Job details

Responsible to

Provost (Learning & Teaching)


All Derby Sites


£68,175 to £91,655 per annum

Closing date

Friday 12 November 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 work collaboratively to ensure cross-institutional strategic and academic leadership for library services, learning resources and integrated study skills. The role will promote academic excellence and contribute to the realisation of a student-centric approach to the student experience and success. They must ensure that services create opportunities for all members of the University to research, explore knowledge, learn, develop skills and benefit from the resources in the Library and beyond. This will include a commitment to ensuring the Library meets the diverse needs of research, learning and teaching and academic communities as informed by the Provost (Learning & Teaching) and the Provost (Research & Innovation) portfolios.

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 be held on Monday, 29 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. To develop the vision and strategy for the provision of library and knowledge resources, ensuring that these evolve to reflect the University’s priorities and the changing needs and priorities of students, academics and researchers with a focus on inclusion, skills development, digital transformation, celebrating knowledge and learning, and enabling success.
  2. Evaluate the impact of the Library and ensure continuous improvement.
  3. To define and agree business plans, measurable goals and performance targets; ensuring that relevant processes are in place to deliver strategic goals, continuous improvement and compliance appropriate to the operating environment.
  4. Lead collaboratively and enable the Library team to work effectively across the organisation so that the Library Collection is aligned with the learning, teaching and research of the University and information literacy and digital skills are embedded throughout the student journey.
  5. Ensure the service is positioned to respond effectively to emerging challenges in a range of areas (i.e. new technologies, social media and pedagogical changes).
  6. Lead institutional study skills support, ensuring that services are integrated, evidence-based and inclusive.
  7. Ensure the service and learning resource infrastructure provides effective support to all parts of the University’s academic community.
  8. Deliver best value within the agreed financial and technical resources of the Library. Operate within the University procedures and practices and evidence informed approaches.
  9. Work with other senior colleagues across the University to develop and implement strategic innovations and developments in curriculum design, learning, teaching and research.
  10. Act as an advisor to the University on scholarly communications.
  11. Lead, engage, motivate and develop the Library team, securing effective performance management and increased innovation and creative in service delivery.
  12. Develop and maintain a regional, national and international profile; contributing to the development of cooperative schemes.
  13. Actively engage with relevant learning and teaching of research projects with the University.


Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge & abilities


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.

Find out how we are ensuring the safety of our staff, students and community

Further details

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Why join Derby?

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