Appointment of the Head of School Nursing & Midwifery, Head of School of Education & Social Work and Associate Dean Teaching, Education and the Student Experience

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences (HELS) at Birmingham City University.

With almost 28,000 students from c.100 countries, 3,200 staff, and an annual income of c.£246m, Birmingham City University is an ambitious, exciting, and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates. Located in the heart of a vibrant Birmingham, we are proud of how we represent and positively impact this wonderful city, and with Sir Lenny Henry as our Chancellor, we are truly the University for Birmingham.

HELS has 10,000 full-time students enrolled on courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation level in education, social work, nursing and midwifery, health sciences and defence and health. We are one of the biggest Faculties of our kind in the UK.

Following retirements and promotions we are currently recruiting three senior leadership roles to the Faculty Executive; our Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery, our Head of School of Education and Social Work and our Associate Dean for Teaching, Education and Student Experience.

These are wonderful high-profile leadership opportunities. They will be challenging, the sector is changing rapidly, yet Birmingham City and HELS is growing, investing and ideally placed to respond to those challenges.  If you would like to contribute your expertise, creativity and energy to this wonderful institution, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Professor Ian Blair
Pro Vice-Chancellor & Executive Dean - Faculty of Health, Education & Life Sciences

About

With almost 28,000 students from c.100 countries and over 3,200 members of staff, Birmingham City University is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success.

The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates. We’ve invested £340 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities.

We have an exciting new 2025 strategy which is clear that through our education and research, and the roles our graduates go on to play in the world, we not only support individuals to transform their lives, but we also play a part in transforming society.

Our values

Our staff and student community is defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we will work with each other.

Our core values are:

Excellence, People focused, Partnership working and Fairness and integrity.

Our mission
“To transform the prospects of individuals, employers and society through excellence in practice-based education, research and knowledge exchange.”

Our vision
“To be the leading university for creative and professional practice inspired by innovation and enquiry.”

We define our role and place in higher education through four characteristics which underpin what we do and how we do it:

Practice
We focus on practice so all students have Practice Intelligence (the capability to learn from experience and apply it to all future practice).

All courses include practice, practical experience and learning through practice; we command credibility and respect from the professions and our curriculum anticipates their changing needs.

Our research and knowledge development are applied to practice.

Creativity and enterprise
We promote the value and application of creativity and enterprise skills in all areas of our staff and students’ work.

Creativity and enterprise skills and capabilities will be distinguishing features of all Birmingham City University graduates.

Student Engagement
We seek high levels of student engagement so our students have a sense of ‘ownership’ in their University.

Our focus is student success and we believe they have a major role to play in shaping what the University does to ensure this.

Click here to view our Core Values Framework.

The Faculty

City South Campus in Edgbaston, to the south of the City Centre, is home to our Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences. We have a wide range of courses in health and social care, education (teacher training and non-teacher training), life sciences, and sport, and our students benefit from practical learning facilities – from a mock operating theatre and hospital wards, laboratories and sports clinics, and specialised education facilities. Our City South Campus consists of four buildings, Seacole Building, Bevan House, Ravensbury House and Harborne Road.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has an outstanding record for graduate employability. We provide a dynamic and forward-thinking learning environment, supported by more than 100 academic staff who are qualified nurses and experts in their fields. Our departments cover Adult Nursing, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Midwifery and Child Nursing.

  • The largest trainer of undergraduate nurses in the UK (based on number of students enrolled; HESA Student Record 2019/20; © Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited), and have the UK’s only contract to train and educate the Armed Forces’ nurses, radiographers and operating department practitioners.
  • Recognised as Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year (pre-registration), and finalists for the Pre-Registration Education Provider of the Year, at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2021. Previously Post-Registration Education Provider of the Year (2017).
  • 97% of Nursing and Midwifery graduates were in graduate-level jobs or further study after 15 months (Graduate Outcomes survey 2018/19)
  • Strong links with some of the largest NHS Trusts in the country, including University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, Forward Thinking Birmingham.
  • Four members of staff in our Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences have attained the title of ‘Queen’s Nurse’, which recognises a high level of commitment to patient care and community nursing practice.
  • Our Midwifery course has been awarded the Unicef Stage 1 Baby Friendly Initiative, which is highly unusual for a university and shows how deep our best practice is around this vital area

The School of Education and Social Work dates back to 1897, we have a long and established history when it comes to delivering initial teacher training, education, childhood and youth courses in Birmingham. We offer high-quality courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate degree level that are tailored to meet the needs of the professions. Our graduates are very successful in finding employment and many take jobs in the West Midlands. Courses are taught by a range of experienced practitioners, many of whom have been exceptional teachers or have worked as senior managers in education.

