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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) delivers high quality and distinctive educational programmes for adult learners, predominantly studying on a part-time basis, for either personal enrichment or professional development. For many students ICE acts as an initial gateway to higher education and onwards progression to further study. ICE aims to ensure that the expertise and resources of the University of Cambridge are made available to all students, irrespective of their previous educational achievements.

We wish to appoint a Head of Academic Centre Administration, working collaboratively with academics and administrators from across ICE and the Collegiate University, to create a portfolio of student-centred award-bearing and non-award bearing courses focused on developing essential study skills and preparing students for success in their subsequent learning. Anticipated courses will include a pre-master's programme for international graduates and pre-sessional and in-course support programmes for adult students who, for example, have not been engaged in education for extended periods or require further support.

Through administrative leadership the Head of Academic Centre Administration in Foundation Programmes will act to ensure that this emerging course portfolio is thoughtfully and actively developed, and the courses delivered by ICE are of the very highest academic quality, commensurate with the University of Cambridge's reputation as one of the world's leading higher education providers.

The successful applicant will be responsible for line-managing a small administrative team, ensuring that a wide portfolio of courses is effectively delivered. Reporting to the Director of the Academic Centres Division, the role-holder will manage the administration of course commissioning and course management, develop processes to enhance the student experience and maintain effective financial control of the course portfolio. Working collaboratively internal and external stakeholders, the successful applicant will ensure that a consistent and high-quality student-focused programme is delivered.

The successful candidate will have experience of leading educational activities, projects and people in the Higher Education sector as well as excellent organisational, IT and interpersonal skills with an innovative approach to developing and improving processes and delivery. S/he will have excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to develop collaborative working relationships with a range of stakeholders. The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines is essential.

The post is full-time, offered on a fixed-term basis for two years in the first instance. Further information is available at the link below. Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to Dr Corinne Boz ( Questions about the application process may be directed to:

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for applications is Monday 27 August 2018. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 5 September 2018.

Please quote reference EA16251 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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