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Deputy Director Student Interests, Access and Pathways

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) exists to make Scotland a world leading centre of education, research and innovation by investing £2billion of public money each year, across Scotland’s 26 colleges and 19 universities. This funding enables Scotland’s colleges and universities to provide life-changing opportunities for over half a million people.

SFC’s support for university research means every one of Scotland’s universities is able to carry out world-leading research. Our investment of over £120million to create innovation centres is making exciting things happen between industry and university research. Our work in widening access is bringing colleges and universities together in new ways and providing more people with more routes into learning and skills. As a result of this, we are now looking to add further strength to our senior leadership team with the addition of three newly created deputy director positions.

The Deputy Director Student Interests Access and Pathways will lead our work to ensure the system SFC funds places student interests at the forefront of its plans and activities ensuring we have clear ambition and commitment to deliver an excellent student experience across our tertiary system. The role will have responsibility for our work on fair access – working with key stakeholders to advance effective pathways, student support and admissions. The Deputy Director will also ensure that students are well represented, that student partnership and co-creation is a key element of our system and that their feedback shapes learning pathways.

The successful candidate will bring a successful track record of strategic planning with deep subject matter knowledge within the education and skills space. You will also bring significant experience of policy development and programme governance, ideally within the education sector. Strong stakeholder engagement skills are essential, and in particular you will bring demonstrable ability to forge strong, collaborative relationships with a diverse network of senior stakeholders spanning Scotland’s colleges and universities, partner agencies, and government. You will also bring a successful track record as a leader with the ability to engage and inspire a team, building capability, capacity and a culture of continuous improvement.

If you feel ready to contribute to making Scotland the best place in the world to educate, research and innovate, then please see the full role description and application pack under Supporting Documents below:





Closing date for applications is: 09:00 on Monday 6 June 2022