  • We enjoy strong partnerships with over 1,000 schools, colleges and training organisations across the region.
  • We are Top 15 for graduate outcomes for Education courses (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • UK top 25 for our undergraduate education courses (Guardian League Tables 2022)
  • The Social Work course is 6th in the UK for Career Prospects (Guardian League Tables 2022)
  • We have been training social workers for over 50 years.
  • Since 2014, HELS has invested in the Graduate Research Teaching Assistant scheme and 18 Education GRTAs have been recruited. A third have, on completion, progressed onto academic posts in the Faculty.

The roles

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Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery

Job reference:
AQ1397

Faculty/ School/ Department: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Responsible to: Deputy Dean

Job purpose

To provide effective strategic leadership and management of the School. Deliver a positive contribution to the Faculty Executive Team and promote, develop and enhance provision within the School in line with the Faculty strategic and operational plans and the University strategic plan.

Main activities and responsibilities

Leadership and team building

  • Provide strategic leadership to the School in the areas of learning and teaching, research, enterprise and wider engagement.
  • Provide strategic leadership in the development of an inclusive, dynamic, industry relevant and competitive portfolio of courses.
  • Ensure the achievement of agreed performance standards across the School’s provision (relevant performance standards may include REF results, research and enterprise income and impact, National Student Survey (NSS) results, APP gaps, student recruitment, student retention, completion, progression & employability etc.)
  • Ensure high standards are maintained in the conduct of all the School’s activities.

Managing people

  • Lead a working environment and culture which promotes and ensures equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Create a working environment within the School and Faculty that is supportive of staff and encourages active engagement and a positive contribution from individuals.
  • Ensure there is a strong emphasis across the School on communication with staff and there are appropriate mechanisms in place to underpin this.
  • Oversee the effective deployment of staff resources within the School.
  • Ensure the allocation of appropriate workloads within the School.
  • Ensure that workforce planning is undertaken across the School on a systematic basis in line with University policy.
  • Oversee the effective management of change across the School.
  • Lead and support high performance within the School. Ensure that individuals have clear SMART objectives and participate in effective performance reviews in line with University policy.
  • Participate fully in the University’s performance review process as reviewer and reviewee.
  • Ensure compliance with University people management and health and safety policies.

Managing resources

  • Utilise the School budget effectively.
  • In liaison with the Faculty Financial Controller ensure appropriate accountability for effective budgetary and financial management in the School.

Policy and planning

  • Formulate and implement School academic and business plans ensuring that these are aligned with the strategic objectives of the Faculty and University.

Student learning experience

  • Ensure the optimum student experience through adoption of a consistent customer focus across the School.
  • Ensure that the Student Experience and curriculum promotes equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the Faculty and wider University, including those in central professional services to ensure the best academic experience for the School’s students.
  • Develop the scale and range of high quality academic provision and support/develop new methods and modes of delivery.
  • Proactively monitor and review the quality of provision within the School.
  • Ensure the standards of the University’s awards are maintained and provision maintains professional recognition and accreditation as appropriate.

Collaborative working, networking and liaison

  • Promote and enhance the reputation of the School nationally and internationally.
  • Represent the interests of the School within the Faculty and University.
  • Embed employer engagement, enterprise and entrepreneurship across the School’s areas of provision.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with mutual benefits.

Corporate responsibilities

  • Participate effectively and collegiately as a member of the Faculty Executive team.
  • Participate in Faculty and University projects and initiatives as directed.
  • Participate in the operation of the University’s policies and procedures.

