Birkbeck is a research-led university that changes lives. This director-level appointment will offer opportunities for the successful candidate to make a tangible difference to a unique university. Your primary focus as Head of Academic Quality & Standards will be to ensure that institutional policy, procedure and practice supports academic quality and standards at all levels of the university. We are seeking an enthusiastic leader with strong communication, analytical, and influencing skills to review and enhance our current approach in the Academic Standards and Quality Office (ASQ).

In this role you will help 12,000 students in London change their lives through the power of part-time, full-time and evening study. You will ensure that centrally agreed policy is implemented and adopted consistently. You will lead an established and professional ASQ team but as the external environment creates more scrutiny on the sector we need to continually enhance what we do and make policy implementation consistent and transparent across all areas.

In this role you will gain exposure across all levels of the College. You will advise and guide members of Academic Board, Education Committee and Education Strategy Group on a regular basis. You will form productive working relationships with the Academic Registrar, with your team, your peers and the Pro Vice Master for Education and the Director of Education Strategy in particular. Working with Heads of Department and Assistant Deans: Education you will ensure that quality and standards matters are consistently considered with appropriate and relevant data and guidance. A strong candidate will have had experience of supporting academic and administrative staff during a period of change. Excellent written, spoken and analytical skills are essential for success in this role.
You will become a member of the Registry Services Senior Management Team (SMT) and this will afford insight in to the full portfolio of student and academic services delivered by the function.

If you would like responsibility and the opportunity to make a difference then you should read on.

In order to be successful in this role you should be abloe to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of quality assurance and enhancement in higher education both at institutional and national level, including a good understanding of current developments
  • Extensive knowledge of external body quality requirements including OfS, OIA, PSRB, QAA.
  • Significant management experience and experience of delivering a professional service in collaboration with academic departments;
  • Ability to take and see through difficult decisions and to work on own initiative with self-motivation, energy, determination and resilience
  • A full CV and a covering letter (2-3 pages of A4 max) outlining how you meet the requirements of the role will be required. Candidates should indicate their current salary and/or salary expectations in their covering letter. Please upload this as one document.


This is a Grade 10 role and the salary will be agreed with the successful candidate.

The salary quoted is on the College’s London Pay Scale which includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the London area.


If you would like to know more about the role please click on apply below or contact Fraser Keir, Academic Registrar, via Eleanor Seale, PA & Registry Services Office Manager

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While we are happy to respond to all informal enquiries, only formal applications through the online system will be considered.

Birkbeck offers a competitive salary and pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and some of the most generous benefits in the HE sector, all while being located right in the heart of Central London.

We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award, membership of WISE, operating Disability Confident & Mindful Employer schemes.

Interview dates:

18 November 2020 – stakeholder sessions
20 November 2020 – panel interview

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