A4341 Job Description Pack


A4341 Job Description Pack






Information for applicants


About Plymouth University

With a mission to “advance knowledge and

transform lives through education and

research”, Plymouth University is ranked in

the top 300 universities in the world and

among the top 40 of those aged under 50. It

is distinguished by its focus on supporting

individuals to unlock their true potential,

combining world-class research and

teaching with a commitment to widening

participation and social inclusion.

One of the largest universities in the country,

with 28,000 students, Plymouth has invested

more than £300 million in creating a vibrant

campus in the heart of the city. It’s home to

research and teaching expertise across the

academic spectrum: from science and

technology to health and medicine; business

and entrepreneurship to arts and the

humanities. Within the top 50 universities

for research according to the 2014

Research Excellence Framework, the

University also boasts a record number of

teaching fellows, and is the only modern

university to launch its own medical and

dental school.

Plymouth University is distinctive in that,

while it enjoys a modern status and mindset,

it can also reflect upon a long and proud

heritage, tracing its roots back to 1862 and

more than 150 years of delivering education

in the City of Plymouth. Its motto – Explore,

Dream, Discover – embraces the enterprising

culture of the University; one which plays a

key role in civic and regional leadership,

and has a proud tradition of industry

engagement. The University owns and

oversees more than £100 million worth of

business incubation, innovation and science

park assets across Devon and Cornwall, is

the national lead for the social enterprise

University Enterprise Network, and the first

university to receive the Social Enterprise

Mark. We also lead research and

development into marine renewable

energy. To this end we make our facilities –

notably the Marine Building with its unique

wave tank – available to commercial and

research clients, helping to establish a

green economy in the South West.

Plymouth is committed to delivering a

first-class, first-choice student experience,

and enjoys a leading reputation for

excellence in teaching and learning.

Through its acclaimed ‘Student As

Partners’ approach, the University actively

consults and works with its student body,

ensuring their voice is heard in the

decision-making process. And thanks to its

Academic Partnerships with colleges

across the peninsula – from Penzance to

Bristol and Jersey – Plymouth students are

able to study in their locales, bringing

higher education into new communities.

This approach to higher education has

earned Plymouth global recognition:

• Ranked in the top 300 universities in the

world in the Times Higher Education

World University Rankings 2013-14, and

37th in the THE’s 100 Under 50 league

table 2015.

• A twice winner of the Queen’s

Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further

Education, most recently in 2012 in

recognition of its world-class marine

and maritime research, teaching and


• The overall best performing university in

the People and Planet Green League,

and ranked first in 2010 and 2014.

• The first university in the world to be

awarded the Social Enterprise Mark in

recognition of its long-standing history

of support for the sector.


Strategy 2020


Excellent learning in partnership with students

Plymouth University’s Strategy 2020 is a

reflection of the values of the University

and the inspiring thoughts, ideas and

suggestions of the staff, students and

partners who helped form it. The strategy

is guided by our values and leadership

principles. It helps us to deliver strong

performance and sustainable outcomes, to

build our reputation and fulfil our mission.

We are committed to applying our

knowledge, research, the talents of our

people, and our world-class facilities to

making a difference to the lives of the

communities we serve. We strive to raise

aspirations and inspire people of all ages

to engage with higher education and

lifelong learning. Leading from the front, or

working in collaboration with partners, we

are engaged in a broad range of activity

across different sectors. Through our

enterprise mission, we act as a catalyst for

economic development across the region;

we’re addressing health inequalities

through our medical and dental outreach;

and we’re providing a platform for arts in

the South West through the work of

Peninsula Arts. We pride ourselves on the

fact that what we do matters.

To achieve our ambitions, Strategy 2020

also sets out a number of enabling

strategies relating to people, technology,

our environment and our reputation. Key

to our ability to deliver the strategy is the

University’s commitment to financial

sustainability, particularly in light of the

significant changes to higher education

funding and the impact this has had on

the operating environment in the sector.

We aim to have highly satisfied students. We will offer the best

experience that we can, preparing our students to succeed in their

professional and personal lives by working with our student body

and the Students Union to understand their needs, encourage

their contributions and learn from their experiences.


