Head of Academic Practice


23rd October 2022

About the Job

Interview Date: 03 November 2022

The University of Northampton is seeking a new Head of Academic Practice to lead the academic development provision across the institution. Reporting to the Head of Learning and Teaching Enhancement, this role will provide strategic direction and leadership in relation to academic practice and the AdvanceHE accredited academic staff CPD framework.

They will also be responsible for the accreditation and development of the academic staff CPD framework, our Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice and for awarding Fellowship status via our institutional scheme. They will also undertake research and continue to build on the existing research culture, contribute to university policy and participate in external networks aligned to Academic Practice.

We want you to be able to carry out your work in a way that best supports UON and our students, but also you as an individual. We understand this may vary between different areas of the university as well as from one person to another. With Smarter Working you can work with increased flexibility, if you would like to, which can facilitate greater freedom and autonomy.

About you

You should have significant experience of teaching and leading Academic Practice provision within Higher Education including programme leadership of PGCerts (or equivalent), academic CPD frameworks and accrediting provision with AdvanceHE.

You will have excellent skills pertaining to liaison and negotiation as this is a key role within the university and you will work closely with all departments and faculties across the institution as well as with external agencies such as AdvanceHE.

Also, you will be experienced in leading and undertaking research in Learning and Teaching and have strong links with external networks within the sector.



Professional Recognition as HEA Fellow (D3) and teaching qualification recognised by HESA, or willingness to obtain within a reasonable period
Masters Qualification


Doctoral Qualification


The Department of Library and Learning Services (LLS) consists of the University Library (incorporating Academic Services, Service Development and Research Support) and the areas of Learning Technology and Learning & Teaching Enhancement (which includes the Academic Practice provision). The University Library provides adaptable and IT rich learning environments, with access to print and online resources, including University research outputs, alongside expert support in finding information, while Learning Technology manage NILE, the University’s virtual learning environment, and support the use of technology in learning and teaching. The Learning and Teaching Enhancement team is both student and staff facing.

In terms of students, we provide flexible opportunities for students to develop a broad range of skills (Learning Development; Educational Linguistics and Academic Integrity teams) and our staff facing role includes course design though our Learning Design team, governance and development of good practice and policy and Academic Practice which leads the academic CPD framework across the institution (including Advance HE accredited CPD provision).

About Us

Come to the University of Northampton and you will see that we do things a bit differently.

We are one of the youngest universities in the UK but we are already leading the way in adding value to society, which we call social impact. We have won multiple awards for our work in this area, among others, but what matters the most to us is ensuring that our students and graduates have the opportunity to make their mark on the world too. That’s why we were the first university in the UK to be named as a Changemaker Campus in 2012.

We want to break the mould of what Higher Education can be. This has led us to build a whole new University from the ground up that is designed to reflect the way that students actually learn rather than the way they are expected to learn. Waterside Campus opened in September 2018.

Our commitment to transforming lives and inspiring change is at the heart of all that we do.

Right to Work

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