The AA, inc. has an equal opportunities policy applicable to all job vacancies, and internal applicants are encouraged to apply.

Immigration Compliance Officer

Who We Are

The Architectural Association was founded in 1847. The AA is governed by its members and is committed to public benefit attained by the learning, teaching, discussion and promotion of architecture.

With 850 students and staff the AA School is central to the AA. The school is recognised as a worldwide leader in architectural education, with graduates that include many of the world’s leading architects, scholars, critics and educators. The Architectural Association School of Architecture has maintained it independence for more than 160 years. It is not part of the university system of UCAS. However, it offers the same professional qualification (RIBA/ARB Parts 1 and 2) as other recognised schools of architecture, and is therefore in competition with them in terms of student enrolment.

The Role:

The primary responsibilities of this new role would be to operate at a senior level to protect the AA’s Tier 4 sponsor license and to ensure that we retain our Highly Trusted Sponsor Status along with undertaking the administrative obligations that the AA must comply with in order to retain this license.

Who we seek

We are looking to recruit an experienced individual who can fully demonstrate expertise in the UK’s immigration regulations relating to a Tier 4 Sponsorship license as well as compliance with the legislative requirements of the Points Based Migration System.

Main Responsibilities

  • Manage and oversee all aspects of the international student visa application process
  • Act as our first point of contract with the UKVI and to respond to official queries on behalf of the AA regarding the status of international students
  • Update colleagues of changes in student immigration legislation
  • Create policies and systems in line with changing legislation surrounding student immigration
  • Work closely with the Head of Admissions to assist with tracking students issued with Certificate of Acceptance for Study
  • Use of the IKVI Sponsor Management System to administer and report on the activity of the AA’s international students. Be the first point of contact of all issues relating the Sponsor management System on behalf of the AA
  • Responsibility for gathering data, coordinating and collating the AA’s highly Trusted Status license application on an annual basis and submitting this in consultation and with approval from the Director
  • Liaise with HR/Accounts to authorize students to undertake Student Assistantships within the AA during term time
  • Advise colleagues of any matter relating to Student Immigration

Essential Requirements

  • You must be educated to graduate level with a minimum of 3 years in a similar role
  • Working experience and knowledge of Tier 4 Immigration regulations
  • Ability to develop administrative procedures, policies and practice

Please note: Candidates must have the right to work in the UK. Only applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

Apply Please send in a copy of your current cv with a covering letter to Tehmina.mahmood@aaschool.ac.uk by Friday 12th September 2014.

Please note only successful candidates will be contacted.


Quality Assurance Co-ordinator - £25,000

Who We Are

The Architectural Association (AA) was founded in 1847. It is governed by its members and is committed to public benefit attained by the learning, teaching, discussion and promotion of architecture. With 850 students and staff the AA School is central to the AA. The school is recognised as a worldwide leader in architectural education, with graduates that include many of the world’s leading architects, scholars, critics and educators.  The Architectural Association School of Architecture has maintained its independence for more than 160 years and its courses span from Foundation level to PhD.

The Role

Following three years of successful and productive engagement with the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) the AA School recently endorsed preparation of an application for Degree Awarding Powers (DAP). As the Quality Assurance Co-ordinator you will be the principal administrator tasked with coordinating the School’s DAP application and engaged in planning and organising activities with reference to quality assurance and standards throughout the entire QAA review/scrutiny process.

Who We Seek

Applicants must have a demonstrable track record of experience in a quality assurance related position gained in the higher education industry, and above all must have a passion for education.

Main Responsibilities

  • To assist in new and existing accreditations, validations and partnerships
  • To assist with professional body inspections
  • To assist in creating policies based on QAA, external partners and professional body requirements, and improvement of existing policies as required
  • To assist with the annual QAA Review of Educational Oversight and current DAP application as well as all matters relating to producing standard reports, validation approval conditions and responses to reviews
  • Maintaining quality assurance related documentation as necessary and for inspection by external bodies
  • To arrange for the preparation, publication and dispatch of other official documents
  • To attend validation/inspection events
  • To assist in ad hoc projects / tasks when required to support the requirements of the department

Essential Requirements

  • Project management experience
  • Understanding and direct experience of quality processes in the higher education sector
  • Familiarity with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and professional bodies
  • Knowledge of developments in the higher education sector including compliance issues
  • Knowledge of accreditation/validation systems and practices
  • IT literate: Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint

Highly Desirable

  • Proven record of managing a complex administrative workload, preferably in an academic environment
  • Experience of committee-servicing, minute-writing and report-writing

Key Competencies:

  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Strong communication skills both orally and in writing
  • Planning, organising and time management

What We Offer

Competitive full-time salary with generous holiday benefits, and a defined-contribution pension scheme.

How to Apply

A statement of interest and your CV along with salary expectations to humanresources@aaschool.ac.uk.  The deadline is 21st September 2014.
Only successful candidates will be contacted. The AA looks to make the appointment with start of work as soon as possible.

The AA, inc. has an equal opportunities policy applicable to all job vacancies, and internal applicants are encouraged to apply.


Architectural Robotics Developer, Hooke Park, Dorset

2 Years fixed term contract

The Architectural Association (AA) and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (University of West of England, Bristol) seek a graduate in robotics, mechatronics or architecture, to develop the use of robotic fabrication in timber at the AA’s woodland campus at Hooke Park, Dorset. The role is core to a two-year collaborative programme between UWE and the AA that is being financially supported by the UK government’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme.

Employed by University of the West of England and based at Hooke Park, you will work closely with staff from UWE’s Engineering, Design and Mathematics department using the Bristol Robotics Laboratory’s facilities, and with AA staff at Hooke Park to develop innovative robotic arm fabrication processes. This will include developing a ‘smart’ programming environment to accommodate the cutting of natural material, and embedding scanning and robotic capability in automated production of complex geometric structural timber elements for architectural applications.

The ideal candidate will have a good degree or postgraduate qualification in Robotics, Mechatronics, Architectural field or related disciple. An interest in architectural design, natural materials and geometry would be beneficial. Some practical experience, preferably within a company, will be an advantage, as will good knowledge of robotics, programming and timber fabrication. You will also need to demonstrate excellent communication skills and ability to work on your own initiative.

The Architectural Association is charitable professional association and School of Architecture based in London with a rural forest campus in Hooke Park which hosts educational programmes focussed on architectural design, construction and timber research.

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory is a 3000sqm state-of-the-art UK centre of excellence for multi-disciplinary robotics research and home to a vibrant community of over 100 academics and industry practitioners. It is a unique collaboration that harnesses the collective strengths of its university partners, and brings together the best expertise from industry and the academic community to spearhead Britain’s efforts to be a world leader in modern advanced robotics.

KTP is one of Europe’s leading graduate recruitment programmes, offering the opportunity to gain valuable workplace experience on specific projects of strategic importance whilst benefitting from generous training and development opportunities.

Details and application form on the UWE website: http://goo.gl/zQDo8s

Contacts

Architectural Association School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES

+44 (0)20 7887 4000

humanresources@aaschool.ac.uk