World-class research and innovation

We aim to further develop our research standing and impact internationally.

We will support the conditions needed for world-class research and

innovation to flourish and continue to ensure that our research is built

on strong ethical foundations. We will connect disciplines in novel ways,

engaging with stakeholders and funders and promoting public engagement

and understanding.


Raising aspirations and driving engagement

We aim to build on and sustain connections with local, national and

international partners to enrich our academic experience. We will continue

to seek to raise aspiration amongst groups under-represented in higher

education and provide opportunities for our students, staff and the

communities we serve through economic development, social inclusion,

community outreach and strategic partnerships.


Achieving resilience, sustainability and effectiveness

We aim to build on our existing position as a leading UK university in

sustainability by striving for excellence in financial, environmental and

social responsibility across all of our activities.


Our Organisation

Our organisational structure recognises

our academic and professional identity

while ensuring that different parts of the

institution work effectively together –

within and across areas – so that we can

achieve our collective aims and ambitions.

The University’s Executive Group (UEG),

led by the Vice Chancellor, encompasses

our academic and research disciplines

as well as our professional services


Through our review of academic

programmes and our investment in

research, a new faculty-based structure

aligns disciplines to best realise academic

synergies that will enhance the student

experience and drive our world-class

research agenda.

We have implemented a faculty and school

structure that better aligns with Strategy

2020 and reflects our aspirations both for

today and into the future.

Faculties are organised as follows:

• Faculty of Arts and Humanities

• Faculty of Business

• Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

• Faculty of Science and Engineering

• Plymouth University Peninsula Schools

of Medicine and Dentistry.

• Academic Partnerships


The Development Office

The Development Office is a strategic

enabler of University business, by

providing the University with the conditions

and opportunities, aligned relationships

and partnerships, to support the delivery

of strategic projects and a cohesive

Campaign of fundraising and external

engagement. To achieve this, the

Development Office drives a seamless

programme of fundraising, alumni

engagement, partnership development,

business engagement, community

engagement and event management.

This is an exciting time to join Plymouth

University as a Fundraising professional.

The Development Office is currently

working to establish the University’s first

major fundraising Campaign. This

Campaign will release and realise the

philanthropic and engagement potential of

the University over the next decade and

embed fundraising, alumni relations,

partnerships and community engagement

in all aspects of the institution’s culture,

supporting strategic initiatives at all times.

Defined by the University’s mission to

Transform Lives, the primary purpose of

the Campaign will be to align and mobilise

the University’s current and prospective

supporter base (donors, friends, VIP’s,

partners, alumni, stakeholders, community,

staff, students) to advancing the mission,

ambitions and goals of the University. The

resulting output being an increase in the

opportunities for our supporters to invest

in the work of the University (financially or

in kind) including research, student

support, the student experience,

employability and capital development.


The Role of Head of Fundraising.

Grade: 8

Reports to: Director of Development

Direct responsibility for: Development

Manager (Major Gifts)

Development Manager (Health and


Development Manager (Trusts and


Role Summary:

The Head of Fundraising role combines

a passion and expertise in fundraising

and leadership. Reporting to the Director

of Development, and forming part of the

University’s External Relations portfolio,

the Head of Fundraising will lead a

team dedicated to securing sustainable

philanthropic income to support the

ambitions of Plymouth University,

through a programme of face-to-face

major gift fundraising, regular giving,

crowdfunding, sponsorship, legacy

giving and donor management.

Leading a team of fundraisers, you

will also be responsible for identifying

potential supporters, including major

philanthropists (individuals, Trusts)

corporates, and alumni of Plymouth

University. You will be expected to develop

excellent relationships with existing

and potential donors, primarily utilising

face to face fundraising techniques.

