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                            CURRENT VACANCIES

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Curriculum and Development Manager, Researchers in Schools

We are excited to be recruiting for a Curriculum and Development Manager for Researchers in Schools. In The Brilliant Club’s strategy The Path to Outcomes, we have committed to delivering consistent and reliable outcomes for our pupils.  This includes a pledge to support 6,500 pupils from under-represented backgrounds to progress to highly-selective universities by 2021.

As a member of the Researchers in Schools Team, the Curriculum and Development Manager for Researchers in Schools will play an important part in delivering this strategy, supporting the delivery of the Researchers in Schools’ Research Leader in Education Award. This will include managing the design and delivery of training modules that will equip participants to deliver a research and development project in their second year and a leadership project in the third year of the Researchers in Schools programme.  The charity is committed to delivering pupil-focused programmes as part of its strategy, and the Curriculum and Development Manager role is central to this.

The role requires a driven and dynamic team player, with demonstrable success in school teaching and some experience of carrying out education research.  They will deliver aspects of our Continuing Professional Development provision directly during our Summer Training residential and weekend training days) and will have the opportunity to design training sessions for participants on the Researchers in Schools programme.

The successful candidate will champion the charity’s values and embody them in interactions with colleagues and partners.  They will be able to work with different teams and take a leading role in managing programme evaluation data.  They will co-ordinate programme activities, track progress and deliver results.  They will be positive and pro-active, with a commitment to delivering excellent standards.

Permanent Position.  Salary: circa £33,400 (including £2000 London weighting if applicable).  Closing Date: 26 April at 10am. Interview Dates: First round w/c 7th May and second round w/c 13 May


Career Mentoring Manager, Student Services Department, University of Reading

Thrive grown to nearly 500 partnerships and we are looking for a talented individual who will take responsibility for the smooth and successful operation of the scheme and hit the targets we have for the quantity and quality of mentoring partnerships and the number of widening participation students that we would like to support in their quest for social mobility.
Thrive Career Mentoring is the University of Reading’s award winning Career Mentoring scheme, designed to build the employability of our students and facilitate their transition into graduate level work through the great support of our alumni and partners.  Embedded within the Careers department, we have a small team dedicated to running the scheme.  You will need to:
Hold a degree and have broad knowledge of degree programmes and graduate occupations.
Have the knowledge to, and experience of, developing and delivering group work to professional staff at a range of levels.
Have the ability and experience to confidently build relationships and work diplomatically with professional staff, often on sensitive issues.
Have the knowledge and experience of applying best practice in managing and organising all the processes involved in a successful Career Mentoring scheme and have experience and skills in mentoring or coaching yourself.
Possess the written communication, qualitative and quantitative skills and experience of accurately evaluating, and writing reports on, the effectiveness of mentoring, or other similar schemes, to senior management.
Be experienced in line managing, and collaborating with, a small team of staff.
Feel at ease, applying and innovating using a range of IT and social media packages such as; online training platforms, VLEs, social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn, databases and the normal suite of Microsoft packages.
If you get a deep satisfaction from helping students from all backgrounds reach their career aspirations, can work well under pressure and have strengths in scheme and process management, we would really like to hear from you.

Permanent full time post.  Salary: £30,395-£39,609 pa.  Closing date: 28 April 2019.  Further information:


Academic Skills Transition Adviser, Brunel Educational Excellence Centre, Brunel University London

The Brunel Educational Excellence Centre (BEEC) aims to promote, support and enhance learning and teaching across the University.  The ASK Academic Skills service is an important part of BEEC and offers student-facing learning development support across a wide range of areas, including academic writing, study skills, mathematics and statistics, as well as runs transition initiatives such as Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) and HeadStart.

The Academic Skills Transition Adviser will support the expansion of current transition initiatives such as PAL and HeadStart, as well as create new schemes where relevant, to further support student’s transition into university.  This position will be the central contact for academics and students related to PAL and/ or HeadStart, and will manage the day to day running of the schemes while ensuring it aligns with the university strategy of best supporting student’s experience at Brunel University London.  It is crucial that candidates have an awareness of issues surrounding student retention and success in higher education; also, having experience of working with students and various departments.

The role calls for excellent organisational and communication skills and the ability to work with a wide range of academic staff and students to support curriculum and learning needs.  The ability to thrive in a busy environment and willingness to work collegiately is critical to the role.

Informal queries to Charlotte Thackeray, HeadStart Officer/Interim PAL Project Manager

Full time post. Salary: £35,365 to £41,775 per annum incl. London Allowance.  Closing Date: 28 April 2019.  Interview date: w/c 13 May 2019.


Data Processing and Reporting Officer, Kent and Medway Progression Federation (KMPF), Canterbury
The post holder will be responsible for co-ordinating data entry (managing sessional staff as required), processing data and producing standardised reports based on baseline questionnaires completed by students in KMPF schools. Baseline questionnaires collect personal data and attitudinal responses to Higher Education. This can be used to identify students who would benefit most from outreach activities and then demonstrate the impact of intervention as they progress through their school career and onwards to Higher Education. The post holder will liaise with colleagues in partner institutions, including Progression Mentors in partner schools to ensure the smooth delivery and receipt of baseline questionnaires and subsequent reports.  The post is full-time, fixed term to the end of July 2020 and based in Canterbury, Kent.  Salary: ££21,414 – £23,334. Closing date: 28 April 2019.


Head of Learning, Botanic Gardens, University of Cambridge

Reporting to the Director, the role holder is responsible for the management of the Learning Team which delivers the Garden’s adult education programme, horticultural learning, community projects, outreach activities, schools’ programme, HE and FE learning and family event activities.

The role holder will devise, support and contribute to the delivery of learning programmes for schools, colleges and universities and for the general public through life-long learning and recreation.  The role carries responsibility for design and delivery of the entire education and widening participation programme at the Garden.

The team currently delivers over 60 adult education courses and workshops, and facilitates over 400 school visits (both assisted and unassisted) per year.  The role-holder will have direct responsibility for the organisation of the adult education programme, oversight of interpretation throughout the Garden and is a member of the Garden’s senior leadership team, contributing to general strategy discussions and supporting the Director in the delivery of the Garden’s targets.  Occasional weekend working.

Permanent post.  Salary: £36,261 to £48,677 pa.  Closing date: 28 April 2019.


Head of Academic Support, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London

The Head of Academic Support will be responsible for managing and developing high quality academic support within the College to enable all students to become confident independent learners and to fulfil their academic potential, from FE through to PhD level. This role focuses primarily on study support learning development that is related to the curriculum of fashion and design.

You will ensure academic support strategies are implemented consistently in line with the University’s Learning and Teaching, Equality and Diversity, Widening Participation and Internationalisation Strategies.

You must have experience of Art and Design education within Higher Education and significant experience of managing staff and learning development.The post holder will have up-to-date knowledge, expertise and experience in academic support and learning development and an understanding of the subject disciplines taught at London College of Fashion. A first degree and recognised teaching qualification is essential.

If you have any queries about this role, you may contact the LCF Staffing Team at

Full time permanent post.  Salary: £45,603 – £54,943 pa.  Closing date: 2 May 2019.  Interview date: 20 June 2019.

PhD Studentship Opportunity, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton

This full-time, three year PhD exciting opportunity will investigate linguistic performance and attitudes to medical students from underrepresented backgrounds.  The study aims to explore whether there is evidence of linguistic prejudice and whether this could impact on academic performance.  Closing date: 24 June 2019.  Further information: