Thank you for expressing an interest in joining the University of Bristol as Head of Assessment.
The Head of Assessment is a new role, created to lead on all aspects of the delivery of assessment, with a particular focus on digital assessment, across the university. Reporting to the Director of Education Services and working closely with the Director of Education Innovation and Director of Education Quality and Policy, the postholder will be responsible for leading the translation of our assessment strategy into operational planning and delivery. This is an exciting time to join the University as we launch the University strategy under our new Vice Chancellor, Professor Evelyn Welch. The post holder will play a key role in developing and shaping our assessment strategy, and leading on all aspects of the systems, processes and data that underpin this.
Assessment at Bristol is delivered through a framework of complex and multiple central and devolved processes, so the Head of Assessment will need to work across a wide stakeholder network, both academic and professional services, to promote change and engage stakeholders in the development and delivery of new forms of assessment. The postholder will also monitor the external environment for issues that affect assessment and provide advice and guidance to senior leaders and committees.
We are seeking to appoint a candidate with expertise in assessment, especially digital, and a strong understanding of current issues across higher education and their implications for assessment. They will have operational management experience and will be able to analyse and interpret complex information. They will be able to navigate complex processes and structures and provide expert advice on our assessment strategy and delivery models. Strong interpersonal, communication and relationship building skills will also be essential.
The Head of Assessment will be at the heart of our evolving approach to assessment and will have the opportunity to work across the entire university to lead and promote digital-led change
You can find out more about the University and the role on this website, and our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be pleased to discuss the role with you in confidence – their details are also on this site.
This is a challenging yet incredibly important role and a significant step forward in the delivery of our student experience strategy. If you feel that you can contribute to our University and are enthused by the opportunity to lead the evolution of our assessment strategy, then we would be pleased to hear from you.
The University of Bristol was one of the six civic universities created in Britain at the turn of the twentieth century. With a global reputation for academic and research excellence, we are a top 10 UK university and 61st in the world (QS Rankings 2023).
At Bristol, we have a strong tradition of pioneering innovation, and meeting external challenges with new ideas and adaptability. A university for Bristol and for the world, we value deeply our social mission and engagement with a diverse set of constituencies, from our students to business and industry, non-profits, media, culture and the arts, government, and our staff.
A member of the prestigious Russell Group, our university comprises 29 academic schools divided among six faculties. We are home to five world-leading University Research Institutes which draw together thematic, multidisciplinary research spanning the breadth of the University, and seven Specialist Research Institutes which reflect our strength and depth in key specialist areas.
We are proud to consistently rank in the world’s top 100 and UK’s top ten universities in global league tables, and of our performance in major national league tables. The Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022 places us eighth in the UK and 81st in the world; and in the QS World University Rankings 2023 Bristol was ranked 9th in the UK. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 ranked Bristol among the UK’s top research universities.
Our mission is to make a positive impact locally and globally by addressing society’s greatest challenges through our distinctive education, innovative research, and the value we place on excellence, inclusivity, and partnership. This is underpinned by our vision which, by 2030, will see us firmly established among the world’s top 50 universities, providing an education and student experience that attracts the very best from across the globe and benefiting from a culture of innovation, inclusivity, community, and partnership.
Equality, diversity and inclusion
Our work in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is ongoing, with a clear commitment to diversifying our workforce, being anti-racist and supporting a more inclusive staff and student base. Our schools continue to win recognition for their commitment to good practice in gender equality, with nine Bronze and seven Silver Athena Swan Charter awards.
Located close to the heart of Bristol, our Clifton Campus features a mixture of iconic buildings and state of-the-art teaching, research, and student support facilities. 14 miles south of Bristol, our 255-hectare Langford Campus is home to state-of-the-art facilities that are ideal for staff conducting a large variety of research activity. Our clinical schools are co-located in hospitals across the city.
The Bristol & Bath Science Park is home to the National Composites Centre, which is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The Science Park, a collaboration between government and local universities, is a world-class environment that provides the space, flexibility and support for science and technology businesses and universities to accelerate their growth and success.
In addition to excellent research and teaching facilities, our campuses are hubs of culture, boasting significant public art and calm, green surroundings.
We are investing in significant infrastructure development to meet the changing needs of 21st century students and staff and keep our work at the cutting edge, with more than £700m committed in capital developments.
