Birmingham City University Senior Recruitment Programme

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in joining Birmingham City University. 

BCU has a simple mission – we enable our students to transform their lives and to achieve their potential. 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. 

We’re focussed on delivering excellent teaching for our 28,000 students, underpinned by our growing research and enterprise activities. We place particular emphasis on practice-based programmes that support student employability and excellent graduate outcomes. As part of this, we have revamped our curriculum so that all courses are professionally relevant. We’ve also invested £340m in our estate to ensure that our teaching is delivered in state-of-the-art facilities. 

We’re extremely proud of our city. Situated in the beating industrial heart of England for three hundred years, Birmingham has produced giants of business, technology, politics and entertainment. We’re now building on this civic heritage, not resting on it. We are determined to empower the next generation with the skills they need to make our city flourish. 

We’re not naïve to the challenges that the 2020s have posed to our world, our society and sector. But our committed team, our strong finances and – most of all – our talented, diverse community of students put us in a buoyant position to meet them head-on.  

We’re now appointing eight leadership roles across the University’s three faculties: 

  • Deputy Dean – Business, Law and Social Science  
  • Deputy Dean – Art, Design and Media 
  • Associate Dean (Teaching, Education and Student Experience) – Business, Law and Social Science 
  • Associate Dean (Research, Innovation and Enterprise) – Business, Law and Social Science 
  • Associate Dean (Teaching, Education and Student Experience) – Health, Education and Life Sciences 
  • Head of School of Computing and Digital Technology – Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment 
  • Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery – Health, Education and Life Sciences 
  • Head of School of Education and Social Work – Health, Education and Life Sciences 

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about BCU’s mission and values and are experienced in providing supportive leadership in a changing sector. If you would like to contribute your expertise, creativity and energy to this wonderful institution, we would be delighted to hear from you. 

Professor Peter Francis
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University 

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. 

This is reflected in our 2025 Strategy, which lays out our vision and priorities for BCU in the post-Covid era. 

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. Our multi-million programme of investment in our estate has a major expansion of our city centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities. 

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 three 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. 

Our Faculties

The Faculty of Business, Law and Social Science empowers students to make sense of the world, to develop entrepreneurial solutions to practical problems, and to demolish barriers to social justice and human rights. Based at the Curzon Building on our City Centre Campus, we encompass the School of Law, the School of Social Sciences, and Birmingham City Business School. We have strong links with business, the legal profession, the criminal justice system, and the voluntary sector – both locally and nationally. 

 

With nearly 10,000 full-time students, our Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences is one of the biggest of its kind in Britain, offering courses across health and social care, education, life sciences, and sport.  We have invested heavily in creating a dedicated location at our City Centre South Campus, improving the student experience with a strong sense of community, consistent support services and a hub for the provision of public service contracts and professional development in the region. Our constituent schools are the School of Education and Social Work, the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the School of Health Sciences, and the Defence School of Healthcare Education. 

 

At the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, we are building on Birmingham’s heritage as the cradle of Britain’s scientific and technological revolution to empower the next generation of makers, thinkers and disruptors. Based at the City Centre Campus, our two schools – the School of Computing and Digital Technology and the School of Engineering and the Built Environment – are home to 4,000 students. Our research has a strongly applied focus and aims to tackle society’s toughest challenges with the ingenuity and practicality for which the Midlands is famed. 

 

With over 5,500 students enrolled on courses in music, theatre, writing, media, digital technology, art, design, jewellery and architecture, the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media  is one of Britain’s leading providers of talented professionals to the cultural and creative industries. We are housed on a new campus with cutting-edge facilities and brilliant people; we are proud to be one of the most inclusive arts educational institutions in the world. Our nine constituent schools are Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, Birmingham School of Art, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, the School of English, the School of Fashion and Textiles, the School of Jewellery, Birmingham School of Media, the School of Games, Film and Animation, and the School of Visual Communication. 

The roles

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Deputy Dean – Business, Law and Social Science

Job reference:
AQ1429

Job purpose

The University regards the Deputy Dean as key to the successful delivery of the faculty’s contribution to the mission and objectives of the University and to the delivery of the University’s Strategy 2025, and related strategic plans.

Reporting to the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean, and with a dotted line to the DVC (Academic), and DVC (Resources), the Deputy Dean will provide strong and inspirational leadership for the faculty, ensuring it contributes to the achievement of the University’s mission to be the both the University for Birmingham, and a university with a global reputation for high quality education and research.