You will be expected to work closely

with our academic leaders, consultants

and those leading clinical trials, key

researchers, charitable partners and

senior volunteers; and be expected to

passionately translate complex information

into a compelling case for support for the

lay person in both verbal and written form

Key Accountabilities:

The Head of Fundraising

will be expected to:

• Lead and manage the delivery and

development of an effective and

flexible Fundraising service, in a

way that reflects the University’s

behaviours for leaders, informing

and implementing appropriate

strategic initiatives to ensure

the efficient operation of the

Development Office programme

• Lead and direct the operational

workflow of a multi-disciplinary

team ensuring agreed targets and

standards are consistently met

• Develop, motivate and coach the

team to deliver their best providing

feedback on performance to enable

continuous development in line

with the University’s Performance

Development Framework (PDR)

• Deal appropriately with informal

and formal performance concerns

in line with the University’s policies

for managing performance

• Follow appropriate financial and

regulatory policies and procedures

ensuring necessary regulations and

standards are adhered to driving

forward value for money initiatives

• Lead and influence appropriate

University wide projects outside

of immediate work area

• Develop and implement processes,

procedures and policies, that

meet strategic business needs,

maintain legal compliance, and

deliver on the commitment to

continuous improvement

• Engage in research, projects

and studies influencing the

strategic development of the

Development Office programme

• Research, interpret and analyse

complex data using a variety of

systems, advise on and implement

appropriate actions to provide timely

resolution ensuring adherence to

quality monitoring processes

• Prepare Development Office reports

and presentations, and develop and

implement initiatives to address

discussions and decisions, to

successfully develop the service

• Research, investigate, interpret

and create accurate information

sources, creating appropriate

methods of communication to raise

awareness and ensure the effective

dissemination of fundraising

knowledge and understanding

• Create relationships with partners

and stakeholders, provide

Fundraising information, advice

and guidance, resolving complex

issues through creative and

unique solutions that support the

strategic needs of the business

• Proactively networking with

stakeholders, to engender the effective

sharing of knowledge, developing best

practice, implementing initiatives that

drive forward business improvements

• Make decisions impacting on

cross-functional activities,

creating guidance and training

on Development Office activities,

associated policies and procedures,

to enable the successful delivery and

development of the programme

• Manage priorities for Development

Office activities and associated

cross functional projects,

allocating resources and

delegating tasks to support the

strategic needs of the service

• Deliver excellent customer

service in all aspects of role

• Ensure all activities are undertaken

are in compliance with University

and Faculty/Departmental Health &

Safety requirements and regulations

• Act in a way that demonstrates

the University’s commitment

to Equality and Diversity for

staff, students and partners


Why What We Do Here Matters

Student Population and Employability

We have a balanced and diverse student

population of 28,000 students from a

variety of backgrounds and experiences,

and enjoy the educational and cultural

benefits that this brings. Potential students

can apply to the University regardless of

geographical location, background and

financial standing for a wide range of

courses and programmes, and our

approach to marketing and engaging such

a diverse audience is key to our success.

The last Widening Participation Strategic

Assessment, (submitted in December

2012), showed that 97.6% of Plymouth’s

students were from state schools, and that,

of new full-time undergraduates, 14.8%

were young entrants from low participation

neighbourhoods and 8.2% were mature

entrants from low participation


Our well-established programme of

outreach activities is designed to raise

levels of attainment, aspirations and

applications among under-represented

groups. The student experience is of

utmost importance to us, and we are proud

to say that our University staff are able to

clearly articulate how, through their own

activities, they contribute to a positive

student experience. We support students

throughout their journey from enquiry to

alumni; in a culture of academic excellence

engaging them as genuine partners WITH

Plymouth University.

Through our Academic Partnerships faculty,

many of our students are enrolled at partner

colleges across the south and west of

England, and overseas in countries such as

China and Sri Lanka. In total, we have 80

partnerships in more than 30 countries, and

13,000 off-campus students. We also host

an on-campus international college, in

collaboration with Navitas, which provides

undergraduate and postgraduate pathways

into our higher education community.

Our Graduate School provides support,

not just to our international research

students, but all 1,000 members of our

postgraduate community – the largest

of any post-1992 university.

Healthcare and social inclusion

The University is the first modern, higher

education institution to have its own medical

and dental school – the Plymouth University

Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

(PUPSMD). Everything PUPSMD does is

shaped and driven by the University’s firm

belief in exceptional clinical learning,

strong social engagement and worldclass


Staff and students work closely with the

health service on education and

community projects, with a focus on

addressing the health inequalities that

affect our region. To that end, more than

16,000 people receive free NHS treatment

at our four Dental Education Centres in

Cornwall and Devon and more than 800

people receive medical treatment at the

Cumberland Surgery in Devonport.

