Deputy Head of School

Head of Pre-registration Nursing programmes/Deputy Head of School

Job purpose

  • To lead on the management of pre-registration nursing programmes from recruitment to graduation and ensure that quality, regulations and contract targets are met.
  • To lead and advise staff on NMC standards and Kingston University quality assurance/regulations frameworks.
  • To provide day to day leadership and direction for the course director for the BSc (Hons) and MSc Nursing (all fields) and the degree nursing apprenticeship programmes maintaining accountabilities for all aspects of course management and delivery.
  • As a member of the school’s senior leadership team, to make an active ongoing contribution to the strategic planning, development, growth and resourcing of nursing education programmes at all levels to meet employer and healthcare sector needs.
  • To act as deputy to the Head of School of Nursing.
  • To undertake research and scholarly activity to contribute to advancing nursing education or practice and ensure the School’s programmes are informed by current evidence.

Role & Responsibilities

Pre-registration nursing programme management

  • Lead the management, development and delivery of pre-registration nursing programmes from recruitment to graduation, to include leading implementation of new nursing curricula developments.
  • Act as advisor and oversee and work closely with the Course Directors for the BSc (Hons) and MSc Nursing programme, including the degree nurse apprenticeship programme.
  • Oversee annual course planning and resourcing; work closely with year leads, Professional and academic leads and line managers to coordinate the allocation of staff for teaching, assessment, student supervision and support, ensuring coherent timetables and balanced workloads across the programmes.
  • Chair course committees and other key course meetings, overseeing and monitoring all aspects of learning, teaching, assessment and student support, and ensuring timely implementation of decisions and actions.
  • Ensure that all course requirements and regulations specified by the university and professional and regulatory bodies are met, and that the pre-registration nursing programmes are aligned and consistent.
  • Work collaboratively with administrative managers and teams to help ensure effective and efficient processes for student and course administration.
  • Have strategic responsibility for managing and developing relationships with practice placement providers, to ensure that placements provide a positive student experience and meet required learning outcomes; identify and establish new placements in the sector.
  • Oversee the quality of student experience across the School’s pre-registration programmes, ensuring that opportunities for student involvement and engagement in key aspects of programme design and delivery are provided, heard and acted upon.
  • Oversee key student communications throughout the student lifecycle (including student and module handbooks etc), and ensure their accuracy, consistency and quality of presentation.
  • Actively monitor the quality of all pre-registration nursing programmes, taking a lead role in Regulator monitoring visits and other ongoing quality reviews; work closely with academic and administrative colleagues to produce annual returns and lead the development and implementation of action plans where appropriate.
  • Contribute to the management of key stakeholder relationships, and to ensuring that pre-registration programme outcomes meet or exceed agreed university targets.
  • Work closely with Faculty and University marketing departments to ensure that courses are effectively promoted to relevant markets and audiences, and with the Admissions Tutor to develop and oversee effective student recruitment and selection processes.
  • Oversee student progression and retention, working closely with the Lead for Recruitment & Retention to ensure that any issues are actively addressed.
  • Working closely with the Head of School, provide a clear vision for the ongoing development of the pre-registration nursing portfolio; lead curriculum design and development, identifying new opportunities as they arise in response to a changing policy and practice environment.

Team management

  • Manage a small team of Associate Professors and lead the team in working collectively towards organisational goals and targets at School, Faculty and University level.
  • Make effective use of the University’s appraisal process to set individual objectives and evaluate and develop performance. Proactively identify staff development needs, ensuring a flexible workforce to meet changing business requirements.
  • Ensure a balanced allocation of workloads and opportunities and foster strong team-working and effective communication and collaboration.

