Partnership Administrator

University of Stirling


Partnership Administrator

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Post Details

Full time
Open ended

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 24 September 2023.
Interviews are expected to take place on Friday 13 October 2023.

There is an expectation that work will be undertaken in the UK.

This role is not eligible for sponsorship. Applicants require to have existing right to work in the UK.

The University of Stirling recognises that a diverse workforce benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers and welcome applications from those who would contribute to further diversification of our staff and ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is woven into the substance of the role. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender, identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity.

The Post

The post holder will work as part of the Partnerships Team within the Directorate for Internationalisation and Partnerships, to assist with the coordination and administration of articulation partnerships as well as the development and growth of TNE and UK partnerships across the University. This will involve:

  • Providing effective coordination and enhancement of required partnership administration in relation to University of Stirling degrees offered through articulation and transnational education (TNE) partnerships, collaborating with Faculty and Professional Services on relevant activities across the entire student lifecycle
  • Working with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders to ensure that required standards of quality and governance are achieved in a consistent manner across partnerships and that excellent student experience is delivered and maintained
  • Working as a member of the Directorate in collaboration with Faculties and other Professional Service areas to seek innovative solutions to administrative opportunities and challenges
  • Promoting and working towards achieving the University’s strategic goals, covering both international and UK objectives, from the developmental stages of exploring new partnerships, through the launch of new collaborative and articulation programmes, to establishing and developing strong relationships between institutions whilst maintaining a high degree of professionalism and commitment

Whilst reporting primarily to the International Progression/Research Partnerships Manager the post-holder will work very closely with the TNE Partnerships Manager and the Partnerships and Finance Officer.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated with sound interpersonal, communication and team working skills along with the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines. Some experience of working in or around UK Higher Education would be desirable.

Description of Duties

The Partnership Administrator will:

  • Maintain regular, consistent levels of contact with partners, relevant Faculties and Services to ensure a seamless and high-quality student experience
  • Maintain and enhance robust administration processes for the directorate
  • Support the administration and data collection required to undertake potential partner due diligence checks
  • Support the University’s quality assurance processes, partnership meetings, and partnership reviews
  • Provide administrative support for Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarships, assisting the University’s bidding process; and assisting in arranging and organising the annual visit from the funding bodies
  • Monitor student progression, attainment and experience and provide reports for the Directorate and/or Faculty staff as required
  • Liaise with partnership students regarding the services available to support their learning journey and the quality of the overall learning experience
  • Work with Academic Registry to facilitate the smooth enrolment of partnership students onto programmes and modules
  • Work with the International Progression/Research Partnerships Manager and Faculties to process the renewal or establishment of articulation/progression agreements
  • Work collaboratively with the International Progression/Research Partnerships Manager, Faculties and other Services to enact an effective international articulation/progression partnership life-cycle management system
  • Work proactively with the International Progression/Research Partnerships Manager as well as the international recruitment and admissions teams to ensure a high rate of student application conversion from international articulation/progression partners
  • Liaise with Faculties and Communications, Marketing and Recruitment (CMR) to support promotional activities at international articulation/progression partner institutions and make administrative and logistic arrangements for overseas partnership trips
  • Assist in arranging and organising itineraries for overseas visitors to University of Stirling
  • Undertake any other duties and tasks as reasonably requested by the Head of Partnerships and the line manager

Essential Criteria

  • Degree or equivalent relevant experience
  • A highly competent user of the MS Office 365 suite with proven administrative experience
  • Working knowledge of the UK National Qualification Frameworks and QAA Quality Code
  • Track record of working with people from differing backgrounds, cultures and countries
  • Evidenced ability to work unsupervised, using own initiative and under pressure to meet tight deadlines
  • Sustained evidence of teamwork, inter-personal and creative problem-solving skills

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience working in a Higher Education Institution’s Quality Office and/or Partnership Office either centrally or based at a Faculty
  • Experience with partnership development and liaison
  • Personal experience studying/living abroad
  • Experience with progression or articulation partnership development and management

