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Head of Academic Quality Development

Academic Development Unit

Location:  Stoke campus
Salary:   £60,905 to £64,605 per annum
Tenure:  Full time Permanent
Release Date:  Wednesday 21 July 2021
Closing Date:   Sunday 08 August 2021
Reference:  ADU20-01

Who is Staffordshire University?  

We are the Connected University with 100 years of experience and ambition in becoming the UK’s foremost digital Institution. Our main campus is located in Stoke on Trent alongside our Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education located in Stafford and Shrewsbury. Staffordshire University London’s Digital Institute is our first campus outside the Midlands.

With more than 10,000 Full Time Undergraduate and Postgraduate students on campus, we continue to drive innovation and change, aiming to positively disrupt our sector. For our University, it is about so much more than the numbers. In fact, if there’s one thing that sets us apart, it’s our people who are all #ProudToBeStaffs. Every one of our employees goes above and beyond to deliver on our connected mission, responding to the needs of our students, academic partners, businesses and society.  

Over the past 5 years, we have transformed ourselves into a Gold standard provider of teaching and learning, gaining historically high positions in the UK league tables. With digital skills being at our core, we strive for diversity in all its forms and play an important role in our local communities and regional economies.

About the role 

Be part of an exciting, new and significant learning and teaching development at Staffordshire University! As part of the University’s continued commitment to an exceptional, innovative and forward-looking teaching, learning and student experience, we are further enhancing our expertise in pedagogic practice, developing a key role as the Head of Academic Quality Development.

This role will be central to leading our staff development, course concept and design processes and innovative approaches to learning and teaching. In the initial phase post-appointment, the role holder will need to lead our Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes, leading and managing our team of Quality Managers to ensure that we deliver on our quality assurance commitments. Senior experience of leading a Quality Assurance portfolio to meet University priorities and sector-wide requirements is therefore essential. 

The role holder will then transition more directly into leading the Academic Development portfolio to support the University’s ambition for delivery of our 2030 academic strategy and our vision for the future of learning and teaching. The role will be key to supporting our academic staff to maximise the opportunities of our future pedagogies.

Reporting to the Director for Learning and Teaching, this role will also work with the Director of the Staffordshire Centre of Learning and Pedagogic Practice, contributing to the work of the Centre as well as facilitating the transfer of our pedagogy research into our core teaching and learning activity.

Applications are sought from very enthusiastic, team-orientated, flexible individuals with excellent communication, interpersonal, organisational and presenting skills.  Applicants should have a first degree in an appropriate academic discipline.  Relevant experience in both Quality Assurance and Academic Development at a senior level in a University context are essential. 

Recent experience of producing Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement guidance, policy and principles in HE is essential, and demonstration of engagement with scholarship and/or research (evidenced by successful grant applications, recent publications in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, conference presentations etc.) is desirable. Experience of developing policy and guidance in response to relevant HE sector regulators would be welcomed, as would a teaching qualification (and/or Fellowship of AdvanceHE).

CVs are welcomed to support your application.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Annabel Kiernan - or Nick Dearden -

In return for your dedication, we have a competitive benefits package available

  • Competitive incremental rates of Pay
  • Starting from 29 days Annual Leave (depending on job grade) plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days
  • Excellent Pension Scheme
  • Access to continued professional and personal development
  • An opportunity to become part of the wider University community
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus
  • Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans


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Staffordshire University is committed to promoting and enabling a positive culture where staff, students and visitors are confident to be their authentic selves. We focus on inclusion as a way to ensure equality of opportunity for all our people and to demonstrate our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, regardless of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits a diverse organisation can bring for the University. 

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, who are currently under-represented in the University workforce.



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