Director of Academic Quality and Learning

Gibraltar (GB) (GI)
14 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
23 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Director of Academic Quality and Learning
Salary Grade:    Competitive
Other Benefits:  Position is pensionable with employer contribution 
Base Location:  Europa Point Campus
Probation Period: 12 months
FTE: 1
Hours worked per week: 37     
Leave: 28 Working Days   


Responsible to: Deputy Vice-Chancellor
The Director of Academic Quality and Learning is responsible for the quality assurance frameworks, procedures and processes of the University. S/he will be responsible for the University’s teaching and learning strategy and activities that will enhance the academic experience. The appointee will also lead the soon to be established Institute of Education directing its portfolio of work which will include a postgraduate certificate in higher education and initial teacher education provision in collaboration with HMGOG Department of Education. S/he would work closely with the DVC on matters relating to the strategic development and implementation of institutional goals. 

A positive, professional approach and good management skills are key requirements for this post, as well as having a strong academic background and record of leadership in higher education. The post-holder is expected to hold a PhD, an active research profile and be a Fellow of the HEA.  S/he is expected to have good knowledge of the higher education environment as well as quality assurance and enhancement issues. The appointee will be flexible with a solutions-orientated approach to work and the ability to prioritise and complete tasks as well as meet deadlines. S/he will also possess good interpersonal skills and the ability to work using their own initiative and show a commitment to continuous improvement of services and programmes. 

    The post-holder:

•    Be responsible for the University’s academic quality assurance frameworks and procedures and their effective implementation across the University. This involves:

o    Frameworks and Procedures: establish and enhance the processes by which the University assures the quality and standards of its awards; developing the University’s QA Handbook in ways that aligns its academic provision with the QAA Quality Code; assist with implementation of academic credit policy and University’s Shell Framework.
o    Staff Training: identify and meet training needs of staff on areas such as the University frameworks and procedures; international standards; credit policies, etc.
o    Academic Committees: service Academic Quality and Standards Committee and contribute papers and updates as required.
o    Collaborative Arrangements: act as the University liaison for collaborative partners who deliver programmes of study, whether validated or franchised, leading to a University award.
o    Academic Development: promote and implement quality-related development and promote a culture of academic quality; develop a quality score card to monitor the implementation of quality processes and procedures across programmes.
o    Quality Administration: line-manage Academic Frameworks Lead and staff who have responsibilities related to academic quality.  

•    Be responsible for the University’s teaching and learning strategy and activities that will enhance the academic learning experience. This involves;
o    Strategy: develop the University’s teaching and learning strategy and good practice documents
o    Staff Training: identify and facilitate opportunities to enhance teaching and learning experience through training of teaching colleagues
o    Academic Committees: service Teaching and Learning Committee and prepare papers on matters relating to quality enhancement.
o    Staff Achievement: recognise staff achievement and success in t&L through University awards; assist staff who submit for HEA fellowship status and other eduational awards.
o    Funding Submissions for Teaching Development: lead on the submission of applications for funding supporting the development of teaching or learning.

•    Be responsible for teaching and curriculum developments. With the support of Academic Frameworks Officer and the DD of Programmes: 
o    develop policies and guidelines on teaching evaluation, programme review and student learning assessment develop the university’s quality and promote academic excellence in learning, teaching and research;
o    advise and support programme and course approval and development;
o    oversee the allocation of teaching development grants and organize teaching enhancement activities;

•    Lead the soon to be established Institute of Education directing its portfolio of work which will include a postgraduate certificate in education; a postgraduate certificate in higher education as well as international consultancy work in academic quality assurance and enhancement. This role involves programme development as well as engaging and supervising administrative staff tutors, mentors and researchers.  As Director of the Institute the appointee would also support the development of ‘English for Academic Purposes’ course to be offered by the Language Centre.

•    To have a deep interest in the quality of academic learning experience of students and be the University’s key academic lead supporting the Registrar for student complaints.

•    Lead on the preparations for external quality audits, reviews, and professional accreditation processes and be the main point of liaison with the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority and the quality agency appointed to undertake institutional reviews.

•    Ensure there is a transparent, concerted and collaborative approach to all aspects of quality assurance and enhancement within the University.

•    Develop and maintain the University’s quality assurance and enhancement webpages. Ensure the university’s internal and external regulatory frameworks are available on the University’s webpages.
•    To undertake any other duties and responsibilities, commensurate with the grade of the post, as directed by the DVC or VC.

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