School Nursing leadership team (SNLT)

  • Contribute to the overall leadership and management of the school, participating actively in regular SNLT meetings aimed at collectively planning, developing and evaluating the School’s core education and research activities to ensure that strategic goals and targets are met.
  • Act as deputy to the Head of School of Nursing, attending senior meetings and contributing to decision making across a range of committees where appropriate.
  • Monitor the allocation of resources (financial, physical, staff) in your areas of responsibility and bring any issues to SNLT for review, to ensure effective and efficient resource management across the School.
  • Actively monitor core activities and processes within your areas of responsibility to ensure they are aligned with, and contribute directly to, meeting strategic goals and targets.
  • Contribute to identifying potential business development opportunities for review by SNLT, and lead on selected projects relevant to your area of expertise on request (eg. preparing tenders, undertaking consultancy projects, developing bespoke education programmes).
  • Contribute to building stakeholder relationships; develop internal and external contacts and networks to share knowledge and good practice, facilitate specific areas of work and promote the School and Faculty.
  • Lead or make an active contribution to committees, working groups and projects across the School and the wider Faculty and Universities, and be proactive in sharing knowledge and good practice.
  • Contribute to all core education activities as required, eg. student recruitment and selection, contracts and quality monitoring, curriculum review and development, etc.
  • Teaching and student support
  • Contribute to supporting students at all levels (foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate) across the School, using a range of modern and innovative approaches to engage students and enhance student experience.
  • Undertake supervision of students’ research projects and activities.

Research, scholarship and professional development

  • Undertake professional development as required to fulfil the role effectively – in the relevant field of nursing, in pedagogy and in leadership and management.
  • Ensure that teaching and practice in your areas of responsibility are up-to-date, informed by current research and evidence, and reflect national policy and good practice.
  • Conduct individual or collaborative research or scholarly projects, and be actively involved in advancing nursing education or practice through publication, conference presentations and other appropriate media.

Please note, on occasions other duties may be undertaken as part of this role and in line with the grade.

Person Specification

Knowledge & QualificationsEssentialDesirable
MSc in nursing or related subject✓ 
PhD in Nursing or related subject ✓ 
Registered nurse currently on NMC register ✓ 
Comprehensive knowledge of nursing and healthcare education ✓ 
Recognised teaching qualification ✓ 
Substantial experience of academic leadership in higher education ✓ 
Previous senior role in the design and delivery of nursing education programmes and curricula ✓ 
Proven experience of managing academic teams and outputs in a complex organisation ✓ 
Skills & Competences EssentialDesirable
Education and research
Strong understanding of the national and international contexts of nursing education, in order to lead and develop contemporary education programmes✓ 
Active in scholarship in nursing education and/or practice, with a strong record of scholarly output
Evidence of innovation in educational development ✓ 
Proven experience of effective management of the student experience ✓ 
Proven experience of evaluating and enhancing the quality of education programmes ✓ 
Leadership and management
Substantial leadership, management and organisational skills ✓ 
Proven ability to lead, motivate and develop others, manage performance and build productive relationships within and between teams ✓ 
Experience of managing and chairing committees ✓ 
Proven experience of strategic planning, decision making, implementation and evaluation
Ability to contribute to policy and strategy development within the School, Faculty and across the parent universities
Interpersonal and communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work collaboratively with people at all levels to achieve results
Proven ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team
Proven ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with a wide range of people and to convey complex and/or sensitive issues appropriately
Flexible working and professional development
Proven ability to lead and manage ongoing change and development
Willing to engage in continuous professional development to broaden and deepen skills and experience
Willing and able to work flexibly in response to changing business needs and priorities
Able to travel between campuses in Kingston and Tooting as required
Proficient in the use of office technology including word processing, presentations, email, databases, virtual learning environments (VLEs) and the internet.

Important Working Relationships


  • Head of School,
  • School of Nursing Leadership Team
  • Pre-registration course directors, year and academic and professional leads, module leaders
  • Professors/Associate Professors and senior lecturers


  • Dean, Associate Deans, Heads of Schools, Faculty Business Manager
  • Faculty Business Manager and professional/administrative managers and offices
  • Nursing professors and researchers
  • Central academic and service departments in Kingston University
  • Chairs of Faculty and University committees and working groups


  • Key contractual partners and stakeholders (notably Health Education London, Nursing and Midwifery Council, OFSTED)
  • NHS commissioners and Trusts, statutory and professional bodies and other external stakeholders
  • Research and other funding bodies