HEAD OF ACADEMIC STUDIES

Location
Guildford, Surrey
Salary
£32,000-£35,000 per annum
Posted
29 Jan 2019
Closes
26 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

HEAD OF ACADEMIC STUDIES

Performance Preparation Academy has quickly become recognised as one of the UK's leading institutes for exceptional performing arts training. A strong emphasis is made on employability and the needs of profession, delivered in a nurturing and supportive environment.

All our courses in Musical Theatre and Acting for Stage & Screen offer challenging, life affirming and inspirational vocational theatre training, where our students are valued as individuals. PPA partnered with De Montfort University in 2016 working together through a validation process to provide a BA (Hons) Performance in Musical Theatre and a BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen to students at PPA.

We are currently looking to recruit a new Head of Academic Studies, the successful candidate will be responsible for the administration of all academic aspects of the programmes and ensure that programmes are compliant with (or exceed) current QAA/HE/legislative guidance, by

  • Liaising with our partner institution De Montfort University (validating body)
  • Reviewing the design, implementation and administration of internal quality assurance systems and processes.

MAIN DUTIES:

  • Managing and teaching of investigative studies classes/modules
  • Liaise with programme leaders to maximise cross pollination of research activities and content in Investigative Studies with shared themes running concurrently in other programme modules.
  • Responsible for all academic marking, portfolios, journals in Investigative Studies and also in other modules as required
  • Working with students to develop study skills, research skills and reflective professional practitioner skills.
  • Contributing to the development of research activity within the organisation
  • Liaising with College Manager to help identify and provide support for students with SPLDs, such as Dyslexia
  • Briefing academic modules, supporting others, design of academic modules at validation points as required
  • Organisation of academic readers where necessary
  • Responding to relevant External Examiner correspondence, with full transparency with the Programme Leaders
  • Enforcing academic protocol according to DMU and DAQ guidelines, ensuring the implementation of agreed policies and procedures (as determined at programme, Faculty and University levels). Recommend, develop and implement HE academic and administrative regulations, policies, guidelines and procedures and to ensure that they are implemented and managed effectively and consistently across the HE programmes
  • Managing reading lists and resources procurement.
  • Line managing library staff.
  • Overseeing processes for gathering feedback from students including both internal mechanisms and external surveys including the National Student Survey (NSS). Liaise with programme Leaders and College Manager to facilitate and respond to feedback on the programmes and its constituent modules (from students, employers, external agencies etc.). Review all such processes on an annual basis, recommending and developing new guidance where necessary, and liaise with DMU on areas such as academic appeals, ensuring that all policies follow the correct process to their conclusion.
  • Overseeing the student handbooks are appropriate and correct and available for students prior to the start of the Autumn Term
  • Liaising and advising where appropriate between the university and PPA to optimise applicant recruitment onto the programmes. This may include planning and organising arrangements for the admission and induction of students who do not meet points criteria during clearance
  • Ensuring that all students within the programmes are provided with appropriate support.
  • Liaising with Programme Leaders and College Manager on the arrangement of student reps for the college programmes.
  • Liaising with the Programme Leaders and/or Module Leaders or programme management board chair to ensure that the students’ results for each module within the programmes are available in a complete and accurate format for submission to the Examination Board by the agreed deadlines.
  • Coordinating and collating required validation/revalidation documentation and maintaining a clear, up to date paper trail system.

MODULE CO-ORDINATION

  • Presenting new or updated module templates for authorisation by the programme management board
  • Ensuring the delivery of modules to students is in accordance with the approved module templates
  • Evaluating, developing and identifying consistency within the modules
  • Advising and liaising in the co-ordination of issuing information on the modules to students in line with University requirements
  • Overseeing the production of module examination papers (if applicable) and academic module handbooks
  • Ensuring that appropriate internal moderation procedures are in place for all elements of assessment
  • Attending meetings of the programme management board

PERSONAL SPECIFICATION:

Essential:

  • Background in performing arts education
  • Teaching experience at an appropriate level
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral
  • Commitment to working with young people in the pursuit of excellence in their chosen field
  • An understanding of key concerns in supporting students’ professional and academic development
  • Ability both to lead and work as part of a team using initiative to manage workload and meet agreed deadlines
  • Post-graduate qualification, ideally in performing arts related subject
  • Proven organisational, administrative and IT skills, including the use of relevant software to further learning Practical familiarity with the demands of the university sector and relevant statutory bodies, specifically Quality Assurance Management

Desirable:

  • Experience of servicing committees
  • Knowledge of Moodle and other Virtual Learning Environment

Salary: In the region of £32,000-£35,000 per annum based on experience

Hours: 40 hours per week, MONDAY - FRIDAY

Location: We are located in the heart of Guildford vibrant town centre in state-of-the-art facilities, and have dedicated teaching faculty of highly experienced industry professionals.

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