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Educational Governance Officer

Requisition ID:  5602

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  12-Jan-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £30,942  £32,817 per annum


Closing Date: 26 January 2021


The Role

You will be based in LTDS’s Educational Governance Team, working in partnership with staff and students to support the delivery, and enhancement, of a high-quality student learning experience.  You will support the development and implementation of educational policy (including but not limited to quality management);  the development of educational partnerships for the joint delivery of degree programmes;  and the management of national student surveys on behalf of the University.


A UK degree or equivalent, together with up-to-date knowledge of policy and practice relating to learning, teaching and enhancement in higher education.  Experience of steering complex projects to timely and successful completion is also essential.

You will have the ability to establish and maintain relationships with a wide range of colleagues, through your excellent interpersonal and team-working skills.  Excellent communications and presentation skills, both oral and written are essential, as are strong research skills and a creative approach to problem solving.


This is a fixed term post until 18 March 2022

For informal enquiries please contact Claire Irving, Educational Governance Team Manager;  Claire.irving@newcastle.ac.uk .


Key Accountabilities 

  • Providing effective policy and committee support to one of the sub-committees of University Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee (ULTSEC) for which LTDS is responsible; and supporting other task and finish groups of ULTSEC as directed by the Head of Team and/or Head of LTDS
  • Developing and steering through to successful implementation University policies and procedures relating to education (including but not limited to academic quality and standards)
  • Writing and presenting appropriate reports and papers and make presentations to a variety of audiences in order to promote, influence and support the development of high quality learning, teaching and the student experience at Newcastle
  • Providing effective advice and guidance to academic staff and professional services colleagues, to ensure that University policies and processes in the areas the Team is responsible for are properly applied across the University (including but not limited to policies and processes relating to quality assurance and enhancement)
  • Providing effective support for the development and implementation of University policies and processes for student opinion and representation, including acting as the Team’s leader for at least one of the national student surveys in which the University participates e.g. NSS, ISB, PTES and PRES
  • Supporting the implementation of the University’s framework for educational partnerships, to ensure that the University develops and sustains its academic reputation and high quality partnerships
  • Managing periodic reviews of taught programmes in the role of review secretary, ensuring that these reviews are undertaken in line with University policy and that the implementation of this meets national expectations for the operation of periodic review
  • Supporting the operation of the University’s processes for recording and publishing information about taught programmes and modules, participating in this activity within the Team and providing advice and guidance to colleagues in faculties and academic units on the operation of these processes
  • Designing and delivering bespoke and generic workshops/training to academic and support staff on the application of quality management processes
  • Managing internal/external projects to support delivery of objectives set out in the University’s Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Strategy and/or the LTDS Annual Action Plan
  • Any other duties, consistent with the post’s grade, as requested by the Head of the Educational Governance Team, and or Head of LTDS and/or the Director of Academic Services

The  Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • An up to date knowledge of policy and practice relating to learning and teaching, and to quality assurance and enhancement in Higher Education
  • Ability to manage and prioritise own workload, to solve problems and use own initiative effectively, and to work in a flexible and responsive way
  • Ability to work effectively within a team
  • Ability to establish, maintain and communicate within relevant internal and external networks of contacts across a wide range of partnerships
  • Research skills, including the ability to analyse complex data
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to write detailed evidence based reports
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proficiency in the use of information technology to support administrative work and processes
  • Experience of steering complex projects to successful and timely completion
  • Wide experience of organising activities involving groups of people
  • Experience of applying research techniques in practice
  • Demonstrable commitment to own professional development
  • Demonstrable commitment to the Core Values of the Learning and Teaching Development
  • Experience of steering complex projects to successful and timely completion


  • A postgraduate qualification 
  • Knowledge of the structure and systems within Newcastle University and its mission 
  • Knowledge of the arrangements necessary for collaborative degree programmes 
  • Ability to use databases and web content management tools
  • Experience of working in cross-institutional projects in higher education 
  • Experience of training and developing others/producing user documentation 



  • University degree or equivalent


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 5602