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– Salary: “Dependant Upon Experience”
– Closing Date: 18/03/2019
– Job Role: International Progression/Research Partnerships Manager
The post holder will have the responsibility for managing the University’s international progression partnerships across the University; maintaining an up-to-date database of all international partnerships; and providing a professional service to colleagues within the Directorate and across the University to deliver its ambitious internationalisation agenda. The post-holder will report to the Head of International Partnerships.
The successful candidate will be highly motivated with sound interpersonal, communication and team working skills, considerable experience within an international HE context and the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
The University of Stirling is a leading UK teaching and research-intensive university, created by Royal Charter in 1967. Since its foundation, the University has embraced its role as an innovative, intellectual and cultural institution with a pioneering spirit and a passion for excellence in all that it does.
In 2016, the University launched its current Strategic Plan https://www.stir.ac.uk/about/our-vision/our-strategy/ (2016-2021), with targets to: be one of the top 25 universities in the UK; increase income by £50 million; enhance its research profile by 100 per cent; and ensure internationalisation is at the heart of everything it does.
With three-quarters of its research ranked world-leading and internationally-excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014), the University’s groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research makes a difference to society and has a positive impact on communities worldwide. Stirling’s research is making a positive impact on people’s health, education and wellbeing, with key strengths across our research themes of: Cultures, Communities and Society; Global Security and Resilience; and Living Well. The University collaborates with international governments and policymakers, businesses, industry, and charitable organisations, to tackle and provide solutions to some of the toughest global societal challenges.
The essence of the University is its great people: its staff (1,500+), students (14,000+) and alumni (85,000+) are helping to shape the world. In 2018, the University retained its five-star QS rating, awarded to world-class universities. With more than 120 nationalities represented on campus, Stirling is a truly global university of distinction and an employer of choice.
Stirling’s leading researchers, scholars and global student population are attracted by the University’s unique learning environment, exceptional facilities, beautiful campus and student-centred approach, where ability, not background, is recognised and valued.
Equality and diversity, and treating everyone with respect, are central to the University’s ethos and activities. Stirling promotes equality and celebrate diversity through a variety of initiatives. The University is proud to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award http://www.stir.ac.uk/equalityanddiversity/athenaswan/ – the national charter recognising best practice in advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
The University is located in the city of Stirling; the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. The 330-acre campus encompasses a loch, a golf course and the 18th-century Airthrey Castle. It is undoubtedly one of the most attractive campuses in Europe; ranked 1st in Scotland and the UK, in the International Student Barometer 2016.
The Directorate of Internationalisation and Partnerships (DIP) is newly created to support the delivery of the University’s internationalisation ambition. It encompasses global advancement, alumni and business engagement; international mobility; and international partnerships. In delivering the strategic priorities of the University, we support the enhancement of the University’s reputation for excellence in student experience, teaching, and high-quality research with global impact by partnering with leading academic institutions and business organisation. The Directorate provides a wide range of services to internal and external stakeholders and works closely with the University’s senior management team. By adopting an integrated holistic approach to our work, we ensure the University’s strategic messages are effectively reinforced through what we do and throughout our partnership network.
Description of Duties
Support the Executive Director in developing a strategic approach to delivering a professional service across the institution to ensure the implementation of the University’s internationalisation agenda;
Contribute to fostering a CAFÉ (creative, aspiring, flexible and engaging) culture within the Directorate;
Represent the Directorate at regular meetings held at Faculties and Services concerning internationalisation;
Participate in discussions with partners, Faculties and Services regarding the review of existing international progression partnerships and the development of new ones;
Work collaboratively with Faculties and other services to develop an effective international progression partnership life-cycle management system;
Produce an annual work and resource plan for international progression partnerships and keep it up to date at all times;
Manage a central database for all international progression partnerships of the University and ensure that it remains up to date and GDPR compliant at all times;
Ensure the secure storage of all signed international progression partnership agreements;
Work proactively with the international recruitment team and admissions to ensure high rate of student application conversion from international progression partners;
Work collaboratively with Faculties to ensure progression pathways and entry requirements are kept up to date with relevant information communicated to partners in a timely fashion;
Analyse data and identify actions to be taken with Faculties and other services to maximise the recruitment potential of articulation partnerships;
Represent the University at external events and partner institutions;
Undertake other duties from time to time as required by the Executive Director.
An honours degree
At least two years of experience working in an HE environment with an international outlook;
Working knowledge of the UK National Qualification Framework and QAA Quality Code;
Excellent team working, inter-personal and creative problem solving skills, with a friendly and positive ‘can do’ attitude;
Experience with international progression partnerships development and management;
Track record of effective verbal and written communication with people from differing backgrounds, cultures and countries;
A competent user of MS Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook;
Ability to work unsupervised and under pressure to meet tight deadlines;
A willingness to travel nationally and internationally and work non-standard hours (including weekends) as necessary.
A master’s qualification;
Experience working in a Quality Office and/or International Recruitment Office either centrally or based at a Faculty;
Personal experience studying/living abroad.
Appointments will be made subject to satisfactory references.
The University offers great benefits such as generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme with employer contributions of 18%. Additionally staff can benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University’s excellent Sport Centre facilities and the option of childcare vouchers through a salary sacrifice scheme.
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