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Head of Academic Partnerships University of Derby

The University of Derby is seeking a strategic leader with experience of managing academic partnership portfolios as the next Head of Academic Partnerships. The role will lead the establishment of an Academic Partnerships Office and shape an institutional approach to developing collaborative partnerships in the UK and abroad that will enhance the University’s offer in line with ambitious strategic aims.

  • Location: Derbyshire, East Midlands
  • Salary: £48,123 - £63,176 p/a
  • Closing date: By 9am, Monday 28th March 2022

Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby builds on the region’s heritage of innovation to provide industry-relevant, expert teaching at all levels.

The newly created Head of Academic Partnerships will sit within the Provost, Learning and Teaching’s leadership team. The role will contribute to the success of the University of Derby by shaping and informing the academic partnerships portfolio, through leadership and management of a newly created Academic Partnerships Office (APO). Reporting into the Associate Provost, Learning and Teaching, Professor Neil Fowler, the Head of Academic Partnerships will lead a robust strategic approach towards the development of academic partnerships both in the UK and abroad. In the long term, the Academic Partnerships Office will manage existing partnerships and support the development of new ones, in line with the University’s wider strategic objectives and to meet Institutional Success Measures (ISMs). To name a few of the key related measures, the ISMs include the National Student Survey (NSS) satisfaction scores, data on widening participation and closing attainment gaps, and the engagement of students from outside Derby and Derbyshire.

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The postholder will be accountable for providing strategic leadership and operational management across the University’s academic partnerships portfolio.

Driving a new strategic approach that aligns the Academic Partnerships Strategy to the University’s Strategic Framework, the postholder will work closely with colleagues across the academic colleges and in Registry, Admissions and International, to develop and implement robust processes for the selection, management, and monitoring of academic partnerships across the institution.

With the opportunity to develop a small, effective team, and utilise expertise and resources from across the University, the Head of Academic Partnerships will lead the strategic oversight of programmes delivered by partners and implement the operational frameworks and support to ensure partner programmes are fit for purpose and leverage advantage for all parties, whilst delivering an excellent student experience.

As Head of the Academic Partnerships Office, the postholder will ensure the principles of the Academic Partnerships Framework are developed and followed across the University, working with partner institutions to ensure adherence to the University’s Quality and Standards regulations.

Through the development and introduction of an institution-wide policy and process for the approval of Academic Partnerships, the postholder and their team will support colleagues to prepare suitable, strategically aligned business cases for consideration by the Executive Board. The postholder will report to the University’s Executive Board on the health of the University’s collaborative teaching and learning provision portfolio on a regular basis.

As you will see from the Provost, Learning and Teaching staff structure, the post currently has no direct line reports, but the expectation is that the postholder will build a team to support the activities of the Academic Partnerships Office over time.

This is a full-time permanent position, with an expectation that the postholder will work from the city campus at least two days a week and as required to fulfil the duties of the post.

Who we are looking for:

Sat within the Provost, Learning and Teaching’s portfolio and with a strong academic focus, candidates are required to demonstrate an excellent working knowledge and understanding of the development of Higher Education academic partnerships and stakeholder engagement, with insight into the complex arrangements for developing, delivering, and managing successful long-term partner programmes both in the UK and abroad.

Candidates should demonstrate a strong track record of operational management experience within Higher Education and the ability to step into a strategic leadership role, with the skills needed to shape and influence a strong and coherent strategic approach towards Academic Partnerships across a large and complex institution.

Ideally, candidates will have experience of change management and will be able to demonstrate the leadership skills required to support a cultural transformation in the institution’s approach towards academic partnerships, demonstrated through strong diplomacy and interpersonal skills, and evidence of engaging with internal and external stakeholders to promote and influence positive change.

The University of Derby is seeking candidates who can demonstrate a strong understanding of academic governance and the legal and financial frameworks regulating collaborative provision. This experience could be obtained through academic or professional services leadership and must include a broad knowledge of central and/or academic college-based Registry, Quality and Standards, and Curriculum Development functions.

Candidates must also demonstrate a strong student-centred approach, with experience of engaging the student voice to shape strategy and create ambitious targets to ensure excellent student experience and outcomes.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dr Sophie Carney | sophie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 528307

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364 033

 

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About the Organisation

The University of Derby is a modern, innovative education provider that achieved its University status in 1992. Teaching at the Derby site actually dates back to 1851, when it was a Diocesan Institution for training teachers, so we have over 160 years of expertise in education. We have since become a University of first choice for students who want a supportive, aspirational environment where they can equip themselves for the career they choose. Our significant investment in world class facilities is building on our reputation for student-focused real-world learning in an increasingly competitive sector. Located in the heart of England, we build on our region’s heritage of innovation to provide industry-relevant, expert teaching at all levels.

Our combined higher and further education offering is spread over campuses in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield and we have some of the best university facilities in the UK.

During the last ten years we have invested over £200 million in facilities designed to give students the very best possible learning environment. We have more investment planned and continue to develop teaching to be innovative, stimulating and engaging.

