Head of Admissions

London (GB)
04 May 2018
End of advertisement period
18 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time



Job Title: Head of Admissions        

Reports to: Belinda Flaherty (School Registrar)     

Department: Registrar’s Department    

The Architectural Association was founded in 1847, opening as a day school in 1901. The AA is committed to public benefit attained by the learning, teaching, discussion and promotion of architecture.  With circa 750 students and 300 academic and administrative staff the AA School is central to the AA. The School is recognised as a worldwide leader in architectural education, with graduates that include many of the world’s leading architects, scholars, critics and educators. The academic and professional programmes of study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, up to and including doctoral level, are validated by external professional and academic bodies.  

Role Overview:

The School is looking to appoint a Head of Admissions to manage the annual recruitment, application and registration processes for the AA Foundation Course, the 5-year ARB/RIBA recognised course in architecture and eleven programmes at post-graduate level.  Reporting to the School Registrar, the Head of Admissions will work with and manage a team of Admissions Co-ordinators who undertake the administration of the application process and who are the primary point of contact for all applicants to the School. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leading a team of coordinators including recruitment, training and overseeing workloads in order to ensure processing is achieved by agreed deadlines. 
  • Taking an active role in processing applications from initial enquiry to arrival. 
  • Overseeing admissions policies and procedures including recommending and introducing changes as agreed with the School Registrar and Director of the AA School. 
  • Resolving issues and complaints raised by applicants or staff.  
  • Maintaining an excellent understanding of compliance issues, in particular UKVI immigration regulations relating to Tier 4 (General) Student Visas, as well as QAA and Data Protection compliance requirements relating to the admissions process.
  • Ensuring the accuracy and completeness of applicant records in the database and files for internal reporting and external compliance purposes. 
  • Producing statistics and reports for the School Registrar and management committees. 
  • Providing support and developing strategies for all School promotion and outreach activities
  • Delivering a range of on-site and virtual open days and representing the AA at external recruitment fairs.
  • Ensuring promotional material, including the website, prospectus and online applications forms, are up-to-date and accurate. 
  • Managing the budget available for admissions and marketing activities. 

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  •  A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar role within higher education is essential; previous employment within an arts or architectural setting would be advantageous. 
  • Experience working with the Home Office / UKVI is essential; Level 1 user of the SMS system would be advantageous. 
  • Experience of working in a small team, with an understanding of the need to be flexible and adaptable, and the ability to respond swiftly to opportunities
  • Experience of training others and sharing knowledge
  • Excellent organisational skills, methodical approach and attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent IT literacy (Microsoft Word / Excel / Outlook and Database systems)

How to Apply

Please apply by email by the closing date of 18th May 2018 at 1pm to:  stating the job title in the subject heading.

Please include in your application:

  • Full CV 
  • Covering letter/email highlighting why you feel you are the right person for the role 
  • Current salary 
  • Salary expectations for this role
  • Notice period 
  • Contact details for two referees (who will not be contacted without your prior permission)

PLEASE NOTE that interviews will take place on 24th May 2018 only. If you are successful, HR will contact you by 22nd May 2018.

Thank you for your interest in the AA and this role.

The Architectural Association School of Architecture aims to create conditions that ensure staff and students are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of their gender, race, religious/political beliefs, ethnic or national origin, disability, family background, age, sexual orientation, or other irrelevant distinction.

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