College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Dean (Recruitment & Admissions Strategy)

The Associate Dean (Recruitment and Admissions Strategy) focuses on developing, articulating and monitoring the recruitment and admissions strategy for the College.

S/he also provides academic leadership for all matters relating to recruitment and admissions.

The role is a part time appointment (0.2 FTE).

The Associate Dean contributes to the development of University strategy and policy as a member of the University’s Recruitment and Admissions Strategy Group (RASG). The work covers recruitment and admissions policy for Scottish, ‘Rest of UK’ and EU applicants; international applicants; and also widening participation strategy and targets. The Group maintains an overview of external application trends and recommends actions.

The Associate Dean plays a wider part in strategic developments across the College, for example discussions on the balance of PGT on-programme and distance learning provision; UG admissions plans for RUK recruitment, and anticipating the implications of external changes.

The Associate Dean contributes to College work on the formulation of College recruitment and admissions policy in terms of the shape of future cohorts, with the College Registrar, the Head of the College Resources Section and the Heads of the UG Admissions (UGAO) and Postgraduate Office (PGO). The Associate Dean is also responsible for:

  • convening the College Recruitment & Admissions Strategy Committee
  • monitoring the College’s progress in enabling admission of UG Widening Participation (WP) applicants and promoting WP applications through assisting or encouraging outreach work
  • coordinating and encouraging recruitment of international students, by promoting coordinated strategies between Schools and the International Office
  • supporting delivery of SRA’s recruitment plans, for example by encouraging School representatives to attend Fairs and recruitment events at (external) schools and 6th-form colleges for UG students; and by promoting SRA’s work on UK and EU postgraduate recruitment
  • speaking at University Open Days and Post-Offer Visit days, as a representative of the College
  • maintaining standards in admissions selection, and making unusual or difficult admissions decisions, or advising on appeals, particularly at undergraduate admissions level

The Associate Dean presents an annual report on admissions to the College Planning and Resources Committee. S/he also attends the College Undergraduate Learning and Teaching Committee and the College Postgraduate Studies Committee meetings as required.

The Associate Deans all play a key part in communicating College policy to Schools, and to feeding School views to the College and University staff or committees. The Associate Deans play a key role in developing and implementing strategic direction in their area of expertise/responsibility. Their work is coordinated by the Director of Academic and Student Administration.

May 2014