About Us

The Directorate of Internationalisation and Partnerships is dedicated to supporting the delivery of the University’s ambitious internationalisation agenda.  It encompasses global advancement; alumni engagement; University Collections; international mobility; and partnerships.  In delivering the strategic priorities of the University, we support the enhancement of the University’s reputation for excellence in student experience, teaching, and high-quality research with global impact by partnering with leading academic institutions and business organisation.  The Directorate provides a wide range of services to internal and external stakeholders and works closely with the University’s senior management team.  By adopting an integrated holistic approach to our work, we ensure the University’s strategic messages are effectively reinforced through what we do and throughout our partnership network.

The University

The University of Stirling is committed to providing education with a purpose and carrying out research which has a positive impact on communities across the globe – addressing real issues, providing solutions, and helping to shape society. Stirling is 4th in Scotland and 43rd in the UK for research impact, with 87% of its research having an outstanding or very considerable impact on society – and more than 80% rated either world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021).

The University of Stirling is ranked among the top 30 UK universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey) and top 30 in the UK for postgraduate student experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey), and has an overall five-star rating in the QS Stars University Ratings.

More than 17,000 students study with the University of Stirling globally, with over 140 nationalities represented on its scenic central Scotland campus alone. The University – also home to 1,700 staff – is ranked first in the UK and top three in the world for its campus environment (International Student Barometer 2022, wave two). Ranked first in the UK and top five in the world for its sports facilities (International Student Barometer 2022, wave two), Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. Its world-class facilities provide the perfect training environment for the University’s sports scholars – many of whom compete at the highest level, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games – and for students, staff, and the wider community.

The University has twice been recognised with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize – the first for its Institute for Social Marketing and Health (2014) and the second for its Institute of Aquaculture (2019).

The University is a signatory to the £214 million Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal and a central partner of the Forth Valley University College Health Partnership.
www.stir.ac.uk @stiruni

Job number

SERV01783
Contract Type

Open Ended
Posting End Date

24-Sep-2023
Location:

Stirling Campus
Grade

Grade5 £25,138-£27,979 p.a.
Faculty/Service

Internationalisation and Partnerships

Post Details

Full time
Open ended

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 24 September 2023.
Interviews are expected to take place on Friday 13 October 2023.

There is an expectation that work will be undertaken in the UK.

This role is not eligible for sponsorship. Applicants require to have existing right to work in the UK.

The University of Stirling recognises that a diverse workforce benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers and welcome applications from those who would contribute to further diversification of our staff and ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is woven into the substance of the role. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender, identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity.

The Post

The post holder will work as part of the Partnerships Team within the Directorate for Internationalisation and Partnerships, to assist with the coordination and administration of articulation partnerships as well as the development and growth of TNE and UK partnerships across the University. This will involve:

  • Providing effective coordination and enhancement of required partnership administration in relation to University of Stirling degrees offered through articulation and transnational education (TNE) partnerships, collaborating with Faculty and Professional Services on relevant activities across the entire student lifecycle
  • Working with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders to ensure that required standards of quality and governance are achieved in a consistent manner across partnerships and that excellent student experience is delivered and maintained
  • Working as a member of the Directorate in collaboration with Faculties and other Professional Service areas to seek innovative solutions to administrative opportunities and challenges
  • Promoting and working towards achieving the University’s strategic goals, covering both international and UK objectives, from the developmental stages of exploring new partnerships, through the launch of new collaborative and articulation programmes, to establishing and developing strong relationships between institutions whilst maintaining a high degree of professionalism and commitment

Whilst reporting primarily to the International Progression/Research Partnerships Manager the post-holder will work very closely with the TNE Partnerships Manager and the Partnerships and Finance Officer.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated with sound interpersonal, communication and team working skills along with the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines. Some experience of working in or around UK Higher Education would be desirable.

