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Manager, Students in Secure Environments

The Open University - Academic Services

Location: Milton Keynes, Hybrid
Salary: £37,099 to £44,263
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 17th June 2024
Closes: 1st July 2024
Job Ref: 21699
 

It is anticipated that a hybrid working pattern can be adopted for this role, where the successful candidate can work from home and the office. However, as this role is contractually aligned to our Milton Keynes office it is expected that some attendance in the office will be required when necessary and in response to business needs. We’d expect this to be approximately once per month.

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The Open University has been providing world-class higher education to students in prison for over 40 years as part of our mission to open up higher education to all. We are an Open University – open to people, places, methods, and ideas. Our first and key value is to be inclusive. Since the 1970s our Students in Secure Environments (SiSE) programme has spread to over 150 prisons, 50 secure hospital units and supported countless students in realising what they are capable of. Every year we provide a tailor-made curriculum, create bespoke study packs, and offer personalised support to our Students in Secure Environments. Working with partner organisations within the Justice Sector, we have created a Virtual Learning Environment, accessible via the Virtual Campus, to allow students to access their materials in digital format.

The role  

You will work within the Students in Secure Environments (SiSE) team, within Student Additional Support, with a focus on helping students with a wide range of restrictions resulting from a criminal conviction, including those which resulted in a custodial sentence, or following their release from prison (e.g. they a have sexual harm prevention order served against them or are on the sex offenders register) to make study choices leading to successful progression, qualification completion and customer satisfaction.

A focus of your role will be to establish and maintain processes for supporting students with restrictions and provide proactive educational support through provision of guidance and complex educational support to enquirers

Skills and experience

This role will suit you if you have;

  • Significant experience of providing IAG to a range of diverse groups, including students in prison or with restrictions.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to equal opportunities and diversity.
  • Experience of working to personal, team and organisational targets.
  • Advice and guidance skills developed to support students’ autonomy and decision making, especially taking into account the court imposed restrictions, using techniques in negotiating, enabling, advocating and challenging. 

What you get in return

We have a strong commitment to providing training and development in and beyond your current role. This includes thorough induction into the organisation and regular reviews of your training and development needs.

We also offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term. Staff Benefits include an attractive pension proposition and 33 days holiday per annum pro rata, plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days.

Apply online via the above ‘Apply’ button.

Closing Date: 1 July 2024 - 12:00 (noon)

Interview date:  15/16 July 2024 

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