Thank you very much for expressing an interest in the role of University Secretary & Registrar at Solent University, Southampton.
With a strong track record of innovation and creativity, Solent has grown to become one of the leading new universities, with strong local roots as well as a renowned international reputation. We have embedded ties in the city, local region and beyond, and strive to make a significant contribution to the communities we serve, while putting our students at the heart of everything we do.
This year we will be continuing our work to build Solent’s success, as we embark on a new strategy with the mission of ensuring all our learners are work ready, world ready and future ready.
By 2025 we will be providing a growing number of students from a wide range of backgrounds with a life affirming and life changing education, enriched by a vibrant university culture of research, free speech, equal opportunities, knowledge exchange and partnerships. And when our students leave us, they will be graduating with the knowledge and skills to achieve their ambitions, and the passion and confidence to shape the future.
Our new University Secretary & Registrar will lead our governance, compliance, registry, information and quality functions. The role is the senior governance officer in the University and acts as a trusted adviser to the Chair, Board and Vice-Chancellor, providing a link between governance and executive functions. This important role sits within the Vice-Chancellors Group and also leads essential functions that ensure institutional compliance with the requirements of the Office for Students, and other regulators which are active in the higher education sector.
You can find out more about the University and the role on this website. Our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be pleased to discuss the role with you, in strict confidence – their details can also be found on this site.
This role presents the opportunity to lead the governance and a range of importance services for Solent at a time of great change in higher education. I do hope you will make an application to join us.
We are dedicated to the pursuit of university education that enables learners from all backgrounds to become enterprising citizens and responsible leaders. We are committed to promoting economic and social prosperity for the communities we serve.
Put simply – we want Solent graduates to be the passionate, creative professionals of the future, bringing expertise and energy into their communities and workplaces.
Respect: Respecting each other, recognising others’ strengths and celebrating our diversity so that everyone can give their best.
Ownership: Owning and being accountable for delivering a welcoming and professional service and working with pace and commitment to deliver objectives and support strategic priorities.
Inclusivity: Ensuring through our teaching, support and work that we are inclusive, underpinning all the work we do at the University.
Engagement: Engage with focus, drive and enthusiasm to deliver excellent teaching, new initiatives and objectives, setting an example and motivating others to engage as appropriate.
Integrity: Act with professionalism and honesty in all our dealings with each other, our students, suppliers and partners of the University.
Teamwork: Working effectively and collaboratively and being united in delivering the priorities of the University in everything we do.
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Service: Vice-Chancellor’s Group
Reports to: Joint to Vice-Chancellor and Chair of Governors
Responsible for: Governance, Quality Management, Compliance and Audit, Registry, Information, and Records
Grade: Senior management team
Working hours: 37
As part of the Vice-Chancellors Group (VCG) and senior management team (SMTG), this role supports the Board of Governors, the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and associated Committees and groups in their work and contributes to the University’s strategic development. In this context the role provides leadership and strategic focus for corporate governance of the University and its legal and compliance functions.
In addition, the role also leads the University’s Governance, quality management, compliance and audit, registry and information and records governance. The postholder will ensure institutional compliance with the requirements of the Office for Students, and other regulators which are active in the higher education sector. The University Secretary & Registrar will also be responsible for six direct reports. These reports include the Head of Quality Management, UKVI Compliance and Audit Manager, Clerk to Governors, Head of Registry Services and Student Systems, Information Rights Officer and Senior Information Rights and Records Officer.
Knowledge and Experience:
A competitive salary (c£90,000) will be negotiated with the successful candidate.
We offer a range of workplace benefits, including:
Equality & Diversity
At Solent, we don’t just accept difference, we celebrate it and support it, for the benefit of our people, our students, staff and our community.
The University’s equality objectives are integral in promoting and achieving fair treatment and equality for all and as part of this, we aim to foster a community with a culture of transparency, mutual trust and respect devoid of hatred and intolerance.
University staff can join our LGBT+ staff network – a supportive social group for employees who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, or are questioning their sexuality or gender identity. This group also supports many events both on-campus and in the local community, including the Human Library and Southampton Pride.
Solent also has a well-established Equality and Wellbeing committee, made up of students and staff, to proactively assist us in providing an excellent people experience underpinned by our values, and our genuine commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity, irrespective of personal or protected characteristics.
This committee plays a key role in ensuring equality and diversity across the University, and leads on wellbeing initiatives, such as the introduction of our Mental Health and Wellbeing vision for both staff and students, launched earlier this year.
We believe that all our people should be treated fairly, regardless of their age, ethnicity, beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender. As part of this, Solent University is committed to continuing to work on closing the gender pay gap and is in the process of creating an updated action plan to determine the necessary steps to make this happen.
Anderson Quigley is acting as an employment advisor to Solent University, Southampton. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.
Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley: Carolyn Coates on +44(0)7825 871 944, Phil Entwistle on +44(0)7596 954 387 or Ed Pritchard on +44(0)7980 817 927.
The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 9 August 2021
Applications should consist of:
Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference number AQ1177
|Closing date:||noon on Monday 9 August|
|Longlisting:||Tuesday 24 August|
|Preliminary interviews with AQ:||Thursday 26 August – Thursday 2 September|
|Shortlist meeting:||Thursday 9 September|
|Solent University Stakeholder Group Discussions||Wednesday 20 October|
|Final Panel Interviews:||Thursday 21 October (in person, on campus)|