The Deputy Dean will also work as appropriate with the DVC (Research, Innovation and Enterprise), and the PVC (Learning and Teaching) to deliver against the University strategy and supporting plans, supporting matrix working and inclusion, equality and diversity.

The Deputy Dean will provide strategic and operational support and appropriate leadership and management within the faculty as directed by the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean. Working with the Associate Deans, Heads of Schools, and with other members of the Faculty Senior Team, the Deputy Dean will operationalise strategic objectives in order to enhance student and staff experiences, and ensure successful implementation and impact of the Faculty Business Plan.

Main activities and responsibilities

  1. Provide day-to-day operational leadership of the faculty in close liaison with the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean.
  2. Formulate, with faculty colleagues, operational plans which support the delivery of strategic objectives and key performance indicators for the Faculty.
  3. Manage with the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean the alignment, connections and relationship between the Associate Deans and the Heads of School to create a high achieving and successful culture and academic faculty team.
  4. Support the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean in the achievement of financial plans for the Faculty, including the operational and financial planning and budgetary control for resources, including staffing and equipment. (The faculty PVC/Executive Dean will have ultimate responsibility and authority for this).
  5. Provide leadership and management to the Faculty Heads of School and any other staff as agreed with the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean, including the setting of objectives, performance management and review.
  6. Oversee the Faculty’s portfolio offer and curriculum development, identifying trends in student demands, anticipating emerging requirements and ensuring the promotion of employability, enterprise and inclusion across programmes.
  7. Lead on the student recruitment strategy for the Faculty, in association with relevant central services including target setting and their delivery in line with University Strategy and KPIs.
  8. Provide oversight of international student recruitment, working with the International Office to attract overseas students to meet student recruitment targets, and with the Apprenticeship and Partnership Unit to deliver high quality partnership activity at home and overseas.
  9. Responsible for Faculty leadership on branding and marketing, working closely with the Marketing and Communications professional service department to achieve student recruitment targets.
  10. Work with the Faculty Senior Team to drive forward the provision of an excellent student experience across the Faculty, overseeing the delivery and evaluation of the faculty’s Access and Participation Plan (APP).
  11. Play a leading role in the validation of new programmes and continuous improvement initiatives for existing course provision across the faculty. Be a strategic link with Learning Enhancement for Quality issues.
  12. Embed a culture of continuous improvement and innovation within the faculty, proactively seeking opportunities to innovate across the spectrum of learning and teaching, including the use of digital technologies, research, and academic enterprise.
  13. Strengthen research links between teams and the wider University, encouraging interdisciplinary research initiatives, including STEAM, and enable research informed research and enterprise activity that impacts positively on student learning.
  14. Provide strong leadership to academics within the faculty, developing a culture of ownership and accountability and maximizing people potential.
  15. Ensure appropriate allocation of workloads within the faculty, developing and embedding appropriate utilisation of the University’s academic workload planning processes/tools and the associated management information outputs.
  16. Work closely with the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean and Heads of School to identify, create and exploit new opportunities in order to secure additional income streams and new areas of teaching, research, international or commercial activities.
  17. Maintain own academic standing and authority as appropriate, through teaching, research and scholarly activities, and maintain an external profile. Engage with relevant national and international debates and with professional institutes, practitioner societies and governmental committees.
  18. Represent the Faculty on relevant internal and external committees, networks and working groups, chairing these meetings where appropriate.
  19. Support and facilitate communication channels across the faculty for both staff and students.
  20. Where appropriate, lead on designated cross-University activity and initiatives.
  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 and management to the Faculty’s Heads of School.
  • Lead and manage own projects with overall responsibility for the organisation 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/Executive 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/Executive 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

  1. 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.
  2. Sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development as a key contribution to a high-quality student learning experience.
  3. Sound knowledge and understanding of the changing regulatory environment including OfS, DfE, HO, UKVI, 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Ongoing engagement in continuing professional development in subject / discipline and in pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and/or the evaluation of professional practices. Successful co-ordination, support, supervision management and/or mentoring of others (whether individuals and/or teams).
  6. Knowledge and awareness of the broad context of research in Higher Education and government policy in the UK and the current and forthcoming challenges and opportunities it presents.
  7. Significant experience of people management, budgetary control, curriculum and programme development and allocation of resources.
  8. Commitment to a strong and robust inclusion, equality and diversity agenda in all aspects of teaching, education and the student experience.
  9. Strong interpersonal, communication and team working skills.
  10. Ability to contribute and potentially lead other University wide projects as appropriate.
  11. A willingness to undertake further training and personal development as appropriate and to adopt new procedures as and when required.

