Vice Principal Curriculum and Quality Enhancement
Welcome by Principal
Thank you for your interest in applying for the post of Vice Principal – Curriculum and Quality Enhancement. I am delighted that you are keen to be a part of Glasgow Kelvin College’s success as a well-governed and award-winning provider of quality learning and progression opportunities.
Our success is based on our role as a community-based College working in collaboration with valued partners to transform the lives of our learners. Lifelong learning opportunities are central to our ethos and the College continues to provide courses from introductory through to degree-level to support the learning journey of our learners, encouraging their ambitions, aspirations and talents.
As an accessible, innovative organisation which places our learners at the heart of our work, we strive to deliver high-quality learning which is inclusive, promotes equality and prepares our learners for the challenges of a growing economy and rapidly-changing labour market.
This is only possible through the experience and skills of our committed and excellent staff and the expertise of our Management Team. Professional learning and continuous development for our staff is a key objective to ensure our learners receive a relevant, effective and fulfilling college experience.
The successful candidate will be a key contributor in a cohesive senior team and a strong, effective leader for our curriculum.
About Glasgow Kelvin College
Glasgow Kelvin College is the key provider of accessible vocational skills and core-skills learning in the North and East of the city. It delivers a range of high quality programmes to around 16,000 learners each year across four campuses which sit in the heart of their communities, and through a large network of community-based learning centres.
Glasgow Kelvin College works with its staff, learners, communities, employers and partners to ensure a quality learning experience, which equips its learners to progress in their working, personal and civic life.
Engaging with many communities that experience high levels of deprivation, the College works with partners and employers to create and deliver relevant industry-standard programmes and inclusive progression opportunities in a vibrant and sustainable environment for the learners, communities and stakeholders which it serves.
The College mission is ‘Transforming lives through education’, with a vision to ‘enhance our learners’ aspirations, careers and lives through accessible, inclusive, high quality lifelong learning.’
The College Strategic priorities for 2018 to 2021 emphasise that it is:
- Working to develop our learners, communities and curriculum.
- Working to develop our own skills.
- Working in partnership.
- Working sustainably, transparently and collaboratively.
About our Learners
With over 19,000 enrolments from 16,725 learners in 2017/18, the College learner population is diverse and dynamic. At the last Student Satisfaction survey, 97% of learners reported being satisfied or very satisfied with their College experience.
79% of learners are from the Glasgow area and the age profile reveals that some 50% are aged 25yrs and over. The College’s strong relationship with local secondary schools through its Senior Phase and Youth Access programmes is borne out by the fact that around 19% of learners are aged under 16yrs.
In addition, a reflection of the intrinsic relationship the College has with its local communities is evident from an examination of the learner profile where 50% of learners live in the most deprived 10% of Scotland’s communities (SIMD2016).
The College Leaver Destinations report reveals that almost 97% of full-time learners progressed to employment or further study in 2018.
About our Curriculum Offer
The College ethos focuses on the progression of learners through their learning journey, whatever their starting point. The curriculum, therefore, offers part-time flexible learning from introductory level right through to full-time advanced study linking with degree-level programmes.
The offer is framed around the abilities and aspirations of learners and is driven by the skills needs of a growing economy with vocationally relevant qualifications which align with employment opportunities. Most mainstream programmes contain a work-experience element. Such activities seek to address economic sectors which are of key importance to the city and Glasgow Region:
- Health and Social Care
- Early Years and Childcare
- Administration, Financial and Business Services
- Creative and Digital Industries
- Engineering and Construction
- Food, Drink, Hospitality and Leisure
- Life and Chemical Sciences
The majority of qualifications delivered by the College are accredited by Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) from NQ level, through HNC/D, with others accredited by external agencies such as City and Guilds.
There is a significant amount of apprenticeship training provided for young people on block release from their employers. In addition, the College works with Skills Development Scotland to deliver Foundation Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships and the Graduate Apprenticeship.
All College programmes have embedded within them an element of personal development with planned expansion in the delivery of meta-skills to enhance communication, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills.
A significant proportion of provision is geared towards specific ‘vulnerable’ groups of learners, people with special needs, learning disabilities, addiction issues, challenging behaviours or young people who are supported through the local authority (Young People with Experience of the Care System). The College works closely with practitioner partners to ensure a relevant and supportive learning journey for all its learners.
The College also works with community partners to deliver learning to third sector groups, opening up that all-important path back into education for many excluded individuals. A significant proportion of this is provided through the John Wheatley Learning Network, an asset-based approach which supports learning in 44 centres in and around Glasgow, with access to IT resources and tutor-supported classes. Glasgow Kelvin works closely with its partners to ensure the continuing success and expansion of the network which is part-funded by a major housing provider and the local authority.
More information can be found at: www.glasgowkelvin.ac.uk
Vice Principal, Curriculum and Quality Enhancement
Reporting to the Principal, the Vice Principal, Curriculum and Quality Enhancement will play a critical role in the delivery of the College vision of ‘Transforming lives through education’. You will provide strategic leadership on improving the quality and consistency of learning and teaching, retention and attainment; act as a role model and inspiring leader to staff and deliver a high quality learning experience responsive to the needs of our diverse range of learners. You will have operational management responsibility for the curriculum team and will be a collaborative member of the Strategic Management Team, contributing constructively to the strategic development of the College, providing both challenge and solutions.
In addition to ensuring the College continues to deliver high quality outcomes for learners the Vice Principal will ensure alignment of the College’s curriculum and services to the agreed strategic aims of the College Board of Management and Glasgow Regional Boards.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Significant and relevant experience of strategic leadership, working within a senior management team to contribute to strategic planning and project management.
- A proven track record of stakeholder engagement and relationship management.
- A proven track record of developing an innovative, flexible and stakeholder led curriculum.
- Ability to manage budgets, staffing resources and meet financial targets to contribute to a sustainable College.
- Experience of performance management, both individual and team, to create a culture of reflection, responsibility and excellence.
- Experience of policy development and funding arrangements in relation to matters which will impact on education, training and learning.
If you have any queries or would like to arrange a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Doreen Shiels, Director of Human Resources who will make the necessary arrangements email@example.com or Elaine Mitchell, Senior HR Business Partner firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on their application matching the detail provided in the job description. We therefore request that you please provide clear evidence to show how your experience, skills and knowledge match those requirements as well as why you are interested in the role.
Please submit your CV and covering letter to email@example.com We would be grateful if you could include the following information on a single sheet:
- Current salary
- Current notice period
- Details of two referees (one of which must be your current or most recent employer. Please note that referees will not be contacted until offer stage or without prior consent)
Glasgow Kelvin College - welcomes applications irrespective of age, disability, race, colour, nationality or ethnic origin, sex gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, political views or trade union membership; and supports flexible work practices.
Disabled applicants who meet the essential job requirements will be interviewed.
The above post(s) will be subject to the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme and as such the successful candidate(s) will be required to make an application for membership under the Scheme.