategic and cyclical improvement in policy areas such as: 

  • Delivery of strategic education project workstreams in support of the University’s education ambitions
  • Quality assurance frameworks and risk-based monitoring 
  • Academic standards and assurance activity, including degree outcomes and attainment 
  • Academic regulations, and assessment regulations 
  • Curriculum change, and approval and review processes for the University’s course portfolio 
  • Strategic academic policy development and operational education policy improvements 
  • Alignment and compliance with sector requirements, such as those of the Office for Students, and practice, for areas of education provision such as degree apprenticeships and international joint degrees

You will lead planning and activity that enacts change and enables institutional priorities. You will build a consultative and collaborative service that is responsive to the needs of academic and administrative colleagues, and other professional services. 

About you

We’re looking for a candidate with strong experience in UK higher education to bring sector-informed expertise to this important portfolio and its projects. You will be committed to working both collaboratively and with significant independent responsibility to lead and develop this key education service. 

You will have an up to date understanding of emerging and important issues in academic quality assurance and standards across the sector. You will need to have proven experience in delivering complex policy and change projects and cyclical activity.

You will lead and develop a growing team, taking an active role as a senior manager within the Academic Registry and wider Professional Services. There will be significant opportunity to build on your expert knowledge and effective service delivery, and to extend your internal and external networks. 

More information

The team are currently following a hybrid working pattern that requires a minimum of one day a week on campus (currently Wednesdays), with flexible on-campus availability as needed depending on activities each week. For more information regarding the University’s Future ways of working for Professional Services departments please click here

For informal discussion about this role, please contact Rachel Sheer, Director of Academic Registry (r.m.l.sheer@bath.ac.uk).

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