University Education Directors

The University Education Directors are:

The University Education Directors have a key role in supporting the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) to deliver significant areas of the education strategy. Although they have distinct portfolios they work with the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellors and Faculty Education Directors

University Education Director for Academic Support

The portfolio is focused on implementation of the personal tutoring policy and personal development planning (PDP) for all taught students, including but not limited to:

  • encouraging consistency, inclusivity and appropriate support of students within all demographics 
  • developing UG and PGT personal tutor systems so academic and personal development are prioritised
  • encouraging the implementation of PDP in ways which best suit disciplinary circumstances and working with students to ensure the value of PDP is understood
  • development of resources and systems to support Personal Tutors and Senior Tutors
  • development of the Senior Tutor role and the Senior Tutor Network
  • liaison with other areas of the University to ensure a fully integrated and effective approach to pastoral care of students between personal tutoring, support in the residences and the Student Wellbeing Service.
  • working with students and Bristol Students’ Union to ensure students are clear of the role of personal tutoring in their academic and personal support

University Education Director for Online and Blended Learning

The portfolio is focused on ensuring that digital education is an integral part of the University’s wider educational offer that complements traditional face-to-face delivery, including but not limited to:

  • initiating, planning and developing new digitial resources including UG and PG units, new and existing programmes, open educational resources and paid-for short courses
  • ongoing development and delivery of Bristol Futures open courses
  • provision of academic guidance and support for development of new online and blended resources
  • business/project lead for relationships with external platform providers
  • ensuring that digital education is of high quality and financially sustainable  
  • promoting the benefits of digital eduation in:
    • enhancing the University's reputation for innovation in education
    • providing alternatives to existing modes of delivery that challenge our timetable and estate
    • enhancing recruitment to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
    • dissemination of research and enhancing research impact
    • inclusive and accessible education
    • income generation by providing access to new markets and more efficient and effective reach in existing markets

University Education Director for Quality

The main responsibilities of the post are to:

  1. Oversee, support and facilitate the implementation of the University framework for quality and standards of learning, teaching and assessment
  2. Ensure that (i) the assurance of academic standards and (ii) the enhancement of the quality of the Bristol University student experience are aligned with University strategic priorities, regulations, policies and guidance, and external reference points such as the UK Quality Code, and are operating consistently and, as intended, across the University
  3. Contribute actively to the work of, the University Academic Standards and Quality Committee
  4. Lead monitoring and review activity (including Periodic Programme Revalidation) involving discussions with faculties, schools and other centres of activity within the University to establish the means by which academic standards and the quality of the student experience are maintained and enhanced, as appropriate
  5. Ensure that areas where support may be needed to bring about desired or necessary improvement are brought to the attention of those individuals and/or bodies best placed to address issues raised
  6. Identify instances where timely interventions are required to mitigate any potential risk of quality and standards being compromised
  7. Lead on the identification, development and sharing of good practice on a University-wide basis in conjunction with the Bristol Institute of Learning and Teaching and through engagement with the wider academic and student community to promote an inclusive learning community
  8. Provide a focal point for cross-institutional learning by leading on lessons learned from their experience of reviewing provision or on the basis of thematic activity undertaken
  9. Engage with the sector and relevant interest groups in contributing to the further development of the external regulatory framework as it applies to the University, ensuring that the University’s voice is sought, heard and valued in national debate and discussion.