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Head of Curriculum and Progression

Job Description

Position Type: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Leeds

Salary: Circa £40,000 per annum

The Head of Curriculum and Progression (HoCP) will provide the leadership and vision to deliver excellent student outcomes, quality assurance and enhancement, and curriculum innovation that embeds outstanding collaborative working with both the University and the network.

You will be responsible for leading and supporting a large team of academic staff. Reporting to the Head of Centre, you will work closely with senior colleagues within and outside the Centre and be accountable for the delivery of contractually required progression rates to the University. Critically the successful candidate will need to carefully balance the requirements of the Centre alongside the need for compliance, consistency and collaboration with the University and Study Group as a whole.

This person will have leadership of, accountability for and direct line management responsibility for a team of Heads of Subject. Consequently the successful candidate will demonstrate recent successful line management experience in an academic/educational context in a relevant subject discipline and have a proven ability to engage with an HEI in collaborative developments.

Selection Criteria

Qualifications and Training

  • A Bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate qualification
  • Further management or leadership qualifications would be advantageous.(or a willingness to undertake such)

Experience Required

  • Experience of providing leadership in a complex multi-disciplinary environment, with evidence of significant success
  • Experience of providing feedback to another person about their performance, which achieved a positive improvement
  • Experience of HR duties, such as delivering training and taking part in the recruitment process
  • Ability to delegate activities, set deadlines and take responsibility for overseeing their successful completion to meet challenging deadlines
  • Experience of planning and delivering change or continuous improvement, which achieved a positive impact on student outcomes
  • Experience of successfully motivating and leading teachers to embed successful practice through a process of change
  • Experience of successfully leading on internal communication, which includes disseminating complex messages or changes to operations

Knowledge and Skills

  • A sound understanding of UK Higher Education and experience of managing support activity and staff in an international and/or UK further and/or Higher Education context
  • Knowledge of the needs of international students and experience of working with international students.
  • Strong leadership, project management and organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to communicate issues to a wide audience
  • Flexibility and willingness to work under pressure to deadlines
  • Enthusiasm and be a performance-driven team player and leader
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and outstanding relationship management skills
  • A working knowledge of international admissions activity in UK Higher Education
  • A high level of emotional intelligence including: patience and perseverance, good listening skills and empathy, and an ability to stay calm and manage challenging situations firmly and fairly
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills, including a pleasant and professional manner
  • Strong team-working skills and experience of team development

Organisational Compliance

The position holder must comply with Study Group policies and applicable laws including those in relation, but not limited to: Occupational Health and Safety; Anti-Discrimination and Harassment, Anti-Bribery and Corruption and those specifically relevant to the position and authority of the job holder. External candidates will also require an enhanced DBS check.


If you are interested, please contact Alex Adams, Project Recruitment Consultant, for more information.


We have an excellent referral scheme in place, so if you know anyone that may be interested in the position, then please forward over their CV as well as their email and telephone contact details. You will then be contacted when a result of the application has been reached.