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University Key Numbers
Welcome to the University of Central Lancashire
Connecting through Research
Connecting with the World
Connecting with Business and Enterprise
Working at UCLan
The City of Preston and the Region
The Estate and Campus Masterplan
Job Description & Person Specification
How to Apply
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INTRODUCTION MICHAEL AHERN CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a leading modern University and one of the UK’s largest with a student and staff community approaching 38,000 and turnover in excess of £225m. The UCLan core campus in the University’s home city of Preston covers a significant swathe of the city (an area of approximately 15 hectares with 63 buildings) and has commenced a £200m Campus Masterplan. UCLan has also invested significantly in recent years in its Burnley Campus to serve Pennine Lancashire. Collectively the campus estate creates an eclectic and highly visible built environment to support UCLan’s Mission and Strategic Aims. We are seeking to make the crucial leadership appointment to the role of Director of Estates Services and Capital Projects. Following the amalgamation of the Capital Projects and Estates & Facilities functions the postholder will lead the development and delivery of the Estate Strategy whilst ensuring that customer-focused estates and facilities management services are experienced by students, staff, visitors and partners of UCLan.
You will lead a diverse portfolio of services with teams spanning the areas of capital projects, maintenance, engineering and infrastructure management, space management, estates helpdesk, catering, sport and property , cleaning, health and safety, sustainability and energy management and grounds management. We are seeking a highly motivated and results-focused individual with excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. Innovative and entrepreneurial, you will enjoy working at pace and across a diverse portfolio of activities. The role offers a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious and enthusiastic individual to play a key part in the continuing and future success of the University and its wider role in the North West region.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Michael Ahern Chief Operating Officer
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UNIVERSITY KEY NUMBERS
38,000 Staff and student community
3rd Largest University in the North West •
£200m UCLan’s contribution to the North West economy • 850 Number of research students currently enrolled 95.5% Of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating* 125 Number of partnerships UCLan has with international institutions
£35m Invested in our new Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC)
150 Clubs and Societies run by the Students’ Union
6% In the top 6% of universities in the world by the Centre for World University Rankings 2019-20
5 In the top 5 higher education institutions surveyed by Capita as an Employer of Choice
• In the latest Regeneris report *Full-time, home-domiciled, first degree leavers. (HESA Employment Performance Indicator 2018)
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WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE
The University of Central Lancashire has evolved over the years to become a significant University on the global stage. This was first recognised in 2010 with its inclusion in the QS World Rankings - the first modern University in the UK to gain this status. In 2019-20, the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) placed the University in the top 6% of all worldwide universities and in the QS Stars 2019 it was awarded the maximum five-star rating in the areas of teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness. The University was also commended for attracting 50 percent more academic referees than in the last QS audit in 2011. These achievements highlight the progress the institution continues to make in providing students with real-world learning experiences and reflects the institution’s broad pool of academic talent.
Amongst its programme portfolio of over 350 undergraduate and 200+ postgraduate courses, UCLan has been at the forefront of developing degrees in the emerging disciplines such as fashion and forensic science to more recent additions such as dentistry and since 2015, undergraduate medicine which is being delivered in one of the UK’s newest Medical Schools. Aerospace engineering is another new programme, part of the University’s commitment to grow its portfolio of engineering-related courses, and is coupled with the development of a £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC). The University’s long-term strategy for engineering is to increase the number of young people, particularly women, choosing to take up the subject. The aim is to provide a rich source of new graduates that reflect the economic priorities of the North West, the UK and indeed the global economy. The EIC forms a key pillar of the University’s £200 million Campus Masterplan which will create a world- class educational environment that blends new facilities with the creation of public, green spaces to benefit the University, the city of Preston, and the economy of the North West. The University’s plans are being informed by the local, regional, business and civic communities, with whom it continues to build close relationships.
Creating a remodelled campus environment will help drive the
University’s commitment to academic excellence, striving to ensure that its teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange activities are all recognised as being of exceptional quality. The impact is perhaps best seen in the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework: all 16 subject areas in which the University’s research was assessed were judged to contain ‘world- leading’ quality.
True to its mission, the University is amongst the leading universities
for supporting people from underrepresented groups to access higher education. In
2014, the University introduced a comprehensive range of Foundation Year entry programmes to further strengthen its commitment to being an accessible University.
