Deputy Director of Estates Development

Appointment of Deputy Director of Estates Development Competitive salary plus excellent benefits


Introduction From The Vice-Chancellor

As the first University College in Wales, we have a long-standing reputation for delivering academic excellence, an exceptional student experience and world-leading research. We are The Times/Sunday Times UK University of the Year 2019 for Teaching Quality for an unprecedented second consecutive year, Welsh University of the Year, The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, and in June 2018 we were awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Every academic department, school and professional services department has a key role to play in the future development and continued success of our institution. We are looking to strengthen its contribution to student recruitment overall. In addition, growing research income is a further objective, alongside developing the entrepreneurial skills of our researchers and our links with industry. If you have the skills and expertise we require, coupled with the authority and the leadership qualities to work with colleagues across our University, I would be delighted to hear from you. Thank you again for your interest.

As you will see from this publication, the core values of tradition, creativity and Welsh identity are integral to Aberystwyth. We have a proud history of providing education and research through the medium of Welsh and are keen to further strengthen this offer across our disciplines, alongside strengthening our English medium provision. Aberystwyth University has been through a significant period of change and we stand now on the brink of a bold new chapter. As we approach our 150th anniversary, we are looking for talented individuals who can inspire others to work creatively and collaboratively together – towards a long-term sustainable institution that maintains our special place in the sector. Our new Strategic Plan builds on the University’s historic strengths and sets out our aims, ambitions and aspirations.

Professor Elizabeth Treasure


Working at Aberystwyth University Our History

As the first University College in Wales, Aberystwyth has a long and distinguished tradition of teaching and research, and our establishment in the 19th century is one of the great stories of pioneering achievement in modern Welsh history.

Since those early days, Aberystwyth University has gone from strength to strength and now has more than 6,000 students and 2,000 staff. As the institution grew, its main campus moved from Old College on the seafront to Penglais Hill. This finely landscaped site enjoys spectacular views over the historic market town of Aberystwyth and the Cardigan Bay coastline. New buildings, including major arts and science developments, halls of residence, a magnificent Arts Centre and first-rate sports facilities are located here. Old College remains an integral part of the University and there are exciting plans afoot to refurbish this iconic building, which is treasured as one of the UK’s most significant pieces of Gothic revival architecture. Ahead of the University’s 150th anniversary in 2022, the aim is to create a vibrant heritage and cultural centre that will attract local people as well as visitors from far and wide with exhibition rooms, spaces for learning and knowledge sharing and a hub for creative business start- ups.

Led by London Welshman Hugh Owen, a small group of patriots sought from the 1850s onwards to raise enough money by public and private subscription to establish a college of university status in Wales. A project of enormous ambition, the University opened its doors in 1872 initially with a handful of teachers and just 26 students in what was then a half-finished hotel building (‘the Old College’) on the seafront. The first decade presented many challenges for the University’s survival. The generosity of a few individual benefactors and organised appeals for support from the ordinary people of Wales kept the University in being, and, perhaps more importantly, deeply rooted it in the minds and the affection of the Welsh people. A matter of considerable pride is that the University has made a significant contribution to the education of women, being one of the first institutions to admit female students.



Working at Aberystwyth University Key achievements and statistics

Proud to be Aberystwyth University has been successful in a range of prestigious awards, accolades and rankings in recent years, including:

UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality

Best University in the UK for Student Satisfaction

Welsh University of the Year


in The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide (2020).

in the 2018 Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).

in The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide (2018 and 2019).

National Student Survey (2020)


97% of graduates in work or further study within six months

95% of research is of an internationally recognised standard or higher

Silver award under the Corporate Health Standard

First university in the UK

Top 100 employer

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA 2018).

Research Excellence Framework (2014).

in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (2018 & 2019).

(CHS) – the quality mark for workplace health promotion.

to be awarded Approved Plastic-Free Status (Surfers Against Sewage 2018).



