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Assistant Registrar (Further Education & Skills) – University of Derby

University of Derby

An ambitious and expert senior MIS leader is required at the University of Derby. In this role, you will lead improvements across data, planning, funding and reporting for Buxton & Leek College and the university group.

  • Location: Derby
  • Salary: Up to £55,560

About the role

The role of Assistant Registrar (FE & Skills) is a new position and plays an integral role as part of the central Registry Leadership Team, whilst also working with the Senior Leadership Team of Buxton & Leek College. The post-holder will work to the Academic Registrar but closely with the College Principal and his team.

As the University’s expert lead on FE data systems and the monitoring of high-quality apprenticeship provision, you will work in partnership with Curriculum Leaders, Programme Leaders, College Registrars and the University Apprenticeships Hub to facilitate positive progress and outcomes for apprentices on programmes across the University – in both FE and HE.

Leading teams spanning information processing, funding optimisation, delivery planning, student records, examinations and general administration, it is expected the post-holder will be appointed having had substantial experience of leading improvements around data quality and reporting gained from within the FE sector. The post-holder will manage the College’s administration team ensuring key objectives are met, compliance and governance is secured and student experience is enhanced.

Who we're looking for

With knowledge of systems including ProSolution, ETrackr, Smart Assessor and ProAchieve, it is expected you will be skilled in extracting data for the benefit of curriculum and business planning. With a welcoming and nurturing leadership style, you will be comfortable supporting colleagues and teams across the University and Registry to enhance their understanding of systems which support the work of the University in delivering further education funded programmes, work-based learning and higher skills training.

Using your knowledge and experience, you will be expected to be both a team leader and data leader; someone who is as comfortable with driving a spreadsheet hard as you are with driving improvements in trends analysis and future projection planning.

This role would ideally suit a senior MIS manager who is looking to use experience gained in FE with an ambition to broaden knowledge in a modern and innovative university.

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

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

Sarah Szulczewski | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017 043

Apply by: 12pm, Wednesday 4th December 2019

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Buxton & Leek College website

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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in this new role with the University of Derby. The Assistant Registrar (FE & Skills) uniquely forms a crucial part of both the central Registry Leadership Team, and also the senior leadership of Buxton & Leek College.

This opportunity has emerged at a time when the University has established its Strategic Framework through to 2030 and has determined its underpinning culture change programme to embed high performance and success.

The University of Derby is one of the most exciting universities in the UK. We achieve outstanding results for our teaching and research, coupled with business acumen and a thirst for innovation.

We know that our people are our very best asset, with colleagues constantly demonstrating their energy, imagination, expertise and consistently work in partnership with academic colleagues to support the student journey. We encourage people to share and act on their ideas, providing support and guidance along the way.

If this sounds like an environment in which you’d thrive, The Registry could provide you with a great opportunity to move onto the next phase of your career.

We hope to hear from you.

Yours sincerely,

Hannah Robinson
Academic Registrar

Len Tildsley
Principal of Buxton & Leek College

The University of Derby

The University of Derby is a modern UK university located in the East Midlands and is rated ‘Gold’ in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and 26th in The Guardian’s Top 30 University Guide 2020.

The University has campuses in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield where students can study for a further education, foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate or research course across a wide range of subjects. The University is a relatively large higher education provider with a total of c27,000 students; At undergraduate level: c15,000 full-time, 2,800 part-time and 2,000 online students. For postgraduate taught provision: 1,550 full-time, 2,100 part-time and 1,600 online students. For postgraduate research provision: 166 full-time and 200 part-time students.

In addition, the University has around 2,500 students studying further education at its Buxton & Leek College and 1,500 apprentices working towards their qualification across the University. The number of apprentices and higher apprentices studying with the University is growing steadily across sectors including; health and social care, policing, leadership and management, quarrying and minerals.

The University is an 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 they have over 160 years of expertise in education.

The University has since become the first choice university for students who want a caring, aspirational environment where they can equip themselves for the career they choose. The significant investment in world-class facilities is building on their reputation for providing social mobility through student-focused, real-world learning in an increasingly competitive sector.

During the last five years, the University has invested over £150m in facilities designed to give students the very best possible learning environment. They have further investment planned and continue to develop teaching to be innovative, stimulating and engaging.

Buxton & Leek College

Buxton & Leek College is an integrated further education division of the University of Derby.

It was formed in 2013 following the merger of Leek College into the University in August 2012, joining with what was previously High Peak College which merged in 1998.  The College delivers further and higher education provision to young people and adults from campuses in Leek, Buxton and Derby. Although part of the University, it operates within the further education sector as a general further education  college, serving young people, adults, employers and other stakeholders.

After achieving Ofsted ‘Good’ grades in all aspects when inspected in February 2019, the College is already working hard to be ready for the step-up to ‘Outstanding’.  Leaders have established a culture of high performance and have very high expectations of our students, seeing both staff and students as an educational ‘family’, working together supportively to achieve the very highest outcomes.

Making significant investments in infrastructure over the last five years

At the Leek campus there is a new, purpose-designed art school to build on the heritage of the town’s industrial roots through the ‘Leek School of Art’ brand.

The Engineering building now offers state-of-the-art technology to support full-time students, commercial programmes, apprenticeships and higher education provision. The Buxton campus is shared with the University in the iconic Devonshire Dome, where the nationally renowned hospitality and catering provision provides students with unparalleled real-world experiential learning.

The College’s transport and logistics training centre, developed in partnership with local and regional employers, provides the best possible off-the-job training facilities in a truly industrial setting.

The University of Derby is the university for now and in the future – they plan to sustain their hold on the sector, whilst developing their provision, resources, people, estate and most importantly their students’ success for the future.

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If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Drew Richardson-Walsh | drew@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07739 364033

Sarah Szulczewski | sarahs@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07841 017043

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Closing date for applications: 12pm, Wednesday 4th December 2019
Interviews: TBC – either w/c Monday 6th or Monday 13th January 2020

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