Dean for Growth, Development and Student Experience

University Centre Somerset (UCS) is a high-quality Centre of Higher Education and part of Bridgwater & Taunton College.  UCS and the College have an excellent record for the delivery of HE programmes working with a number of valued partner Higher Education Institutions. UCS is at an exciting and pivotal point in its future as we move towards our strategic priority of transforming Somerset through University Education.

This key role provides an exciting, dynamic opportunity for an experienced HE Professional to drive this ambition and take UCS to the next level in university education.

The post holder will lead UCS, working with a small dedicated team within the HE department and wider College colleagues, to secure growth in student numbers and the curriculum offer.  This is a fantastic opportunity to lead in a high profile, stimulating and rewarding environment, based in the heart of Somerset.

This post will lead on the further development of UCS as it works to gain degree awarding powers and be a key leader in the delivery of a skills focussed curriculum through four faculty areas; Health, Wellbeing and Education; Digital Innovation, Engineering and Clean Energy; Business and Creative Industries; Agriculture, Environmental Management and Ecology, delivering ‘Degrees for Real Life’.

The realising of the vision for UCS has started with Bridgwater & Taunton College, becoming the first FE college to gain the consent of both the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and its university partner (University of the West of England) to deliver nursing degrees locally and in its own right.  The College was also the first FE College to be invited and accepted into the Council of Deans of Health as an Associate Member, and now sits alongside university healthcare faculties at the heart of policy and political debate.  In addition, the College has become the Further Education representative on NHS England’s South West Region Nursing and Midwifery Supply Board, actively contributing to removing barriers to health careers.

UCS has a key role in the delivery of Degree Apprenticeships across the Nuclear sector through the National College for Nuclear (NCfN), also in association with our university partner (University of the West of England).  Staff from the NCfN recently presented at an international conference, as part of the UCS research and scholarship support.

We are looking for someone who will provide highly effective leadership and management across UCS, and be an influencer in the HE direction for Somerset and beyond. A proven track record of delivering successful change is essential. 

The successful post-holder will have a passion for exceptional student experience, delivered through high quality teaching, learning and assessment, drive continuous improvement, realise opportunities for growth and development, listen and respond to employer and sector challenges and maximise student success and progression.

UCS is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

UCS offer a range of fantastic employee benefits including:

Generous pension scheme

Competitive holiday entitlement

2 week Christmas closure

Additional holiday purchase scheme

BTC Extra discount package, this includes top retailers, supermarkets, holidays, entertainment packages and much more…..

For further information about this role and to view the application pack, please visit by clicking the apply link

Application closing date: 12 midnight, Thursday 22 February 2024

Interview date: Tuesday 5 March 2024