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 Head of Centre: Early Childhood (with potential for Professorial appointment):


 19 October 2009 | visits 863

University of Worcester

University of Worcester - Institute of Education

Reference number: IE0907

Closing Date: 2009-11-02

Salary: Head of Centre; £45,155 to £52,347 a year, with the opportunity to progress to £55,535. Professorial salary minimum £48,000 a year; level on appointment to be agreed with the Vice Chancellor

Hours: full time

Start Date: January 2010, or as soon thereafter

Duration: permanent

Responsible to: Head of the Institute of Education

Responsible for: Staff in the Centre

Interview date: The dates reserved for the selection process are 12, 13 November and 1 December 2009; candidates will be required to attend on one of these dates only.


The University has long been noted for the high quality and innovative character of its early childhood provision and we continue to be at the fore-front of new and exciting developments. In this context an enthusiastic and excellent leader and manager with relevant Higher Education and a strong profile in the discipline of Early Childhood and with a commitment to integrated working across professional boundaries is sought to become the Head of the Centre for Early Childhood in the Institute of Education (IoE).

The successful applicant will be a member of the Institute of Education senior management team, contributing actively and positively to both our and the University’s strategic development and the provision of excellence in learning and teaching within the Institute. You will have responsibility for leading our committed and highly successful Early Childhood team, across a wide range of new and existing programmes including range of courses which relate to the education and care of children from birth to eight years, within the context of their family and culture. Programmes in the Centre for Early Childhood include sector-endorsed qualifications such as Foundation Degree in Early Years (taught at six partner colleges and a Children’s Centre) and Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) as well as 3 year undergraduate, ‘top-up’ and postgraduate courses, including Masters programmes for early years practitioners and teachers. Programmes are funded by HEFCE and CWDC and we also have gained successful partnership agreements with several local authorities who are funding pathways to EYPS.

You will have responsibility for continuing our programme of diversification and expansi on including managing the range of partnership projects, consultancy, income generation, research and international activity within the Centre. Sustaining and developing our high quality provision is a central feature, as well as successfully managing the range of external evaluations/ inspections which our range of funded provision demands. Similarly engaging with national developments in early childhood and leading the team in new areas and initiatives will be important.

Evidence of commitment to research and publication is essential, both in terms of your personal achievements but also in terms of developing this growth area within your team. A professorial title would be considered for an outstanding appointee who meets the appropriate professorial criteria in terms of a significant publications and research activity profile (see application process).

The successful appointee will contribute to research and teaching in early childhood. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, be creative and forward looking as well as being able to lead and manage an expanding team efficiently and effectively. You will have the ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with other senior colleagues and the Head of the Institute as part of the management team, and to participate in the strategic developments within UW.

Being able to take significant responsibility and to be eager to have an active part in the development of the Institute of Education as a whole will be key qualities which you will possess. The ability to form positive and effective working relationships with staff, students, practising teachers, early years settings, school and partner institutions, other University departments and professionals, and outside agencies is a central part of the role.

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