Description of Duties

The Partnership Administrator will:

  • Maintain regular, consistent levels of contact with partners, relevant Faculties and Services to ensure a seamless and high-quality student experience
  • Maintain and enhance robust administration processes for the directorate
  • Support the administration and data collection required to undertake potential partner due diligence checks
  • Support the University’s quality assurance processes, partnership meetings, and partnership reviews
  • Provide administrative support for Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarships, assisting the University’s bidding process; and assisting in arranging and organising the annual visit from the funding bodies
  • Monitor student progression, attainment and experience and provide reports for the Directorate and/or Faculty staff as required
  • Liaise with partnership students regarding the services available to support their learning journey and the quality of the overall learning experience
  • Work with Academic Registry to facilitate the smooth enrolment of partnership students onto programmes and modules
  • Work with the International Progression/Research Partnerships Manager and Faculties to process the renewal or establishment of articulation/progression agreements
  • Work collaboratively with the International Progression/Research Partnerships Manager, Faculties and other Services to enact an effective international articulation/progression partnership life-cycle management system
  • Work proactively with the International Progression/Research Partnerships Manager as well as the international recruitment and admissions teams to ensure a high rate of student application conversion from international articulation/progression partners
  • Liaise with Faculties and Communications, Marketing and Recruitment (CMR) to support promotional activities at international articulation/progression partner institutions and make administrative and logistic arrangements for overseas partnership trips
  • Assist in arranging and organising itineraries for overseas visitors to University of Stirling
  • Undertake any other duties and tasks as reasonably requested by the Head of Partnerships and the line manager

Essential Criteria

  • Degree or equivalent relevant experience
  • A highly competent user of the MS Office 365 suite with proven administrative experience
  • Working knowledge of the UK National Qualification Frameworks and QAA Quality Code
  • Track record of working with people from differing backgrounds, cultures and countries
  • Evidenced ability to work unsupervised, using own initiative and under pressure to meet tight deadlines
  • Sustained evidence of teamwork, inter-personal and creative problem-solving skills

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience working in a Higher Education Institution’s Quality Office and/or Partnership Office either centrally or based at a Faculty
  • Experience with partnership development and liaison
  • Personal experience studying/living abroad
  • Experience with progression or articulation partnership development and management

About Us

The Directorate of Internationalisation and Partnerships is dedicated to supporting the delivery of the University’s ambitious internationalisation agenda.  It encompasses global advancement; alumni engagement; University Collections; international mobility; and partnerships.  In delivering the strategic priorities of the University, we support the enhancement of the University’s reputation for excellence in student experience, teaching, and high-quality research with global impact by partnering with leading academic institutions and business organisation.  The Directorate provides a wide range of services to internal and external stakeholders and works closely with the University’s senior management team.  By adopting an integrated holistic approach to our work, we ensure the University’s strategic messages are effectively reinforced through what we do and throughout our partnership network.

The University

The University of Stirling is committed to providing education with a purpose and carrying out research which has a positive impact on communities across the globe – addressing real issues, providing solutions, and helping to shape society. Stirling is 4th in Scotland and 43rd in the UK for research impact, with 87% of its research having an outstanding or very considerable impact on society – and more than 80% rated either world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021).

The University of Stirling is ranked among the top 30 UK universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey) and top 30 in the UK for postgraduate student experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey), and has an overall five-star rating in the QS Stars University Ratings.

More than 17,000 students study with the University of Stirling globally, with over 140 nationalities represented on its scenic central Scotland campus alone. The University – also home to 1,700 staff – is ranked first in the UK and top three in the world for its campus environment (International Student Barometer 2022, wave two). Ranked first in the UK and top five in the world for its sports facilities (International Student Barometer 2022, wave two), Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. Its world-class facilities provide the perfect training environment for the University’s sports scholars – many of whom compete at the highest level, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games – and for students, staff, and the wider community.

The University has twice been recognised with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize – the first for its Institute for Social Marketing and Health (2014) and the second for its Institute of Aquaculture (2019).

The University is a signatory to the £214 million Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal and a central partner of the Forth Valley University College Health Partnership.
www.stir.ac.uk @stiruni

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