 

Expertise and experience requirements

  • Good first degree
  • Postgraduate and/or professional qualification in relevant area
  • A higher degree, PhD or professional doctorate in a relevant academic area
  • Professorial status or the eligibility to be awarded professorial status upon appointment is desirable.
  • Relevant management experience in an academic or commercial environment
  • Ability to manage people, budgets and other resources and deliver projects.
  • A track record of successful development, management and delivery of relevant projects
  • Ability to achieve performance targets and supporting others to meet their performance targets
  • A track record of Higher Education teaching, research or third stream activity.
  • Experience and understanding of QAA requirements.

Able to demonstrate:

  • Strategic focus with strong leadership and management skills including excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrable commitment and awareness of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the work place.
  • Strong interpersonal and faciliatory skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team, to lead and to inspire high quality performance in others.
  • High levels of motivation with ability to determine and achieve own targets and objectives
  • Ability to build effective relationships and interact with students, colleagues, external clients, stakeholders and fellow professionals and to work collaboratively
  • Experience and/or ability to plan, manage and implement change in an academic environment while maintaining the confidence of staff at all levels.
  • High level of professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment.
  • Good organisational skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Good IT skills

Special requirements

  • Able to undertake duties at different premises including any University campus as required.
  • National and international travel may be necessary from in order to attend conferences and events and effectively represent the University in key professional networks.
  • Expected to work outside of normal office hours as required.
  • All academic staff are expected to engage in activities associated with promotion, marketing and public outreach of the subject area.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • Good first degree. MBA highly desirable.
  • Significant experience in a senior managerial role within a professional service background delivering demonstrable levels of change with a complex organisation.
  • Qualifications in a professional discipline preferred.
  • High degree of financial literacy, able to understand business cases.
  • Well-developed risk management awareness and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate significant experience of managing change initiatives or at the least being a senior contributor.
  • Digital awareness and ability to see how the digital agenda can be harnessed to improve transformation.
  • Highly competent communicator, able to convey complex ideas, and write reports suitable for Executive and Board level consumption.
  • Strategic and analytical mind set.
  • High level of proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project or Visio (desirable).
  • Self starter, able to work under own initiative, at pace, and at high levels of intensity.
  • Team Player. Able to function effectively amongst junior peers and senior colleagues.

Special requirements

  • Able to undertake duties at different premises including any University campus as required. Additional travel may be necessary from time to time in order to attend conferences and events and effectively represent the University in key professional networks.
  • May be required to work outside normal office hours to effectively support University operations and events. This will require flexibility, especially at times of peak activity.
  • This role would be suitable for an element of remote working.

Expectations of all staff

Professional standards

All staff employed by Birmingham City University are expected to exhibit high professional standards which promote and demonstrate the University’s core values of Excellence, People Focused, Partnership Working, Fairness and Integrity. In addition, Heads are expected to be an active ambassador for the University and proactively identify ways to enhance the University’s collective reputation.

Equal Opportunities

All staff are expected to understand and enact the University’s commitment to ensuring equality and diversity in all activities. This commitment is enshrined in the Equality Statement and core values.

Dignity at work

Every member of staff has a responsibility to ensure colleagues are treated with dignity and respect.

The University is committed to creating a work environment for all staff that is free from harassment, intimidation and any other forms of bullying at work, where everyone is treated with dignity, respect and professional courtesy.

Health and safety

The arrangements for meeting the University’s health and safety objectives are contained in the Birmingham City University Health and Safety Policy. This includes the responsibilities of key staff and procedures covering the main activities of the University.

All staff are expected to take reasonable care of themselves and those that may be affected by their actions.

Dress code

The University does not operate a formal dress code for its employees, other than for those who are provided with uniform and/or protective clothing. However, employees must ensure that their dress is professional, reasonably smart and appropriate for the situation in which they are working. All staff should ensure that they present a professional image and one that reflects sensitivity to customer perceptions. This may reflect their ethnicity and lifestyle, but should not be provocative or cause offence to those with whom they have contact.

