Job details


Quality Assurance


Derby Campus


£55,000 to £65,000 per annum

Closing date

Monday 13 December 2021

Contract type


Post type




About the role

The University of Derby is seeking to appoint an experienced Head of Quality and Standards to lead on all activities related to quality assurance, compliance and enhancement, with the aim to embed a strong and collaborative ethos of quality accountability that will support improvements to the quality of student experience across the University.

As part of the Academic Registry Leadership Team, the Head of Quality and Standards will take the lead on providing strategic management of the University’s activities related to academic quality and standards, providing leadership and direction across the academic community and adopting best practice approaches and systems to ensure the University is compliant with external quality assurance requirements and other regulatory frameworks.

Working closely with the Provost (Learning and Teaching) and Provost (Research and Innovation), the Head of Quality and Standards will oversee the review of the University’s quality processes and procedures to ensure they are strategically aligned to Institutional Success Metrics (ISMs) and provide a robust, supportive level of expertise, advice and guidance to ensure these are successfully implemented.

The postholder will liaise with all external regulatory bodies (QAA, OfS, Ofsted, PSRBs) and will ensure the University remains competitive, compliant and provides the highest standards of academic quality and assurance across a developing portfolio of degree courses.

We welcome interest from candidates with substantial experience of quality assurance and enhancement in UK higher education, who will bring recent knowledge of higher education quality frameworks and policy, and demonstrate a strong, collaborative, diplomatic leadership style to support the enhancement of quality assurance and embed quality support processes across the university with the aim to continuously improve the quality of student experience at all levels of study and research.

Principal accountabilities

  1. To be responsible and accountable for assuring the academic quality and standards of all provision, ensuring full compliance with appropriate external regulatory bodies (e.g. OfS, QAA, Ofsted & PSRBs) and through the development of a robust quality assurance and management framework (including validation).
  2. Promote academic standards of University awards and the quality of the student experience across all the University’s provision.
  3. Taking the lead in advising on the quality and standards of the University’s collaborative provision with other institutions, including potential new provision. This includes evaluating issues that may present reputational and/or quality risks to the University, and advising senior staff and academic departments on the appropriateness, impact and risks of possible courses of action.
  4. Manage the University’s Register of academic provision, including Collaborative and Partnership (both UK and international) Provision and Degree Apprenticeships.
  5. To lead, develop, and to take responsibility for the planning, preparation and co-ordination of the processes related to external review and audit, and act as the University’s main institutional and review facilitator.
  6. To lead quality and standards activity as it relates to external regulatory expectations, metrics and benchmarks, and develop and maintain professional links with QAA, other HE agencies and relevant professional statutory bodies acting as the institutional contact point as required.
  7. To oversee the University’s response to, and ensure implementation of, the UK Quality Code and any other requirements of QAA or other quality assurance bodies; monitoring changes to the framework and propose appropriately actioned and communicated.
  8. To work with PVC Deans, Colleges and College Registrars to provide appropriate information, advice, guidance, resources and staff development in all aspects of quality assurance for academic staff.
  9. To work with the Provost (Learning & Teaching) and the Provost (Research & Innovation) in order to facilitate and maximise engagement with the quality assurance process and ensure that there are appropriate academic structures and policies in place that enable the University to implement its academic strategy, including its portfolio development.
  10. Support University competitiveness and learning and teaching innovation by enabling new programme developments to proceed as efficiently as possible with appropriate mitigation of risk and with a clear understanding of relevant policy issues for teaching and assessment.
  11. To design and implement quality assurance process for course approval, monitoring and review (validation), including process relating to external examiners and collaborative partnerships, ensuring these are current, efficient and fit for purpose whilst also meeting external expectations. This will involve chairing and participating in working groups, committees, validation and review events as required.
  12. To ensure that core elements of quality assurance are delivered effectively across the institution and its partners, on time and within budget.
  13. To lead and manage the Academic Standards and Quality team to develop and support their role as an authoritative source of informed and professional advice and guidance. Promote proactive, integrated, cross-team working across the institution.
  14. Taking responsibility, in liaison with key stakeholders, for the ongoing evaluation and development of the team’s services and the processes that the team supports, to optimise their efficiency and effectiveness for stakeholder groups and ensure that they are aligned with institutional and departmental objectives.
  15. Oversee the effective management of relationships with external organisations such as other HEIs, PSRBs and partner organisations and ensuring University records are maintained.
  16. Participate in internal and external networks, representing the University as required.
  17. All other duties as required to support the Academic Registrar or wider Registry Leadership Team.


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.

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How to apply

If you would like to find out more about this exciting role, please click on the link below which will take you to a dedicated online candidate information pack. You can also access the Role Description and Person Specification by clicking on the ‘How to apply’ section or by contacting our recruitment partners to have an informal discussion about the role:

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Dr Sophie Carney | | 07399 528 307

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