Deputy Director of Programmes (Academic and Research)

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

Deputy Director of Programmes (Academic and Research)
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: Director of Academic Programmes and Research (DAPR)
The Deputy Director of Programmes (Academic and Research) is responsible for providing academic leadership and oversight of the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes of the University. S/he will be responsible for the establishing and maintaining quality and standards of the offerings, creating an equitable and positive student experience as well as planning and implementing a continuous improvement cycle within and across the programmes. The appointee would work closely with, and support,  the DAPR on matters relating to the strategic development and implementation of academic goals and portfolio of the University. 

A positive, professional approach and good management skills are key requirements for this post, as well as having a strong academic background in higher education. The post-holder is expected to hold a PhD and have an active research profile. S/he 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 her/his own initiative and show a commitment to continuous improvement of services and programmes. 

    The post-holder:

•    Under the leadership of the DAPR, be responsible for ensuring that due processes are followed in order that thes academic and research programme goals of the University ar achieved. 

•    Have oversight of all Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees:  This involves:

Planning and Management: academic planning, timetabling and room bookings; appointment and management of Programme Leaders (PLs); meeting of student recruitment and completion targets; establishing, monitoring and seeking to constantly improve quality and standards; act as key liaison between the tutors, visiting speakers and the University; liaising with PSRBs as appropriate; commissioning external examiners and implementing recommendations in a timely manner; 

Quality and student experience: Administer formative and summative evaluation mechanisms to assess and improve the quality of the teaching and learning and student experience. Advise regarding CPD requirements of PLs and tutors and where appopriate undertake performance review. Together with PLs i) ensure students have access to email accounts and online systems and QUERCUS records are complete/accurate; ii) ensure equipment, ICT, library and other learning resources are available and fit for purpose, have oversight of arrangements for Staff-student Liaison, including Course Boards.

Extending the academic portfolio: Play a leading role in the programme approval cycle, working with DAPR on assessing markets; benchmarking programmes; developing programme specifications and engaging with the programme validation and approval processes.  

•    Act as Programme Leader for the University’s Flagship PhD programme. The primary functions are summarised as: Ensuring the University’s PhD programme provides an exceptional academic and student-centred experience; Planning and coordination of training and workshop sessions as well as tailored student development activities within the PhD programme; Ensuring the progression of the students and timely submissions of RD1s, confirmation of candidature, and submission of thesis; seeking to continuously improve the student experience including appointing and liaising with the external examiner of the programme and implementing recommendations. The responsibilities of the ‘Programme Leadership: PhD’ are set out in a separate document.

•    Be proactive in the recruitment of students, working constructively and in collaboration with the DAPR in order to achieve specified recruitment targets. This will include liaising with the Executive and Special Project Officer in the preparation of promotional materials, prospectuses, webpages and adverts as well as active involvement in open and applicant days as well as social media promotion. 

•    To have a deep interest in ensuring the welfare, learning and progression of students.

•    To undertake any other duties and responsibilities, commensurate with the grade of the post, as directed by the DAPR, DVC or VC.

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