Head of Law, Waterloo

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London, United Kingdom
08 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
21 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Profile Leadership Team - Leadership Roles
Contract Type Permanent

Job Purpose

The Head of Law has responsibility for implementing the Law School strategy in their centre and for achieving excellence in programme delivery, student support, student experience and progression on programmes.  This includes responsibility for the implementation of staffing policies, working with the Director of Staffing to ensure that all programmes and courses are appropriately resourced and, working with the Law School training team and appointed team leaders to implement the BPP Performance and Careers development strategy.

The Head of Law will also work with the Head of Student Recruitment to be responsible for regional outreach initiatives and, as required local business development activity, in order to strengthen existing client and customer relationships and to build new clients and contacts with a view to the growth of the BPP business.  They will also work from time to time with the Law School Senior Leadership team as required on specific projects.

Job Background

BPP University Law School has a reputation for excellence in professional education built on a proven ability to offer students the skills they need to succeed in a legal career.  Working with over 150 law firms, BPP prides itself on being at the cutting edge of professional legal education giving students the core skills and a competitive advantage to ensure success.

The Solicitors Regulatory Authority is introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) and the Bar Standards Board has changed the Bar Professional Training Course.  BPP considers that it is essential that BPP is positioned to offer the SQE across all its Law School programmes and deliver a market leading BPTC.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Director of Law School Staffing to implement staffing policy
  • Work with Director of Law School Staffing to recruit tutors (including freelance tutors) and ensure that all programmes and modules are appropriately resourced which will lead to the successful delivery of all law school programmes and courses and the progression of students
  • Work with the Head of Student Recruitment and, as required and under their direction, attend local and regional events and activity within the local and regional schools and higher education community to maximise recruitment of students to all Law School programmes
  • Engage with regional and (as appropriate) national law firms and organisations to develop future business for the Law School
  • Work with the Director of Staffing, Law School training team and team leaders to be responsible for the management of academic staff, including their training and development, performance (including performance and career development and any related performance issues), sick leave, holiday absence and other HR policies
  • Ensure that the Centre Programme Leaders are working effectively with the Heads of Programme and Heads of Academic and Professional Quality to have oversight of the quality assurance processes for the law school programmes within the centre to ensure compliance with all relevant regulatory requirements and provide operational leadership for the programmes

Please refer to the job description for further details

Department Law School - Staffing
Vacancy location UK, London, London Waterloo

Candidate criteria


  • A qualified solicitor or barrister (with practice experience)
  • A relevant degree and either higher degree or equivalent professional qualification/experience in areas covered by the Law School
  • Proven management and leadership in higher education
  • Knowledge of the UK Higher Education Law School sector
  • Business development and client relationship management
  • Knowledge of the local legal marketplace
  • Experience of change management
  • Experience of quality assurance, analysing data and report writing
  • Chairing meetings
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to delegate and set realistic targets for team members
  • Ability to lead, motivate, develop, challenge and inspire people
  • Proactive ‘can do' attitude
  • Knowledge of QAA code and processes
  • Ability to use IT packages
  • At ease with clients (current and potential) and students and able to engage with the local legal community
  • Able to have manage people and ‘difficult conversations'
  • Able to deal with difficult/sensitive issues
  • Able to manage people and resolve conflicts


  • A teaching qualification relevant to the discipline
  • Fellowship of the HEA

Development Opportunities

The role of a Head of Law will develop your skills as a manager and leader. Training and development will be offered covering leadership, project management, coaching and mentoring as required and agreed from time to time. You will also be introduced to senior management in the wider BPP organisation. You will have regular performance and career development meetings with your line manager at which development opportunities will be discussed.

Heads of Law are also able to develop in a variety of ways, including continued strategic leadership and management roles.

Employment Details

Contract Hours 37.50
FTE 1.00
Salary Competitive


Full Job Description

Head of Law (Sept2020).pdf (116 Kb)

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