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Deputy Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs)

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Education, Media & Communications
London, GBR
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Deputy Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs) Description At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into ...

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Deputy Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs)


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Deputy Vice Principal - Academic Affairs

Our mission is clear: to become one of the UK’s leading universities for in-depth industry engagement. As a pioneering Higher Education Institution (HEI), we’re transforming industry today and tomorrow, by designing and delivering education powered by industry experience.

At Pearson College London, industry engagement drives us; it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. And it is what will take us, and our students, into the future. Every university focuses on “employability” - what sets us apart is the level of industry engagement that we’re able to offer. Industry engagement is at the core of everything that we do; our industry partners deliver workshops for our students, they also design, develop and deliver our courses, offer our students internship opportunities, set them live briefs and attend their end of term showcases.

When you combine higher education and industry, everyone benefits. Especially when there’s a need for graduates to stand out from the crowd in a competitive market.

About the role


These are the key responsibilities of the job: on occasion you may be required to undertake other duties commensurate with your grade.

  • Providing leadership to the Academic Affairs Office
  • Playing a central role in developing and implementing quality assurance and enhancement policies and procedures for Pearson College London. Such processes and procedures to be appropriate to an organisation seeking degree-awarding powers
  • Ensuring implementation of the UK Quality Code and other requirements of the QAA and other quality assurance bodies.
  • Ensuring the appropriate processes are followed to ensure and maintain the registration of Pearson College London with the Office for Students, including oversight of the Access and Participation plan.
  • In liaison with the Vice Principal (Academic Quality and Enhancement), overseeing validation documentation to ensure that it complies with QAA and OfS requirements and Pearson College London strategy and regulations.
  • In liaison with the Vice Principal (Academic Quality and Enhancement), overseeing documentation submitted for QAA reviews and assisting in the preparation for such reviews.
  • Acting as a principal institutional source of advice and guidance concerning academic regulations, quality assurance and enhancement policy, procedures, and processes, and recommend and manage updates.
  • Acting as a principal institutional source of advice and guidance concerning regulation and quality assurance of apprenticeship programmes.
  • Developing and maintaining professional links with the OfS, QAA, ESFA other HE agencies and relevant professional statutory or regulatory bodies.
  • In liaison with the Vice-Principal (Academic Quality and Enhancement), overseeing collaborative partnerships including advising and monitoring the agreements on institutional contracts.
  • Managing the delivery of the institutional external examiner, academic and non-academic discipline, academic appeals, complaints and extenuation systems. Act as institutional liaison on these matters with Pearson College London’s validating partners.
  • Overseeing the operation of the Pearson College London’s key governance committees in liaison with the Chairs of the committees.
  • Chairing and participating in working groups, committees, validation and review events as required.

Why Pearson College London?

We’ve come a long way in a short space of time: We continually innovate and in the past year the College and our students have been nominated for several awards, including the CIM’s Marketing Excellence Awards 2018, the Times Higher Education Awards 2017 for Business School of the Year and Outstanding University Entrepreneurship Award, the HEIST Awards 2017 for Best Marketing Team, Best Prospectus from a Specialist Institution and Best Website. Our Escape Studios undergraduate degrees team received a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) finalist certificate recognising our collaboration with industry to develop the programmes for the benefit of our students who are now benefiting from the ​innovative ​approach to course development.

Real world ready:We collaborate with industry, thought leaders and experts to anticipate industry needs. We create experiences that develop savvy, work-ready graduates, who are ready for the real-world - today and tomorrow.

Transformative:We’re transforming and disrupting HE and industry. We challenge the status-quo.

Team rules!Students, industry, colleagues, thought-leaders - collaboration, inclusion and transparency are crucial to success.

Engaged and curious:We are constantly engaged and curious about changing industries, and learning by doing.

More great things about working here….

We’re part of Pearson Plc, the world's largest education company. Pearson has over 30,000 staff worldwide and this role is based in their offices in London.Pearson is committed to a world that’s always learning and to its talented team who makes it all possible.

We’ll expect a lot and we know you’ll do great work, so we give a lot back with some of the best benefits in the business. We know that one size doesn’t fit all so our workplace programs meet the different needs of our diverse teams, and their families too. There is a range of options, too many to list here, but when you join you can expect:

  • a starting holiday of 25 days increasing to 30, with options to flex up or down
  • an annual incentive plan based on company and individual performance
  • generous pension scheme - contributions are double matched by Pearson
  • stock purchase options
  • health plans, and an employee assistance programme for you and your family, to help balance work, family and personal life including flexible working, dental plans, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme and season ticket loans.

If we sound like a good match for you, or maybe for a friend, we’d love to receive an application. Find out more about how learning makes us, at




  • Masters degree or higher;
  • A working knowledge of ESFA apprenticeship funding rules, quality assurance relating to apprenticeships and the structure of the apprenticeship system in England.


  • Educated to degree level;
  • An excellent knowledge of Higher Education, the UK Quality Code and the current issues and challenges within the sector;
  • An excellent knowledge of the political and regulatory environment within which Higher Education operates, including the requirements of the Office for Students;
  • A proven track record in delivering to targets and deadlines;
  • IT experience in a Windows environment.

Skills and Competencies

  • Proven leadership skills;
  • Ability to interface with diverse groups of individuals, with confidence and clarity;
  • Ability to persuade and to manage change;
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal;
  • Ability to summarise and take succinct, clear notes of meetings and discussion;
  • A proactive approach to continuing professional development;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality about sensitive issues;
  • Works to meet quality standards with a habit of checking own work for accuracy and presentation standards;
  • A flexible team player.

Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-London-190 High Holborn 190 High Holborn London WC1V 7BH

Job: General Business Operations

Organization: Core

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Oct 22, 2018

Job Unposting: Nov 21, 2018

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1813861

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.