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Head of Education Research and Evaluation

Academic Development Unit

Location:  Stoke campus
Salary:   £60,905 to £64,605
Tenure:  Full time Permanent
Release Date:  Wednesday 21 July 2021
Closing Date:   Sunday 08 August 2021
Reference:  ADU20-02

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 Education Research & Evaluation.

This role will be central to the University delivering continued high performance in our Education metrics. Working with Strategic Planning and the Director for Learning and Teaching, this role will add to our capacity for learner analytics and its use in shaping our interventions to support an excellent student experience and student outcomes.

The role-holder will lead our data evaluation and research and will manage the strategic insight into data which supports the whole student life cycle. We are looking for an individual who can develop new methodologies for interrogating our data and for evaluating our interventions for impact.

Applications are sought from very enthusiastic, team-orientated, flexible individuals with excellent communication, interpersonal, organisational and presenting skills.  Applicants must have a Masters’ degree in a social science discipline and a strong track record of using data intelligence to produce insight reports and make recommendations for appropriate actions and interventions to senior leaders in a University context.

Excellent recent experience of qualitative and qualitative research methods, and advanced skills in statistical software, are essential. 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 - annabel.kiernan@staffs.ac.uk or Nick Dearden - nick.dearden@staffs.ac.uk

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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