A new Centre for Eyecare Excellence (CEE)

was launched in 2013 within our Faculty of

Health and Human Sciences. CEE brings

together teaching, research and patient

care in a model similar to that of the Dental

Education Centres. CEE enables our

optometry students to gain invaluable

experience of patient care and provides a

wealth of specialist services such as

advanced 3D retinal imaging.

The University is one of the UK’s largest

providers of new professionals into the

health and social care sector. As such, it

has a vibrant multi-disciplinary community

of students, academics and practitioners

across the spectrum of health professions,

including nursing, podiatry, physiotherapy

and optometry, and a diverse portfolio of

health-related research projects. Our

credentials in healthcare research, shaped

by the curiosity of our academic

community and the needs of society,

include a lead role in a study into mental

healthcare for prisoners – a study to which

the National Institute for Health Research

has committed £2 million in funding. We are

the UK’s first dementia-friendly University

and a recognised national centre of

excellence for brain tumour research. In

our flagship Institute of Translational and

Stratified Medicine, we have created an

environment for effective collaboration

and trans-disciplinary links between

clinical and non-clinical scientists through

an integrative ‘bench to bedside and back’

research strategy.

Arts and Community

As an anchor institution in the community,

the University plays a major role in organising

and hosting events and activities that

promote the arts and social cohesion. The

University’s desire to support cultural

development and bring world-renowned

artists to the region was the driver behind

the bid for City of Culture status, a project

led jointly by the University with Plymouth

City Council. While Plymouth was not


shortlisted, the bid succeeded in

galvanising support for the city’s cultural

offering and generated momentum and

valuable discussion around plans for

Mayflower 2020 celebrations among local

partners and organisations.

The University was instrumental in attracting

the America’s Cup and British Art Show 7 to

the city. Through its Peninsula Arts

programme, it has also led and supported

innovative projects and events including

the Plymouth International Book Festival,

(with its landmark Moby-Dick Big Read),

and the annual Contemporary Music

Festival. It has also enriched thinking

around local and military history and has

published a series of accounts of World

War II records held at the Britannia Royal

Naval College, and the revelation of

wartime codes from MI9 through a

multidisciplinary research project.

The University has led on a number of key

projects in the community, running the

Children’s University for Devon and forging

strong links with the University of the Third

Age. We are the lead academic sponsor of

University Technical College Plymouth,

which opened in September 2013 and

provides a new model of education for 14

-19 year-olds. The local industry helps to set

the college curriculum, providing a focus

for the development of technical skills

alongside more traditional education. We

also established a multi-academy trust to

take forward our involvement with a number

of educational institutions, such as Marine

Academy Plymouth and the new Mayflower

Community Academy.

Science and Environment

The University has a reputation for worldclass

teaching and research in the fields of

science, technology and environment. In

marine science it boasts the broadest

research portfolio of any university in Europe.

Our academics play an active role in shaping

policies and procedures – from combating

pollution and understanding ocean

acidification to the establishment and

monitoring of marine protected areas and

the management of coastal communities.

Environmental Science has a proud

40-year history at Plymouth. It has forged

international links with a range of

institutions, providing fieldwork and

learning opportunities for students. The

University is also internationally renowned

for its robotics research, electron

microscopy centre, geology and

engineering. In computing and mathematics

it is supporting the development of

software programming and video game

design in the region.

Business and Enterprise

The University’s Faculty of Business is a

hot-bed of curriculum innovation whose

programmes provide students with

experiential learning opportunities in the

business community. The Faculty’s Futures

Entrepreneurship Centre, located in the

heart of the maritime business community

at Sutton Harbour, acts as a focal point for

entrepreneurial education and research. It

provides a range of academic courses,

support, mentoring and network

opportunities and is home to the Plymouthled

Social Enterprise University Enterprise

Network, which supports and nurtures

social enterprise across the country.