Citizenship

All staff are expected to adhere to good citizenship, being generous with help and support to others, collaborating with colleagues and working for the benefit of the University as a whole. In particular working to provide a positive student experience and achieving excellence in all the University’s activities.

 

This job description indicates the expectations of staff at Head level. Each Faculty may have a number of Heads with responsibilities for different portfolios which may include:

  • School
  • Learning & teaching
  • Academic quality
  • Academic Portfolio and Market Development
  • International
  • Research
  • Enterprise

One or more portfolio areas may be combined into a single job.

Guidance on typical areas of responsibility and specific knowledge, experience and expertise required for each is provided in the Head Portfolio Descriptions. These may be revised and updated from time to time in line with the University’s strategic aims. Individual objectives and achievement targets will be agreed between PVC Executive Deans of Faculty and reviewed regularly.

With reasonable notice and support, the University can expect and require a member of staff at this level to undertake any of the activities detailed above. You will be expected to perform at this level within a reasonable period following promotion. Job descriptions are not exhaustive and you may be required to undertake other duties of a similar level and responsibility.

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Head of School of Education and Social Work

Job reference:
AQ1399

Faculty/ School/ Department: Head of School of Education and Social Work
Responsible to: Deputy Dean

Job purpose

To provide effective strategic leadership and management of the School. Deliver a positive contribution to the Faculty Executive Team and promote, develop and enhance provision within the School in line with the Faculty strategic and operational plans and the University strategic plan.

Main activities and responsibilities

Leadership and team building

  • Provide strategic leadership to the School in the areas of learning and teaching, research, enterprise and wider engagement.
  • Provide strategic leadership in the development of an inclusive, dynamic, industry relevant and competitive portfolio of courses.
  • Ensure the achievement of agreed performance standards across the School’s provision (relevant performance standards may include REF results, research and enterprise income and impact, National Student Survey (NSS) results, APP gaps, student recruitment, student retention, completion, progression & employability etc.)
  • Ensure high standards are maintained in the conduct of all the School’s activities.

Managing people

  • Lead a working environment and culture which promotes and ensures equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Create a working environment within the School and Faculty that is supportive of staff and encourages active engagement and a positive contribution from individuals.
  • Ensure there is a strong emphasis across the School on communication with staff and there are appropriate mechanisms in place to underpin this.
  • Oversee the effective deployment of staff resources within the School.
  • Ensure the allocation of appropriate workloads within the School.
  • Ensure that workforce planning is undertaken across the School on a systematic basis in line with University policy.
  • Oversee the effective management of change across the School.
  • Lead and support high performance within the School. Ensure that individuals have clear SMART objectives and participate in effective performance reviews in line with University policy.
  • Participate fully in the University’s performance review process as reviewer and reviewee.
  • Ensure compliance with University people management and health and safety policies.

Managing resources

  • Utilise the School budget effectively.
  • In liaison with the Faculty Financial Controller ensure appropriate accountability for effective budgetary and financial management in the School.

Policy and planning

  • Formulate and implement School academic and business plans ensuring that these are aligned with the strategic objectives of the Faculty and University.

Student learning experience

  • Ensure the optimum student experience through adoption of a consistent customer focus across the School.
  • Ensure that the Student Experience and curriculum promotes equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the Faculty and wider University, including those in central professional services to ensure the best academic experience for the School’s students.
  • Develop the scale and range of high quality academic provision and support/develop new methods and modes of delivery.
  • Proactively monitor and review the quality of provision within the School.
  • Ensure the standards of the University’s awards are maintained and provision maintains professional recognition and accreditation as appropriate.

Collaborative working, networking and liaison

  • Promote and enhance the reputation of the School nationally and internationally.
  • Represent the interests of the School within the Faculty and University.
  • Embed employer engagement, enterprise and entrepreneurship across the School’s areas of provision.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with mutual benefits.

Corporate responsibilities

  • Participate effectively and collegiately as a member of the Faculty Executive team.
  • Participate in Faculty and University projects and initiatives as directed.
  • Participate in the operation of the University’s policies and procedures.

