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Deputy Head, Careers & Enterprise (Student Engagement)

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University of the West of England | Frenchay Campus, Bristol

£39,609 - £43,267

Application Deadline: 01 October 2019

Vacancy Description:

About us: Student Success Services (SSS) brings together the Library, Careers, and Inclusivity to deliver outstanding outcomes for all of our students in partnership with Faculties and other Services. Our work inputs into student recruitment and retention; academic success; student satisfaction and graduate destination outcomes.

 We aim to:

  • Enable learners to become independent and confident and to achieve their full potential in respect of academic achievement and employment.
  • Ensure learners have high satisfaction levels in the area of independent access to, and use of, information
  • Facilitate high quality research and maximise the global impact of UWE research
  • Set a whole institution approach to inclusivity, profiling UWE as an inclusive university that places the mental wealth of students and staff as a strategic priority

 About you:

This role is a senior leadership role within the department; directly responsible for leading and managing career coaching, enterprise skills (Student Ventures) and the spaces we work from. You'll be passionate about enabling students to succeed with a drive for improvement. You'll be digitally savvy, an outstanding communicator and people manager, experienced in careers and/or enterprise skills work. Importantly you'll have the ability to get things done.

You'll be supported by an amazing team of professionals who all share the same desire to help students succeed. You'll have lots of autonomy to set direction and drive forward innovation change with support from the leadership team. With lots of scope to develop yourself professionally. If this sounds like you, we'd love to receive your application.

We are a well-established university, with over 30,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 3,600 staff. UWE Bristol is one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West. We are globally connected and regionally embedded, with strong employer and partner connections. Students come to study with us from all over the UK, as well as from 140 different countries, making this a diverse and interesting place to study. We achieved 89% overall student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Satisfaction survey, this excellent result puts us as the top university in the South West and in 7th place nationally. We have also achieved TEF Gold status and the Guardian has placed us in the top 30 Universities in the UK.

Bristol itself is a hub of social and cultural activity and is a big pull for students and employers alike. A place with a strong, creative and fiercely independent mindset. A city with a buzzing music scene, great restaurants and interesting business ventures. It's not surprising Bristol is consistently named as one of the best places to live and work in the UK.

Frenchay Campus:  This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give our students access to everything they need to succeed - with GBP 300m having been spent recently on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation to enhance our offer even further. Frenchay campus is within close proximity to excellent motorway links and within walking distance of two train stations, making UWE Frenchay Campus the ideal place to work for those wishing to commute to Bristol.

This post is not available on a job share basis.

In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of staff benefits including:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 27 days (rising to 30 after five years) up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year
  • flexible working
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes
  • access to employee assistance programme
  • savings on purchases via Wider Wallet scheme
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme
  • family friendly policies
  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus.

 This post is a permanent post working 37 hours per week.

 If you would like an informal discussion, please contact Rob Ingram on 0117 328 7424 or

Closing date: 1 October 2019.

 UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook.

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