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Director of Academic Services and Academic Registrar

Senior Management

Location:  Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
Salary:  £75,000 to £80,000 per annum
The point of entry will be dependent upon relevant qualifications and experience. The salary may be negotiable for an exceptional candidate.
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Wednesday 04 March 2020
Reference:  DL-01

Location:  Newport, Shropshire

Harper Adams University.  Specialises in teaching, research and knowledge transfer in the agricultural, food, land-based, veterinary and environmental disciplines and is the largest higher education institution of its kind in the UK. It has an outstanding record of achievement in teaching quality, graduate employability and in the National Student Survey and a reputation for delivering teaching, applied research and knowledge exchange that is directly relevant to industry. 

The Director of Academic Services and Academic Registrar will help us meet our objectives by delivering robust academic and institutional systems for the provision of student data and its analysis, inclusive and supportive services in support of our students, as well as direct contributions to the recruitment of students, our work on access and participation and external assessments of institutional performance. As a member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Management Team and the University Executive the appointee will play an important role in the wider development of policy and strategic decision making. 

This is a challenging position for a suitably qualified and experienced professional who will play a major role in the development of the University.  You will hold a degree in a relevant discipline and have senior level management experience gained within a large, complex organisation. A proven track record in the delivery of innovative and value-added registry and academic services is also required. Articulate and a good influencer, you will excel at leading teams through times of change and have a thorough understanding of the higher education landscape.

Application procedure: 

If you would like to know more about this exciting opportunity and apply, please visit the website (, or for an informal and confidential conversation, please contact our advising consultants at Gatenby Sanderson:

Gillian Young: 01908 230 265 or

Alison Elton:  

Closing date for receipt of applications: Midnight on 4th March 2020.  

Interview Date: Wednesday 25th March 2020.

This post may meet the relevant criteria to allow the University to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship to non-EEA nationals who wish to come to work in the UK through Tier 2 of the Points Based Immigration System.  For information on the sponsorship system, please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website at You are advised to assess your circumstances against the criteria set out in the UKVI policy guidance, available at UK NARIC provides advice and guidance on international qualifications at UK NARIC Visas and Nationality

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Harper Adams University is one of the premier UK Higher Education Institutions focused on the land-based and food supply chain sector.

With 2800 undergraduate students, plus those completing postgraduate, research and CPD programmes, Harper Adams is the UK's largest single provider of higher education for these subjects.  Programmes fall into eleven broad subject areas – but none operate in isolation. Community and collaboration are key at Harper Adams, meaning everyone, including staff, students and industry partners, benefits from a close network of knowledge and opportunity exchange

Situated in Shropshire, the campus and the surrounding area provide an excellent working and living environment for staff and students alike.

Harper Adams is consistently positioned highly in a range of national ratings, performance measures and league tables. Its current graduate employment rate is 98% (the joint top rating in England) and student satisfaction stands at 93% (National Student Survey 2017).

Harper Adams is ranked as the UK’s Best Modern University by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018; was named University of the Year in the 2016 and 2017 Whatuni Student Choice Awards and holds a Gold (highest level) award from the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

In 2018 Harper Adams University will receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, part of the UK honours system.

Applied research is at the heart of the university’s activity, with the work of a thriving academic community underpinning both teaching and work with the industries allied to Harper. The 2014 Government Research Excellence Framework rated all of the university’s research as “of international quality”, and more than half was deemed “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. 



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