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WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE continued
The University of Central Lancashire has played a significant role in international higher education for many years. It has extensive franchise arrangements across the world; its student body comprises of people from over 120 different countries while staff actively collaborate with academic institutions overseas to further enhance their teaching and research. The University has an increasingly thriving campus in Cyprus delivering its programmes and original research within a university environment. Whilst international in reach and outlook, the University proudly retains its roots in the city of Preston and the region. This makes it the largest university in Lancashire and the third largest in the North West. It has a staff and student community approaching 38,000. The University is also one of the largest employers in Preston. Its reputation as a regional economic powerhouse has been boosted through its strong track record in supporting graduate business start-ups. We are the leading UK university for start-up businesses that it incubates*, still active after three years of trading.
Looking forward, the University will continue to be a large, financially stable University, powered by highly skilled and motivated staff; the first fruits of its £200 million Campus Masterplan investment in Preston will transform the University as a place to learn, work and do business. It will enhance its standing as an institution with a world-class academic reputation firmly rooted in modern-day relevance. It is a future which focuses on the provision of innovative thinking - for the real-world. In addition to the main campus in Preston, the University has satellite campuses in Burnley and at Westlakes in West Cumbria. UCLan Burnley was established in 2010 to serve the higher education needs of Pennine Lancashire. The University has a long-standing commitment to develop higher education in East Lancashire and to the economic, social and cultural development of the region. The Burnley Campus provides the infrastructure to help the sub-region benefit from our courses, our research and our knowledge transfer to narrow the skills gap and support graduate retention.
The University comprises the following academic Faculties and Schools: Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) School of Dentistry School of Medicine School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries School of Art, Design and Fashion School of Journalism, Media and Performance School of Humanities and Social Sciences School of Language and Global Studies Lancashire Law School Faculty of Health andWellbeing School of Community Health and Midwifery School of Sport and Health Sciences School of Nursing School of Social Work, Care and Community Faculty of Science and Technology School of Engineering School of Forensic and Applied Sciences School of Physical Sciences and Computing School of Psychology Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences
*The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey (HEBCIS) 2016-17
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CONNECTING THROUGH RESEARCH
“Growing a vibrant
The University cultivates a research environment that delivers demonstrable benefits to industries, organisations and communities. From advising the Red Cross over the identification of human remains to leading international studies on stroke care, our research stimulates the innovative ideas required to tackle the global challenges of the modern world and some of our research influences government policy. UCLan’s research delivers highly cited academic outputs, as well as providing a broad range of benefits and impact to the industries, organisations and community groups with whomwe work around the world. We are a leading research institution whose 16 subject areas in which our research was assessed were judged to contain ‘world-leading’ elements in the last assessment exercise, REF2014, and demonstrated both 4* and 3* quality.
We are dedicated to cultivating a supportive and stimulating research environment that will generate the innovation required to tackle today’s global challenges. Key achievements Winners of the Digital Innovation Award at the Guardian University Awards 2017 for our online resource that provides vital training to clinicians caring for stroke patients. In 2017, Professor Lubaina Himid CBE won the Turner Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious art awards, and in January 2019 she was selected as a Royal Academician in painting by the Royal Academy of Arts. UCLan were winners of the Times Higher Education Awards 2018 for Most Innovative Contribution to Business for our University collaboration with the Recycling Lives project.
community of academic innovators, nurturing postgraduate students and early-career researchers.” University of Central Lancashire Strategy 2015-2020
Professor Lubaina Himid CBE
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CONNECTING WITH THE WORLD
The University of Central Lancashire has always maintained a global outlook, focused on providing students and staff with unique opportunities and cultural experiences that impact, influence and encourage innovation in teaching, research and partnership. UCLan’s journey began in the late 1980s with Shenzhen University, when the locality amounted to nothing more than a small fishing village. Shenzhen is now one of the most successful and largest cities in China. Further partnerships followed with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, which has seen more than 1,500 students graduate over recent years, Beijing Institute of Technology and Shanghai University of Business and Economics. It is more than 30 years since UCLan started out on its journey with China, leading the British Higher Education sector in delivering UK degrees in partnership. As China has developed so has UCLan’s offering, becoming more diverse and innovative and reflecting UCLan’s strategic approach to China. The University now enrols students from more than 120 countries and has partnerships with 125 international institutions. Its growing global reputation and reach is
stretching even further as the University encourages UK students to broaden their educational horizons, and builds on established international links to work with new partners around the world. The University’s Travel Bursary Scheme continues to go from strength to strength, providing students with the opportunity to add an international dimension to their studies. Globalisation provides life changing opportunities and our University is a true trailblazer. In September 2017, Hurricane Irma had a devastating impact on Sint Maarten where the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine is based. The University responded quickly and decisively to accommodate the displaced 643 medical students and staff who were transferred to Preston to continue their tuition in just nine days. This resulted in winning the Internationalisation category in The Guardian University Awards 2018. We achieved excellent results in the 2017 international student barometer survey in which we ranked top in the country for ‘fair and transparent assessment of work’ and ‘explanation of marking criteria and satisfaction with assignment feedback’.
