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Graduate School Manager

Graduate School

Location:  Ormskirk
Salary:  £36,386 to £40,931 per annum
Permanent
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Sunday 29 January 2023
Reference:  EHA1992-0123

We’re here to create and harness knowledge, to deliver opportunity for everyone. 

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a Graduate School Manager to join the Graduate School, responsible for managing the team that provides administrative support for all areas of activity of the Graduate School. You will also be responsible for proactively initiating, designing, managing, evaluating, and reporting on Graduate School strategic and developmental projects in line with Graduate School, and relevant institutional, strategic priorities. You will be expected to take a proactive approach to ensuring that Edge Hill both reflects and contributes to shaping best practice in relation to the postgraduate researcher experience and researcher development. 

You will achieve that by engaging closely with key external agencies to ensure that Edge Hill is not only alert to developments within the sector for benchmarking purposes, but also contributes to developments in the sector as a direct result of this role. You will contribute to researcher development and doctoral training by designing, delivering, and evaluating sessions and events in relation to your areas of expertise. You will be expected to produce print and digital resources and contribute to projects, working groups, committees, and initiatives relevant to the role. That will involve developing good working relationships and networks across the University and elsewhere across the sector.

In this role, you will be responsible for designing and implementing an approach to pre-doctoral research and recruitment that will help us widen participation in research degrees and address equality, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of Graduate School activity. You will be the Graduate School’s lead in relation to all matters of academic quality enhancement. You will also be expected to be able to contribute to research in doctoral education, working with academic colleagues in the Graduate School and elsewhere in the institution. 

For informal enquiries about this vacancy, please contact: Dr Leon Culbertson, Dean of the Graduate School, at culbertl@edgehill.ac.uk 

About You

You must be flexible and responsive to the demands of the team, postgraduate researchers, and academic colleagues to provide an excellent experience for all, but you will also be part of a management team making strategic decisions and planning development of research degrees, researcher development, and the Graduate School. You will also need to become cognizant of the demands of international research and research degree partnerships and how academic research across the university will impact upon research degree priorities. This will require an ability to work independently when researching practice across the university, and sector, and to work closely with the Graduate School management team so that your knowledge of research degrees at Edge Hill intersects with developments across the field. This will enable you to project manage Graduate School activities and delegate administrative responsibilities where necessary.


As Graduate School Manager you will:

  • Be responsible for managing the development and operationalisation of strategies, processes, governance, policy, and regulations relevant to research degrees. This will include the requirements of the Office for Students, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, funding bodies and professional organisations, as required.
  • Design and deliver training, induction and information sessions for staff and postgraduate researchers on matters of process and contribute to projects, working groups, committees, and initiatives relevant to the role.
  • Working as a key part of the evolving Graduate School, your role will encompass the management of fixed-term projects as agreed with the Dean of the Graduate School. This will include designing an effective Alumni strategy and engaging with research around doctoral education and researcher development.
  • Line-manage the administrative team in the Graduate School and manage the implementation of information management systems.
  • Promote Graduate School initiatives and the production of reports to ensure that the work of the Graduate School meets the changing needs of the postgraduate research population. 

At Edge Hill University we value the benefits a rich and diverse workforce brings to our community and therefore welcome applications from all sections of society.

Rewards & Benefits

  • A minimum of 38 days annual leave per annum, (inclusive of bank holiday and University closure days) 
  • Discounted membership to our onsite state-of-the-art sport and leisure facilities
  • Staff benefits scheme, which provides you with discounts across the high street, supermarket shopping, cinema tickets, dining out and more
  • A wide range of development programmes to enhance your career
  • Beautiful award-winning on-campus working environment
  • Automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme with our employer contribution of 16.3%

About Us 

At Edge Hill University we believe in the life changing opportunities knowledge can create. Since 1885, we’ve been creating access to knowledge for those who may not have had the opportunity to before. 

Today, the effect we have has a far-reaching impact, not just for those who come to study here but for those who work, invest in, and live in our local communities too. So, if you’ve ever wondered if one person can make a difference, simply speak to our alumni, students, and award-winning staff.

Because for us education isn’t about how much you take in. It’s about what you take out into the world. 

Inspiring minds and changing futures since 1885, Edge Hill University is “A great success story… an institution that improves and impresses year after year” – Times Higher Education.

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