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Senior Academic Administrator


Dyson Services
United Kingdom - Malmesbury Office

About us

The Dyson Institute is a brand new higher education provider. We have recently been awarded New Degree Awarding Powers (the first higher education provider in the UK to receive the right to award degrees via this route), and are also a registered apprenticeship training provider. We are currently recruiting our first cohort of Dyson Institute-registered degree apprentices, who will enrol with us in September 2021. 

The Dyson Institute’s mission is simple: to build challenging and enriching educational experiences which are free, student-centric and aligned with the needs of industry. 

Our model is unique: we’re currently delivering one programme – a BEng (Hons) Degree Apprenticeship in Engineering. The programme is delivered entirely on the Dyson campus in Malmesbury. We’re determined to embrace best practice for quality in learning and teaching, to provide proactive, tailored health and wellbeing support and to rigorously uphold academic standards. We are pioneers developing a non-traditional programme of engineering knowledge, workplace application and professional development. 

About the role 

As an experienced Academic Administrator, you will manage the planning and delivery of the Engineering Programme at The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology (both in our collaboration with the University of Warwick and under our own New Degree Awarding Powers), and provide specialist administration support the Head of Engineering Programme.

You will have a degree or other relevant professional qualification; advanced experience of the Higher Education sector , knowledge of its evolving landscape and commitment to its purposes; understanding of the complex workings of an academic department; experience of senior administrative role, of managing resources and staff, and of strategic planning; advanced personal and interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, financial, numeracy and IT skills, and skills in leadership, teamwork, planning and managing.


Engineering Programme 

  • Lead the Engineering Programme’s academic planning, including module planning, timetabling and other resourcing requirements to ensure seamless execution
  • Work hand-in-glove with the Quality and Standards Team to ensure the Engineering Programme’s plans and activities align with The Dyson Institute’s policies and regulatory/quality requirements
  • Use initiative to anticipate and address operational issues at an Engineering Programme level 
  • Analyse key programme-level data of statistics and trends to inform effective decision making
  • Establish, document and keep under review processes and procedures for the general management of the Engineering Programme, ensuring all staff are aware of procedures
  • Oversee the Engineering Programme’s governance arrangements through the annual cycle of departmental committees, meetings and other key dates
  • Oversee the Engineering Programme’s attendance monitoring activities

System Administration

  • Oversee the implementation and administration of key new systems, including the virtual learning environment, student information system and library
  • Business Management
  • Oversee the updating of key Engineering Programme documentation and records, including staff and student handbooks, academic induction materials, programme and module information and other records required for management information (ensuring all are aligned with Dyson Institute policies and regulations)
  • Take responsibility for all records of the Engineering Programme, including accuracy, security, back-ups and compliance with data retention regulations
  • Contribute to Engineering Programme submissions to the various quality assurance processes conducted by The Dyson Institute Quality and Standards Team or external bodies (e.g. Programme Review, QAA evidencing, HESA etc.)
  • Assessments and Curriculum
  • Oversee deadlines and procedures for the submission of student work and marks with lecturing staff, programme leaders and the Chair of Exams
  • Act as Secretary to the Board of Examiners for the programme, with responsibility for the preparation of marks, records relating to extenuating circumstances and plagiarism cases, External Examiner procedures, the recording of results and degree classifications, and communicating outcomes and arrangements to staff and students
  • To advise on the preparation of module proposals and module amendments, in line with Academic Regulations, and to ensure appropriate handling of Engineering Programme paperwork for modules and the programme


  • In addition you will be required to undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required


  • 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Performance related bonus
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Sport centre
  • Free on-site parking
  • Subsidised café and restaurants
  • Discounts on Dyson machines

The Dyson Institute has appointed SearchHigher as their recruitment partner for this campaign, please apply via the link by submitting a CV & Cover Letter in Word Document format to or call Kaye Powell at SearchHigher on 07387238343 for a confidential conversation.  Please do not send an application directly to Dyson on this occassion.

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Interview guidance

We are following the government guidelines regarding COVID19. At this time all interviews will be conducted via video or telephone. We’re taking these precautionary measures to protect both our employee and candidate wellbeing. Our Talent Acquisition team will work with you and provide further information as appropriate. 

Closing date: 31 October 2021