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Head of Business and Economics

Deadline for applications: October 18th

Location: Sheffield ISC
Contract Type: - 9 month Fixed Term (Maternity Cover)

Job Purpose

Head of Business and Economics (Maternity Cover) will provide the leadership and vision to deliver excellent student outcomes; quality assurance and enhancement that is commended by the QAA; and curriculum innovation which embeds strong collaborative working with both the University and the network.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and supporting the academic team of Business and Economics. Reporting to the Assistant Director Curriculum and Progression, you will work closely with senior colleagues within and outside of the College and be accountable for the delivery of contractually required progression rates to the University.

The successful candidate will have recent successful line academic management experience in Science and have proven ability to engage with external stakeholders in collaborative developments.

Key Responsibilities


  • Communicate our vision to drive forward continuous improvement and enable the College to achieve the aspirational targets for student outcomes
  • Communicate our vision for the development of the academic partnership with the host university, including appropriate articulation routes that maximise opportunities for recruitment to the college
  • Communicate our vision for the development of programme pathways to meet the overall strategic aims of the college as an effective, attractive and high quality pathway to UK HE
  • Contribute to planning and development including human resources; academic development; learning, teaching and assessment; and academic quality assurance and enhancement, as part of the College Management Team (CMT)
  • Attend and actively contribute to relevant University partnership Boards and Committees, work with University colleagues through approved liaison points and report regularly on these through the college deliberative and management structures
  • Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and identify appropriate actions to solve problems and enhance delivery with the other Heads of Subject and Assistant Director Curriculum and Progression. 

Academic management

  • Provide effective and efficient academic management and co-ordination of staff resources across the all-academic and progression support teams in the College, working closely with the other Heads of Subject and Assistant Director Curriculum and Progression
  • Ensure the recruitment of academic staff is planned, timely and compliant
  • Ensure that the academic team meet key all minimum expectations/compliance in their duties, and provide feedback on their performance
  • Participate in regular meetings with teaching and support staff and represent the college at appropriate events and meetings within the College, the partner university and externally.

Quality assurance and enhancement

  • Taking responsibility for academic standards, the quality of learning opportunities, the accuracy and completeness of published information, ensuring that they are managed appropriately and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the College
  • Oversee the effective operation of the Programme Committees and implementation of Programme Area Enhancement Plans (PREPs)
  • Contribute to ensuring that the College is fully compliant with Study Group's, University of Sheffield and relevant external agencies' quality frameworks, policies, procedures and codes of practice
  • Contribute to progress against actions in the College Action Plan (CAP); within the CAP there will be cognate actions which will form the Programme Area Enhancement Plans (PREPs)
  • Contribute to ensuring that the College's Quality Assurance framework is implemented across all academic teams and lead on the development of the relevant sections Annual Monitor Report
  • Contribute to analysing data and feedback from a wide variety of sources to monitor progress towards progression targets, planning and implementing remedial actions where necessary
  • Produce reports, analysis and evaluation for all internal and external scrutiny processes as directed by the Assistant Director Curriculum and Progression.


  • Work closely with the Assistant Director for Professional Services and their function heads to ensure that timetables and assessment schedules are delivered effectively, staff are recruited compliantly and Professional Services (PS) and Academic staff work together as one team
  • Contribute to delivering the curriculum effectively and efficiently
  • Work closely with the other Heads of Subject and ELTC staff to ensure that appropriate, current and relevant subject, academic skills and language development are integrated and embedded in the programme, aligned with the partnership articulation
  • Contribute to the delivery and assessment of provision
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of the college virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Support a cost conscious working environment, at the same time as delivering a quality service and experience to students
  • Contribute to ensuring that the Centre is compliant in relation to Safeguarding responsibilities and staff across the College are aware of their obligations/requirements
  • Manage and address day-to-day issues that arise ensuring that solutions are sought and problems resolved effectively and efficiently
  • Accountable for ensuring that the College is compliant with UKVI regulations in terms of register completions and student attendance
  • Deputising for the Assistant Director, as required.

Relationship Management

  • Build relationships within the organisation and beyond to offices, agents, and sponsors
  • Develop close and effective working relations with key partners within the University of Sheffield.

Organisational compliance

Study Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students, and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment.

Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the role, including checks with past employers, an Enhanced Check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and overseas criminal records if appropriate.

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How to apply

Please apply with a completed application form to

Application deadline: 18th October

What does a role at Study Group mean?


We are a unique business within the sector, giving our people a completely different working experience.


We have a large global network and encourage collaboration across the whole business. We work with a number of partners across the network including top tier universities.


We encourage innovation throughout our Centres, ensuring that our students are given an interactive, student centred, and creative, tailor-made learning experience. Our people are given an autonomy within their roles that is rarely seen within the industry.


We believe in continuous professional and personal development, and take pride in offering our staff ample opportunity to achieve their goals. Utilising our large organisational infrastructure, across our different brands, we invite our people to gain valuable experience, and maximise all the exciting tools available to help develop their career.