Director of Learning and Teaching

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Staffordshire University


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Role Managed by:

Phil Entwistle

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6239


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with the seniority of the role

Closing Date: 23/12/2020

Formal Interview Date: Tuesday 16th February 2021 - All day

Staffordshire University is an innovative, connected university, acting as an anchor institution of and for the region. Its fundamental contributions to the economy and society are underpinned by a commitment to social mobility and challenging disadvantage. Whilst it has a heritage stretching back over 100 years, it is recognised today for its innovative digital approach and for pushing boundaries. It supports students and the wider community to compete and thrive in the modern world.

After a highly successful year in 2019, which included entering THE World University rankings for the first time, securing TEF Gold, and climbing in all the league tables, the University has already exceeded goals set previously and is now considering its ‘Towards 2030’ strategy.

Continuing this successful transformation, the University is placing next-generation digital innovation at its heart. Staffordshire University’s ambition is to be the UK’s foremost digital HE institution. By 2030, implementing an ambitious Academic Strategy, the University will lead the sector in hyper-personalised learning that will prepare students for the jobs that don’t yet exist. Responding to, and proactively addressing the pace of change in UK higher education, Staffordshire’s forward-thinking and ground-breaking approach has the potential to lead the field in this new world.

Reporting to the Pro Vice-Chancellor Education, the position of Director of Learning and Teaching is a key strategic leadership role within the University Senior Leadership Team delivering on this central mission. The University seeks an innovative academic and strategically focussed leader who has a track record in managing existing, and developing new, initiatives to maintain and enhance the student academic experience.  Working across the University, the successful candidate will coordinate a crucial implementation plan for learning and teaching, whilst supporting the ongoing development of the academic portfolio.  As the pedagogic leader for the University, s/he will be responsible for aspects of quality enhancement and academic support and also maintain and build beneficial cross-sector relationships with external stakeholders to enhance University practice and reputation. Key direct reports include the Director of the Staffordshire Centre of Learning and Pedagogic Practice (SCoLPP) and the Director of Education Partnerships.

This is an exceptional opportunity for a student-focused and ambitious academic leader to develop their career with one of the most forward-thinking universities in the country with a focus on delivering excellent opportunities and outcomes for students and their community.

Location: Staffordshire        

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 23rd December 2020.

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If you would like to discuss this opportunity further or have any questions about the role, please contact Senior Research Associate, Phil Entwistle at or +44 (0) 20 7340 6239.

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