Professional Status

  1. Doctoral level qualification in a relevant or cognate discipline is not essential, but is desirable.
  2. Principal Fellowship under the Advance HE’s UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF) is not essential, but is desirable.
  3. Professorial status or the eligibility to be awarded professorial status upon appointment is desirable.
  4. 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

  1. Experience of successful interaction between Higher Education, industry or commerce, research and professional bodies.
  2. External examining experience.
  3. Involvement with external quality assurance agencies.
  4. Successful incorporation of subject and/or pedagogic research as part of an integrated approach to academic practice.
  5. Experience of working with collaborative, validated and franchised programmes.
  6. 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 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.

Click here to download Deputy Dean Business, Law and Social Science – Job Description and Person Specification – Birmingham City University.


Contact

Contact:
Sophie Rees
Telephone:
+44 (0)7719 313 982
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Associate Dean (Teaching, Education and Student Experience) – Business, Law and Social Science

Job reference:
AQ1433

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 the 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 performance.
  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 employability.
  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 programmes.
  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 organisation 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

  • Support 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

  1. 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.
  2. Sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development as a key contribution to a high-quality student learning experience.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Ongoing engagement in continuing professional development in subject / discipline and in pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and/or the evaluation of professional practices. Successful co-ordination, support, supervision management and/or mentoring of others (whether individuals and/or teams) in relation to the student learning experience.
  6. 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.
  7. Significant experience of people management, budgetary control, curriculum and programme development and allocation of resources.
  8. Commitment to a strong and robust inclusion, equality and diversity agenda in all aspects of teaching, education and the student experience.
  9. Strong interpersonal, communication and team working skills.
  10. Ability to contribute and potentially lead other University wide projects as appropriate.
  11. A willingness to undertake further training and personal development as appropriate and to adopt new procedures as and when required.

Professional Status

  1. Doctoral level qualification in a relevant or cognate discipline is not essential, but is desirable.
  2. Principal Fellowship under the Advance HE’s UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF) is not essential, but is desirable.
  3. Professorial status or the eligibility to be awarded professorial status upon appointment is desirable.
  4. 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

  1. Experience of successful interaction between Higher Education, industry or commerce, research and professional bodies.
  2. External examining experience.
  3. Involvement with external quality assurance agencies.
  4. Successful incorporation of subject and/or pedagogic research as part of an integrated approach to academic practice.
  5. Experience of working with collaborative, validated and franchised programmes.
  6. 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 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.

Click here to download Associate Dean (TESE) Business, Law and Social Science – Job Description and Person Specification – Birmingham City University.


Contact

Contact:
Sophie Rees
Telephone:
+44 (0)7719 313 982
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Associate Dean (Research, Innovation and Enterprise) – Business, Law and Social Science

Job reference:
AQ1435

Job purpose

The University regards the Associate Dean Research, Innovation and Enterprise (AD RIE) as key to the successful delivery of the faculty’s contribution to the mission and objectives identified in the University’s Strategy 2025 and related strategic plans for research, innovation and enterprise.

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

The AD (RIE) will be responsible for creating and sustaining a high-quality, supportive, and inclusive environment which empowers the development of researchers and the delivery of excellent research including doctoral research students, and that also encourages and supports staff to undertake Knowledge Exchange (KE), consultancy, non-credit bearing CPD and other enterprise activities. The AD (RIE) will ensure that the wider body of research, KE and enterprise activity undertaken within the faculty delivers positive impacts for external stakeholders and underpins learning and teaching for students on taught programmes.