 

Expertise and experience requirements

  • Good first degree
  • Postgraduate and/or professional qualification in relevant area
  • A higher degree, PhD or professional doctorate in a relevant academic area
  • Professorial status or the eligibility to be awarded professorial status upon appointment is desirable.
  • Relevant management experience in an academic or commercial environment
  • Ability to manage people, budgets and other resources and deliver projects.
  • A track record of successful development, management and delivery of relevant projects
  • Ability to achieve performance targets and supporting others to meet their performance targets
  • A track record of Higher Education teaching, research or third stream activity.
  • Experience and understanding of QAA requirements.

Able to demonstrate:

  • Strategic focus with strong leadership and management skills including excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrable commitment and awareness of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the work place.
  • Strong interpersonal and faciliatory skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team, to lead and to inspire high quality performance in others.
  • High levels of motivation with ability to determine and achieve own targets and objectives
  • Ability to build effective relationships and interact with students, colleagues, external clients, stakeholders and fellow professionals and to work collaboratively
  • Experience and/or ability to plan, manage and implement change in an academic environment while maintaining the confidence of staff at all levels.
  • High level of professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment.
  • Good organisational skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Good IT skills

Special requirements

  • Able to undertake duties at different premises including any University campus as required.
  • National and international travel may be necessary from in order to attend conferences and events and effectively represent the University in key professional networks.
  • Expected to work outside of normal office hours as required.
  • All academic staff are expected to engage in activities associated with promotion, marketing and public outreach of the subject area.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • Good first degree. MBA highly desirable.
  • Significant experience in a senior managerial role within a professional service background delivering demonstrable levels of change with a complex organisation.
  • Qualifications in a professional discipline preferred.
  • High degree of financial literacy, able to understand business cases.
  • Well-developed risk management awareness and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate significant experience of managing change initiatives or at the least being a senior contributor.
  • Digital awareness and ability to see how the digital agenda can be harnessed to improve transformation.
  • Highly competent communicator, able to convey complex ideas, and write reports suitable for Executive and Board level consumption.
  • Strategic and analytical mind set.
  • High level of proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project or Visio (desirable).
  • Self starter, able to work under own initiative, at pace, and at high levels of intensity.
  • Team Player. Able to function effectively amongst junior peers and senior colleagues.

Special requirements

  • Able to undertake duties at different premises including any University campus as required. Additional travel may be necessary from time to time in order to attend conferences and events and effectively represent the University in key professional networks.
  • May be required to work outside normal office hours to effectively support University operations and events. This will require flexibility, especially at times of peak activity.
  • This role would be suitable for an element of remote working.

Expectations of all staff

Professional standards

All staff employed by Birmingham City University are expected to exhibit high professional standards which promote and demonstrate the University’s core values of Excellence, People Focused, Partnership Working, Fairness and Integrity. In addition, Heads are expected to be an active ambassador for the University and proactively identify ways to enhance the University’s collective reputation.

Equal Opportunities

All staff are expected to understand and enact the University’s commitment to ensuring equality and diversity in all activities. This commitment is enshrined in the Equality Statement and core values.

Dignity at work

Every member of staff has a responsibility to ensure colleagues are treated with dignity and respect.

The University is committed to creating a work environment for all staff that is free from harassment, intimidation and any other forms of bullying at work, where everyone is treated with dignity, respect and professional courtesy.

Health and safety

The arrangements for meeting the University’s health and safety objectives are contained in the Birmingham City University Health and Safety Policy. This includes the responsibilities of key staff and procedures covering the main activities of the University.

All staff are expected to take reasonable care of themselves and those that may be affected by their actions.

Dress code

The University does not operate a formal dress code for its employees, other than for those who are provided with uniform and/or protective clothing. However, employees must ensure that their dress is professional, reasonably smart and appropriate for the situation in which they are working. All staff should ensure that they present a professional image and one that reflects sensitivity to customer perceptions. This may reflect their ethnicity and lifestyle, but should not be provocative or cause offence to those with whom they have contact.

Citizenship

All staff are expected to adhere to good citizenship, being generous with help and support to others, collaborating with colleagues and working for the benefit of the University as a whole. In particular working to provide a positive student experience and achieving excellence in all the University’s activities.

