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School Registrar

Who We Are

The Architectural Association School is a private, independent school of architecture located in central London, and is recognized as an international leader in architectural education.

The AA School comprises of 750 full-time undergraduate and graduate students located in London and the UK, as well as part-time students enrolled in overseas courses under a programme run by the AA Visiting School. The school is characterized by a very international body of students. In 2012 the School successfully completed the Review for Educational Oversight conducted by the QAA. The School’s academic and professional programmes of study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels – up to and including doctoral level are validated by external professional and academic bodies.

Role Overview

The School is looking to appoint a Registrar to advise the Director on policy and strategy relating to academic and student administration, and to manage all administrative and operational functions of the Registrar’s Office. The role reports to the Director of the AA School.

The Registrar will ensure the integrity, accuracy and security of a broad range of systems and processes for ensuring the maintenance of academic and professional standards. In particular, he or she will ensure the completeness of all academic records of current and former students; will develop and maintain quality management systems in the School which emulate both the QAA’s Quality Code and the relevant standards set by external professional bodies and will lead the School’s response to external academic and professional monitoring and audit. The Registrar will ensure that student welfare arrangements are adhered to. Supporting roles related to academic record keeping, student financial assistance, academic compliance and academic programme coordination all report directly to the Registrar, who liases regularly with other key academic and administrative roles within the school.

Main Responsibilities

1. Academic Record Keeping & Academic Management

  • Work with the School Director to deliver academic strategy and planning.
  • Oversee the daily academic administration of the School.
  • Manage the administrative staffing of the Registrar’s Office.
  • Work with Admissions and the Visiting School offices to oversee the administration of all student enrolment practices to ensure compliance in policies and record keeping activities.
  • Manage and co-ordinate the School’s academic advisory group structure, calendar and annual meeting agendas.
  • Organise and administer Academic Board business, and attend all other academic advisory groups, as required.
  • Attend Heads of Department meetings, working group meetings, as required.
  • Maintain all academic records.
  • Plan and deliver an annual schedule of business expressed in annual academic calendars.
  • Work in accordance with the School’s academic and administrative policies.

2. Quality Assurance, Compliance & External Validations

  • Manage Academic Regulations, the Student Handbook and other guidance documents with respect to best practice.
  • Liaise and advise on QAA educational oversight processes, including annual monitoring reporting for the QAA, and all other external Validation and Accreditation relationships.
  • Serve as administrative contact with all external validation and compliance bodies.
  • Provide advice and guidance on quality and standards assurance, including external reference points and other regulatory, legislative or agency guidance.
  • Manage and develop academic administration in relationship to the QAA Quality Code.
  • Liaise and advise for the planning, preparation and co-ordination of processes for external review.
  • Work with colleagues to facilitate and maximize engagement with all quality assurance and enhancement processes.

3. Pastoral Care

  • Supervise provision of pastoral care to all students for the duration of their studies.
  • Manage the academic complaints or grievance procedures.
  • Advise students on academic procedure and personal health or personal issues, and serve as point of contact for external health, medical other consultants providing services related to the care and welfare of students.

What We Require

Proven leadership experience and ability. As background, a minimum of five years within a Registrar’s Office at an appropriate level at an educational institution with full-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the UK. Experience of successful engagement with QAA audits and reviews is essential. A record of managing professional ARB/RIBA/OU prescription/validation process is highly desirable.

Please apply to by Monday 4th August 2014 with a covering letter outlining salary expectations as well as a detailed CV.

Please note that interviews will be held on Friday 8th August 2014. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

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:


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