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Head of Global English Curriculum

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Closing date
Sep 30, 2023

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The appointment will be at Grade:9, Salary: £54,421 - £63,059.

Global College is Heriot-Watt University's sixth academic school. It aims to widen inclusion and access to a Heriot-Watt higher education. The Global College operates over three locations, Dubai, Malaysia and Edinburgh.

The first Edinburgh Global College courses include a one-year Bachelor's Degree Accelerator Programme. Completing this springboards students into the second year of related undergraduate degrees. A Pre-Masters Graduate Diploma Programme prepares students for postgraduate taught study.

Edinburgh Global College programmes are also designed for students who are returning to education after some time away and who may need support, or who are switching to a different subject from what they've previously studied.

The Global College programmes in all locations combine Academic English and study skills with discipline-specific learning.

Detailed Description

This key role is responsible for contributing to the strategic development of the University's portfolio of Academic English programmes and leading on operational delivery.

A primary element of the role will be in leading the development and quality assurance of the University's Academic English portfolio across all University campuses.

You will lead and coordinate the delivery of a wide variety of English Language programmes across the institution, which will vary in location of delivery, academic English level and duration of study.

You will be expected to engage at a senior level both internally and externally and act as an ambassador for Heriot-Watt University in working with key international partners.

The role will also have specific responsibilities for providing expert specialist support and advice to Academic Schools in the area of curriculum development to support in-sessional English language support.

The post-holder will work closely with teams in the following areas to optimise delivery and results:

  • Academic schools: Portfolio and Curriculum Development
  • Market Research & Analysis: Portfolio development, international market research
  • International Development: Global partners, institutional agreements

Profile of Role Holder

You will have exceptional knowledge of leading the successful delivery of pre-sessional and in-sessional English Language programmes and English for Academic Purposes Programmes in the Higher Education environment.

You will have significant line-management experience and a record in leading high-performing teams in the English Language teaching environment.

You will have experience of enhancing and developing programmes in this area, including benchmarking and quality assurance of language delivery.

Resilient yet structured in your work, you can work under pressure and to tight deadlines whilst ensuring priorities are aligned to strategic imperatives.

You will have detailed understanding of University sector challenges and opportunities in this area, which you will keep constantly updated.

You will be strategic in your approach and able to influence senior decision makers through concise and clear articulation of the environment and the University's place in it.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

You will be a leading contributor to the development of the University's strategy in pre-sessional and in-sessional English language and lead on its successful operational delivery.

This will include both online and on-campus delivery in our global hubs of our Scottish, Dubai and Malaysian campuses. You will also work with key University partners in delivering programmes in other global locations as well as with our network of strategic student recruitment agents.

Specific duties will include:

  • Coordinating, managing, enhancing and developing the University's Academic English portfolio. This will specifically include further developing English Language Preparation programmes for students to undertake prior to their Pre-masters or Foundation level course, as well as development of online elements of the portfolio.
  • Oversight of Global Academic English delivery through line-management of managers across delivery locations. Leading, coordinating and managing the Academic English team in Edinburgh, including both permanent and temporary teaching staff employed to meet seasonal demand.
  • Effective management of in-market language testing and assessment
  • Achieving KPIs for the team
  • Carefully managing resource supporting both staff and non-pay budgets
  • Managing a team of English teaching staff ensuring high quality teaching output at the desired level, and outstanding student engagement.
  • Providing bespoke support to Academic Schools in delivering pre-sessional and in-sessional Academic English programmes and oversight of/co-ordination of the 'English Gym' activity.
  • Ensure appropriate academic quality and standards are maintained to agreed levels, liaising with the External Examiner for English Language for the Global College.
  • In liaison with the Academic Quality team, manage quality assurance of franchised and locally run overseas pre-sessional and English language programmes.
  • Leading the delivery of sector-leading international student support for English Language students in liaison with professional services - e.g. social and cultural programme, on-campus experience, and English Gym.
  • Ensure that the roles and responsibilities of the Academic English team are clearly defined and linked to explicitly measurable outcomes.

Essential criteria

  1. Educated to degree level
  2. Professional qualification in ELT Management and/or TEFL
  3. Extensive experience of Academic English delivery gained over a minimum of five years
  4. Experience of English language testing
  5. Experience of course and programme development, academic benchmarking and quality assurance.
  6. Understanding of other cultures and cultural differences, preferably obtained through work or study abroad.
  7. Demonstrable experience of managing a team and delivering to clearly defined and ambitious targets
  8. Proven experience of managing resources, workloads and changing priorities for self and others
  9. Demonstrable change management experience and skills
  10. Ability to operate in a complex global environment
  11. Excellent communication, influencing and interpersonal skills
  12. Good track record of developing and maintaining positive working relationships with internal and external customers, peers, stakeholders and others

Desirable criteria

  1. Postgraduate qualification
  2. Relevant professional body membership
  3. Experience of leading change
  4. Project Management skills

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit via the Heriot-Watt University on-line recruitment system: (1) a cover letter describing their interest and suitability for the post; (2) a full CV.

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At Heriot Watt we are passionate about our values and look to them to connect our people globally and to help us collaborate and celebrate our success through working together. Our research programmes can deliver real world impact which is achieved through the diversity of our international community and the recognition of creative talent that connects our global team.

Our flourishing community will give you the freedom to challenge and to bring your enterprising mind and to help our partners with solutions that can be applied now and in the future. Join us and Heriot Watt will provide you with a platform to thrive and work in a way that also helps you live your life in balance with well-being and inclusiveness at the heart of our global community.

Heriot-Watt University is committed to securing equality of opportunity in employment and to the creation of an environment in which individuals are selected, trained, promoted, appraised and otherwise treated on the sole basis of their relevant merits and abilities. Equality and diversity are all about maximising potential and creating a culture of inclusion for all.

Heriot-Watt University values diversity across our University community and welcomes applications from all sectors of society, particularly from underrepresented groups. For more information, please see our website and also our award-winning work in Disability Inclusive Science Careers .

Heriot-Watt University values diversity across our University community and welcomes applications from all sectors of society, particularly from underrepresented groups. For more information, please see our website and also our award-winning work in Disability Inclusive Science Careers .

We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.

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