Head of Legal Standards and Compliance

Sheffield, United Kingdom
28 Aug 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Main purpose of the job:

The Head of Legal Standards & Compliance takes responsibility for the leadership of all the Law Schools QA activities, assessments and reporting (including systems, processes and materials and arranging oversight) and for the Solicitors Regulation Authority returns and data assimilation across LLB, LLM, collaborative programmes and the forthcoming Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) programmes.

The focus of the role is to manage quality assurance across the Law School and to lead the implementation of key initiatives, in particular growing the new LLM programme and the forthcoming SQE programme implementation within the restructured law programmes, as well as ensuring that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and University standards and policies for curriculum and programme development and design, implementation and review are adhered to. In particular the post holder manages the administration of the scheduling, writing, QA and marking of assessments in the Law School and the drafting, maintenance and update of programme regulations to comply with external regulatory requirements and liaison with regulators on associated matters.

This is achieved by providing academic oversight and quality assurance of the UG, PG and collaborative programmes within the Law School, chairing the assessment scrutiny committee and the various activities associated with this role, chairing exam boards where appropriate, advising and supporting programme convenors to ensure excellent delivery of programmes, and supporting and developing the Law School teaching and learning strategy.

The Head of Legal Standards & Compliance requires effective staff management skills, a problem-solving approach and the ability to lead and manage a growing team of fulltime staff and visiting lecturers to tight deadlines.

This leadership role will be accompanied by a workload allowance commensurate with the expected duties.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Academic Leadership and Management

Assist with the implementation of the new LLM programme within the Law School, including:

Close liaison with the Head (HoS), Deputy Head (Deputy Head HoS) and the Professor of Law on strategic decision-making and delivery of modules within the LLM programme and the post-graduate Human Rights programmes

Oversee delivery of the programmes to graduates entering the Law School and the School of Social Sciences

Close liaison with research colleagues and practitioners in delivering and enhancing the LLM programme and oversight of VLs assisting in delivery of the LLM programme

Assist with the implementation of the SQE programme within the Law School, including:

Close liaison with the Head (HoS) and Deputy Head (Deputy Head HoS) on strategic decision-making and delivery of modules within the restructured degree programme

Oversee delivery of the programme to 3rd year RLS students and graduates entering the Law School to undertake SQE training

Close liaison with practitioners delivering and enhancing the SQE programme and oversight of VLs assisting in delivery of the programme

Oversee the management and administration of the scheduling, writing, QA and marking of assessments in the Law School.

Oversee the Law School Peer Observation scheme.

Oversee training and development of collaborative partnership link tutors.

Oversee and deliver where appropriate training for collaborative partnership staff.

Oversee and support the Quality Assurance of all programmes in the Law School.

Ensuring that Law School programmes operate within university and SRA regulations.

Review with the HoS and Deputy HoS staff evaluation and feedback and work proactively with colleagues across the School to ensure that appropriate actions are taken to deal with any issues that might affect the quality of programmes and the student experience.

Act as Programme Convenor for the forthcoming SQE programmes and act as Law School convenor on two Extended Degree Foundation modules.

Staff Management

Mentoring staff and promoting staff development on good practice and theory to ensure compliance with standards

To liaise and advise staff regarding CPD opportunities in line with their own appraisal targets and the Department business plan

Provide leadership and support to programme convenors on matters relating to improved quality of programmes within the Law School

Acting as point of reference on the interpretation and application of programme regulations

Resource Management

Support the Deputy HoS in ensuring that the taught programmes are adequately resourced and that workloads are completed fairly and accurately in accordance with the university’s policies


To teach on any of the taught programmes in line with existing specialisms and expertise, undertaking teaching, learning assessment and feedback responsibilities and contributing to programme planning and review

Where possible, contribute to international research / professional practice and to developing a supportive research environment

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. Please ensure that your application demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria. You will be assessed by your completed application form (A), at interview (I) and in some instances through an exercise (E).

Additional Information

Salary range: £52,680 to £60,481 p.a. The appointment is usually made at the bottom of the range. Where a candidate’s current salary already exceeds the bottom point, consideration will be given to the level of skills, experience and profile that the candidate is bringing to the role. The salaries of other staff doing the same or similar work within the department who have similar skills, experience and profile should also be taken into account.

The appointment is offered on a permanent basis, subject to satisfactory references.

The annual leave entitlement is 35 days p.a., additionally there are 3 – 4 days when the university closes for Christmas.

More information about the University’s expectations for academic staff can be found by following this link: expectations of academic roles

If you have fewer than 3 years’ experience of teaching in Higher Education you are expected to register on to the University of Roehampton Recognition for New Academics (R4NA) and complete the programme during the first year of service. Successful completion of R4NA leads to recognition at D2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and as a Fellow of the Higher Education academy (HEA).

You are exempt from this if you:

  • hold a certificate in learning and teaching in Higher Education from a different University. Most of these automatically lead to Fellowship of the HEA. If yours does not, you are expected to engage with University of Roehampton Reflective Account of Practice (URRAP) in your first year of service to gain recognition as a Fellow;
  • have over 3 years’ experience of teaching in Higher Education in the UK. If you do not have recognition as a Fellow of the HEA, you are expected to engage with University of Roehampton Reflective Account of Practice and gain recognition in your first year of service;
  • are already a Fellow of the HE Academy (NB. You must supply proof of your FHEA status - i.e. number and date.)

There are no fixed hours of work and you are expected to give a full professional commitment and work for such reasonable hours as are necessary for you to fulfil your duties and responsibilities. You are expected to work flexibly to meet the needs of the University and Department, including evenings and weekends as required, within the context of the maximum working week as defined by the UK Working Time Regulations.

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