Head of School – IT and Computing
About Arden University
At Arden University our vision is to make education more accessible, engaging and beneficial to people everywhere. Arden has ambitions to disrupt the traditional concept of how people access Higher Education, in line with Government policy. 2018 is therefore an exciting year for the University as we continue with our transformation and development programme, driving an industry-leading learner experience and further developing our innovative ‘compressed-blended’ full time degrees across 6 UK and international campus locations.
We are a values-driven organisation, and in line with our values of supportiveness, integrity, innovation and ownership, we want to make sure that each of our study centres is delivering an outstanding student experience that is completely aligned to our brand promise, whilst providing a tailored and personalised experience reflective of the local needs and culture of the student and staff profile. We pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our students and the importance our staff across the organisation place on supporting students to realise their potential. We recognise that the pressures of people’s hectic, modern lives often mean our students are constrained - by location, cost, family/caring commitments or simply time. By making our degrees, masters and MBA programmes available through both online distance learning and flexible on-campus ‘blended’ study, we have been able to support students ranging from 18 to 80 years old to achieve their ambitions and benefit from Higher Education.
Vacancy: Head of School – IT and Computing
Arden’s rapid growth has created an opportunity to restructure our academic team, leading to the formation of three new Schools. A Head of School reports to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and is a member of the senior academic team, with leadership and management responsibility for the School. The Head of School line manages staff within the School and is responsible for the day to day running of the School.
Based in Coventry, the Head of School will provide strong and visionary academic leadership and strategic management in the School enabling it to contribute fully to the University’s vision and mission. A key part of this will be to develop a strong sense of academic community within the new school.
The Head of School will develop a School strategy plan and will be responsible for implementation and delivery of the plan. You will work with members of the School and colleagues across the University to identity opportunities for growth and development of the School qualifications portfolio, ensuring that courses meet expectations of students and employers. The Head of School is responsible for student retention, progression, achievement and satisfaction across the School’s curriculum portfolio. The Head of School will also develop the School’s research and scholarship output and exploit the opportunities for working with business and industry, public and private sector bodies and the community in the UK.
The Head of School may be called on to chair relevant Boards and Committees as required.
A strong academic with a credible profile in a field relevant to the School, you will be an ambitious and highly resilient individual with a passion for driving forward innovation in a way that challenges traditional higher education by providing students with more choice, flexible study opportunities and better access. You are an effective academic manager with demonstrable experience of building an academic community and effectively managing academic staff. You will have a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities across the higher education landscape and you adopt a student-centred approach to your work. Your leadership experience has given you an exceptional skill in managing change in a fast-paced environment focussed on delivering excellent student experience, and class-leading student progression and completion rates. Crucially, you understand the central nature of people in successful change management by demonstrating a collaborative, inclusive communicative style within an organisation with no ivory towers.
This is an exciting time to join a University that represents the future of Higher Education – please get in touch to receive a fuller job specification.