Job details


Office of the Vice-Chancellor

Responsible to



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Closing date

Sunday 18 April 2021

Contract type


Post type




About the role

At the University of Derby, we are passionate about opening doors and creating opportunities. A TEF Gold-rated institution, we put innovation and excellence at the heart of everything we do. Our teaching is research-informed and practice-based to assure currency, preparing our students to become tomorrow’s game-changers. Cutting-edge facilities, strong industry links and impactful applied research further enhance our teaching.

We are seeking a Provost, Learning and Teaching, with the same passion for innovation, who can develop our academic provision assuring challenge, inclusivity, and compassion. This post reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor and requires an exceptional academic leader, who will work collaboratively with our Pro Vice-Chancellor Deans and our Executive Board to ensure that teaching and learning is the driving force to meet current and future needs of our diverse student population.

You will be a strong communicator, able to build networks across the University, connecting with distinct and varied audiences, and with the ability to drive excellence in research to keep us at the forefront of the academic community.

You will have an impressive background in teaching, research and pedagogy, and extensive experience of managing substantial teams and budgets. Recruiting, mentoring and motivating outstanding people will be second nature to you, and you will be able to demonstrate an unrivalled record of success in enhancing teaching, research, administration and services.

Please note that interviews will be held on Tuesday 04 May.

Principal accountabilities

  1. Lead the overall development and delivery of a dynamic, exciting and ambitious Learning & Teaching strategy across the whole University provision (HE, FE, Apprenticeships and Online), aligning it with the overarching University Strategy.
  2. Ensure a sustainable yet evolving suite of academic provision; to include on-line/off-campus delivery, as well maximising the potential of more traditional learning and teaching.
  3. Lead on the continued development and enhancement of the University’s outstanding academic student experience across a diverse student population, ensuring the delivery of associated performance metrics such as NSS and TEF.
  4. Oversee the University’s response to the Teaching Excellence Framework and other regulatory requirements as needed.  Ensure that academic staff are supported in developing pedagogic innovation, including with external stakeholders. Develop communities of practice across the institution to promote good practice, stimulate innovation and help promote implementation of strategies.
  5. Work closely with the Registry and Strategic Insights and Planning teams to establish, define and deliver against success measures and metrics of student performance.
  6. Working closely with the PVC-Deans, the Provost (Innovation & Research) and through a strong personal research profile, ensure that Learning & Teaching strategy and practice reflect the fundamental pillar of research-informed teaching, pedagogic research and a breadth of research skills and experience. 
  7. Enhance the provision of flexible learning through enabling technologies and considers the impact on Derby on new educational paradigms.
  8. Develop a clear framework for the management, governance and quality of educational performance of Derby to ensure our performance in this area is as expected for a top 50 university
  9. Lead on policy formulation concerning teaching, learning and assessment.
  10. Utilising 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.
  11. Work collaboratively with external educational networks to influence policy and secure opportunities for innovation in teaching, learning and research. This includes building on and extending partnerships and collaborations with other higher education institutions, research institutions, Government and industry partners, as agreed with the Vice-Chancellor.
  12. Lead on the development of the University’s academic activities and profile; environmentally scanning for development opportunities and enabling, where appropriate, for these to be realised to the benefit of the University and its communities.
  13. Undertake feasibility studies concerning major projects of strategic importance, including academic investments e.g. new subject areas or alternative delivery locations and academic or commercial collaborations, resulting in recommendations to the Board of Governors / Executive.
  14. Take lead responsibility for the University’s employability agenda, working with relevant internal and external stakeholders to ensure the delivery of industry-relevant learning and teaching. Ensure strategies are embedded that will ensure students graduate with skills, knowledge, experience and attributes to fulfil their ambitions and chosen career path.
  15. Take lead responsibility for delivering the University’s agenda as a champion of social mobility and widening participation, inspiring and creating opportunities for all across our region and beyond, regardless of age, background or location.
  16. Be a key source of up to date sector knowledge and insight for the VC’s Executive.
  17. 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.
  18. Ensure efficient and effective systems and processes which support a high performance culture operate throughout areas of responsibility. Ensure that objectives and outcomes can be measured and monitored, emphasising direct links to the University’s success measures.
  19. Ensure that diversity and inclusion are integral to the culture and activities in areas of responsibility and across the University.
  20. Contribute flexibility in undertaking any other responsibilities or projects commensurate with the role and as assigned by the Vice Chancellor from time to time.
  21. Deputise or cover for the Vice Chancellor if and when needed.

 For full details of the principle accountabilities, please see the Job Description available for download.

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 (

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Further details

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