Location: Home working with some business travel
Salary: Remuneration day rate of £480 for lead assessors and £430 for assessors
Hours: Part time
We are the independent regulator of higher education in England. Our primary aim is to ensure that English higher education is delivering positive outcomes for students – past, present, and future.
We have recently announced changes to our regulation of the quality of higher education courses in England, following comprehensive consultation. Our revised requirements, which came into effect on 1 May 2022, set out our minimum requirements for quality. They allow us to intervene where higher education courses fall below our expectations and help us to ensure that all students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, have meaningful choices of high quality courses and are effectively supported to succeed.
We have launched a programme of work, through which we will identify individual universities and colleges that may not be meeting our minimum requirements. This work reflects our risk-based approach to regulation, set out in our regulatory framework. We also undertake assessments of quality and standards for institutions seeking to register with the OfS, or to gain their own degree awarding powers.
We are seeking experienced academics from a wide range of universities and colleges to help us to assess the quality and standards of higher education courses in all of these circumstances.
In this recruitment round, we are also interested in hearing from applicants who have academic expertise in subjects related to:
You will join our panel of expert academic assessors, initially for a period of 12 months. For each assessment of a university or college, we will select assessors from the panel, based on their specific skills, experience and expertise, their availability, and the nature of the issue(s) to be assessed.
You will work in a small team, led by a lead assessor, and we are seeking both assessors and lead assessors in this recruitment round. You will use your expert academic judgement to assess whether, for example, a particular course provides educational challenge and is effectively delivered. This might include considering whether the balance of learning activities is appropriate, or whether students are sufficiently independent in their learning. Or we might ask you to judge whether students on a particular course are assessed effectively, in a way that provides stretch and rigour consistent with the level of the course. This is an exciting opportunity to play an integral role in driving up the quality of higher education across the sector and to safeguard the reputation of English higher education.
We are looking for experienced academics who are willing and able to challenge established norms where these are not delivering a high quality academic experience for students. We are not seeking expertise in the design and operation of quality assurance processes. We are seeking academics who are able to reach and explain robust and defensible academic judgements, focusing on the learning, teaching and assessment provided for students, rather than the processes that the provider follows to deliver those things. Where an institution is new to delivering higher education we will want your judgement about whether its plans will ensure it delivers high quality courses when it starts to recruit students.
For assessments of degree awarding powers, we will ask you to use your expert academic judgement to assess whether an institution’s arrangements give confidence that it will maintain quality and standards independently into the future.
You will be an experienced academic, with experience in designing and delivering learning, teaching and assessment in higher education. You will be able to use your expertise, both subject specific expertise and broader pedagogical expertise, to reach academic judgements about the quality of higher education in a range of different contexts. You may be at the beginning of your academic career or have more extensive experience.
You will be employed by a higher education provider as academic staff or have recently been employed as such. We are particularly interested in applications from those from a university or college with the strongest performance in providing a high quality student experience which enables positive student outcomes. You may have experience of working with new high quality institutions that are seeking to do things differently.
For assessments of institutions seeking their own degree awarding powers, it may be helpful if you have had experience in a senior academic leadership post with responsibility for the design and operation of effective academic governance arrangements.
We will expect you to be qualified to doctoral level where that is the norm for academic staff working in the particular areas in which you have expertise. In any event, we will expect you to have expertise that is equivalent to a doctoral-level qualification if you do not hold a qualification itself.
Lead assessors will have the ability to provide strong leadership of an assessment team, drawing appropriately on the skills and experience of the assessors in the team, resulting in the team reaching robust and well-reasoned academic judgements.
For each assessment undertaken in 2023-24, assessors and lead assessors will be paid a flat fee for each assessment, calculated by reference to a day rate of £480 for lead assessors and £430 for assessors. The anticipated time commitment for each assessment in 2023-24 is 5 to 13 days, with additional days for lead assessors to finalise the assessment report. The time commitment may vary for each assessment and will be set out by the OfS in advance.
Lead assessors may also be remunerated for additional activities, such as quality assurance and moderation of assessment reports, by reference to the same applicable rate.
Working with us
The OfS regulates the higher education sector on behalf of all students. We value diversity and the wealth of perspectives, experience and ideas that it brings to our work, and we strive to embed equality of opportunity in everything we do.
We recruit based on fair and open competition and welcome applications from candidates regardless of age, disability, race and ethnicity, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic background.
To apply please visit our careers webpage.
Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to participate in an online assessment centre, expected to be in late March 2023. Successful applicants will be appointed to our pool of assessors. Applicants who we wish to consider for the role of lead assessor will be invited to a further interview.
If you are not appointed, we may want to retain your application for consideration in future recruitment rounds. We will contact relevant applicants about this.
Closing date for applications: 26 February 2023.
|Location:||United Kingdom, Work from Home|
|Salary:||£480 for lead assessors and £430 for assessors|
|Placed On:||6th February 2023|
|Closes:||26th February 2023|
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