Thank you for expressing an interest in the role of Director of Human Resources.
The University of Bedfordshire is an internationally recognised, award-winning institution with an excellent academic and teaching reputation. It is ranked as one of the top 250 universities in the world under 50 years old in the Young University rankings and renowned for its vibrant and cosmopolitan student population that includes more than 20,000 students from over 100 countries. It is a modern university that offers a wide range of degree courses that are tailored to meet the needs of its students, providing them with transformational opportunities through access to an excellent educational experience.
Bedfordshire is also leading the way in expanding educational opportunity; more than half its students come from lower socio-economic backgrounds or from families with no history of participation in higher education. More than a third are mature returners to education and around a quarter are from Black or ethnic minority backgrounds.
We are now seeking to appoint a Director of HR to develop and deliver a comprehensive HR strategy built on our commitment to integrity, staff engagement and greater inclusion. We want to create a stimulating and rewarding working environment where contribution is recognised, talent developed and both the staff and student experience enhanced.
Reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor and a member of the Executive Leadership Team, our new Director of HR will be joining the University at a time of great opportunity and strategic renewal. The Director of HR will lead all aspects of HR including resourcing, leadership and development, employee relations, reward, organisational development and equality, diversity and inclusion.
We are looking for an HR innovator who can inspire our community and champion an environment of collective pride in which the contribution of our colleagues is recognised and respected. You will bring wide-ranging HR leadership experience, able to shape an HR strategy that will lead to positive change across the University, coach and develop the HR team and deliver outstanding HR operations. You will bring a proven track record of successful HR leadership gained in medium to large, complex organisation. You will be an effective influencer and relationship manager with the skills to build a common set of values and a shared vision across the University.
At a time of great change in our sector, this role offers the opportunity for the successful candidate to make a major, lasting contribution the success of the University and all those it serves.
The University of Bedfordshire is an innovative university with a heritage of top quality education going back more than 100 years. It gained university status in 1992 as the University of Luton before expanding to become the University of Bedfordshire in 2006, when it merged with the Bedford campus of De Montfort University.
Today it has two main campuses in Luton and Bedford, but is also active in Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, London and Birmingham, as well as globally, with a growing portfolio of international partnerships as far afield as Myanmar, Egypt, Vietnam, Oman and Mauritius.
The University is structured into four academic faculties: the Business School; the Faculty of Creative Arts, Technologies and Science; the Faculty of Education and Sport; and the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.
Who We Are
We value diversity. We respect the voice of every individual in our global network.
We work collaboratively. In partnership with our students, communities and business we innovate in tackling shared challenges.
We take personal responsibility. We work to realise the ambitions of our diverse students and staff.
We communicate what matters when it matters. We value free, open and inclusive debate.
We strive for excellence. We are committed to learning, research and continuous improvement of our practice.
We are inspired by the promise of higher education. We strive to create a more democratic, sustainable and equal society.
INSPIRING OUR STUDENTS; BROADENING UNDERSTANDING AND HORIZONS
We will be a leading university for expanding higher education opportunities: inspiring our diverse student body to achieve ambitious goals and broadening understanding and horizons across the communities we engage.
Investing in Staff
Staff are the heart of the University of Bedfordshire and the transformative opportunities the University is able to provide for students is only possible because of the commitment, ideas and professionalism of its staff team.
A priority for the University is, and continues to be, building and developing a culture based on listening, collaborating, and the sharing of good ideas, supported by the appropriate professional and personal development opportunities.
It also recognises the link between staff health and in return the health of the University. That is why it is working to ensure that staff are provided with an environment and opportunities that encourages and enables them to lead healthy lives and make choices that support their wellbeing.
The University aims to help all employees reach their full potential and this commitment is demonstrated by offering a full range of training opportunities and events via the University’s Learning and Development Team.
As an employer, the University is working actively towards achieving a body of staff which reflects more accurately the range of backgrounds found in society as a whole. This is being achieved through its staff recruitment, training and development policies.
