PA to the Executive Dean

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Staffordshire University, College Rd, Stoke-on-Trent, UK


  • Posted on: 18th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £24,461 to £28,331 per annum
  • Closes: 07th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Who is Staffordshire University? 

Staffordshire University is aiming to be the UK’s foremost digital higher education institution. By 2030 we will lead the sector in hyper-personalised learning that will prepare students for the jobs that don’t yet exist.

The pace of change in UK higher education is the greatest it has ever been. An increasingly competitive market – combined with changing student demographics, the Office for Students (OfS) as regulator, a more interventionalist approach from central government and the increasing glare of public scrutiny – makes higher education a challenging environment

We believe that an innovative university, taking a business-driven approach to its fundamental contribution to the economy and society, could lead the field in this new world. We aim to be that university. 

Our upward trajectory

In 2016 we set out our Connected University Strategy, with a range of success measures including three ambitious KPIs, which provided significant challenge given our position at the time. We committed to ranking in the top 50 percent in the UK league tables; obtaining a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF); and achieving financial sustainability in accordance with our Strategic Financial Plan.

We gave ourselves until 2021 to achieve our goals. We climbed into the top 50 percent of UK league tables in April 2019; we achieved TEF Gold in June 2019; and we are now a financially sustainable university. Our rapid advancement means we are already considering our 2030 Strategy, confident that our pace of transformation will continue, and rive us to become the UK’s foremost digital higher education institution. What’s more, in 2019 we entered the THE World University rankings for the first time. Our student experience is excellent, with an 84.76 percent student satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey of 2020.

A roadmap for success

Our progress doesn’t stop. In September 2019 we opened the Staffordshire University London Digital Institute, our first campus outside the Midlands. Located in the heart of Europe’s tech capital, this cutting-edge facility is enabling us to lead the world in the teaching of esports, computer games design, cybersecurity and more.

In Stoke-on-Trent, 2021 will see the launch of The Catalyst – our £40 million apprenticeships and digital skills hub, which will support the delivery of 6,500 new apprenticeships by 2026. In addition, we are adding a brand-new Nursery and Forest School for our main campus, and we are also developing a £5.8 million Centre for Healthcare Innovation at our Stafford campus.

Beacon, our AI-powered coach for students, leads the sector in using technology to support studies, encouraging participation in extra-curricular activities and helping people to stay at university throughout life’s ups and downs. Over the next 10 years we will continue to push the boundaries of the technological learning revolution, ensuring that our students, local communities and global partners are able to compete and thrive in the modern world.

About the role

In a PA role with some management responsibilities, you will make a key contribution to the smooth functioning of the School of Digital, Technologies and the Arts. As first point of contact for the Executive Dean, you will proactively field and respond to enquiries on their behalf. The confidential and professional support you provide will range from managing commitments, diaries and meetings, to completing administrative tasks and organising travel itineraries. You will also be relied upon to oversee the efficient day to day running of the Executive Dean’s Office. This will include directing the work of the PA to the School Management Team, including regular one-to-one meetings to ensure everything is going efficiently and effectively in what can be a fast-paced environment.

We expect you to have proven experience of providing executive support at a senior level. You are skilled in organising complex schedules, managing electronic diaries and preparing meetings. Since you will draft correspondence in the Executive Dean’s name, you must demonstrate a high standard of literacy in English. This will be matched by your computer literacy, including comprehensive knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite. Excellent communication and relationship building skills will be as important as your highly developed organisational and problem solving abilities.

In return for your dedication we have a competitive benefits package available

  • Competitive incremental rates of Pay
  • Starting from 29 days Annual Leave (depending on job grade) plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days
  • Excellent Pension Scheme
  • Access to continued professional and personal development
  • An opportunity to become part of the wider University community
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus
  • Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans

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