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Head of Subject (STEM)

Deadline for applications: October 1st

Location: Sussex ISC
Contract Type: Permanent / Full Time

Job Purpose

To lead a team of Subject Leaders and Academic tutors, ensuring that all courses are delivered to agreed standards, follow the agreed curriculum and utilise agreed assessment modes, resulting in the best possible outcomes for students and the best possible student experience. To design and manage the delivery of an agreed collection of courses in a subject area.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership, management and personal development

  • Lead and motivate a team of Subject Leaders and Academic Tutors to contribute to ensuring the best possible student outcomes and student experience at present in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Provide effective performance management of direct reports, including: setting personal objectives and KPIs; regularly reviewing performance of direct reports; and conducting formal performance reviews according to company policy and procedures
  • Recruit new academic staff for subject area as required and according to Study Group policies and procedures
  • Ensure that all academic staff in subject area have appropriate background checks, references and are suitably qualified to teach sessions and courses on which they are scheduled
  • Facilitate, encourage and support staff to participate in regular personal development activity
  • Participate actively in the Centre Management Team
  • Plan and undertake regular personal development as agreed with line manager

Academic and Operational Management

  • Plan and oversee the design and delivery of all courses in the subject area, ensuring the best possible student outcomes and student experience
  • Allocate teaching resources in subject area according to scheduling guidelines, ensuring that teaching and learning activities are planned and resources allocated according to set deadlines; and are planned and delivered within agreed budgets and meet operational margins
  • Oversee the production of documentation for subject area including course outlines, module handbooks, schemes of work and teaching material
  • Lead the design and implementation of appropriate, fair and secure assessment activities on all courses in subject area, and ensure all students receive effective assessment feedback
  • Teach modules and/or sessions in agreement with the Director of Curriculum
  • Work with the Academic Administration team to implement appropriate action to minimise impact on student learning when Academic Tutors are absent
  • Oversee the recording and reporting of teaching and assessment activity, including ensuring data is submitted accurately and within deadlines
  • Work in partnership with the Director of Quality and Innovation to design and introduce new courses, products and methods of delivery and assessment.

Academic Standards, Quality Assurance and Enhancement

  • Ensure that the design and delivery of all courses in subject area are conducted with reference to and according to Study Group's, University of Sussex's and relevant external agencies' quality frameworks, policies, procedures and codes of practice
  • Plan, oversee and monitor the implementation of actions from the Centre Action Plan relevant to subject area
  • Liaise with External Examiners for subject area, providing information to External Examiner as required
  • Analyse, respond to and plan and implement actions as a result of External Examiner feedback and recommendations
  • Ensure high levels of learning and teaching in subject areas, working with colleagues to monitor and observe teaching and learning activity, and supporting Subject Leaders and Academic Tutors with continuous improvement of teaching and learning practices
  • Ensure high levels of automatic progression are achieved for students across all, modules, courses in subject area
  • Analyse data and feedback from a wide variety of sources and monitor progress towards progression targets, planning and implementing remedial actions where necessary
  • Contribute to the production of the Annual Monitoring Report, Centre Action Plan, and other evaluative and reflective documents, for submission to the Study Group (Provider) and the University.

Course validation, changes and programme oversight

  • Preparing new courses in subject area for validation and existing courses for re-validation
  • Proposing course changes to the relevant Study Group or University committee or group
  • Ensure that new courses are designed to meet existing programme academic requirements.

Partnership Management

  • Lead on developing and maintaining effective relationships with key academic contacts at the University for subject area, ensuring a full understanding of relevant University curriculum content, assessment modes and quality policies and procedures
  • Ensure effective interaction between University staff and academic staff in subject area to facilitate the best possible transition for students
  • Attend and represent the ISC subject area at meetings with the University, as agreed with the Director of Curriculum, providing presentations, information and data analysis
  • The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students, and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment.

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 CV to Katharine Gilmore-Pimentel, Director of Curriculum, Sussex ISC - Management (

Application deadline: Monday 1st 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.