Main activities and responsibilities

  1. Provide strategic leadership of Research and Enterprise across the Faculty, working with Faculty and University senior managers and teams to deliver research and enterprise outcomes in line with agreed strategic objectives.
  2. Membership of the University’s Research and Enterprise Committees; chairing the Faculty’s Research and Enterprise Committees, and membership of the Faculty Executive Group.
  3. Create and sustain a high-quality and inclusive research environment which empowers the development of researchers; supports the conduct of excellent research and which fully meets the expectations of the UUK Concordat to Support Research Integrity, Research England and UKRI.
  4. Contribute to the University’s submission to the Research Excellence Framework through encouraging the creation of high-quality research outputs that meet open-access requirements, and pro-active encouragement of researchers to engage with research-users in the private, public and third sector to achieve impact of all types from excellent research.
  5. Ensure a high quality of doctoral education through oversight of the faculty’s postgraduate research student life cycle from application to award, and ensuring this meets the requirements of the QAA UK Quality Code for Research Degrees, the Office for Students and UKRI expectations for doctoral training.
  6. Advise and support Unit of Assessment (UoA) leads on the recruitment and development of new researchers and ensuring they deliver high-quality research to underpin the faculty’s contribution to the Research Excellence Framework.
  7. Create and sustain a high-quality, supportive, and inclusive environment which encourages and supports staff to undertake Knowledge Exchange, consultancy, non-credit bearing CPD and other enterprise activities.
  8. Work with the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean and other Senior Managers in the Faculty to agree a strategic direction that is in line with the University’s Strategic Plans for research and enterprise.
  9. Create and update the research and enterprise components of the Faculty Development Plan to include the setting of targets for research and enterprise performance, including research and enterprise income.
  10. Ensure the Faculty delivers against research grant and contracts income targets specified in the University’s Research Strategy and the enterprise income targets specified in the Innovation and Enterprise strategy.
  11. Work with the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean and other senior managers to monitor performance against targets for research and enterprise and work with them to address under performance against those targets.
  12. Work with Heads of School to devise and deliver Faculty work allocations to support and extend research and enterprise activity undertaken by academic and research staff.
  13. Identify, create, and facilitate opportunities for staff to be involved in cross-University research and enterprise activities, external projects, events and working groups.
  14. Network nationally and internationally to represent the faculty and the University to facilitate new research collaborations, secure research grant and contract income and generate new enterprise activities.
  15. Develop and sustain close relationships with employers, external agencies, key stakeholders and other providers and act as an effective ambassador for the University in a range of external settings ensuring that, always the University is portrayed positively, and its reputation is enhanced.
  16. Lead specific initiatives and projects within the Faculty as agreed with the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean and contribute to the strategic and operational development of the University through undertaking cross-University projects and initiatives identified by the Vice-Chancellor’s Office (VCO), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (RIE) or Faculty PVC/Executive Dean.
  17. 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.
  18. Plan, monitor, and effectively manage any devolved budgets for research and enterprise.
  19. Accountable for good governance of the faculty’s research activities, ensuring the expectations of the UUK Concordat to Support Research Integrity are fully met and that the terms and conditions of research funders are fully complied with.
  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 research community.
  • Make a leading contribution to university research targets and future REF performance.
  • Lead and manage own projects with overall responsibility for the organisation 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 for research.

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.
  • Build networks of influential external contacts to advance the University’s research and enterprise profile.
  • Be routinely involved in complex and important negotiations internally and with external bodies.

Teamwork and collaborative working

  • Work with the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean to develop and communicate a clear vision of the Faculty’s strategic direction.
  • Ensure the delivery of Faculty plans underpinning the University strategy for research and enterprise.
  • 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/Executive Dean to determine and manage the allocation of resources for research and enterprise 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

  1. Proven ability to provide clear and effective leadership to the faculty, promoting a sense of collegiality, team working, collaboration 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.
  2. Sustained record of effective strategic leadership in a research portfolio, student supervision and contract success.
  3. Extensive leadership and management experience in an academic or commercial environment, including experience of successful development, management and delivery of relevant international collaborative and franchised programmes.
  4. Successful track record of providing strategic and visionary direction in the development of research projects and/or enterprise and a good knowledge and awareness of the different opportunities related to research.
  5. Ongoing engagement in continuing professional development in subject/ discipline and in pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and/or the evaluation of professional practices. Successful co-ordination, support, supervision management and/or mentoring of others (whether individuals and/or teams) in relation to research, innovation or enterprise.
  6. Knowledge and awareness of the broad context of research in Higher Education and government policy in the UK and the current and forthcoming challenges and opportunities it presents, including experience and understanding of QAA requirements.
  7. Significant experience of people management, budgetary control, curriculum and programme development and allocation of resources.
  8. Commitment to a strong and robust inclusion, equality and diversity agenda in all aspects of research, innovation or enterprise.
  9. Strong interpersonal, communication and team working skills.
  10. Ability to contribute and potentially lead other University wide projects as appropriate.
  11. A willingness to undertake further training and personal development as appropriate and to adopt new procedures as and when required.