Through the Growth Acceleration and

Investment Network (GAIN), the University

has strategic management of £100 million

worth of incubation, innovation and

science park assets in the region. Its

on-campus Formation Zone centres are

home to a range of graduate start-up

businesses across creative and Science,

Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

areas, and its Marine Innovation Centre is

forging links between the University’s

research and development expertise and

industry. The University runs three

innovation centres for Cornwall Council

and has created an innovation ecosystem

that has helped tenant companies create

more than 200 jobs and grow revenues by

more than £9 million since 2010. The

University has successfully bid for more

than £9 million of Regional Growth Funding

and is one of the key players in the Plymouth

and South West Peninsula City Deal, with

GAIN delivering business support services.


Location and Lifestyle

Boasting perhaps the finest natural

location of any city in the UK, Plymouth

is defined by its colours and dynamic

contrasts. Its dazzling natural waterfront

and deep water harbour have provided a

blue canvas for centuries of maritime and

naval narrative, a proud global tradition

dating back to Sir Francis Drake. Today,

‘The Ocean City’ is home to an unparalleled

collection of world-renowned marine

institutions, the National Marine Aquarium,

the largest Naval Dockyard in Western

Europe, a thriving fishing port, and some

of the UK’s finest beaches and sailing

waters. Framed by the rivers Tamar and

Plym, Plymouth is also a green city thanks

to the rugged splendour of Dartmoor

to the north, and the rolling hills, valleys

and estuaries of the South Hams, an

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Home to more than 250,000 people,

Plymouth is the largest city in the South

West peninsula, and its location on the

border of Devon and Cornwall ensures

it serves as the major industrial and

cultural hub for the region. Its recent

success in attracting new businesses

and inward investment was emphasised

by its securing of City Deal status in 2014,

which will see Plymouth leverage some

£300 million of private funding to establish

itself as the centre of marine renewable

energy research and development.

Plymouth has enjoyed a development

and property boom in recent years,

and ensures there’s a superb choice

of living accommodation ranging from

penthouse waterside apartments to

Victorian villas and fine country houses,

prices are highly competitive and the

lifestyle is unrivalled. It has 103 state

schools and colleges, including highperforming

girls’ and boys’ grammar

schools, and there is thriving private

sector provision in the city and beyond.

As the cultural hub of the South West,

Plymouth boasts a vibrant arts and cultural

programme, and has attracted major

international events such as the America’s

Cup, British Art Show 7, and the Plymouth

International Book Festival in recent years.

It boasts one of the most successful

regional theatres in the country – Theatre

Royal Plymouth – producing West End

successes, and hosting visits by The Royal

Shakespeare Company and a selection of

European opera and ballet companies. The

University itself is a major player on the

cultural scene, running a full programme

of events and exhibitions, films, lectures

and concerts through Peninsula Arts.

Annual events such as the Contemporary

Music Festival now attract national

reviewers to its innovative concerts.

Gastronomes are well catered for with a

number of Michelin-starred and celebrity

chefs located in and around Plymouth,

including Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth,

Nathan Outlaw, John Burton-Race,

Michael Caines, the Tanner brothers

and Jamie Oliver. There are a plethora

of fine restaurants, pubs and cafés in

idyllic locations across the region, not

to mention fine shopping in the city.

Despite its secluded location, Plymouth is

well-served by transport links to the rest

of the country, with mainline train services

to London Paddington, the Midlands and

the North; a fast link to the M5 Motorway;

a large ferry port with services to France

and Spain; and easy access to the region’s

airports at Newquay and Exeter.


Terms and Conditions of Appointment

This is a permanent role that attracts a

competitive salary, membership of a

defined benefit pension scheme, 35 days’

paid leave per annum and a host of other

benefits, a flavour of which is as follows:

• Relocation support is offered up to

£3,500 with the possibility that

additional support can be agreed for

overseas appointments.

• The University has a range of family

friendly policies including maternity,

paternity, adoption and parental leave.

In addition Freshlings Nursery offers

childcare to Plymouth university staff

and students and the University offers a

childcare voucher scheme to help our

working parents save money.

• The University is committed to the

development of its staff and there are a

number of career development policies

and resources available to you as a

Plymouth employee. These range from

online learning guides and access to

Lynda.com right through to training

sessions, funding for conferences and

access to a career mentor.






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If you require information from this

application pack in an alternative format,

please contact hr@plymouth.ac.uk


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