 

This job description indicates the expectations of staff at Head level. Each Faculty may have a number of Heads with responsibilities for different portfolios which may include:

  • School
  • Learning & teaching
  • Academic quality
  • Academic Portfolio and Market Development
  • International
  • Research
  • Enterprise

One or more portfolio areas may be combined into a single job.

Guidance on typical areas of responsibility and specific knowledge, experience and expertise required for each is provided in the Head Portfolio Descriptions. These may be revised and updated from time to time in line with the University’s strategic aims. Individual objectives and achievement targets will be agreed between PVC Executive Deans of Faculty and reviewed regularly.

With reasonable notice and support, the University can expect and require a member of staff at this level to undertake any of the activities detailed above. You will be expected to perform at this level within a reasonable period following promotion. Job descriptions are not exhaustive and you may be required to undertake other duties of a similar level and responsibility.

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Associate Dean Teaching, Education and the Student Experience

Job reference:
AQ1401

Faculty/ School/ Department: School of Teaching, Education and Student Experience
Responsible to: Faculty PVC / Executive Dean

Job purpose

The University regards the Associate Dean, Teaching, Education and Student Experience (AD TESE) as key to the successful delivery of the mission and objectives of the University and is central to the delivery of the University’s Strategy 2025, and related strategic plans.

Reporting to the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean, with a dotted line to the DVC Academic, and to the PVC Learning and Teaching, the AD (TESE) will provide strong, dynamic and inspirational leadership for the Faculty enabling it to contribute to the achievement of the University’s mission to be both the University for Birmingham, and a University with a global reputation for high quality education and research.

The AD (TESE) will be responsible for creating and sustaining a high-quality, supportive and inclusive environment which empowers the development of all students to transform their lives through high quality education and to achieve their full potential on graduation. The AD (TESE) will be responsible for strategic leadership of all aspects of education provision within the Faculty, including quality, standards and enhancement activities, working with Heads of Schools and academic colleagues to deliver student outcomes in line with the University strategy and a student learning experience that is recognised by our students as inclusive and reflective of their needs, and externally as outstanding.

Main activities and responsibilities

  1. Provide strategic leadership of education and the student experience through membership of the University’s Learning, Teaching and Quality, and Student Experience, Committees, and membership of the Faculty Executive Group.
  2. Create and sustain a high-quality and inclusive education and student learning environment, which empowers the development of academic teachers; enables high quality learning opportunity; and supports the conduct of excellent teaching and student learning in line with University expectations and strategic plans.
  3. Manage the implementation of the University’s strategies relating to learning, teaching, enhancement, and all aspects of the student experience in the Faculty and working with the Faculty’s collaborative partners.
  4. Deliver leadership, development and support across the Faculty, and with collaborative partners, on all aspects related to the achievement of student outcomes and student success including transition, retention, progression, achievement, employability, satisfaction and engagement.
  5. Manage performance against student success targets including retention, progression, achievement, employment and satisfaction and work with the Deputy VC Academic, PVC Learning and Teaching, and the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean, Deputy Dean and other senior professional service managers to address under-performance against targets.
  6. Lead and manage the review of the quality and standards of Faculty programmes and implement the University’s Quality Assurance principles and procedures and any additional PSRB requirements.
  7. Ensure that equality, inclusion and diversity are central to the faculty’s development and management of the student experience, including targets and their measurement, supporting the University’s delivery of the Access and Participation Plan.
  8. Lead for the Faculty on student surveys including the National Student Survey (NSS), Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), the International Student Barometer (ISB) and internal University module and programme surveys, supporting other senior managers in identifying and following through on necessary actions.
  9. Lead for the Faculty on teaching and learning, student experience, digital, inclusive and practice-based curriculum working with the EDS to provide pedagogic professional development and to support staff in achieving Advance HE Fellowship accreditation and external recognition.
  10. Work with Heads of School and their leadership teams to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning in the faculty is monitored and reviewed, that good practice is shared and unsatisfactory performance addressed.
  11. Work with Heads of School and their leadership teams to ensure students receive a learning experience of high and improving quality and to address unsatisfactory
  12. Lead the periodic strategic renewal of the faculty’s taught undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio to meet the developing student needs and to enhance graduate
  13. Foster, develop and disseminate innovative good practice within curriculum development and ensure these are applied through novel and inventive teaching and learning strategies in all Faculty undergraduate and postgraduate employability.
  14. Responsible, with Heads of School, for the management and quality of placement learning and dealing with concerns/issues relating to employers/sponsors of students.
  15. Responsible for overseeing the wider student experience in all aspects of student life and support (including support for disability) liaising with professional services and the Student’s Union.
  16. Support the development and delivery of high-quality education and student experience delivered at home and overseas partner sites, through TNE and other arrangements including Branch Campuses.
  17. Chair appropriate committees and sub-committees to include [inter alia] the Faculty Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Student Voice Committee; Heads of Department and Course Leaders Fora; Faculty Student Council and to serve as the Faculty representative on the University level committees that cover these areas.
  18. Provide leadership and management to specific staff as defined by the role and any other staff as agreed with the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean, including the setting of objectives, performance management and review.
  19. Accountable for good governance of the faculty’s education, teaching and learning activities, ensuring the expectations of the University’s learning and teaching plan are fully met.
  20. Liaise, co-operate, collaborate, and communicate effectively with colleagues both within the Faculty and the wider University including central and professional service functions and to share good practice, innovate and improve performance to create a culture of continuous quality enhancement within the faculty.
  21. Undertake any other duties as appropriate to the role and agreed with the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean including Deputising for the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean as required.