Professional Status

  1. Doctoral level qualification in a relevant or cognate discipline is not essential, but is desirable.
  2. Principal Fellowship under the Advance HE’s UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF) is not essential, but is desirable.
  3. Professorial status or the eligibility to be awarded professorial status upon appointment is not essential, but is desirable.
  4. 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

  1. Experience of successful interaction between Higher Education industry or commerce, research and professional bodies.
  2. Experience of successful income generation.
  3. Scholarship and publication in a relevant area.
  4. Ability to be an articulate advocate for the Faculty and able to promote and protect its interests.
  5. Evidence of an ability to create and sustain a Faculty research culture.
  6. Successful engagement in the design and delivery of continuing professional development in relation to research, innovation, enterprise 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 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.

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Sophie Rees
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Associate Dean (Teaching, Education and Student Experience) – Health, Education and Life Sciences

Job reference:
AQ1437

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

  1. 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.
  2. Sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development as a key contribution to a high-quality student learning experience.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Significant experience of people management, budgetary control, curriculum and programme development and allocation of resources.
  8. Commitment to a strong and robust inclusion, equality and diversity agenda in all aspects of teaching, education and the student experience.
  9. Strong interpersonal, communication and team working skills.
  10. Ability to contribute and potentially lead other University wide projects as appropriate.
  11. A willingness to undertake further training and personal development as appropriate and to adopt new procedures as and when required.

Professional status

  1. Doctoral level qualification in a relevant or cognate discipline is not essential, but is desirable.
  2. Principal Fellowship under the Advance HE’s UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF) is not essential, but is desirable.
  3. Professorial status or the eligibility to be awarded professorial status upon appointment is desirable.
  4. 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:

  1. Experience of successful interaction between Higher Education, industry or commerce, research and professional bodies.
  2. External examining experience.
  3. Involvement with external quality assurance agencies.
  4. Successful incorporation of subject and/or pedagogic research as part of an integrated approach to academic practice.
  5. Experience of working with collaborative, validated and franchised programmes.
  6. 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 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.

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Phil Entwistle
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Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery – Health, Education and Life Sciences

Job reference:
AQ1451

Job purpose

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

Leadership and team building

  • Provide strategic leadership to the School in the areas of learning and teaching, research and enterprise and wider engagement.
  • 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, student recruitment, student retention, employability etc.)
  • Ensure high standards are maintained in the conduct of all the School’s activities.

Managing people

  • 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.
  • 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.

Corporate responsibilities

  • Participate effectively and collegiately as a member of the Faculty senior management 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 support 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.
  • Strong interpersonal and facilitatory skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team, to lead and to inspire high quality performance in others.
  • High levels of motivation with an 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.

This is a role descriptor for a non-substantive role carried out by academic staff. It provides guidance on key responsibilities and expectations of a common role academic staff may undertake within their broader substantive academic job. The tasks and responsibilities outlined do not have an impact on grade but may have an impact on local workload allocation. This role may be combined with others.

Such roles may be used by role holders to demonstrate professional development, support a case for contribution pay, or to support a case for progression / promotion to a different substantive academic job.

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Head of School of Education and Social Work – Health, Education and Life Sciences

Job reference:
AQ1453

Job purpose

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

Leadership and team building

  • Provide strategic leadership to the School in the areas of learning and teaching, research and enterprise and wider engagement.
  • 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, student recruitment, student retention, employability etc.)
  • Ensure high standards are maintained in the conduct of all the School’s activities.

Managing people

  • 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.
  • 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.

Corporate responsibilities

  • Participate effectively and collegiately as a member of the Faculty senior management 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 support 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.
  • Strong interpersonal and facilitatory skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team, to lead and to inspire high quality performance in others.
  • High levels of motivation with an 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.

This is a role descriptor for a non-substantive role carried out by academic staff. It provides guidance on key responsibilities and expectations of a common role academic staff may undertake within their broader substantive academic job. The tasks and responsibilities outlined do not have an impact on grade but may have an impact on local workload allocation. This role may be combined with others.

