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Head of Placements & Work-Based Learning

  • £56,021 - £64,914
  • Permanent
  • Northampton, UK
  • 18424

Interim Head of Placements & Work-Based Learning
Salary £56,021 to £64,914 per annum (FTC) plus an excellent benefits package
Location University of Northampton Waterside Campus / Hybrid

The University of Northampton is seeking to appoint an Interim Head of Placements and Work-Based Learning to lead the long-established student placements and work-based learning function across the University.

Supporting the Interim Academic Registrar and the Director of Student Futures during the transition period to establish our exciting new Directorate for Student Futures, this post is an initial 9-month FTC appointment with an ambition to enhance the student experience and support the student lifecycle through the ongoing provision of expert, high-quality in-course placements and work-based learning. 

You will lead and develop the function and the team, delivering strategic and operational improvements through effective change management. This is a collaborative role which will see you work closely with other departments, senior managers and external groups, to build relationships and develop opportunities, whilst championing a university-wide approach to student placements and work-based learning. You will focus on service continuity and improvement, with a solution led approach, and drive forward the development of systems to ensure a more streamlined and efficient function. 

We are seeking a collaborative and strategic individual with demonstrable experience in work-based learning. You will be a proactive communicator with proven leadership skills and a track record of building strong relationships at a senior level. Proven experience in delivering projects and services on time, including experience of delivering on strategic objectives, will be necessary in the delivery of the university’s student placements and work-based learning strategy.

The University of Northampton is one of the youngest universities in the UK, gaining full university status and research degree awarding powers in 2005.  Whilst we may be a ‘new’ University, we have made our impact in the Higher Education sector.   We are committed to making a difference to the world around us and doing things differently; for example, we were the first University in the UK to be named as a Changemaker Campus in 2012 and are dedicated to creating social impact in all that we do.

The Candidate Briefing Pack for the role can be viewed at:

For a confidential discussion please contact our retained advisors Charlotte Turedi, or Sian Gardiner,  

Closing Date for applications is Sunday 3rd September 2023.

Applications should consist of a CV and Covering Letter and should be sent to

The University of Northampton is committed to providing a vibrant, ethical and sustainable work, study and living environment that values equality, diversity and inclusion. This commitment, along with our legal and moral obligations, provides an inclusive environment for staff, students and the public who may be affected by our activities.

Together @ UON confirms our commitment to equality and inclusion, underpinned by our belief in taking action. We are dedicated to creating an environment that celebrates equality and harnesses the power of diversity.

Together @ UON demonstrates our pledge to our staff, students and partners to nurture and develop an environment where equality and inclusion can thrive whilst we Transform Lives and Inspire Change.

We particularly welcome applications from Female and Black and Ethnic Majority candidates.

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