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Principal Assessor, Quality of Higher Education Courses

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£71,198- £75,084 (pro-rata if applicable) + Civil Service pension scheme

Full-time or Part-time (0.8 FTE minimum)

Fixed term 24 Months, Bristol or London (with possible flexibility for remote/office hybrid working)

Ref: R0000356

About the OfS

We are the independent regulator of higher education in England.

We have recently announced changes to our regulation of quality in English higher education providers. Our revised requirements set out our minimum requirements for quality. They will allow us to intervene where higher education courses fall below our expectations and help to ensure that all students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, have meaningful choices of high-quality courses and are effectively supported to succeed.

The role

We are now recruiting up to two Principal Assessors.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to use your experience and expertise to design and shape the development of the OfS’s investigatory approach into quality issues, in a way that supports delivery of the OfS’s strategy. This will include leading in the appointment and training of a panel of academic expert assessors and in the quality assurance of their investigatory work. You will also lead teams of academic expert assessors in investigating issues relating to the quality of higher education in providers in England.

For this Principal Assessor role, we are looking for experienced academics who are able to challenge established norms where these are not delivering a high quality academic experience for students. We are not seeking expertise in the design and operation of quality assurance processes. We are seeking academics who are able to reach and explain robust and defensible academic judgements, focusing on the learning, teaching and assessment provided for students, rather than the processes that the provider follows to deliver these.

About you

You will be an academic expert, with a doctoral-level qualification, with experience in designing and delivering learning, teaching and assessment in higher education. You may be an expert within your academic discipline, or you may have experience across disciplines, and in one or more institutions. You will be able to use both subject specific expertise and broader pedagogical expertise to reach academic judgements about the quality of higher education in a range of different contexts.

You will have a minimum of five years’ experience in an academic role in an English higher education provider and this experience will be recent. We are particularly interested in applications from those from providers with the strongest performance in delivering a high quality student experience which enables positive student outcomes.

It is desirable for you to have experience of leading groups, panels or teams in review activity. You will have a desire to set high standards and challenge norms where necessary and be able to develop and coach others to do the same.  You will play a key role in identifying issues that need to be improved at providers that are not meeting our minimum requirements for quality. In turn, you will play an integral role in driving up the quality of higher education across the sector and so in safeguarding the reputation of English higher education. 

Application process

For further details and to apply please click here—quality-of-higher-education-courses–fixed-term-24-Months-_R0000356

Closing date for applications is 24 June 2022. 

Interviews: mid-July 2022

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