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Vacancy Id: 9963

College / Service: Research Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise

Location: Hybrid – UAL High Holborn/Home

Salary: £38,359 - £47,109 per annum

Contract: Fixed Term

Term: Full time – 35 hours per week

Apply by: 17 October 2023 at 23:55


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The opportunity

UAL Awarding Body has a pipeline of new qualifications in development for 14 -19 and 19+ year olds, and a qualifications revision cycle that needs to be undertaken to meet regulatory requirements and exploit commercial opportunities.

 This new post will specifically support the development capacity of the team, by managing and undertaking qualification development activities, communicating with internal and external stakeholders about new and existing qualifications, conducting reviews into our existing portfolio of products/qualifications and making recommendations for amendments and/or withdrawal.

 They will also contribute to the defining, development and implementation of new policies and procedures, and play a leading role in ensuring qualification compliance with Regulators’ Conditions of Recognition.

 This post holder must have strong project management and communication skills, and the ability to work across multiple projects and prioritise their own time.

They should also have experience of qualification design and development.

Previous applicants do not need to apply.

About you

Qualification development 

·       Manages the end-to-end project management of qualification developments ensuring they are delivered on time, to budget and to quality.

·       Responsible for the quality of the product developed with attention to detail including technical content and compliance with regulatory conditions.

·       Identifies and implements research needed to support qualification development activities and choices.

·       Produces qualification specifications, sample assessment papers, assessment strategies and resources in line with project requirements.

·       Conducts desk research, internal and external stakeholder discussions and focus groups to inform qualification structures and content. 

·       Manages the effective and robust maintenance and evaluation of existing products in the UAL Awarding portfolio, including any qualification withdrawals.

·       Ensures all processes and procedures are adhered to in line with department policies and procedures.

·       Manages and monitors the qualifications risk register, including those qualifications with low enrolment numbers.

·       Provides regular progress reports to the Qualifications Development Manager and/or Head of Qualifications and Assessment.

·       Proactively and continuously identifies opportunities for operational improvements in process, practice, and performance.

·       Contributes to the process of scoping new qualifications products.

·       Produces reports and options papers which recommend actions to improve, enhance or refine our existing qualification offer including take-up.

·       Uphold conditions of recognition from various regulators including Ofqual, CCEA Regulation and Qualifications Wales


Assessment design

·       Manages the design and development of valid, robust and reliable assessments that are fit for purpose.

·       Works with internal stakeholders to document the assessment strategy for new developments.


·       Manages the commissioning and on-going relationship within internal and external technical and subject matter writers and reviewers.

·       Manages and actively support direct reports.

 Customer service and relationship management

·       Facilitates and lead external and internal meetings related to the development of new products, e.g. design workshop, content workshops, external developer meetings.

·       Facilitates and lead internal and external technical and development groups.

·       Maintains a good working relationship and communication with the internal teams.

·       Represent the Awarding Body during internal and external conferences and events, including with Regulators, funding institutions and the Federation of Awarding Bodies.

·       Actively contribute to internal strategy/steering groups.

·       Work with Relationships and Insights to influence and support campaigns to increase visibility and enrolments on new and existing qualifications.

·       Responsible for gathering and analysing stakeholder feedback on newly developed products, resources and existing products.

 Sector awareness

·       Maintains an update to date knowledge of UCAS, funding, educational policies and uses these to information qualification design and development choices. 

·       Maintains up to date knowledge on portfolio areas including the work of our competitors and key trends.

·       Supports the collation of evidence for Ofqual submissions, such as Scope of Recognition updates and the annual statement of compliance.


·       Responsible for proofreading products development materials by self and colleagues and external stakeholder, with attention to detail including SPaG and formatting.

·       Maintains accurate, auditable records of all qualification developments and other activities utilising the Awarding Bodies IT systems along with paper and other electronic.

·       Maintains accurate and auditable records of budgets and expenditure for all projects you support.

 Should you have any queries about this role please contact Twinkle Brahmbhatt, Resourcing Adviser via email at

We are UAL

University of the Arts London (UAL) offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. We are a collegiate University spread across London with six Colleges, four Institutes and five Research Centres. UAL also has two subsidiary companies, delivering specialist activities – UAL Short Courses Ltd, and UAL Arts Temps Ltd.

We’re made up of all types of people, coming together in London, the world’s creative capital. We are designers, artists, performers, thinkers, researchers and makers. Our students, staff and graduates form a global network of creatives, entrepreneurs and leaders. Together, our ideas change the world. Because the world needs creativity.

We are ranked highly across the board. We are ranked first for specialist art and design, second in the world for Art and Design in the 2023 QS World University Rankings (for the fifth year in a row), ranked fifth in sustainability and two of our colleges were rated in the top three fashion schools in the world.

Our culture

We have become one of the world’s most international Universities, welcoming over 22,000 students and 6,000 staff from 130 countries. And, as a global university, staff and students learn from different cultures and perspectives, which leads to new conversations and innovative work. At our very core, everything we do seeks to challenge the status quo by driving social purpose and standing up for what matters.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds including those who may feel underrepresented in the workforce due to their socioeconomic circumstances such as those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E.) backgrounds. We aim to be a university where everyone can be themselves and are supported to reach their full potential.

With our commitment to inclusion and diversity, we are proud to be a Race Equality Charter (REC) member to help us reduce barriers that negatively impacts B.A.M.E. staff, a Stonewall Diversity Champion to ensure all LGBTQ+ people are valued at work, a Disability Confident Scheme Committed employer and member of the Business Disability Forum which help us to improve the lives of disabled people in the workplace.

Vacancy Id: 9963

College / Service: Research Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise

Location: Hybrid – UAL High Holborn/Home

Salary: £38,359 - £47,109 per annum

Contract: Fixed Term

Term: Full time – 35 hours per week

Apply by: 17 October 2023 at 23:55


Please read through our FAQs page before applying.
A full copy of the job advert along with other information (such as interviews date, hiring process etc) is available by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button below.

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