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Head of Assessment Delivery | NCUK

NCUK are recruiting for a Head of Assessment Delivery to form part of a newly formed SLT and lead on key projects relating to assessment development, delivery and quality assurance on an international scale.

  • Location: Homebased with regular travel to the office
  • Salary: £50,000- £52,000

NCUK is a unique UK higher education establishment owned by a consortium of leading universities dedicated to giving international students guaranteed access to universities worldwide and helping them succeed when they get there.

They are currently recruiting for a Head of Assessment Delivery to lead a small yet pivotal team during a period of exciting and ambitious growth and change. As someone who has a sound understanding of assessment delivery and theory including designing different methods of assessment, you will manage the full operational lifecycle including setting, logistics, marking, moderation, and results processing.

You will also be someone who enjoys the challenge of leading on strategic projects and has experience in undertaking product reviews, devising new assessment strategies, and implementing and embedding a digital assessment approach to support NCUK’s aim to double their student numbers over the next 3 years on an international scale.

NCUK is currently seeking Ofqual recognition, and the Head of Assessment Delivery will be part of this key project team bringing their experience and knowledge of regulatory requirements in regard to qualification and assessment frameworks.

As Head of Assessment, you will initially lead a team of 5 direct reports, including supporting and mentoring an apprentice and look to grow and develop the team to meet the growth ambitions and targets.

You will also be able to build strong internal relationships, with NCUK having an organisational headcount of 50 you will need to have strong negotiating and influencing skills to collaborate internally on a number of cross-organisational projects whilst also being willing to roll your sleeves up and be hands-on in the direct operational aspects of assessment delivery.

This is an exciting time to join NCUK, not only due to their change and growth agenda but also as they are about to restructure which will see the Head of Assessment Delivery role be part of a newly formed Senior Leadership Team, having an impact on the whole organisational direction and strategy.

If you are an individual who can balance business as usual responsibilities with the opportunity to be a part of a number of high-profile projects and are looking to join an ambitious and quality-driven organisation, focused on providing opportunities to students on a global basis to progress directly to university, then please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners for further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion.

Closing date: Friday 28th January 2022

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

Kristina Preston | kristina@peridotpartners.co.uk


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NCUK is unique in UK higher education. Established in 1987, NCUK is owned by a consortium of leading universities dedicated to giving international students guaranteed access to universities worldwide and helping them succeed when they get there. Our UK office is located in Spinningfields Manchester, UK with other key staff members being located in China and the wider Asia region.

With a diverse set of qualifications available as well as opportunities for qualified students to progress directly to university, NCUK supports thousands of students each year on their academic journeys. As our qualifications are recognised by universities from within the NCUK Global Network and beyond, we are able to give students the best start and guarantee access to an NCUK University upon successful completion of their studies with us.


NCUK qualifications are designed in collaboration with our universities and combine high academic standards, with language, study, social and cultural skills. Students can study in their own country or at one of our Study Centres in the UK and Europe, taught by quality assured delivery partners whose standards are as high as our own. Our qualifications are backed by fantastic levels of service and support, and an outstanding track record with over 35,000 students progressing to university since our inception.

Students who progress to NCUK Universities have a choice to study one of thousands of different degree courses,  enabling them to progress to enriching careers following graduation or obtaining further degrees.

NCUK qualifications are delivered at a multitude of Study Centres across the world allowing local students to study in their home countries before continuing their studies at university. Several Study Centres are also located in the UK and Europe which gives students the chance to begin their study abroad experience earlier. So far, over 90 Study Centres offer NCUK qualifications with this number growing each year in order to help more students achieve their dream of studying abroad.

After successfully completing their qualification, students are guaranteed access to 40+ NCUK Universities. Students have many options to choose from and can progress to universities in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and Malaysia.


NCUK is in We Works serviced offices at 1 Spinningfields, Manchester. We Works Manchester offer fully accessible and inclusive workspaces.

Full details are provided here (We Works website link) https://www.wework.com/en-GB/info/inclusion

We provide 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
  • We provide a flexible working environment, including locations

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

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    Closing date: Friday 28th January 2022

    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 4th February 2022

    First Stage Interviews: 15th, 16th and 17th February 2022 via Teams

    Second Stage Interviews: w/c 21st February 2022 possibly in person in Manchester

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