The University of Wolverhampton

Principal Lecturer - Head of Student Transitions

Walsall Campus
Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing
Contract Type
Advert Status
51,630 to 59,828 pa
Closing Date
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At the University of Wolverhampton each student is given the opportunity to succeed. Supporting transitions (orientation/stage induction, course/campus engagement, level progression and teaching, learning and assessment support) across the student lifecycle is essential to this success. The outcomes of which are reflected in Key Performance Indictors (KPIs) (student access, retention, attainment and progression). 


The Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing (FEHW) are seeking to appoint a Principal Lecturer - Head of Student Transitions who will support the University/Faculty strategic priority areas (learner engagement, learner opportunities and subject communities) to improve on student access, retention, attainment and progression. Central to this role will be to monitor, analyse and report on data analytics/evidence-base to support monitoring/enhancement activity and transitional interventions which will be developed to target improvements on internal KPIs. Chairing and reporting on assessment board progression/continuation rate and implementing strategy to support first and second/third attempts will be essential. The ability to factor in how transitional interventions will be operationalised differently when considering learner analytics (i.e., commuter students, first sibling to attend HEI, different educational experiences) and course modalities (part-time, blended, distance) will be important.  In turn, work with Institutes/Schools to operationalise an inclusive agenda (a curriculum for all), student resilience, flexible learning approaches, orientation/induction and innovation in pastoral support will be strategic key drivers.


You will lead the Faculty in strategically driving Institutes/Schools in enhancement activities and interventions which are aligned with these internal KPIs. A specific focus will be on early intervention measures which involve the student voice across the lifecycle. The Head of Student Transitions and Internal KPI Outcomes will chair/attend exam boards, analyse and respond to progression and non-engagement data across the FEHW as well as lead/attend relevant meetings and committees to this role which are University, Faculty (course committee meetings, faculty meetings and boards associated with internal KPIs) and School based and as designated by the Director of Teaching Excellence (Associate Dean). The ability to prioritise student outcomes on courses which do not meet with internal KPI benchmarks and work collaboratively with Heads of School/Course Leads will be essential to this post. You will be required to work collaboratively across the University (CoLT, student services, QCU) and with external partners (Advance HE) where best practice is exchanged and implemented across FEHW. Keeping up to date with latest pedological research, sector leading practice and fostering a research/evidence-based relevant to innovation in transitional support and internal KPIs will be essential. You together with Internal KPI outcomes will develop staff, and lead representatives (Schools) and learning and teaching catalyst across the Faculty. 


You will work collaboratively with a team of Principal Lecturers with direction from the Director of Teaching Excellence (Associate Dean) in delivering the University/Faculty Learning and Teaching Strategy which specifically focus on transitional support and internal KPI outcomes. There will be core membership/Chairing of relevant meetings as designated by the Director of Teaching Excellence, including core membership to the Teaching and Learning Faculty Committee.


You will be educated to a minimum of a Master’s degree level or equivalent and will have experience of working with teams in internal KPI enhancement activity (access, retention, progression, engagement and achievement). Fellowship of Advance HE will be advantageous.


For further information or discussion please contact: Dr Devinder Rana-Rai, Director of Teaching Excellence (Associate Dean) FEHW 

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