Working at Aberystwyth University Learning that inspires

There is nowhere quite like Aberystwyth: no other University offers the unique combination of long academic tradition, an outstandingly beautiful location, and a campus that brings together state-of- the-art facilities, a lively Arts Centre, and easy access to one of only five copyright libraries in Britain. Beneath the mountains and beside the sea, Aberystwyth is a centre of national and regional, as well as cultural and commercial importance.

We have a wide range of student accommodation and in 2015, we welcomed the first students to our new, purpose- built £45m residences at Fferm Penglais. Set in a beautifully landscaped environment, Fferm Penglais offers some of the best student accommodation in the UK with stunning views of the Cardigan Bay coastline. From September 2020, we will be welcoming new and returning students to the refurbished historic Pantycelyn Hall of Residence, an iconic building dating back to the 1950s. Designated as accommodation for Welsh speakers and learners in 1973, Pantycelyn is recognised nationally for its rich contribution to Welsh culture and society. Student life is further enriched by our active Students’ Union, which runs more than 100 different clubs and societies. We have our own Sports Centre on campus with a swimming pool, gym, climbing wall, wellbeing and fitness classes. Our on-site Arts Centre is one of the largest in the UK with theatre, exhibition and performance spaces as well as a boutique cinema, bar and café. We pride ourselves for our long history of Welsh-medium teaching and research. In fact, our level of provision for students who want to study through the medium of Welsh is one of the highest in Wales. We offer opportunities for students who are fluent in Welsh in addition to those who are less confident or learners across a wide range of subjects from agriculture to childhood studies, and politics to animal science. The University’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan sets out our objectives for the next five years, as we move towards our 150th anniversary and beyond:

Over the past 150 years, Aberystwyth University has developed into a strong academic community of over 2,000 staff and some 6,000 students from across the globe. We have 18 academic departments, which are organised into three faculties across the sciences, social sciences and arts. Our mission is clear: to deliver inspirational education and research in a supportive, creative and exceptional environment in Wales. Student life here revolves around our coastal campus and the safe, close-knit yet cosmopolitan town of Aberystwyth. The 2019 National Student Survey of half a million final- year undergraduates showed that Aberystwyth students are among the most satisfied in the whole of the United Kingdom. These high student satisfaction rates reflect the calibre of the education we offer as well as recent investments of over £100m in enhancing and extending our already excellent residential and teaching facilities. Lecture theatres and teaching spaces across the University have been refurbished and upgraded, with facilities to record all lectures for revision and learning consolidation. Through targeted investment, we are committed to ensuring our students benefit from world-class teaching and learning facilities, and acquire the skills they need to succeed in life.


Working at Aberystwyth University Research with impact

Research and innovation are the lifeblood of Aberystwyth University. They deepen our knowledge and understanding, inform our learning and teaching and deliver real benefits to everyday lives in Wales and the wider world. For Aberystwyth University, research matters. It informs our teaching and enhances the learning experience. Students are taught by staff who shape our understanding of the world in which we live and who are pushing back the frontiers of what we know.

Our research also benefits society. It has an impact upon the economy, on improving the environement, on public policy and upon cultural life in Wales and beyond. It is outward looking, engaging with communities. And through commercial partnerships, it helps to develop new products and techniques. From developing Miscanthus bioenergy crops, to the study of medieval history and the exploration of Mars, Aberystwyth University possesses a distinguished record of undertaking cutting-edge research that has been recognised world-leading or internationally excellent. Research is an integral part of the University’s mission and work. It is supported by a Research Strategy, the purpose of which is to ensure that the University can continue to produce a significant volume of high quality work and respond to the rapidly changing environment in the UK in relation to research and its funding. The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) reported that 95% of the research activity submiited by the University was of an internationally recognised standard or higher, with world-leading research (4*) identified in all 17 units of the assessment submitted.

