Head of Assessment and Quality (international programmes)

London School of Economics and Political Science
£60-70k plus great benefits
Closing date
6 May 2021
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The Head of Assessment and Quality will provide vision, leadership, and drive within LSE for the University of London Programmes, and deliver an exciting plan for change and innovation to ensure it remains relevant and successful. This role is focused on students learning in person at a Recognised Teaching Centre. Operationally, it will oversee the academic governance framework (such as the effective operation and monitoring of evaluation activities), and ensure the learning resources available to students are at the highest possible standard.

Role Responsibilities:

Programme Strategy

  • Responsible for the relationship between the LSE and University of London on all matters relating to assessment and quality, standards, and governance
  • Develop and implement a multi-year plan for the development of the programme, ensuring that the School's academic, financial, and other resources are allocated to achieve greatest impact
  • Work closely with the Head of Teaching Centre Relationships to ensure that programme developments reflect student/market needs and are effectively communicated and implemented

Team Leadership

  • Line-manage, motivate and coach 3 Managers and provide leadership for the overall team which also includes an additional 2 people
  • Lead the development and implementation of a training and development plan for the Assessment and Quality team, ensuring the team have the skills and knowledge to deliver an effective and efficient service
  • Manage delegated budgets as appropriate

Programme assessment and quality

  • Ensure that efficient and effective operations and support are in place to deliver high quality programme administration to all academics and students
  • In collaboration with others, oversee the annual examination assessment process and lead regular subject reviews.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Extended Education and Academic Director for the University of London Programmes take responsibility for ensuring LSE's governance framework is up to date and supports best practice
  • Prepare and present reports and papers on the status of the programmes

Learning materials

  • Work closely with senior academics to ensure the learning materials available to students studying at a Recognised Teaching Centre are sufficiently high quality, and that the current Virtual Learning Environment is of the highest standard

Programme development

  • Work with LSE academics to regularly review the approach to assessment for the programmes and investigate opportunities to diversify assessment modes
  • Identify opportunities to expand the programme with new qualifications and courses, developing robust business cases to support new proposals

Stakeholder management and governance

  • Develop an excellent working relationship with key internal stakeholders involved in the EMFSS programmes, including LSE academics
  • Liaise with the Associate Director for Online Learning to ensure alignment between the Teaching Centre and Online Learning programmes
  • Represent LSE with external accreditation bodies (e.g. professional accreditation bodies, national education regulators)
  • Play a leadership role in LSE's relationship with the University of London, with a focus on the Quality, Standards and Governance Directorate

The Successful Applicant

Candidates must have

  • In-depth knowledge of quality, standards and governance within UK higher education provision
  • Experience of introducing change and innovation effectively in a large complex organisation / programme
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with Faculty
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Understanding or experience of the delivery of transnational education programmes and/or international student recruitment
  • Experience of leading and motivating a team, and line/performance management of individuals
  • Highly numerate with strong ability in forecasting, preparing and monitoring budgets and analysing data
  • Proven experience of building long-term relationships and inspiring trust and confidence with high level stakeholders
  • Exceptional influencing skills, with a confident and persuasive approach
  • Excellent writing and public presentation skills
  • Capacity to be comfortable in a rapidly changing working environment and the ability to adapt to changing demands and tight deadlines

What's on Offer

Head of Assessment and Quality (international programmes) is permanent and based in London.

The salary is £60-£70K plus great benefits

Ref Code: MPSZ0320212551622Z



LSE was the brain child of Sidney Webb (1859-1947) supported by his wife, the social investigator Beatrice Webb (1858-1943), the political scientist Graham Wallas (1858-1932) and the writer G Bernard Shaw (1856-1950). All four were members of the Fabian Society. An economic historian, William Hewins (1865-1931) was appointed the first Director. The first prospectus lists eleven lecturers.

“The special aim of the School will be, from the first, the study and investigation of the concrete facts of industrial life and the actual working of economic and political relations as they exist or have existed, in the United Kingdom and in foreign countries.”  LSE Prospectus, 1895

From the start, the School was open to women and men and welcomed students from overseas. The School was committed to providing its students with “scientific training in methods of investigation and research” and resources for research, and in 1896 it founded the Library, known from 1928 as the British Library of Political and Economic Science.

As the School reaches its 125th birthday in 2020-2021 it continues to develop and change with new departments and research centres. These include the Centre for Economic Performance (1990), Gender Institute (1993), the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (2008) and LSE African Initiative (2009) and the South Asia Centre and Women Peace and Security established in 2015.


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