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Assistant Director - Student Diversity and Inclusion

University of Bristol - Home, Recruitment and Conversion

Location: Bristol
Salary: £57,696 to £64,914 per annum (Grade L)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 16th February 2024
Closes: 10th March 2024
Job Ref: SUPP110920

Contract type: Open ended

Work hours: 35.0 hours per week

The role

Education and Student Success is a new division at the heart of the University of Bristol, with a mission of ensuring that all our students get an outstanding experience at Bristol, from the moment of first interest through to graduation and beyond. We are building a new leadership team within the Student Journey Team, and you could play a pivotal role in this.

The Assistant Director, Student Diversity and Inclusion will form a key part of our new Student Journey Team.  Working in close partnership with the Director of Student Journey and other Assistant Directors, you will lead a newly formed team with responsibility for ensuring that the University diversifies our intake and that students from all backgrounds succeed, lead on the implementation of the Access and Participation Plan and act as an institutional expert on widening participation and student inclusion.

The role is primarily based on campus with up to two days home working per week.

If you are ready to make a significant impact, shape a new team, and thrive in a dynamic and collaborative environment, this is an exceptional opportunity for you.

What will you be doing?

As Assistant Director, Student Diversity and Inclusion you will:

  • Establish a Student Diversity and Inclusion team responsible for delivering the activity contained within the Access and Participation Plan (APP)
  • Lead the development of strategy and practice to ensure that the University meets all Access and Participation Plan targets and University key performance indicators (KPIs) in relation to student diversity.
  • Lead and develop strategy and practice to develop a sense of belonging for current students from underrepresented backgrounds including leading on the submission of the APP and creation of an institutional widening participation strategy.
  • Lead work to improve student transition including strategic initiatives to close gaps in continuation rates and enhance personal tutoring, peer support and support for target groups.
  • Lead work to improve student outcomes including strategic initiatives to close attainment gaps and embed inclusive education.
  • Work with the Assistant Director: Student Recruitment and Lifecycle Events to implement a Data, Market Insight and Evaluation function which will provide expert analysis for all recruitment and widening participation activity across the University.
  • Drive a data informed, evaluative approach to all widening participation interventions, ensuring continuous improvement and demonstrable return on investment.
  • Liaise with the Office for Students to ensure that the University is meeting our regulatory responsibilities and contributing to the national agenda on access and participation.
  • Manage an annual budget of around £3.5million, ensuring that all activities provide outstanding value for money and shaping activity in line with institutional priority.
  • Interrogate data in relation to widening participation and student inclusion, report findings to senior committees making recommendations for future policy.
  • Work with colleagues from across the University, acting as an expert on student diversity and inclusion activity and strategy.

For a full view of requirements please look at the job description attached below, but if the aforementioned describes you, we’d encourage you to apply.

Why choose us?

Join a top-ranked UK research university, offering a hybrid work environment, competitive pay, & flexible working arrangements. Benefit from attractive perks, a strong pension scheme, & access to development & well-being programs. Embrace our inclusive culture, join diverse staff networks, & become part of a supportive community.

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