Principal Lecturer, Director of Student Participation and Success
Hertfordshire Law School
FTE: 1.0 FTE working 37 hours per week
Duration of Contract: Permanent
Salary: UH9 £51,034 to £60,905 per annum depending on skills and experience
Location: De Havilland Campus, Hatfield
At Hertfordshire Law School we pride ourselves on delivering a truly innovative learning and teaching experience coupled with practice-led, hands-on experience. Our students consistently provide excellent feedback about their educational experience which is also evidenced through the number of students graduating with good honours degrees and our strong employability rates.
The School teaches successful Law (LLB and LLM) and Criminology (BA) programmes in a £10m purpose-built Building on the University of Hertfordshire's de Havilland campus, which includes a full-scale replica Crown Court Room, and state-of-the-art teaching facilities.
We are looking for an outstanding individual who has an enthusiastic approach towards working with students, and members of staff.
Main duties and responsibilities
The successful candidate will, in liaison with the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), develop a School Student Participation and Success Plan to ensure the School meets its responsibilities under the University's Access and Participation Plan, and Strategic Plan. This will include analysing data from sectoral and institutional sources, and student records, to develop and implement school programmes to enhance student progression, attainment and retention rates. In doing so, you will work with the University Widening Access and Student Success Team to provide sectoral research to inform the development of school policies and strategies in the area of student participation and success.
You will have particular responsibility for reducing non-continuation rates on all school programmes through, amongst other measures, overseeing the provision of advice to widening access and repeating students on their academic progress and key aspects of student life. You will also develop and lead a Student Success Team in Hertfordshire Law School to support new projects and activities as necessary in the area of student participation and success while also overseeing the building of inclusive learning community and student 'belonging' through an open, approachable and supportive attitude.
In addition you may deliver teaching on the School's law programmes, provide pastoral care and support to students, and engage in other activities within the School.
Skills and experience
You will have proven experience of initiating and implementing strategies and programmes aimed at supporting students with pastoral and academic-related issues, and experience of analysing and reporting on data. You will also have proven administration experience including using the full range of Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel, and the ability to use different media platforms for the production of student materials and communications. Proven experience of successful line management of staff, and experience analysing and reporting on data, is essential.
You will also have knowledge and understanding of the student journey to, and through, Higher Education and awareness and insight into current issues facing the sector, including student attainment and retention.
You will have skills in active listening and outlining options and an ability to empathise with students from a broad range of backgrounds. You will have an ability to form good relationships with students, staff and the broader community as well as possess good leadership, organisation, self-management and time management skills.
You will be proficient in English, have excellent interpersonal skills. You will have a highly developed sense of professionalism and a strong commitment to student graduate success.
You will have a good Undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification, or substantial proven equivalent experience, alongside a Master's qualification or equivalent professional qualification. A qualification in law, criminology or related subject, and / or Fellowship of AdvanceHE is desirable.
Contact Details/Informal Enquiries
Penny Carey, Dean of School P.Carey@herts.ac.uk
Neal Geach (Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)), email@example.com, 01707 286214
Closing date: 26 April 2020
Interview date: To be advised; interviews will be conducted remotely
Reference Number: 027494
Date advert placed: 24 March 2020
The University offers a range of benefits including a pension scheme, professional development, family friendly policies, a fee waiver of 50% for all children of staff under the age of 25 at the start of the course, discounted memberships at the Hertfordshire Sports Village and generous annual leave.