The Director of Academic Quality supports the Dean in providing leadership for the University through assuring that academic governance, quality and standards align with the UK regulatory infrastructure, including compliance with the regimes of the OfS and QAA. The Director will be the internal expert on the requirements of the QAA and will be instrumental in determining appropriate internal regulations. The Director will lead in providing advice and guidance on the interpretation and implementation of the regulations to the University’s academic and support communities. The Director will also determine knowledge and skills gaps within the University and devise and deliver training to meet identified needs; and will identify areas of good practice for dissemination.
Responsibilities and Accountabilities
In this role, the Director of Academic Quality shall:
1. Manage the University’s relationship with the QAA and lead on meeting the QAA’s regulatory requirements.
2. Support the DVC and Dean in managing the relationship with the OfS, particularly in relation to conditions B1-4.
3. Be the University’s expert in relation to academic quality within the regulatory framework of QAA and OfS.
4. Make a significant contribution to the development and continual enhancement of the University’s internal regulations and policies.
5. Provide advice and guidance to the University’s academic and support communities on the University’s regulatory framework and how this fits within the HE sector.
6. Provide assurance to the University’s Senior Leadership Team that the University’s academic quality and standards are appropriately in place through the implementation of the university’s regulatory framework.
7. Regulate and assure that the prescribed standards of academic provision are met by
(a) Facilitating a continuous self-assessment process;
(b) Determining the impact of the University’s quality improvement processes;
(c) leading programme approval and monitoring;
(d) being responsibility for externality (including external examiners);
(e) ensuring CMA compliance.
8. Manage the Academic Quality Office team through a matrix management structure with the DVC and Academic Quality Team Leader.
9. Act as Secretary to the Academic Council.
10. Determine knowledge and skills gaps within the University and devise and deliver training to meet identified needs; and identify areas of good practice for dissemination.
11. Develop and benefit from external networks of peers.
12. Represent the University at external events and conferences.
13. Undertake such other tasks and duties as may be required from time to time by the Dean.
Person Specification: Skills, knowledge and experience required for role
1. Degree-qualified, or equivalent level qualification.
2. Experience of working at a senior level in an academic environment and an understanding of quality assurance and enhancement in higher education either for a higher education institution, or a professional or statutory body.
3. An understanding of the frameworks for quality assurance in higher education, including the QAA and OfS.
4. Strong numeracy skills.
5. Sensitive and constructive interpersonal skills.
6. Strong oral and written skills with experience of providing advice to committees and senior officers, and preparing and defending reports and position papers.
7. The ability to manage a team in a matrix structure and be flexible and adaptable to the exigencies of changing priorities and timescales.
8. Ability to persuade the University community of the validity and value of the regulatory infrastructure and the reasons for its application.
9. Self-motivated and target focussed.
10. A professional qualification or other qualification at Level 7 or above.
11. Experience of providing advice to committees and senior officers, and preparing and defending reports and position papers and preparing minutes and action plans.
12. Experience of QAA review.
13. Experience of teaching.
14. Experience of delivering staff training.
15. Experience of programme design and/or curriculum development.
16. Experience of programme approval, monitoring and external examination.
17. Familiarity with the international higher education agenda.