Malvern International is an international education company with UK-based International Study Centres at our partner Universities, University of East London (UEL) and Wrexham Glyndŵr University and at our schools in Brighton, London and Manchester.  In over 35 years, we have welcomed students from over 120 countries to access study opportunities with us.
 
Our core purpose is to provide, with our partners, students from around the world with the opportunities to reach their full potential via access to transformational learning, teaching and support and our mission is to provide international students essential academic and English language skills, cultural experiences and the support they need to thrive in their academic studies, daily life and career development.
 
The Malvern International group includes:
 
·       Malvern University Partnerships – high quality on-campus and off-campus university pathway programmes, helping students progress to a range of universities
·       Malvern House Schools – British Council accredited, English UK registered schools providing a range of interactive language programmes
·       Malvern Online Academy – a British Council accredited online English school, offering supported tuition to students from around the world
·       Juniors & Summer Camps – English language learning experiences for juniors, with a range of summer camps and bespoke group programmes offering fully immersive language travel experiences
 
Within our University Partnerships division, our UEL International Study Centre has grown very significantly since launch in 2018, and now offers:
 
·       International Foundation programmes in Accounting, Architecture, Business and Management, Engineering, Computing and Science, Hospitality Management, Humanities and Social Science and Law
·       International Year One programmes in Business and Engineering, and from September 2021, Computer Science and Hospitality Management
·       International Graduate Diploma and pre-master’s programmes
·       Pre-sessional, in-sessional and induction programmes for UEL international degree level students
 
We now seek an experienced Academic Director to lead on all aspects of the delivery of these programmes as a key member of the UEL International Study Centre Senior Management Team, and to deputise for the Centre Director as appropriate.
 
Adopting a flexible, problem-solving, approach the Academic Director will play a central role in the delivery and growth of our portfolio at UEL, and will have overall responsibility for all aspects of academic quality and teaching delivery, including the effective management and development of teaching and resource, the provision of an excellent academic student experience and motivational staff leadership.
 
The Academic Director will promote best practice in all aspects of his/her work, and be a role model and mentor to our staff, and be sympathetic to our students; s/he will take decisions and accept responsibility.  S/he will have a willingness to learn and adapt, and most importantly have a positive attitude which will underpin the delivery and further growth of our programmes at our centre at the University of East London.
 
Key Responsibilities
·       Provide effective and efficient delivery and management of high quality teaching and learning to give students the best opportunity to maximise their academic potential and progress to the University of East London, including the management of systems, structures and processes to work effectively in line with legal requirements, corporate requirements and budget.
·       Ensure that all necessary strategies, policies and procedures are in place to assess and report on student performance and progression,
·       Develop, lead and optimally co-ordinate teaching programmes and teaching resource, with particular reference to pedagogic developments, curriculum review, timetabling, assessments and staff deployment to maximise student progression and satisfaction and optimum student satisfaction levels.
·       Liaise with UEL and Malvern House colleagues on all aspects of validation and accreditation processes, and in ensuring QA policies are followed to maintain educational oversight.


Staff Leadership and Management
·       Develop a strong, cohesive and productive Academic Team, whose members have clear roles and responsibilities within a positive work environment, and high expectations of performance, by overseeing the recruitment, management, development and retention of high calibre and competent employees.
·       Provide staff with on-going leadership and guidance with regard to programme goals, curriculum, materials and methodology.
·       Manage the process of class observations and teaching development, married with appropriate CPD opportunities, and ensure that these are carried out on a regular basis.
·       Promote a collaborative working environment to maintain and enhance the quality of the student learning experience and the overall learning and teaching environment.
·       Regularly review own practice, set personal targets and take responsibility for own personal development.

Key Relationships
·       Report to the UEL ISC’s Centre Director on all aspects of the role, and in particular in the ongoing growth and development of current and future UEL ISC courses, and communicate extensively with other key academic colleagues in both UEL and other Malvern International learning environments to share and develop best practice.
·       Effectively engage with UEL and Malvern International colleagues and external examiners to ensure best practice is adopted in the development, delivery and assesssment of our programmes, and ensure that all aspects of our programme are compliant with the UEL regulatory framework, and follow best practice, and new opportunities/programmes are developed in line with this framework.
·       Work collaboratively and successfully with the UEL International Study Centre team, including the Centre Director and Student Services Manager and staff to ensure the UEL ISC programmes are aligned with other pathway programmes offered by Malvern International and benchmarked against sector norms, to ensure students are supported effectively throughout their programme.
·       Liaise closely with Malvern International’s Global Sales team to effectively promote the UEL ISC programmes and to grow student numbers within it, and with agents and parents of prospective and current students.


Student Leadership and Pastoral Care
·       Ensuring the academic team provide the highest level of pastoral care, including acting as personal tutor to a diverse range of students.
·       Working with the Student Services team to support and promote the highest standards of welfare for students, with safeguarding being central to the team’s approach.


Other
·       Your job title does not define or limit your duties and you may be required to carry out other work within your abilities from time to time at our request.
·       We reserve the right to introduce changes in line with developments which may impact upon your job duties or methods of working.


Salary
A competitive salary will be offered to the successful candidate.


Annual Leave
20 days per year plus bank holidays.


Place of Work
University of East London Docklands Campus.  The nature of the Academic Director role means any limited remote/home working will only be possible, by arrangement, outside of term time.


Safeguarding
As part of our Safeguarding procedures, applicants are asked to note that:
·       references will be followed up;
·       all gaps in CVs must be explained satisfactorily;
·       proof of identity and (where applicable) copies of qualifications will be required;
·       reference requests will specifically ask whether there is any reason why candidates should not be engaged in situations where they have responsibility for, or substantial access to, persons under 18;
·       appropriate suitability checks will be required prior to confirmation of appointment.
This role meets the requirements in respect of exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. All applicants who are offered employment will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check before the appointment is confirmed. This will include details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings as well as convictions.

 

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