Job details

Responsible to

Provost (Learning & Teaching)


All Derby Sites


£68,175 to £91,655 per annum

Closing date

Friday 22 October 2021

Contract type


Post type




About the role

Challenging, interesting and constantly changing, the University of Derby is an exceptional place to learn and an incredibly rewarding place to work.

Our combined higher and further education offering is spread over campuses in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield and we have some of the best university facilities in the UK, investing more than £200 million in facilities in the last 10 years.

We achieve outstanding results for our teaching and research and with more than 34,000 people choosing to study with us every year, we depend on the dedication of a team of 2,200 academic and professional services staff.

Financially strong and seriously ambitious we offer our employees a family-friendly, rewarding career with lots of opportunities to progress.

Learning and Teaching

We are an inclusive University that is passionate about social mobility and giving all of our students every opportunity to excel; we constantly strive for excellence and success for our students, and seek to reach all communities and attract students from around the world.

This is a transformational time for Learning and Teaching at the University, with innovative approaches being developed to enhance student experience and to make a significant contribution to a developing and ambitious University.

About the Role

As a member of the University Delivery and Operations Group, the role holder will promote innovative, inspirational and applied approaches to teaching, learning and assessment to support positive outcomes for all students, growing networks by connecting communities, and advancing knowledge by delivering impact. They will demonstrate a significant level of cross-institutional responsibility, and work collaboratively with our Pro Vice-Chancellor Deans to ensure a sustainable yet evolving suite of academic provision. This will include online/off-campus delivery, as well as maximising the potential of more traditional learning and teaching. Additionally, the role will provide strategic oversight for the development of an exciting new Academic Partnerships Office, ensuring a high quality-customer service for external academic partnerships both in the UK and abroad.

In addition, we are seeking someone with:

In return, you can expect a competitive salary and an excellent package of benefits including generous holiday entitlement and a contributory pension scheme. Prove you can make things happen and your career with us could take you almost anywhere.

Interviews for this position will take place on Wednesday 3rd November.

This position is subject to a Fit and Proper persons check as part of our new starter compliance - further details will be provided if you are shortlisted for interview.

Principal accountabilities

  1. Under the leadership of the Provost (Learning & Teaching) drive the coordination and delivery of the Learning & Teaching strategy. 
  2. Work with the Head of Student Engagement and other relevant stakeholders in the preparation, and response, to external and internal surveys relating to the student experience.
  3. Work with the Head of Student Engagement and other relevant stakeholders (for example, Library, Careers and the Union of Students) to ensure students are positioned as partners in pedagogical and discipline innovation and curriculum development.
  4. Lead responsibility for the co-ordination of responses to relevant learning and teaching external enquiries and oversight of reports, including in relation to the University’s accountability and compliance obligations.
  5. Lead responsibility for preparation and submission of external audits of teaching and learning, notably the Teaching Excellence Framework, Access Participation Plan and outputs from the Social Mobility Unit.
  6. Lead responsibility for the provision of all Academic Partnerships
  7. Work with the Quality team to ensure a strong liaison with Colleges as appropriate ensuring a line of sight through to the University’s TEF and REF ambitions.
  8. Work closely with the Registry and Strategic Insights & Planning teams to establish, define and deliver against success measures and metrics of student performance.
  9. Support the Provost (Learning & Teaching) in delivering and achieving the Institutional Success Measures (ISMs) relevant to the portfolio.
  10. Enhance the provision of flexible learning through enabling technologies and considers the impact on Derby on new educational paradigms.
  11. Using appropriate data, proactively oversee the whole academic portfolio to ensure the size/shape of the student population supports and aligns with the University’s student income growth strategy.
  12. Provide leadership oversight to policy development and reviews designed to support exemplary performance in teaching, learning and the student experience, including social mobility initiatives.
  13. Liaise and engage effectively with local, regional and national bodies, and professional networks to ensure currency in Higher Education policy and pedagogical innovation and promote the profile of the University’s learning and teaching nationally and internationally.
  14. Provide inspirational leadership of, and support for, the development of pedagogic research and enquiry, maximising opportunities to drive development of externally funded, cutting-edge, learning and teaching research projects.
  15. Contribute to relevant teaching within their own discipline area as appropriate (including online programmes).
  16. Take lead responsibility for delivering the University’s agenda as a champion of social mobility, inspiring and creating opportunities for all across our region and beyond, regardless of age, background or location.
  17. Be a key source of up-to-date sector knowledge and insight for the VC’s Executive.
  18. Provide motivational leadership, line management and development for staff in areas of responsibility, ensuring that local strategic and operational plans are aligned to the University’s Strategic Framework and corporate objectives.
  19. Ensure efficient and effective systems and processes which support a high-performance culture operate throughout areas of responsibility.
  20. Ensure that diversity and inclusion are integral to the culture and activities in areas of responsibility and across the University.
  21. Contribute flexibility in undertaking any other responsibilities or projects commensurate with the role and as assigned by the Provost (Learning & Teaching).
  22. Deputise or cover for the Provost (Learning & Teaching) as and when required.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge & abilities

Business requirements


As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

Find out more about pay and benefits

How to apply

You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

If you require any assistance, including the provision of any documentation in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment team at

Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

Important information

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

We recommend you take time to read the government guidance on individual eligibility requirements for sponsorship to check you will meet the criteria prior to applying. Skilled Worker visa: Your job - GOV.UK (

If you have any questions regarding sponsorship please contact

DBS check

If you are successful, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The post for which you are applying is exempt from Section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 requiring any spent convictions to be declared. Any information you provide will be treated in confidence and only used when considering your suitability for the post.

To enable us to process your DBS check please ensure you are able to supply the documentation listed on the DBS website at interview stage.


Our number one priority is to keep our staff, students and community safe as we continue to work through the pandemic. Upon appointment, full training will be given on the Health and Safety processes we follow.

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Further details

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