For further information, please visit our dedicated Research excellence page on our website:



Working at Aberystwyth University Our role in the community

The University enjoys a close relationship with the community locally, regionally and nationally and is committed to developing its civic mission activities. The University plays a key role in the economy, as a major employer and vital economic and cultural hub in the region. Much of its unique character comes from the combination of a diverse and cosmopolitan staff and student body, with a safe environment and sense of community shared by the University, the town and surrounding areas.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre Located in the heart of our Penglais campus, Aberystwyth Arts Centre is one of the largest arts centres in the UK and attracts more than 700,000 visits every year from the town and surrounding counties. The award-winning centre is supported by the Arts Council of Wales and is recognised as a ‘national flagship for the arts’. It has a wide-ranging artistic programme, both producing and presenting, across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts, applied arts, film, new media, and community arts. The centre’s facilities include a concert hall (The Great Hall), a theatre (Theatr y Werin), a performance studio, exhibition spaces, a boutique cinema, bookshop and café bars. Aberystwyth University Sports Centre Based on Penglais campus, Aberystwyth University Sports Centre (SportAber) is open to students, staff and the wider community. Every year, it welcomes more than 250,000 people to use its wide range of indoor and outdoor facilities. These include a fully-equipped gym, a swimming pool and saunarium, a climbing wall, an all-weather 3G pitch, squash and badminton courts, as well as a host of fitness and wellbeing classes. The University also has playing fields at Blaendolau and Vicarage Fields in Llanbadarn Fawr.

Music at Aberystwyth The University Music Centre promotes a wide-ranging programme for performers and listeners. The Centre provides facilities for students and the local community. It has numerous pianos, a two-manual electronic organ, harp, harpsichord and chamber organ, as well as percussion and other instruments. The Music Library houses a large sheet- music collection with particularly strong holdings of chamber and orchestral music. Music books can be found in the Hugh Owen Library and, of course, the enormous resources of the National Library of Wales are close at hand. The National Library of Wales Situated next to the University’s Penglais campus is the National Library of Wales, one of only five copyright libraries in Britain entitled to receive a copy of every book published in the UK. Students at Aberystwyth have free access to the National Library’s 6 million books and journals, 5 million digital images and electronic resources, 30,000 rare manuscripts, 1.5 million maps, and 7 million feet of film, 15km of unique archives, and much more.


Aberystwyth Arts Centre, located on Penglais Campus



Living and Working in Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth is a historic market town with stunning views of Cardigan Bay. Located on the West Wales coast, Aberystwyth is much more than a seaside town. Apart from the University, Aberystwyth is home to a number of institutions of national significance, including the National Library of Wales, the Welsh Books Council and the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Overview Aberystwyth’s sweeping seafront is a favourite with visitors and locals alike. The winding Promenade is popular with walkers, joggers, skaters, bikers and those who just want to relax by the sea. Stroll along the full 2,000 metre length of the Promenade and you’ll pass a variety of Aberystwyth’s sights and landmarks. From the harbour and marina in the south and Constitution Hill to the north, you can enjoy a fresh sea breeze and beautiful panoramic view of Cardigan Bay and if you’re lucky, you may catch sight of dolphins and porpoises. Housing and Schools For families, Aberystwyth is home to a range of primary schools and two secondary schools with more on offer in the surrounding Ceredigion area. A range of properties are available, from town and suburb to rural, coastal and countryside homes.

Culture and Entertainment Aberystwyth boasts all the amenities you’d expect from a thriving town: a wide range of shops, farmers market, award- winning restaurants, lively nightlife and café culture. We’re a welcoming town offering a broad range of cultural events and social activities. We’re also a vibrant bilingual community, where you’ll hear Welsh spoken regularly alongside English and other languages.


Working at Aberystwyth University Employee benefits and facilities

Aberystwyth is committed to providing an environment where staff are highly valued and feel motivated. To support this commitment, the University provides a wide range of employee benefits and reviews this offer regularly.

Contractual benefits

Health and Wellbeing Occupational Health Supporting all staff with health-related issues in the workplace. More information can be found at: hr/ Staff Counselling Carefirst provides confidential, impartial advice and support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service is free for you to access whenever you need. You don’t need to ask permission from your manager before contacting Carefirst. More information can be found at: information/eap Sports Centre The Platinum Membership at £25 per month gives staff unlimited access to all classes and facilities including the fitness room, free-weights room, swimming pool and sauna. More information on our sports facilities can be found at:

Contractual benefits Our salary scales can be found at:

Attractive pension scheme More information can be found at: information/pension/ Annual Leave Generous annual leave entitlement of 27 days, as well as closed days and bank holidays.

