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Head of Postgraduate Recruitment University of Derby

We are seeking a student recruitment marketing expert to join the team as Head of Postgraduate Recruitment to lead on a renewed strategy that will support product development, enhanced customer journey and experience, and ensure the recruitment of quality PGT and PGR students at the University of Derby.

  • Location: Derby
  • Salary: £48,906 - £61,133 (with potential for progression)

Who we are

The University of Derby is located in the heart of England and offers industry-relevant, expert teaching from foundation and undergraduate degrees to postgraduate study and research. Our combined higher and further education offering is spread over campuses in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield, and we have invested more than £200 million in some of the best university facilities in the UK over the last ten years.

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 academics and professional services staff.

The University boasts world-leading research that demonstrates real-world impact and has recently received the prestigious TEF Gold for learning and teaching and student experience, which places the University of Derby in the top 20% of universities in England.

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About the role

Reporting to the Associate Director (Recruitment), the postholder will be a member of the senior management team in the Recruitment department at the University, with responsibility for the strategic planning and delivery of postgraduate taught and research student recruitment across the University and in collaboration with the Research and Innovation Office.

As well as contributing to the development of a long-term recruitment strategy, the Head of Postgraduate Recruitment will provide strategic marketing advice to colleagues in support of product development, customer journey and experience, and market positioning.

The Head of Postgraduate Recruitment, supported by an officer and working collaboratively with colleagues across recruitment, marketing and admissions, will be driving the successful recruitment of quality students aligned to strategic targets for postgraduate recruitment across the University. You will work closely with the PVC Deans of College, senior academics, the Head of Admissions and other colleagues across the institution to develop and manage all aspects of PGT and PGR recruitment, using market insights and intelligence to make and inform strategic decisions around long-term portfolio development and ensure the timely processing of applications. You will establish clear direction for both national and international marketing campaigns to achieve business, recruitment and reputational objectives.

The Head of Postgraduate Recruitment will share their knowledge and insights on market intelligence and competitor activities and be able to advise on pricing structures by subject area and types of students according to recruitment needs and the health of the market. This should be achieved through analysis of market data and risks, producing trends and performance reports.

In addition, the Head will be required to monitor the performance of team members, ensuring operational effectiveness and good financial and resource management. The postholder may be required to deputise for the Associate Director (Recruitment) as necessary.

University of Derby Graduation 2014

Who we are looking for

We are seeking interested candidates who bring significant experience in leading marketing recruitment operations in a UK higher education setting. Candidates will be experienced in student recruitment and have led the successful development and implementation of recruitment strategies. Ideally, candidates will have had experience in postgraduate student recruitment or demonstrate transferability of relevant experience and skills in this area.

You must demonstrate a strong approach towards customer engagement and experience and have a strong track record of creating and leading marketing campaigns and communications activities with relevant target audiences in the UK higher education sector.

You must be able to contribute to strategy development and implementation of strategic plans to achieve measurable targets. You will need to demonstrate your experience working with senior level staff, ideally within a similar type of higher education environment.

You will be skilled in using market data and intelligence to direct, advise and guide student recruitment strategies, with excellent verbal and written communication skills that can support the development of marketing campaigns to deliver ambitious recruitment targets.

We are seeking individuals with strong stakeholder management and project management experience and skills, excited by the opportunity to shape and drive a refreshed postgraduate student recruitment strategy for the University and to support the development of a strong home market across all subject areas.

You should be able to work independently, prioritising tasks and using your initiative to take a proactive approach towards leading a high-performing postgraduate student recruitment team.


  • Generous annual leave entitlement of 30 days + bank holidays + 4 days concessionary leave
  • Hybrid working available
  • Coaching and development in role
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Access to employer-funded Private Health Insurance with BUPA
  • Suite of holistic wellbeing benefits and support, including family-friendly policies, generous sick pay provision, and a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to a variety of staff discounts at high street retailers
  • Discounted onsite gym
  • Discounted access to Devonshire Spa

You can learn more about the benefits of working at the University of Derby by visiting our website.

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


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About the University of Derby

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 their chosen career. 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 best possible learning environment. We have more investment planned and continue to develop teaching to be innovative, stimulating, and engaging.

Exterior of Cathedral Court

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 around 34,000 people choosing to study with us every year, we depend on the dedication of a team of 2,200 academic, professional, and support services staff.

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.

You can learn more about the institution here.

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[Pictures copyrighted to Beth Walsh 07888753521] University of Derby- The day before open Day 2021

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 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.

Some examples of our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

The University of Derby is a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the AccessAble 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:

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

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 8th April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 12th April 2024
    Interviews: Friday 19th April 2024

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