high quality partnerships in targeted overseas locations, providing
international students with
access to cutting- edge UK higher education.”
University of Central Lancashire Strategy 2015-2020
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CONNECTING WITH BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE
Growing new income streams through commercial endeavours is critical to the future financial success of the University. We believe in establishing collaborative partnerships with our business customers. What sets us apart is our strong reputation for applied business research, entrepreneurship, innovation and bringing academic excellence to life. Innovation is part of our culture and we need to continue to work hard to establish links with local, regional, national and international businesses, sharing and exchanging our expertise and research to help give our customers a competitive edge. We believe in creating a University that works for everyone - students, businesses, investors and the community. To achieve this, we build strong partnerships for sustained success, delivering excellence through collaboration. The challenges and pressures of the business world are brought together with the latest specialist expertise, research and applied practice from the world of Higher Education to achieve real results. Growing new income streams through commercial endeavours
is critical to the future financial success of the University. We have a strong track record for securing funding aimed at supporting and developing the region’s small business community. Specific projects, hosted by UCLan, or in collaboration are all aimed at wealth creation, safeguarding jobs and helping businesses gain a competitive edge. The Centre for SME Development UCLan’s Centre for SME Development is a business membership network and a gateway for small, medium enterprises (SMEs) and all types of businesses to access the wealth of support and expertise that the University has to offer. The Centre for SME Development is committed to sharing and using all the resources available to help the region’s SMEs to prosper. Our focus is on engaging with the business community to create a vibrant, co-operative and constructive network where everybody benefits from being a member.
“Cultivating a dynamic, supportive and enterprising environment in which our students, graduates and
staff can establish resilient businesses - an area in which we will continue to be sector- leaders.”
University of Central Lancashire Strategy 2015-2020
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Investing in our campus Our £200m Masterplan is well
Sport and wellbeing We pride ourselves in having a
underway - a major investment in creating a world-class campus which will provide all our students with an exceptional learning and social experience. Our brand new social spaces are bright, modern areas packed with comfy sofas, table tennis, pool tables, beanbags and study spaces, and are perfect for students and staff alike. Our new c.£60m student centre, coming in 2020, will enable us to provide even better advice and support to all students. Our brand new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre is a state-of-the- art facility, with integrated teaching and research space. It creates an environment that inspires teaching, research and knowledge exchange, establishing UCLan as a leader in engineering innovation. Our newly-opened Oasis Multi-Faith and Spirituality Centre offers a warm welcome to students of any faith or none. The creation of the new Adelphi Square will connect the University and the surrounding city like never before, providing an attractive public space which will play host to community events and become a vibrant hub of activity.
healthy campus so the majority of our students are eligible for free sports membership. Students are encouraged to get involved in one of the many sporting opportunities at UCLan, either in our four-storey indoor sports centre on campus or at our outdoor sports arena, which features an international standard athletics track, cycle track, all-weather football and hockey pitches, tennis and netball courts, alongside facilities for strength and conditioning. Students’ Union The Students’ Union (SU) has over 150 clubs and societies, offering something for everyone regardless of interest or ability. They even offer students the chance to set up their own group, which range from the Disney Appreciation Society to a Quidditch group. The SU also run a range of recreational sport activity and the Give it A Go programme runs throughout the year providing loads of activities, events and trips. There are also over 25 Sports Clubs run by the Union.
