Equity in Doctoral Education Programme Manager
City Site

Job reference: 009994

Location: City Site

Closing date: 07/02/2022

Salary : Grade I (39,739 - £50,296 pro rata)

Employment type: Fixed-term contract

Team: Not specified

School / Directorate : Doctoral School and Research Operations

Fixed Term until 31st January 2026

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Equity in Doctoral Education will improve access and participation for racialised groups to postgraduate research (PGR), across Nottingham Trent, Sheffield Hallam and Liverpool John Moores Universities. The programme of work will target recruitment, admissions and transition as critical points of systemic inequality in doctoral education. Key deliverables include: the development and implementation of a new, work-based partnership approach to PGR recruitment which will be piloted with NHS partners in the cities of Nottingham, Sheffield and Liverpool; the co-production of a novel competency-based PGR admissions framework through national consultation with major stakeholders, in partnership with the UK Council for Graduate Education and the delivery of a large-scale pilot and evaluation of the new framework; and the development and delivery of a bespoke coaching programme, co-created between researcher developers at the three universities and  Grit Breakthrough Programmes educational charity  for postgraduate researchers from racialised groups, supervisors, and professional service staff.  Evaluation is a core part of the programme and comprises extensive quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis related to engagement, participation, application numbers, admissions and progression to gain a rich understanding of the efficacy of programme and the resultant impact.  

Equity in Doctoral Education is funded through the Office for Students and Research England’s funding to improve black, Asian and minority ethnic students’ access to postgraduate research 

Job purpose:  To lead a team of staff across three universities, to manage key external stakeholders including four NHS trusts, to provide overall programme direction, to ensure appropriate governance, evaluation and reporting and to deliver fully against all objectives and targets. 

Principal duties and responsibilities: The role will encompass all of the following, but the balance of duties and responsibilities will be determined in discussion with the post holder’s line manager 

  1. 1.To be the principal point of contact for the project with the funder.  Ensure that the project delivers the activities outlined in the bid document and contract.   
  2. 2. To be a key member of the Programme Delivery Executive (PDE) alongside Programme Director, Work Package/Site Directors and Evaluation Lead.  The PDE is the operational group for the programme, and alongside the Advisory Panel and Staff and Student Groups comprises the Programme Steering Board.  The Steering Board will be the overall governance body of the project which will monitor the progress of achieving outputs, profiled expenditure and all matters relating to funder compliance, administration and auditing. 
  3. 3. To manage and broker interactions with NHS trusts, UK Council for Graduate Education and Grit Breakthrough Programmes, ensuring that the relationships with these key programme partners remain strong and effective and that they deliver the programme elements that they are responsible for. 
  4. 4. Project management and co-ordination of all activities, overseeing the administrative team ensuring compliance with contractual guidelines, regularly liaising with the Finance Business Partner to support the successful delivery of the programme.  
  5. Work to co-ordinate the collation of quarterly reports and to compile all project, financial and evaluation data. This should be accurate and delivered to the agreed timescales and deadlines. 
  6. 5. To compile regular reports on progress towards meeting targets, financial management and operational activities for the University’s ‘Success for All’ Steering Group, and the University Research Degrees Committee, ensuring that risks are effectively identified, communicated, managed and mitigated.
  7. 6. To facilitate and/or chair work package team meetings as required, to ensure practice-sharing and a culture of learning.  
  8. 7. To work proactively with all work package directors to ensure effective management and coordination of key programme deliverables including: annual events programme with NHS trusts, development and approval of part-time PhD programme for NHS staff across the three universities, two national consultation events leading to the co-production of a novel competency-based PGR admissions framework and the delivery of a large-scale pilot and evaluation of the new framework; and the development and delivery of a bespoke coaching programme for postgraduate researchers from racialised groups, supervisors, and professional service staff. 
  9. 8. To lead the evaluation of the overall impact of the project for its respective beneficiaries and stakeholders, in partnership with the Evaluation Lead.  
  10. 9. To direct the effective marketing and dissemination of the programme, utilising website content, promotional materials, social media to promote the work of the programme. Proactively market and disseminate activities and achievements, both internally and externally, and in collaboration with the central marketing team. 
  11. 10. To work with the UKCGE, as the programme dissemination partner, contributing to national events, networks, blogs and publications. 

N.B. The post-holder may be required to undertake any other duties which may reasonably be required as within the nature of the duties and responsibilities of the post as defined, subject to the proviso that normally any changes of a permanent nature shall be incorporated into the job description in specific terms. 

Special requirements:  Travel may be required to UK events.  

Interview Date: 10th February 2022

If you have queries about this role, please contact Dr Rebekah Smith McGloin, Director, Doctoral School and Research Operations, rebekah.smithmcgloin@ntu.ac.uk.

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Please note that this role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and successful applicants will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions. 



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