Assistant Manager

Durham University

Assistant Manager (
Job Number:
Academic Office
Grade 6:  £29,605 – £36,024 per annum
Fixed Term  Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Working Arrangements: Hybrid
Closing Date
: 29-Nov-2023, 6:59:00 PM
Disclosure and Barring Service Requirement: Not Applicable. 

The University

At Durham University we are proud of our people.  A globally outstanding centre of educational excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other.  Across the University we have a huge variety of roles and career opportunities, which together make us a large and successful community, which is a key hub of activity within our region and nationally.  Whether you are at the very start, middle or end of your career, there is a role for you. We believe everyone has their own unique skills to offer. We would be thrilled if you would consider joining our thriving University.  Further information about the University can be found here

The Department

A competitive salary is only one part of the many fantastic benefits you will receive if you join the University: you will also receive access to the following fantastic benefits: 

The Student and Academic Services Directorate provides a professional administrative support service to staff, students and potential students of Durham University.

The Academic Registrar is the head of the directorate and is responsible to the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education) for its management.  The following services fall under the remit of the Student and Academic Services Directorate:

·        Academic Registrar’s Office

·        Curriculum, Learning and Assessment

·        Student Immigration and Funding

·        Student Recruitment and Admissions

·        Student Registry

All of the services are based on the Mountjoy site in Durham City.

The Student and Academic Services Directorate operate a hybrid working model with the opportunity to split working at home and in the office, which is in the Palatine Centre, South Road, Durham.


Student Registry deliver student focused services and business processes, such as enrolment and registration, timetabling, examinations and assessment outcomes, statutory body data returns and provision of student management information, degree certificates and academic transcripts, student letters and other documentation and degree verification.

The Role

The Assistant Manager supports the Senior Management Team in the proactive coordination of Student Registry’s annual cycle.

The role of Assistant Manager includes:

·        Quickly developing an understanding of the annual cycle for the Student Registry teams (Student Records, Exams, Timetabling, Student Services and Management Information.

·        Working with the Senior Management Team and team leaders to resolve emerging issues by liaising across teams and with staff in other professional support service areas

·        Proactively coordinating ongoing management tasks for the Senior Management Team, organising meetings, identifying required participants, and managing diaries.

·        Managing the Senior Management Team email account – resolving and routing of enquiries to appropriate teams, including coordination with teams outside Student Registry and Student and Academic Service Directorate..

·        Assisting with staff recruitment and planning induction activities.

·        Preparing agendas and managing the action log from Student Registry weekly management team meetings.

·     Acting with discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive areas of work and processes, in support of the work of the Senior Management Team.

Working at Durham  

•    27 Days annual leave per year in addition to 8 public holidays and 4 customary days per year – a total of 39 days per year.  The University closes between Christmas and New Year
•    No matter how you travel to work, we have you covered.  We have parking across campus, a cycle to work scheme which helps you to buy a bike and discount with local bus and train companies.
•    Lots of support for health and wellbeing including discounted membership for our state of the art sport and gym facilities and access to a 24-7 Employee Assistance Programme.
•    On site nursery is available and access to holiday camps for children aged 5-16 throughout the year.
•    Family friendly policies, including maternity and adoption leave, which are among the most generous in the higher education sector (and likely above and beyond many employers).
•    There is a genuine commitment to developing our colleagues professionally and personally.  There is a comprehensive range of development courses, apprenticeships and access to qualifications and routes to develop your career in the University.  All staff have dedicated annual time to concentrate on their personal development opportunities. 
•    The opportunity to take part in staff volunteering activities to make a difference in the local community
•    Discounts are available via our benefits portal including; money off at supermarkets, high street retailers, IT products such as Apple, the cinema and days out at various attractions. 
•    We offer generous pension schemes. 


Durham University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion

Our collective aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and we believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  As a University equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do.  We also live by our values and our Staff Code of Conduct. At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI.

We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  If you have taken time out of your career, and you feel it relevant, let us know about it in your application.  If you are a candidate with a disability, we are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, reasonable adjustments will be made to support people within their role.