Family Friendly Benefits Family

Family leave including maternity, paternity, adoption, parental and shared parental leave are included in our employment contracts. Flexible Working All staff can make flexible working requests. Additional Annual Leave Scheme Staff can apply to purchase additional annual leave, the cost of which is deducted from salary over a 6 or 12 month period. Cycle to work scheme

Allows eligible employees the tax-free hire of bicycles and related safety and security equipment. More information can be found at: cyclescheme


Learning and Development Benefits Learning and Development

Other Benefits Aber Card Your Aber Card is a campus wide payment card with discounts within our catering outlets. Your Aber Card also gives you access to buildings and facilities such as the Sports Centre and the Hugh Owen Library. Trade Unions The University works with three recognised Trade Unions (UCU, UNISON and Unite). Staff can opt to become a Trade Union member and access the range of services and support they provide. More information can be found at: employment-information/tradeunion/

The Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit (LTEU) provides support for learning and teaching development, including e-learning. We organise a full programme of training courses to support learning, teaching and research at university. We also organising the university’s annual Learning and Teaching conference, mini conferences and Academy Forums. The LTEU runs accredited programmes of study through the PGCTHE and TPAU schemes. We also manage the ARCHE Scheme for awarding AdvanceHE fellowships. We develop and support the use of e-learning tools such as Blackboard, Turnitin and Panopto. We work closely with the Graduate School to support the development of researchers through the Aberystwyth Researcher programme.

More information can be found at:

Welsh Language Courses We are committed to support the Welsh Government’s target of reaching one million Welsh speakers by 2050. The University’s Learn Welsh Centre ( offers courses to staff at all levels, from complete beginners to intermediate and advanced levels.



Working at Aberystwyth University Estates, Facilities & Residences

Aberystwyth University has one of the most diverse estate portfolios of campus-based universities in the UK. From historic monuments to farms to award winning, innovative new buildings the University has an 84,000m2 estate spanning teaching, research, innovation, recreational, office and sports facilities in addition to a residential accommodation portfolio of c. 3000 bedspaces. There are exciting plans for ambitious future investment including; bringing new life into the Old College, a scheme to develop the heart of the campus, as well as major refurbishment of the academic and residential estate. You can take a virtual tour of the campus here.

Our campuses and facilities are an important enabler, and whilst our estate boasts some world-class facilities and wonderful spaces, we need continued investment to best support our ambitious future plans, up to 2031 and beyond. The next step in this exciting journey is the development of an implementation plan, which will articulate a clear and coherent long-term vision for the future of our university estate so that it best supports our strategic priorities. Our aim is an implementation plan which is carefully woven into the fabric of the town, providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who use it. This vision sees sensitively curated and zoned spaces across the campus which enhance the sense of community, offering outdoor facilities to come together for events or relaxation. With a commitment to our environmentally led approach to new and refurbished buildings, we will enhance our sustainability and public spaces.

Over the past decade, Aberystwyth University has delivered a transformational Estate Strategy which has radically improved the University’s estate and environs. The opportunity now exists to redefine the Estate Strategy in the context of the University’s 2018 -2023 Strategic Plan (and beyond) and to create a strategy that continues to innovate and progress the future direction of the University, in delivering its key aspiration to be recognised as a University delivering inspirational education and research in a supportive, creative and exceptional environment in Wales. The Estate Strategy 2021 - 2031 links to the University’s key strategies including; Teaching & Learning, Research & Innovation, Digital and Sustainability, to support these core activities and ensure that all space provided is functional (correct type of space), of a high quality and in the appropriate location. It will demonstrate that by consolidating the space occupied by the University, by improving space utilisation and conceivably zoning activities, the University will become more efficient. Furthermore, the significant efficiency gains from the effective utilisation of space will present the University with an opportunity to strategically target investment.