Such roles may be used by role holders to demonstrate professional development, support a case for contribution pay, or to support a case for progression / promotion to a different substantive academic job.

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Phil Entwistle
Telephone:
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Head of School of Computing and Digital Technology – Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

Job reference:
AQ1439

Job purpose

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

Leadership and team building

  • Provide strategic leadership to the School in the areas of learning and teaching, research and enterprise and wider engagement.
  • 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, student recruitment, student retention, employability etc.)
  • Ensure high standards are maintained in the conduct of all the School’s activities.

Managing people

  • 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.
  • 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.

Corporate responsibilities

  • Participate effectively and collegiately as a member of the Faculty senior management 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 support 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.
  • Strong interpersonal and facilitatory skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team, to lead and to inspire high quality performance in others.
  • High levels of motivation with an 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.

This is a role descriptor for a non-substantive role carried out by academic staff. It provides guidance on key responsibilities and expectations of a common role academic staff may undertake within their broader substantive academic job. The tasks and responsibilities outlined do not have an impact on grade but may have an impact on local workload allocation. This role may be combined with others.

Such roles may be used by role holders to demonstrate professional development, support a case for contribution pay, or to support a case for progression / promotion to a different substantive academic job.

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Imogen Wilde
Telephone:
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Deputy Dean – Art, Design and Media

Job reference:
AQ1431

Job purpose

The University regards the Deputy Dean as key to the successful delivery of the faculty’s contribution to the mission and objectives of the University and to the delivery of the University’s Strategy 2025, and related strategic plans.

Reporting to the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean, and with a dotted line to the DVC (Academic), and DVC (Resources), the Deputy Dean will provide strong and inspirational leadership for the faculty, ensuring it contributes to the achievement of the University’s mission to be the both the University for Birmingham, and a university with a global reputation for high quality education and research.

The Deputy Dean will also work as appropriate with the DVC (Research, Innovation and Enterprise), and the PVC (Learning and Teaching) to deliver against the University strategy and supporting plans, supporting matrix working and inclusion, equality and diversity.

The Deputy Dean will provide strategic and operational support and appropriate leadership and management within the faculty as directed by the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean. Working with the Associate Deans, Heads of Schools, and with other members of the Faculty Senior Team, the Deputy Dean will operationalise strategic objectives in order to enhance student and staff experiences, and ensuring successful implementation and impact of the Faculty Business Plan.

Main activities and responsibilities

  1. Provide day-to-day operational leadership of the faculty in close liaison with the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean.
  2. Formulate, with faculty colleagues, operational plans which support the delivery of strategic objectives and key performance indicators for the Faculty.
  3. Manage with the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean the alignment, connections and relationship between the Associate Deans and the Heads of School to create a high achieving and successful culture and academic faculty team.
  4. Support the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean in the achievement of financial plans for the Faculty, including the operational and financial planning and budgetary control for resources, including staffing and equipment. (The Faculty PVC/Executive Dean will have ultimate responsibility and authority for this.)
  5. Provide leadership and management to the Faculty Heads of School and any other staff as agreed with the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean, including the setting of objectives, performance management and review.
  6. Oversee the Faculty’s portfolio offer and curriculum development, identifying trends in student demands, anticipating emerging requirements and ensuring the promotion of employability, enterprise and inclusion across programmes.
  7. Lead on the student recruitment strategy for the Faculty, in association with relevant central services, including target setting and their delivery in line with University Strategy and KPIs.
  8. Provide oversight of international student recruitment, working with the International Office to attract overseas students to meet student recruitment targets, and with the Apprenticeship and Partnership Unit to deliver high quality partnership activity at home and overseas.
  9. Responsible for Faculty leadership on branding and marketing, working closely with the Marketing and Communications professional service department to achieve student recruitment targets.
  10. Work with the Faculty Senior Team to drive forward the provision of an excellent student experience across the Faculty, overseeing the delivery and evaluation of the faculty’s Access and Participation Plan (APP).
  11. Play a leading role in the validation of new programmes and continuous improvement initiatives for existing course provision across the faculty. Be a strategic link with Learning Enhancement for Quality issues.
  12. Embed a culture of continuous improvement and innovation within the faculty, proactively seeking opportunities to innovate across the spectrum of learning and teaching, including the use of digital technologies, research, and academic enterprise.
  13. Strengthen research links between teams and the wider University, encouraging interdisciplinary research initiatives, including STEAM, and enabling research informed research and enterprise activity that impacts positively on student learning.
  14. Provide strong leadership to academics within the faculty, developing a culture of ownership and accountability and maximizing people potential.
  15. Ensure appropriate allocation of workloads within the faculty, developing and embedding appropriate utilisation of the University’s academic workload planning processes/tools and the associated management information outputs.
  16. Work closely with the Faculty PVC/Executive Dean and Heads of School to identify, create and exploit new opportunities in order to secure additional income streams and new areas of teaching, research, international or commercial activities.
  17. Maintain own academic standing and authority as appropriate, through teaching, research and scholarly activities, and maintain an external profile. Engage with relevant national and international debates and with professional institutes, practitioner societies and governmental committees.
  18. Represent the Faculty on relevant internal and external committees, networks and working groups, chairing these meetings where appropriate.
  19. Support and facilitate communication channels across the faculty for both staff and students.
  20. Where appropriate, lead on designated cross-University activity and initiatives.
  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 and management to the Faculty’s Heads of School.
  • 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/Executive 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