Through its resource planning strategies, the University is committed to meeting the needs of all students and staff.
Teaching & Learning
The University celebrated a Silver award in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and recently came eighth in the UK in the People and Planet University Green League. It has high levels of student satisfaction and was recognised for the quality of its teaching in the last National Student Satisfaction, ranking 9th as the most improved university for teaching (2016 to 2019).
It has seen a sharp improvement in the quality of its research. In 2013 the University won the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its pioneering research into child sexual exploitation, while REF 2014 saw almost half of its research classified as world leading or internationally excellent – the highest ratings possible.
Today research at Bedfordshire continues to tackle the real-world problems and challenges faced by its communities; most recently, a project to develop culturally aware health assistance robots and Home Office funding to undertake work on modern slavery and the policing of cyber-harassment.
The Luton campus is located in the town centre and has seen a dramatic transformation in recent years. A new building devoted to the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics opened in September 2019. Its cutting edge facilities provides four computer laboratories and workshops for subjects such as automotive engineering, cyber-security and robotics, along with three large teaching labs, and four specialist containment labs. The building also hosts a Science and Engineering Outreach Centre to promote the value of science and engineering to local schools and the wider Bedfordshire community.
The STEM building forms part of a five year investment to re-generate the University’s estates, totalling £180m. This included its Postgraduate and CPD centre on the Luton campus, and a stunning seven-floor library in Luton, which opened in 2016.
The Bedford campus has academic roots that go back to the founding of Bedford Training College for Teachers in 1882 and Bedford Physical Training College in 1903.
The campus is now home to around 2,900 students and has excellent facilities, a friendly atmosphere and a proven track record of exceptional teaching and graduate employment.
The campus is located 20 minutes on foot from the town centre in a self-contained leafy setting and has undergone a major redevelopment programme which includes The Gateway, a new teaching and learning building which opened in 2014.
The Campus facilities includes two fully-equipped gymnasiums and state-of-the-art sports science labs.
There is a modern campus centre with a 280 seat theatre, catering facilities and social spaces for students. Comfortable and extensive student accommodation is conveniently located on campus.
Putteridge Bury is a magnificent neo-Elizabethan country mansion set in thirty acres of landscaped gardens. The history of Putteridge Bury can be traced back to Edward the Confessor’s time and has links to the Domesday Book. It was built in the style of Chequers by architects Sir Ernest George and Alfred Yeats and completed in 1911, having undergone renovation and reconstruction over the centuries.
It is home to the postgraduate Business School and the University’s Conference Centre. Putteridge Bury Campus is located a few miles outside Luton town centre on the Hertfordshire-Bedfordshire border.
Milton Keynes campus
Milton Keynes campus is the newest addition to the University of Bedfordshire. Launched officially in March 2013, Milton Keynes campus is backed by the University of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council.
It is located in the centre of Milton Keynes close to shops, businesses and local amenities, and has excellent transport links. The campus is well equipped with the latest facilities such as high specification teaching rooms, special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratories, a large general-purpose computer lab, an extensive Learning Resources Centre plus extensive learning and social spaces.
To find out more about our University, please visit https://www.beds.ac.uk/
This is a key role in the University, reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor. The post-holder will be a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group, the most senior University executive committee.
This job description is intended as a general guidance to the duties and responsibilities of the post and is not, therefore, exhaustive. It will be subject to review, in light of changing circumstances and in consultation with the post-holder.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package comprising:
Anderson Quigley is acting as an employment advisor to the University. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.
Applications should consist of:
Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference AQ1005.
The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 30th October 2020.
Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Elliott Rae on +44(0)7584 078 534 or Carolyn Coates on +44(0)7825 871 944.
|Closing date:||Friday 30th October|
|Longlisting:||w/c 2nd November|
|Preliminary interviews with AQ:||w/c 9th November|
|Shortlisting:||w/c 16th November|
|Final panel interviews:||w/c 23rd November|