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WORKING AT UCLAN
UCLan is an organisation that is committed to delivering a welcoming and inclusive culture which promotes equality and values diversity, a commitment reflected in the shared values of those who work and study with us. Our vision is to strengthen our culture of equality, diversity and inclusion for our diverse University community, where everyone can feel safe, valued and supported. We proactively work to promote and embed the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in everything we do; through a range of equality awards, accreditations, networks and equality leads. We strive to ensure that our work is central to all policy development, decisions and practice, and that employment, study and other services are genuinely accessible to everyone. At UCLan we believe in allowing everyone an opportunity to fulfil their potential. Our framework of equality, diversity, dignity, respect and fairness extends to all of our community; staff, students, partners, visitors and the wider community and is strongly aligned to the University’s overarching strategy of proudly ‘transforming lives’. We recognise that continuing to draw on the widest and most diverse range of talent for our students and staff is essential to the continuing success of the University.
UCLan values the unique contribution of all staff, students and the community. We strive to create a trans-inclusive culture, workplace and learning environment; free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation where all trans people are treated with dignity and respect in the gender with which they identify. As well as offering a welcoming, inclusive and aspirational environment, UCLan offers a comprehensive benefits package to staff.
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THE CITY OF PRESTON AND THE REGION
Economically the University is one of Preston city’s biggest assets. The University is one of the largest employers in Preston. It employs one in every three staff working in universities in Lancashire and one in every 14 HEI staff from across the region. Last year our students spent more than £220 million in the region. Despite being a university city and home to 135,000 people, over two-thirds of Preston is classed as rural. Situated in the heart of North West England, Preston forms a key part of Lancashire’s diverse offer. The city of Preston is a vibrant, cultural and friendly city with a very long history. It was given the status of a market town in 1179 and obtained city status in 2002, becoming England’s 50th city in the 50th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The city centre boasts the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, which was announced as one of 16 additional visual arts organisations across the UK to join Plus Tate, the contemporary visual arts network. The city’s historic Winckley Square Gardens have been officially reopened to the public following a £1.2 million restoration backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Campus life at UCLan is city-based but in less than an hour you can be on the Fylde Coast, walking in the stunning Lake District or the Forest of Bowland, sight-seeing in Lancaster, shopping
in Manchester or Liverpool, or enjoying the best local food at one of the many farmers markets in the county. Preston also has many parks, including Avenham Park, which is a fine example of traditional Victorian parkland in the heart of the city. Beacon Fell Country Park is located just 10 miles outside Preston and offers a variety of trails as well as spectacular views of the nearby Forest of Bowland and Morecambe Bay. The city is also home to Preston North End Football Club. Brockholes is an award-winning local nature reserve which is home to a range of woodland and lakeside walks and includes a variety of hides to suit all visitors; its Visitor Village scooped awards for Design and Innovation and Tourism and Leisure in 2011.
Located a short distance from the coastline, the Lake District and larger cities of Manchester and Liverpool, both of which have international airports, Preston is also one of the most networked cities in the country, easy to get to from across the UK - by road, rail and air. The city is well served by the M6 motorway both north (J32) and south (J31), and the University is half a mile from Preston railway station - a major hub on the West Coast Mainline and just under an hour away from Manchester Airport.
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THE ESTATE AND CAMPUS MASTERPLAN
The UCLan core campus in the University’s home city of Preston covers a significant swathe of the city - an area of approximately 15 hectares with 63 buildings totalling 138,000 sqm of space. UCLan has also invested significantly in recent years in its Burnley Campus to serve Pennine Lancashire. It also has campuses in at Westlakes in Cumbria and an international base in Cyprus. Collectively the campus estate creates an eclectic and highly visible built environment to support UCLan’s Mission and Strategic Aims. The University has commenced an exciting £200 million transformation plan (Masterplan) for the Preston Campus, with a vision to create a unified, sustainable and welcoming campus which will enchance the experience for all those visiting the University. The investment principles are to deliver transformational change: • Creating a shared public realm strengthening connections to the city of Preston. • Creating a physical ‘heart’ for the University - a major new public square.
• Optimising the student experience through improved learning and support spaces. • Creating specialist spaces to support areas of growth critical to the local economy - engineering, medicine and health. • Equipped to be at the heart of economic, social and cultural development and growth - responding to Preston and Lancashire’s Strategic Ambitions. • Committed to sustainability, both environmentally and financially. • Major projects emanating from the Masterplan include the £35m Engineering Innovation Centre, the c.£60m Student Centre and New Square, the Oasis Faith and Spirituality Centre as well as significant investment into social spaces and public realm across the Preston Campus. With the completion of this phase of the Masterplan in 2020/2021 we are now seeking to drive forward plans for further development and investment in our estate into the next decade.