What you need to demonstrate when you apply/Person Specification  
When you apply it is important that you let us know what skills/experience you have from a similar role and/or what skills/experience you have which would make you right for this role.  Further information about the role and responsibilities is at the end of this job description.  Where a criteria has an asterisk* next to it, it may be given additional weighting when your application is considered.    
Your application should cover the following criteria:

Essential Criteria

1.    Five GCSE’s at least Grade C or level four (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics or

2.    A Post-16 qualification or equivalent experience.

3.    Experience and expertise in the development and delivery of student-related business processes and services.

4.    Experience of providing advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues.   

5.     The ability to act with discretion when dealing with confidential an sensitive areas of work and processes

6.    Experience of implementing policies and procedures. 

7.    Excellent spoken and written communication skills.

8.    The ability to develop effective working relationships, both internally and externally.

9.    Strong digital competence across a range digital devices and apps including Microsoft 365 applications, business systems such as the Banner student records systems.

10.   Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to synthesise complex datasets.

11.    Ability to plan and organise the delivery of student-related services.

12.    Ability to solve problems and decide on and plan appropriate solutions.

13.    Ability to participate in networks to share and discuss good practice and exchange information.

Desirable Criteria

14. Experience of working in Higher Education 

15.    Committed to continuing professional development.

How to apply

To progress to the assessment stage, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification above.  Where there are desirable criteria we would also urge you to provide any relevant evidence.  Please don’t forget to check if there is any weighted criteria (see above).

While some criteria will be considered at the shortlisting stage, other criteria may be considered later in the assessment process, such as questions at interview.  

Submitting your application 

We prefer to receive applications online.  We will update you about your application at various points during the process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails 
What you are required to submit:
•    A CV 
•    A covering letter or statement which gives detailed examples of how you meet all of the criteria within the Person Specification  

Contact details 
If you would like to have a chat or ask any questions about the role, Melanie King would be happy to speak to you. [email protected]

Typical Role Requirements

Service Delivery
•    Show a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and the University’s values.
•    Ensure that the University’s procedures and values are always reflected in all aspects of the service provided and adapt ways of working where this is not evident.
•    Provide specialist advice and make decisions to resolve problems relating to the services you are responsible for, for example identifying the appropriate escalation route for queries received in the Senior Management Team email account.
•    Use your experience and problem-solving skills to investigate and resolve issues relevant to your role such as proactively managing emerging issues and coordinating between teams to ensure a resolution that delivers excellent customer service and make recommendations based on your findings.
•    Manage and monitor Student Registry staff completion of compulsory University training.
•    Provide the best possible service to staff and students by reviewing and making suggestions to improve the services delivered by Student Registry.
•    Collect and record data and information accurately.
•    Organise and analyse data and statistics to ensure it is accurate and provide reports to senior colleagues.
•    Implement any changes or processes to ensure the accuracy and integrity of data and information.

Planning and Organising
•    Plan and organise own workload to deliver the role.
•    Plan, manage and deliver projects, activities and events assigned by the Senior Management Team in order to deliver the Student registry annual plan and workload across the teams.
•    Supervise the work of staff and teams involved in delivering Student Registry staff activities.
•    Seek feedback from staff and students and other members of Student Registry to ensure that the service is updated to meet customer expectations.

•    Develop and improve services by taking part in meetings, working groups and committees.
•    Create good working relationships, including internal and external networks which allow you to increase your knowledge and skills, while swapping information with peers.
•    Build relationships with contractors  working on Student Registry related projects to share good practice, exchange information and work together on joint initiatives.

•    Any other reasonable duties.

Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement Privacy Notices – Durham University  which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.  
Appointment to this post is fixed term to cover the substantive post holder’s maternity leave and is not anticipated to be extended.

The post is full time, fixed term from 4th December 2023 to 3rd May 2024 and may be offered on an internal secondment basis subject to the agreement of the current line manager.

If an internal member of staff is appointed to this role on a secondment basis, for pension purposes this will be processed in line with Step-Up arrangements.  For further details please click here.

When appointing to this role the University must ensure that it meets any applicable immigration requirements, including salary thresholds which are applicable to some visas. 

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