Head of School of Preparation for Higher Education

Key details

Reports to: Deputy Vice Chancellor

Area: Academic Leadership Team

Salary: £58,000 per annum

Hours: Full-time, 37 hours per week

Location: Wallisdown, Poole BH12 5HH

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How to apply

To apply, please submit a covering letter setting out how you meet the requirements for the role, giving due regard to the requirements of the job description, as well as a comprehensive CV to Kerry Sheehan, Head of Human Resources, at ksheehan@aub.ac.uk.

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Closing date

Sunday 24 February 2019

Equal Opportunities

Arts University Bournemouth is committed to a policy of Equality and Inclusivity and welcomes applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community.


Head of School of Preparation for Higher Education works with the Deputy Vice Chancellor in planning and securing the goals of the University in regard to all its non-advanced offer, ie the preparation for study at HE level for both home and international students. The Head of School of PHE is responsible for the effective academic and operational leadership and management of the School, which includes Foundation Diploma, International Foundation Diploma and other preparation courses and will also take a leadership role in recruitment activities.

The postholder will manage staff responsible for teaching, learning and assessment across a group of related courses/awards and support these staff in their engagement with Teaching and Scholarship, Continual Personal Development (CPD) and the 14-19 agenda, as well as enterprise and knowledge transfer activities. As Head of School PHE they will lead the quality assurance and enhancement process for the School, including awareness of and impact of OFSTED inspections, be responsible for monitoring and reporting to the Deputy Vice Chancellor and ensuring day-to-day operational effectiveness.

The postholder is responsible for the promotion of academic currency and relevance of the course offer within the School. Additionally they have a key role in the enhancement of student experience within the School and as reflected in the Student Perception Survey and other measures of student satisfaction. They are required to contribute to the developing profile of the University in the regional and national setting. They will be the lead for all OFSTED inspections.

The postholder will be a member of the University Leadership Team and leading in the development of the School and the University through effective working relationships with colleagues.

The post holder will need to demonstrate a clear oversight of AUB priorities and balance conflicting demands with limited resources. Excellent leadership and management skills are essential for the leadership and coordination of teams, building relationships to deliver against objectives and deliver high quality education; as well as effective management of time to ensure that all University-critical issues are dealt with promptly.

Summary REsponsibilities

  • To provide academic leadership and expertise for related subject areas of the School.
  • To deliver the strategic goals of the School within the context of the overall University academic and strategic framework.
  • To maintain and enhance the academic standards in the School, reporting to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, including responsibility across the School for implementing procedures in regard to academic quality, review and audit.
  • To work with other Heads of School in progressing students through AUB’s offer.
  • To ensure the progressive development of the student experience within the School as supported by currency in the curricula, the quality of pedagogy, academic achievement and progression.
  • To identify and propose curricula development and opportunities for interdisciplinarity within the School and collaboration with the University undergraduate course offer.
  • To exercise delegated responsibility for the financial management and resource allocation of the School, monitoring performance and meeting set targets.
  • To promote access and widening participation within the School and to promote, support and monitor opportunities for learners within the 14-19 Strategic Partnerships and other school and college related recruitment activity for AUB.
  • To support recruitment, retention and progression by ensuring the achievement of School targets including compact arrangements for progression within the University and leading on other workshop activities with the sole purpose of recruitment.
  • To exercise day-to-day management of Pathway Leaders and teams to ensure operational effectiveness and the efficient deployment of resources.
  • To promote the currency and relevance of course teams and curricula by ensuring teaching and learning are informed by staff engagement in CPD, practice, teaching and scholarship and Enterprise Knowledge Transfer as appropriate.
  • To teach their subject specialism for approximately 150 hours per session and to exemplary standards.
  • To chair the School and Course Boards.
  • To represent the University at 14-19 fora and advise the Deputy Vice Chancellor on matters of funding entitlement and strategic partnership for the non-advanced offer.
  • To liaise and collaborate appropriately with the student support, guidance and advisory services run by the specialist staff of the University.
  • To ensure the preparation of reports and statistical returns relating to the School are compiled and completed to the deadlines and standards required.
  • To undertake continual professional development appropriate to the post as may be identified and required from time to time, and in accordance with the University’s CPD Policy.
  • To observe and implement health and safety responsibilities as required for the post and specified within AUB’s Health and Safety, Prevent and Safeguarding policies.
  • To demonstrate professionalism in the role as a representative of AUB, incorporating AUB core values in the delivery of duties.
  • To observe equality and diversity practices and procedures and promote equality of opportunity at all times.
  • To observe and adhere to all AUB policies relevant to the role.
  • This list of responsibilities is not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlights a number of the major tasks of the post. The postholder may be required to undertake additional duties which might reasonably be expected of them and which form part of the function of the post.