Additional key requirements

Managing people and resources

  • Provide leadership to the faculty’s teaching and learning community.
  • Lead and manage own projects with overall responsibility for the organising and deployment of resources within own areas of responsibility.
  • Undertake regular appraisal reviews of staff as appropriate, ensuring clear performance expectations and supporting personal development plans are agreed, as well as encouraging the continuous professional development of staff within area of responsibility. Manage devolved budgets.

Communication

  • Create and maintain strong and influential working relationships at all levels within the University and externally.
  • Act as a spokesperson and representative of the University within key external networks. Be routinely involved in complex and important negotiations internally and with external bodies.

Teamwork and collaborative working

  • Work with the Faculty PVC/Exec Dean to develop and communicate a clear vision of the Faculty’s strategic direction.
  • Ensure the delivery of Faculty plans underpinning the University strategy.
  • Develop and lead major external partnerships and collaborations and foster interdisciplinary team working.
  • Promote a collegiate approach and develop team spirit and team coherence.

Initiative, problem solving and decision making

  • Supporting the Faculty PVC/Exec Dean to determine and manage the allocation of resources within the Faculty.
  • As a member of the Faculty’s Senior Team, make strategic decisions on Faculty plans and objectives.
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the University through participation in University Committees etc.
  • Lead the development of new and creative approaches to achieve strategic goals. Initiate new and original solutions to problems.

Work environment

  • Exercise overall responsibility for health and safety in own areas of responsibility.
  • Ensure that appropriate risk management processes are operational.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • Proven ability to provide clear and effective leadership to the Faculty, promoting a sense of collegiality and ambition, encouraging productivity to ensure that the key aims, and objectives of the University’s various relevant strategies are embedded and realised within the Faculty in a coherent and consistent way.
  • Sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development as a key contribution to a high-quality student learning experience.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of appropriate methods for teaching, learning and assessment; how students learn; the use and value of appropriate learning technologies; employability; student satisfaction and engagement; and methods for evaluating the effectiveness of teaching.
  • Successful track record of designing effective: learning activities; programmes of study; teaching and learning support; assessment and feedback; student engagement; learning environments and innovative approaches to student support and guidance.
  • Ongoing engagement in continuing professional development in subject / discipline and in pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and/or the evaluation of professional Successful co-ordination, support, supervision management and/or mentoring of others (whether individuals and/or teams) in relation to the student learning experience.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the changing regulatory environment including OfS, DfE, EPAS, Ofsted and their implications for quality assurance and quality enhancement for academic and professional practice. In addition, experience and understanding of other relevant professional, statutory and regulatory body requirements is essential.
  • Significant experience of people management, budgetary control, curriculum and programme development and allocation of resources.
  • Commitment to a strong and robust inclusion, equality and diversity agenda in all aspects of teaching, education and the student experience.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and team working skills.
  • Ability to contribute and potentially lead other University wide projects as appropriate.
  • A willingness to undertake further training and personal development as appropriate and to adopt new procedures as and when required.

