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Head of Policy and Operations

The University of Nottingham is a pioneering university that provides an exceptional education and an outstanding student experience. We deliver world-leading research that transforms lives and societies, and we are consistently ranked among the world’s top 100 universities (QS). We pioneer a global education, with campuses in Asia and the UK.

We are looking for a new Head of Policy and Operations to join our Deputy Registrar’s team in its mission to enhance the student experience and enable academic endeavour. This is a key appointment that will be leading and providing informed expert analysis, data and focused project delivery along with having senior strategic oversight of policy and practice trends across the sector in the UK and overseas.

You will keep abreast of governance and policies for the sector and anticipate emerging opportunities and challenges to the advantage of the University. You will be an essential resource to the senior management team in the drafting of papers, reports and recommendations, engaging with the formal governance structures and leading on the operational response to key regulator or committee requirements with a ‘develop, deploy, depart’ approach. You will regularly draft proposals for and advice to the University Executive Board and University senior committees including direct to the Registrar and the PVC Education. In addition, you will provide expert co-ordination to ensure a coherent approach to the planning, financial, technical and HR needs for the Deputy Registrar’s Division.

To be successful you must be a credible and trusted leader with excellent stakeholder management skills and the emotional intelligence to work collaboratively with colleagues across the institution and in support the senior management team. You will have a proven track record of policy advice and support within higher education or a comparable sector and the ability to provide an agile response to the changing educational and legislative landscape.

This is an exciting opportunity to get a real understanding of the operations of a world-leading institution and to make a real difference in the lives of our students, helping to deliver on our mission to transform lives and unlock potential and possibility through education. We value diversity in our teams to inform strategy and support our student experience. Applications are welcomed from all backgrounds and particularly encouraged from individuals in traditionally underrepresented groups such as Black, Asian or other ethnic minority backgrounds.

At the University of Nottingham, you will become part of a pioneering University that provides an exceptional education and delivers transformational research. We are committed to providing competitive employment packages, benefits and rewards, while supporting the wellbeing of our staff to help them reach their full potential.

This is a full time (36.25 hour), permanent position. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Stephen McAuliffe, email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependants accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see the our webpage on Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge.

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