Academic Registrar and Director of SLAS

Northumbria University


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    23 May 2021

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    Northumbria University

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Northumbria University is seeking to appoint an Academic Registrar & Director of Student, Library and Academic Services.

Our vision is to be a research-rich, business-focused professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. As Academic Registrar & Director of Student, Library and Academic Services, you will play a key role within the institution. You will provide strategic leadership to an array of professional services supporting the student journey that includes Quality and Teaching Excellence, Registry Records and Returns, Academic Support, Student Engagement, Student Life and Wellbeing, Northumbria Language Centre, University Library and Graduate Futures.

You will be experienced in setting a future-focused strategic direction for a complex and inter-related set of student and academic facing services. You will have excellent knowledge and understanding of the HE sector context and its implications for the University’s policies, regulations and ongoing conditions of OfS registration. You will have a relentless focus on improving services to meet the changing needs of service users and support the delivery of strategic outcomes.

Through your membership of the Senior Management Team, you will play a senior leadership role across the whole institution. You will be working closely with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), and proactively support the University Strategy and, in particular, its Education Strategy. This includes policy and aligned services to support student voice, student progression and student outcomes.

The management of quality and standards and compliance with external requirements, as well as positioning for Teaching Excellence, is also a key part of the role.

You will bring a collaborative, collegiate, empowering and inclusive leadership approach.

If you feel you have the expertise in student and academic facing services, coupled with strong, communication, innovation, and collaborative skills, and are ambitious to make a difference in a university with a growing reputation as a challenger institution, we would be delighted to hear from you.

If you would like to know more about this exciting opportunity or for an informal and confidential conversation, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Ross Highfield - 07891 138 886 / or Hilda Gjika –     


Closing date: 9 May 2021

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
9th May 2021

How to Apply

This is a two-part application process. Candidates should submit a comprehensive CV and supporting statement addressing the key criteria in the person specification and particularly giving evidence of how you have been innovative to your approach to teaching and learning and how you have worked collaboratively to get institutional buy in, in the first instance. GatenbySanderson will then send you a link in order to answer a question related to the role, through our simple video application process. You will receive this email the next working day. The CV, supporting statement and video response will form the complete application for this position.

Your CV should provide your home, mobile and email contact details. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Should you have questions on the application process or require support with your application, please contact Lucy Ogan at GatenbySanderson  


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