Professional status

  • Doctoral level qualification in a relevant or cognate discipline is not essential, but is desirable.
  • Principal Fellowship under the Advance HE’s UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF) is not essential, but is desirable.
  • Professorial status, or the eligibility to be awarded professorial status upon appointment is desirable.
  • Research active, and research engaged with evidence of external contribution to discipline and knowledge creation.

In addition, the following specialist expertise, skills and experience is desirable:

  • Experience of successful interaction between Higher Education, industry or commerce, research and professional bodies.
  • External examining experience.
  • Involvement with external quality assurance agencies.
  • Successful incorporation of subject and/or pedagogic research as part of an integrated approach to academic practice.
  • Experience of working with collaborative, validated and franchised programmes.
  • Successful engagement in the design and delivery of continuing professional development in relation to teaching, learning, assessment, scholarship and related academic or professional practice.

Special requirements

  • Able to undertake duties at different premises including any University campus as required. National and international travel will be necessary from in order to attend conferences and events and effectively represent the University in key professional networks.
  • Expected to work outside of normal office hours as required.

Expectations of all staff

Professional standards

All staff employed by Birmingham City University are expected to exhibit high professional standards which promote and demonstrate the University’s core values of Excellence, People Focused, Partnership Working, Fairness and Integrity. In addition, Heads are expected to be an active ambassador for the University and proactively identify ways to enhance the University’s collective reputation.

Equal Opportunities

All staff are expected to understand and enact the University’s commitment to ensuring equality and diversity in all activities. This commitment is enshrined in the Equality Statement and core values.

Dignity at work

Every member of staff has a responsibility to ensure colleagues are treated with dignity and respect.

The University is committed to creating a work environment for all staff that is free from harassment, intimidation and any other forms of bullying at work, where everyone is treated with dignity, respect and professional courtesy.

Health and safety

The arrangements for meeting the University’s health and safety objectives are contained in the Birmingham City University Health and Safety Policy. This includes the responsibilities of key staff and procedures covering the main activities of the University.

All staff are expected to take reasonable care of themselves and those that may be affected by their actions.

Dress code

The University does not operate a formal dress code for its employees, other than for those who are provided with uniform and/or protective clothing. However, employees must ensure that their dress is professional, reasonably smart and appropriate for the situation in which they are working. All staff should ensure that they present a professional image and one that reflects sensitivity to customer perceptions. This may reflect their ethnicity and lifestyle, but should not be provocative or cause offence to those with whom they have contact.

Citizenship

All staff are expected to adhere to good citizenship, being generous with help and support to others, collaborating with colleagues and working for the benefit of the University as a whole. In particular working to provide a positive student experience and achieving excellence in all the University’s activities.

 

This job description indicates the expectations of staff at this level. Job descriptions are not exhaustive and you may be required to undertake other duties of a similar level and responsibility.

Terms of appointment

The posts are offered on a full time, permanent basis. The Associate Dean grade is MA6 (£72,636 – £78,953), the Head of School grade is MA5 (£61,766 – £67,137). There is a potential 10% market supplement available.

In addition, the you will be entitled to the following terms and conditions:

  • Pension Scheme Membership  
  • ‘Paid for’ benefits such as childcare vouchers, season travel ticket loans, cycle to work scheme  
  • Relocation in line with HMRC guidelines 

How to apply

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 advertisements.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Phil Entwistle on +44(0)7596 954 387 or Ed Pritchard on +44 (0)7980 817 927.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 9 May 2022. 

Your application should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of 3 pages) outlining how you meet the points under the person specification above.
  • Please include details of two referees, though please note that we will not approach referees without your prior consent and only should you be shortlisted.

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