Human Resources

Director of Queen Mary Online - 0000931432

Department: Office of The Principal
Salary: Competitive
Reference: 0000931432
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 03-Feb-2020
Closing date: 04-Mar-2020

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About the Role

You will be required to deliver the implementation of a new online learning strategy for Queen Mary University of London called Queen Mary Online. Queen Mary Online is one of six initial transformation programmes central to Queen Mary’s 2030 strategy.

The Director will be required to establish and lead Queen Mary Online and drive the uptake of online postgraduate masters programmes to deliver 10,000 full time equivalent students p/a by 2030. The Director will identify new business opportunities and continuously enhance the Queen Mary Online offer to make it a market-leading and profitable online education offer, underpinned by an efficient and effective operating model.

About You

You will be educated to High degree level and/or have equivalent relevant experience.  Significant experience of strategy development and implementation of transformation projects and experience of working with Platform Providers in higher education (e.g. FutureLearn, edX, Coursera or similar) is essential.

You will also have an exceptional commercial, customer-focused mindset with a strong track record of delivering high quality outcomes for a range of stakeholders. Proactive and market focused, you will be used to identifying and successfully capitalizing on business opportunities rapidly in a rapidly changing sector.

About the Project

The development of Queen Mary Online will realise significant pedagogical, financial, reputational and efficiency gains for the University through the introduction of a new, global online learning offer targeted primarily at overseas postgraduate students.

Queen Mary Online will be a high-profile component of Queen Mary’s strategy, and must align with our values, not least our commitment to diversity and inclusion. It is imperative that the venture get off to a rapid start with the launch of four online Master’s programmes targeting the global market in 2020.

The Director will lead a team of approximately six people including an Academic Director and will have oversight and management of strategic suppliers.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is predominantly based in London, however travel to other locations and international travel may be required.  It is full-time appointment to start as soon as possible. . The post is fixed-term for an initial period of five years.  The starting salary will be competitive and commensurate with skills and experience, with potential for a performance related bonus.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Veredus in parallel with the public advertisement of the post.  For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Antony Harvey on 020 7932 4204 or Nataliya Starik-Bludova on 020 7932 4265.

Application is by submission of a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter of application, addressing the job description and person specification and including suitable daytime and evening telephone contact details.

For further information, including details of how to apply, please visit the Veredus website, quoting reference number 931432.

Closing date: 4th March 2020.  Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality

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