Reporter 413, 26 January 1998

Dean for Student Support

The University is seeking to appoint to the newly established post of Dean for Student Support. Letters of application from members of academic or academic-related staff should be submitted to the Registrar by Friday 20 February 1998. Informal enquiries can be made direct to David Robinson (ext. 4033).

The post will be filled for three years in the first instance and the appointee will be expected to devote the equivalent of two days a week to the role. An honorarium of £2150 per annum will be paid to the Dean, and his or her Department will be fully compensated for the time devoted to the Deanship.

The Dean for Student Support will play a major role in the development and co-ordination of University policy for student services support, in liaison with University agencies such as the Student Support Network and the Student Welfare Committee. She/he will seek to identify and develop opportunities for new University initiatives outside the remit of the members of the Student Support Network.

The Dean will be a member of the Student Welfare Committee. The Dean may also be a member of the Teaching and Learning Board. The Dean will report to the PVC for Teaching and Learning.

Specifically the Dean for Student Support will:
Liaise between the members of the Student Support Network:

Co-ordinate and compile data about all aspects of the student experience:

Play a proactive role in promoting effective student support, in particular through:

Co-ordinating Student Support with Departments/Faculties

Be available to the members of the Student Support Network Agencies for consultation on establishing models of evaluation

The Dean will discharge such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning.

Immediate Priorities
Gaps in provision/priorities that have been identified by the Student Support Network over the last year which will need attention by the incoming Dean:
University policy on drugs and response to the CVCP guidelines on Alcohol and Drugs
The impact of Dearing on student support agencies
The impact of widening access on student support agencies
Student stress
Student poverty and student withdrawal

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