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Head of Centre

Deadline for applications: N/A

Job overview

This is a fantastic opportunity to take Academic Leadership of our University College Dublin International Study Centre, as it embarks on an exciting stage of its development as it is now ready to advance into a new era of Academic excellence. This role is the most senior position in the centre, so you will take full operational responsibility whilst working strategically with the Cluster Director. It’s a unique opportunity for someone to join and really take ownership of an educational establishment and implement new and exciting strategies.

You will ensure a student’s first approach is adopted focusing on student experience and teaching and learning strategies across the centre. With innovative and creative ideas, you’ll have the opportunity to implement a positive change within the centre, utilising its wonderful culture to enhance the student experience. You’ll manage a number of key stakeholders, driving the relationship with the University whilst acting as an ambassador to the wider Study Group network whilst implement Study Group strategies.

Salary: 55,000-65,000 Euros
Contract Type: Full-time, permanent

Key responsibilities

  • You’ll ensure the delivery of high quality academic and language programmes in line with QQI, UCD guidelines through its Academic Oversight Board and Study Group.
  • You will provide effective leadership to enhance the student learning experience and to foster a culture of teaching excellence
  • You will drive the partnership with the University.
  • You’ll ensure the achievement of excellent academic outcomes and progression results
  • Driving innovation to support the development of a wide range of teaching and learning opportunities
  • To lead, support and positively encourage the centre through recognition and re-validation events as appropriate ensuring that all members of staff are fully engaged and are aware of their role in the process.


  • Previous experience leading an educational establishment.
  • Proven success in delivering academic excellence whilst meeting financial and commercial targets.
  • Experience in managing, developing, inspiring and motivating academic staff and building high-performance teams.
  • Demonstrable understanding of academic management and knowledge of educating international students.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the Irish Academic Quality Frameworks.
  • Some experience working in a Higher Education environment is desirable.
  • A Master’s Degree.

About us

We are Study Group, a global pathway provider in International Education, working together with a number of Top Tier University. Voted as the 2017 and 2018 Global Pathway Provider of the year, our people are united with the shared ambition of providing a world-class UK education to talented students from across the globe.

University College Dublin International Study Centre is located on the beautiful leafy Belfield campus of Ireland’s international university. The centre offers Foundation courses to international students preparing them for entry onto their chosen courses at UCD. The campus is the largest urban campus in Europe and offers fantastic facilities. Why Dublin? It’s an inspiring city, acting as a global business hub, full of rich history and a forward-thinking mentality.

How to apply

We take pride in providing an excellent candidate experience to all potential candidates, so will ensure a timely response and process for all applicants. If you are interested in finding out more then please submit a CV on our jobs board and a member of the Recruitment Team will be in contact.

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 dedication. 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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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.