Further details can be found at uclanmasterplan.co.uk
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JOB DESCRIPTION & PERSON SPECIFICATION
Job Title: Director of Estates Services and Capital Projects School/Service: Estates Services Grade: Management / Locally Determined Contract Responsible to: Chief Operating Officer Responsible for: Estates Services
Job Purpose: Leadership of Estates Services and Capital Projects function ensuring it works effectively to deliver to the achievement of the University’s strategic objectives and overall financial viability. Main Duties and Responsibilities: 1. To be the custodian of the implementation of the University Estates Strategy. 3. Develop, lead and implement a model of space and resource management that maximises efficiency and user experience. delivery capital programmes from inception to completion; ensuring they remain aligned to corporate and operational plans, are delivered within budget and to a high standard of quality. 4. To ensure the successful University estate, ensuring its presentation is maximised for positive effect. 2. Development and
5. Ensuring compliance with all appropriate regulatory frameworks. 6. Keep abreast of changes in
10. Overall responsibility for health and safety of the University’s estate generally, chairing the University’s Safety, Health and Environment Committee, as well as responsibility for the health and safety of Estates and Capital Projects staff and the immediate implementation of safe working practices in line with changes implemented. responsibilities appropriate to and commensurate with the level of responsibility of the role, as determined by the COO. 11. Any other duties and
legislation relating to health and safety, building regulations and other external factors that may impact upon the programme.
7. Leading and directing the operational Estates function, to ensure the provision of a professional and cost effective service which underpins the University’s core business and which is founded on best commercial practice. 8. Developing and implementing
robust plans for all the trading accounts and delivering the specified level of contribution to the University, including bringing in external business where appropriate.
9. Monitoring developments in ‘best practice’ within the commercial and HE sectors and ensuring that these are
incorporated, where appropriate, into University Facilities systems.
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Attributes Work Experience
Significant senior management experience within a Facilities Environment sensitive to commercial practices. Experienced change manager with a demonstrable track record of success. Demonstrable experience of managing multiple projects throughout the development life cycle in a changing and demanding environment. Sound understanding of the legal, procurement and financial aspects of major property projects. Proven track record in the management of capital projects from inception to completion.
Track record of success within a commercial organisation and/or higher education institution. Experience in working to ensure projects contribute towards sustainability goals.
Implementation of projects that have lead to increased organisational effectiveness or that have significantly contributed to the achievement of strategic objectives.
Must be educated to Degree level
Management Qualification eg. MBA Possess equivalent relevant professional qualification/or be a member of a professional body, e.g. BIFM. Recognised Project Management qualification. Member of RICS / CIOB or other post-graduate construction related qualification.
Skills / Abilities
Ability to communicate at a strategic level to positively influence senior internal and external stakeholders. Strong interpersonal skills and a track record in motivating and developing staff. Must be able to demonstrate: - Successful team leadership/motivation of others - Vision and strategic thinking. - Communication skills. - Negotiation skills. Demonstrable leadership and management skills, able to manage internal staff and external consultants, contractors and suppliers. Leadership experience in the development and implementation of large scale, complex projects. Enthusiastic attitude and willingness to deliver a customer focused service. Self-motivated and able to work under pressure. Maintain expert market knowledge through analysis and benchmarking. Understanding of and commitment to the mission of the University.
Sound knowledge of statutory and contract legislation.
Understanding of the context and current issues affecting the HE sector. Have managed the specification and implementation of IT based Facilities Management solutions.
Entrepreneurial and commercial approach to delivering objectives.
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HOW TO APPLY
The University is being supported on this recruitment campaign by the search consultancy The Management Recruitment Group (MRG).
To arrange a briefing conversation please contact our advisors Ben Duffill (email@example.com) and Michael Hewlett (firstname.lastname@example.org) of MRG on 0203 962 9900.
Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of not more than four pages) and a covering letter (of not more than two pages). Applications should be sent to email@example.com
The closing date for applications is Monday 21 October 2019 at 17.00 GMT.
MRG will undertake preliminary interviews with selected candidates during the weeks commencing 28 October and 4 November 2019.
Selection interviews will take place at UCLan in late November 2019.
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