The University of Derby is a modern, innovative education provider that achieved its University status in 1992. Teaching at the Derby site actually dates back to 1851, when it was a Diocesan Institution for training teachers, so we have over 160 years of expertise in education. We have since become a University of first choice for students who want a supportive, aspirational environment where they can equip themselves for the career they choose. Our significant investment in world class facilities is building on our reputation for student-focused real-world learning in an increasingly competitive sector. Located in the heart of England, we build on our region’s heritage of innovation to provide industry-relevant, expert teaching at all levels.

University of Derby Awards Ceremony November 2016.

Our combined higher and further education offering is spread over campuses in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield and we have some of the best university facilities in the UK.

During the last ten years we have invested over £200 million in facilities designed to give students the very best possible learning environment. We have more investment planned and continue to develop teaching to be innovative, stimulating and engaging.

Recent investments include:

  • £12 million STEM Centre including facilities for mechanical testing, robotics and an anechoic chamber
  • State-of-the-art £10.8 million Sports Centre
  • Immersive Interactive Simulation Suite, the only one of its kind in a University outside London
  • Forensic Training Facility with a dedicated crime scene house
  • Fashion industry facility at Chandos Pole Street
  • Industry-standard Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab

We achieve outstanding results for our teaching and research and with more than 34,000 people choosing to study with us every year, we depend on the dedication of a team of 2,200 academic and professional services staff.

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Financially strong and seriously ambitious we offer our employees a family-friendly, rewarding career with lots of opportunities to progress.

We want everyone to receive the high-quality education they deserve, regardless of age, background or location. We were named University of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards 2020 and Higher Education Institution of the Year at the 2020 NEON (National Education Opportunities Network) Awards. And we have won the Guardian University Award 2020 for Social and Community Impact.

Challenging, interesting and constantly changing, the University of Derby is an exceptional place to learn and an incredibly rewarding place to work.

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Dear Candidate,

I am delighted that you are considering applying for this role at the University of Derby.

At Derby we have worked to build a powerful regional university that addresses the needs of our students, the region and beyond, and an institution which is embarking on an ambitious period of growth to take the University forward to its future.

Our 2018-2030 Strategic Framework, launched in June 2018, signalled a new chapter for our University, providing staff and stakeholders with clarity over our direction of travel and raising the bar in terms of our institutional ambitions. Embedding high performance in everything we do has seen a step change in the way we operate, one that is generating strong results and outcomes despite the challenges we have faced during the pandemic.

2025 is a key milestone in the lifecycle of the Strategic Framework, so to assure delivery of our strategic plans and ambitions, we have recently made some changes to the University’s Senior Leadership Groups. These now comprise a new University Executive Board (UEB), Vice-Chancellor’s Executive (VCE) and Delivery and Operations Leadership Group (DOL). In addition, these changes are designed in response to the external environment, the need continuously to reflect and improve on performance, and our commitment to ensuring high standards of integrity, transparency and governance.

As a result, our new Head of Academic Partnerships, will be joining us at a time of real momentum and positive change, where we look to build on our teaching excellence, enhance the student experience, continue to grow our innovation and research profile, and ensure Derby has impact and influence regionally, nationally and internationally.

Furthermore, the civic role we play, and the importance of the University as an anchor institution, remains stronger than ever, with our commitment to working in partnership to improve the health, education and wellbeing of our city and county being reaffirmed through the development of a Civic University Agreement.

We are an ambitious university, on an upwards trajectory, and therefore need a Head of Academic Partnerships, with the knowledge, experience and leadership qualities to drive forward a high performing team, one that puts our students, and the experience they have at Derby, at the heart of everything it does.

Thank you for your interest and time.

Professor Keith McLay

Provost, Learning and Teaching

Accessibility

Every aspect of our University is committed to promoting equality and diversity through inclusion. We understand that in order to thrive at work, inclusion engenders a sense of belonging and we recognise that wholeness at work is key to engagement and high performance.

We encourage and enable our staff to celebrate the richness of their diversity, participating in staff networks, contributing to awareness raising and role modelling practices and behaviours consistent with our values.

Throughout the year, we hold multiple events that champion equality, diversity, and inclusion; such as International Women’s Day, Women’s History Month, Black History Month, Disability History Month and LGBT History Month. We provide staff with a blended approach to staff development, offering a wealth of online and face-to-face resources, which are thought provoking and challenging in order to ensure that staff understand their responsibilities towards equality, diversity and inclusion.

Working at the University is exciting and together, we will continually strive to make the University the most inclusive place it can be.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Our buildings and facilities have step-free access
  • Accessibility dogs are always welcome on our premises
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed

The University of Derby is a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the Accessible Scheme, holds a bronze Athena SWAN Charter award, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion, and won University of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards 2020.

See the following links for further information about the University of Derby’s commitment to encouraging diversity and championing inclusion:

https://www.derby.ac.uk/jobs/about/equality-diversity-inclusion-and-wellbeing/

https://www.derby.ac.uk/about/equality-and-diversity/

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfill your needs.

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    Closing date: Monday 28th March 2022

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