Role Description


Deputy Director of Estates Development Competitive salary plus excellent benefits Closing date for applications is 2nd May 2021

Overview Reporting to the Director of Estates, Facilities & Residences the post holder will be responsible for leading the development of the University’s estate and buildings portfolio. Key facets of the role being management of the estate strategy and masterplanning, capital programme delivery, space management and property management. The postholder will deputise for the Director of Estates, Facilities & Residences and will therefore act up in this capacity in the Director’s absence. The role therefore offers a fantastic opportunity for an estates professional to progress their career in a leadership role across a compelling university estate portfolio with bold plans in a beautiful part of the UK.


Main Duties include:

11. Working with colleagues, lead the development of a coherent team and structure, encouraging cross functional and cross directorate working. 12. Providing leadership at all levels of the University, on all aspects of Estate and Building Improvement Programmes to support Faculties and Directorates in meeting the needs of students/staff/service users. 13. Ensuring that the Project Management and Estate Management teams deliver exceptional customer services to University stakeholders. 14. Deputising for the Director of Estates, Facilities & Residences as required and therefore taking responsibility for reporting to the Executive, leading the wider Estates, Facilities Residences Directorate, developing and maintaining relationships with external partners and representing the University as the Lead Officer for Estates as required. 15. Representing the University in public fora, both on and off-campus, as necessary. 16. As a member of the Directorate Leadership Team, to develop a ‘best in sector’ Directorate of Estates, Facilities & Residences function: developing staff to fulfil their potential, increasing staff satisfaction and retention, and nurturing a positive and enabling attitude towards the delivery of ambitious targets in an increasingly cost constrained environment. 17. To develop and instil an ethos of Customer Excellence, continual improvement and efficiency within all Estates activities. 18. To continually review resources and skills mix against the organisational needs and lead organisation change.

1. Management and motivation of a team Project Management and Estate Management functions, within in-house professionals spanning project management, space and property management disciplines. 2. Management of estates strategy development and estate masterplanning. Contributing to wider estate strategy and sub-strategies as the Deputy Director. 3. Management of the estates planning process to ensure that the estate is fit for purpose to deliver excellence in research and teaching. 4. Management of strategic estate issues including option appraisal and feasibility analysis of development schemes and collaboration with development partners. 5. Management of the capital programme consisting of refurbishment and new build construction projects generally from £250k to in excess of £30m in value. 6. Management of in-house project management functions and processes to deliver best in sector at best value. 7. Management of a minor works and estate improvement programmes consisting of refurbishment, maintenance and alteration projects with individual projects ranging from £25k to £250k in value. 8. Overseeing the space and property management function to ensure efficient and appropriate use and development of space. 9. Through the management of the Compliance Manager, ensure compliance with all statutory, regulatory and institutional requirements and recommended best practice. 10. Drive a safety culture within the team and with all suppliers to ensure the delivery of a safe, healthy and secure environment for students, staff and visitors.


Person Specification


Qualifications • Relevant professional qualification in construction or estates related subject. Experience, skills and knowledge of the following: • Experience of leading and managing capital programmes and projects on a significant scale • Major refurbishment and multi-project programming experience • Experience of leading or contributing to estates and capital programme strategy • Experience of masterplanning in an estate environment • Experience of development management including feasibility, option appraisal and planning • Capability and experience of leading a multidisciplinary team of estates professionals • Level of understanding of and experience of public sector procurement • Experience of property and asset management • Experience of leading external consultants and delivery partners • Ability to operate successfully in a large scale organisation • Experience of working at a senior level. • Collaborative • Team oriented • Flexible and open-minded • Possessing the intellectual capacity to operate at a senior level • Excellent interpersonal, communication and stakeholder management skills • Ability to work within an ambiguous and often changing environment • Resilient • A strategic and operational thinker • Ability to operate as a trusted advisor • Ability to operate as an in-house consultant • Ability to align personal behaviours to the Division’s values • Possessing a high level of personal and professional credibility at a senior management level. Personal Attributes • A natural leader


Person Specification


Qualifications • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant subject • Relevant project or programme management qualification • Leadership and management qualification. Experience, skills and knowledge of the following: • Experience of space management and planning • Experience of presiding over a minor works programme • