Director of Quality and Standards (FE and HE)

£75000 per annum
06 Feb 2017
24 Feb 2017
Sharron Probert
Contract Type
Full Time

Our students' futures. Your career.

Director of Quality and Standards (FE and HE)

Salary: £75k (includes market premium of £5k) + Benefits

This is a pivotal post in Blackburn College; and one which will play a major role in supporting the College in its aspiration to deliver a world class education to its local and wider communities. The range of the post reflects the full spectrum of courses offered by the College, distinctive because of its co-existence of further and higher education and the scale of its respective provision. At the same time, the College intends to sustain its profile of excellence across FE and HE and is anticipating its approaches to new qualifications, re-formulated patterns of work-based learning and the Teaching Excellence Framework.The College achieves very significant outcomes for students and responds to every opportunity to meet the needs of employers, be their provider of choice and become an indispensable partner to businesses. Growth and performance enhancement have been as a result of anticipation, responsiveness and outstanding quality.

Blackburn College provides a diverse and stimulating curriculum which meets the needs of local, national and international students, employers and its community and positions itself prominently for employers in Pennine Lancashire. The College delivers a range of A levels, vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships through to Honours and Masters degrees in addition to a comprehensive suite of professional courses. Strategic partnerships with internationally recognised universities and long established relationships with high profile national and international business names ensure that Blackburn College is already well positioned to deliver successfully. The College's agility and creativity are underpinned by quality assurance structures and enhancement is a constant focus.

The key priorities of the College are to assure and enhance the quality of the education and training on offer to students and to deliver an excellent Student Experience across all areas. The College will support the educational success and employment prospects of students equipping them with the skills, knowledge and personal growth opportunities to make a valuable contribution to society and the economy. Blackburn College makes a difference and changes the lives of those who choose to study there.

The Role

The Director will have a range of responsibilities to ensure that Quality is represented and fundamental across College functions and structures affecting Learning, Teaching and Assessment, and including:

- leading the development, implementation and review of the College's strategies around Quality Assurance and Enhancement;

- developing and maintaining partnerships with academic institutions, including validation partners, and maintaining appropriate relationships with awarding bodies;

- ensuring the production to the highest standards of the annual institutional reports on HE and annual Self-Assessment report / Quality Improvement Plan on FE;

- taking the lead on behalf of the College in the statutory dialogue with Ofsted and QAA;

- arranging College preparedness to the highest standards for Ofsted and QAA reviews of provision;

- leading deliberative functions (committees, working groups) within the College concerned with Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement;

- ensuring College procedures and formal processes provide Executive Management and Corporation Board with appropriate information and in a timely manner;

- line responsibility for staff managing quality functions and structures;

- overall responsibility for the Quality Unit.

The Person

Blackburn College intends to appoint as Director a person of outstanding quality and whose leadership of Quality and Standards contributes to the development and growth of the institution. A perspective on the roles of Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement will be complemented by thorough understanding of the mechanics and metrics of quality processes, demonstrating that the College is delivering to the highest standards and providing the information enabling further development and improvement.

Key attributes will include:

- ideally, experience of quality processes across FE and HE, but certainly and strongly within one of the domains;

- thorough understanding of external, policy demands in relation to Quality, and demonstration of translating these mandates into successful institutional responses;

- demonstration of significant institutional experience and liaison with Executive Management;

- line-management of infrastructure developed around Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement;

- experience of providing information to and negotiating with academic partners, funding and awarding bodies;

- an understanding of what Quality means to different stakeholder groups;

- flexibility around different interpretations and definitions of Quality, without compromising the demand for excellence;

- excellent communication skills;

- above all, an approach to Quality in FE and HE which not only prioritises enhancement but understands fully the measures required to achieve outstanding results.


Interested candidates are encouraged to have a formative conversation with either the College's retained consultant (Professor Bill Wardle: or 07777642100) or the Director's line-manager (Vice Principal, Curriculum and Quality: Tracy Stuart. Contact via Tel 01254 292103).

Closing Date: Noon Friday 24 February 2017

Scheduled Date of Assessment Centre: Tuesday 14 March 2017