  • Support the Faculty PVC/Executive 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

  1. 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.
  2. Sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development as a key contribution to a high-quality student learning experience.
  3. Sound knowledge and understanding of the changing regulatory environment including OfS, DfE, HO, UKVI, 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Ongoing engagement in continuing professional development in subject / discipline and in pedagogy, incorporating research, scholarship and/or the evaluation of professional practices. Successful co-ordination, support, supervision management and/or mentoring of others (whether individuals and/or teams).
  6. Knowledge and awareness of the broad context of research in Higher Education and government policy in the UK and the current and forthcoming challenges and opportunities it presents.
  7. Significant experience of people management, budgetary control, curriculum and programme development and allocation of resources.
  8. Commitment to a strong and robust inclusion, equality and diversity agenda in all aspects of teaching, education and the student experience.
  9. Strong interpersonal, communication and team working skills.
  10. Ability to contribute and potentially lead other University wide projects as appropriate.
  11. A willingness to undertake further training and personal development as appropriate and to adopt new procedures as and when required

Professional Status

  1. Doctoral level qualification in a relevant or cognate discipline is not essential, but is desirable.
  2. Principal Fellowship under the Advance HE’s UK Professional Standards Framework (PSF) is not essential, but is desirable.
  3. Professorial status or the eligibility to be awarded professorial status upon appointment is desirable.
  4. 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

  1. Experience of successful interaction between Higher Education, industry or commerce, research and professional bodies.
  2. External examining experience.
  3. Involvement with external quality assurance agencies.

Special requirements

  • Able to undertake duties at different premises including any University campus as required.
  • National and international travel will be necessary 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.

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Contact

Contact:
Phil Entwistle
Telephone:
+44 (0)7596 954 387 

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.

In addition, Associate Deans are expected to be an active ambassador for the University and proactively identify ways to enhance the University’s collective reputation.

Equal Opportunities
At Birmingham City University we are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. All staff are expected to understand and enact the University’s commitment to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in our employment practice and in all that we do. This commitment is enshrined in our Core Values and is detailed in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Employment Policy. The University values and celebrates the diversity of our staff and students; we welcome people from the many different backgrounds and life experiences that reflect the students and the citizens we serve. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and actively encourage unique contributions, in particular from under-represented groups in respect of age, disability, sex, gender or gender identity, ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status.

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 University offers competitive salaries which will be negotiated with the successful candidates.

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 any of these roles in strict confidence, please contact the following consultants according to the Faculty of interest: 

  • Business, Law and Social Sciences: Sophie Rees on +44 (0)7719 313 982 or sophie@andersonquigley.com
  • Health, Education and Life Sciences: Phil Entwistle on +44 (0)7596 954 387 or phil@andersonquigley.com
  • Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment: Imogen Wilde on +44(0)7864 652 633 or imogen@andersonquigley.com 
  • Arts, Design and Media: Phil Entwistle on +44 (0)7596 954 387 or phil@andersonquigley.com

The programme as a whole can be discussed with Ed Pritchard on +44(0)7980 817 927 or ed@andersonquigley.com

The closing date for all applications is noon on Friday 10 June 2022.  

Your application should consist of: 

Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the corresponding AQ reference number above.