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Registrar and Secretary

The Registrar and Secretary is responsible for the leadership of student support and academic services functions, including admissions, course administration, timetabling, student records and data, assessment, quality assurance, counselling, disability support, student finance and visa support and casework and the policies and procedures associated with RADA’s higher education provision.

The postholder will oversee the ongoing development and operation of these areas in support of RADA’s strategic objectives. In addition, the Registrar will provide expertise on higher education regulation and sector recognised standards, providing advice to staff throughout the academy and briefing the Senior Leadership Team and the Council on developments in higher education policy and practice.

The postholder will represent RADA within key external networks and will act as the main point of contact with a number of sector bodies, including the OIA, UKVI, HESA, the QAA and Advance HE.As Secretary, the post holder is responsible supporting the effective operation of RADA’s governance structures, for ensuring that the Council acts in accordance with RADA’s Royal Charter and Rules, and for advising Council Members on their legal and regulatory responsibilities. 

We are looking for an individual who brings significant experience of leading a registry or academic services team in higher educationand who is committed to delivering an excellent student experience.You will have a successful track record of managing change in higher education settingsand of developing those in professional services roles, and of providing specialist advice to senior leaders and/or governors.You will have a strong understanding of current developments in higher education and an awareness of the impact of national policy on a small specialist provider. 

Main Duties of the Role:

  • Lead and develop the Student and AcademicServices team, supporting the delivery ofRADA’s higher education courses
  • Academic management, governance, andcompliance
  • Student support and engagement
  • Data and admissions
  • Corporate Governance

Person specfication:

  • Substantial experience in a seniormanagement role within registry/studentservices in a UK HEP (Higher EducationProvider)•Experience of leading and implementingchange at functional and organisational level•Excellent understanding of UK academic-related governance, regulations,administration and organisationalmanagement in HE and knowledge ofreporting requirements•Specific experience of oversight of studentsupport
  • Experience of investigating and managingstudent casework•Excellent communication, negotiation, andrelationship-building skills

Equity, diversity and inclusion

We are extremely interested in hearing from Black, Asian, and Global Majority candidates as well as candidates who identify as D/deaf or disabled, who are under-represented at this level at RADA. We are embarking on a journey to become an anti-racist institution and are committed to supporting candidates in their positions, ensuring that the workplace is safe and inclusive for all. We are taking positive action by guaranteeing an interview to any applicant who self identifies as being from a Black, Asian or Global Majority background, and/or who self-identifies as D/deaf or disabled and has experience as a Registrar or Deputy Registrar in the highereducation sector. If you regard yourself ashaving these characteristics, please state so clearly on your supporting statement.If you require any support to be able to take part in the interview process, please let us know when you apply, and we will ensure our interview process is accessible for you.

Closing date for applications Friday 9 June at 4pm.

Interviews First round interviews will take place online on 16 and 17 June.

Second interviews will take place in person at RADA in the week of 19 June.

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