A key focus of the University’s next era of strategic growth is the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. Located adjacent to the iconic Temple Meads train station, our £550m development will be at the heart of a new innovation district, delivering a large-scale multidisciplinary research and teaching campus focusing on areas that address the challenges of disruption at the intersection of technology and the human experience.
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An extraordinary global city with a powerful tradition of enterprise, exploration and non-conformism, Bristol is a Social Enterprise City and the UK’s first European Green Capital.
Situated in the South-West with a regional focus on inclusive growth and innovation in infrastructure, Bristol is consistently named as one of the best places to live and work in the UK. The city has undergone an extensive programme of regeneration and rejuvenation implemented over the last decade, restoring many of Bristol’s Grade I and Grade II listed buildings and transforming it into the modern, cosmopolitan, and forward-thinking location that is attracting professionals, students, and investors in their droves.
Recently voted one of the UK’s five Centres of Cultural Excellence, Bristol is home to the most educated workforce in the country and exceptional cultural institutions – including the Watershed, Spike Island, Bristol Old Vic and the Bristol Beacon – delivering a world-class programme in the arts.
With ‘bucketloads of history and heritage from Brunel to Banksy, along with a great choice of housing, fantastic transport links and a real sense of growing economic importance and creative energy’ (2017, Sunday Times ‘Best Places to Live’), it’s no surprise that many of our alumni remain in the city and local region, providing a skilled workforce and contributing professionally to the city, region and country.
Known for its multicultural community, Bristol has a proudly diverse and inclusive culture. Bristol’s residents celebrate more than 45 religions, more than 187 countries of birth – more than 91 main languages are spoken on the city’s streets. This multiculturalism has shaped the cultural scene, leisure activities, shops, and cuisine and helps the University attract students from more than 145 countries around the world.
The city is home to world-class high- tech and creative companies such as Airbus, Rolls Royce, Toshiba, Aardman, BBC Natural History, Oracle, Cray, Amazon, IBM, and Sony, and to a rich proliferation of SMEs and early- stage enterprises. As a research-intensive university, we contribute to cross-sectoral innovation and productivity in the region alongside our industrial partners.
The Head of Assessment is a newly created role. The role holder will lead on all aspects of the delivery of assessment, with a particular focus on digital assessment, acting with delegated authority on behalf of the Director of Education Services and Deputy Director of Education and Student Experience, Director of Education Innovation and Director of Education Quality and Policy.
The role holder will be the institutional lead and business process owner of digital assessment which will include managing institution-wide assessment risks. They will lead the translation of the strategy into operational planning and coordinate delivery across the institution.
They will work closely with the PVC Education, Director of Education Innovation, and the Digital Education Office in developing and delivering an assessment strategy, with a particular focus on the role of digital assessment within this, providing expert input on assessment processes, services and systems in shaping this and leading on its implementation.
Digital assessment needs to fit seamlessly with other forms of assessment and the role holder will be responsible for the smooth delivery across all assessment. As assessment is delivered through a framework of complex and multiple central and devolved processes, this will include matrix management across a broad range of staff to manage the annual cycle of assessment and implement change.
About the Education and Student Experience Division
Education and Student Experience Division
Our purpose as a division is to support success for all students – creating the conditions for, and with, students to realise their academic potential, thrive during their university journey, and be ready for their careers and lives after Bristol.
Our division comprises of approximately 500 staff delivering a range of activity across the entire student journey. This includes:
We work in partnership with academic and professional services colleagues in schools, faculties and central divisions to support the delivery of academic excellence and a first-class student experience.
Services and Teams
Our Division is made up of seven service areas, each led by a member of the Senior Team:
In addition to our services and offices, we have two teams who work across the Division.
Job title: Head of Assessment
Line Manager: Director of Education Services and Deputy Director of Education and Student Experience
Faculty / School or Division: Education and Student Experience
Faculty/School or Division Address: 31 Great George Street
Job Family: Professional & Administrative Services
Hours of work: Full time
Contract type: Permanent
MAIN STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES
Analysis, Reporting and Documentation
Customer Services & Support
Planning & Organising
Relevant Experience, Skills and Knowledge
COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to the University of Bristol. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.
Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley: Elliott Rae on +44(0)7584 078 534 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Carolyn Coates on +44(0)7825 871 944 or email@example.com.
The University of Bristol is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, particularly from those who are not traditionally represented in leadership roles.
The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 10 October 2022.
Applications should consist of:
Completed applications should be uploaded at https://andersonquigley.com/candidates/ using the reference AQ1567.
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