Associate Dean, Faculty of Education

Full Time £60,905 – £62,727  / Per Annum REF: NU3920
Closing deadline for applications: 31/01/2021

Newman University is distinctive. A successful University based in South-West Birmingham, built on Catholic foundations and with a multidisciplinary curriculum offer, we provide a personalised student experience, continually listening to our students to improve and shape their university experience. Student satisfaction is constantly increasing, as evidenced by the 2019/20 NSS survey which showed Newman University to be 1st amongst the Birmingham universities for overall student satisfaction, and 2nd overall in the West Midlands. A significant strength, highlighted by the NSS is the quality of the relationships between staff and students. We encourage partnership between staff and students, supporting students to grow and succeed. The university welcomes staff and students of all faiths and no professed faith. Students and staff repeatedly speak of belonging to the Newman community, supported by a rich cultural diversity and an inclusive approach.

Teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, we constantly exceed sector averages for recruitment from under-represented and disadvantaged groups including mature students, disabled students, students from low participation neighbourhoods and first generation HE students.

The University is now seeking to appoint an exceptional individual to join our Newman community, in the post of Associate Dean of the Faculty.

The Faculty of Education has a strong reputation and track record in teacher education and offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development opportunities leading to a broad range of careers in education and associated professions. It is comprised of four Departments, Primary Initial Teacher Education, Secondary Initial teacher Education, Early Childhood Education and Care, and Education & Multi Professional Practice. We offer initial teacher education programmes leading to qualified teacher status (QTS) for the early years, primary and secondary levels in mainstream education and these are available through our undergraduate, postgraduate and school direct programmes of study. Our full and part-time undergraduate courses include Early Childhood Education and Care and Studies in Primary Education.

The Faculty of Education works in close partnership with schools, settings and organisations in the areas of mentoring, work placements, curriculum consultancy and research. Our partnership links enable us to offer mentoring and work placements that enrich trainees’ knowledge, experience and opportunities. We also share knowledge and resources in a number of ways – from commissioned research and evaluation projects to providing training and support in schools.

The Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education will report to the Executive Dean of the Faculty, and will lead and manage the Initial Teacher Education Department (ITE) and Education, Multi-Professional Practice and Early Childhood (EMPPEC) departments so that the staff within them realise their potential and deliver excellence across the full range of academic activities, within the context of the strategic development and operations of the Faculty and University. The post-holder will lead on Faculty of Education strategic priorities, ITE compliance, cross-institutional and cross Faculty priorities as required.

The post holder will also lead on the development and achievement of the annually agreed Faculty targets aligned to the strategic plan targets for student recruitment, student experience, retention, research and financial sustainability for the department, and will represent the University as lead contact with Ofsted, including undertaking the role of Ofsted Nominee for the University, and assuming leadership responsibility for Ofsted improvement planning and leading Ofsted inspections. The level of teaching involved in this role will be determined by the Executive Dean of Faculty

The successful applicant will hold a Masters Qualification, Doctorate or equivalent professional standing and will have Qualified Teacher Status. Excellent HE and ITE expertise, knowledge, experience and a strong teaching record in Higher Education is essential, with significant experience of teaching and senior leadership in primary or secondary schools.  Excellent knowledge of ITE compliance, together with HE experience in workload allocation, budget management, financial planning and monitoring, and experience of successfully recruiting to and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate ITE programmes is also required.

Informal enquiries about this key role are very welcome. Please contact Professor Jackie Dunne, Vice Chancellor, at if you would like to discuss this opportunity further.

An application form, full job description and person specification, and further information about working at Newman University are available from:  or alternatively please e-mail:

Closing date for applications: Sunday 31 January 2021

 Interview date to be confirmed

Newman University offers a wide range of staff benefits including 35 days annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time posts), pension scheme, chaplaincy and spiritual care, library services, employee assistance programme, occupational health and counselling services and staff development opportunities. For further information about these and other staff benefits please visit our website or contact the Human Resources Department.

Newman University is an Equal Opportunity Employer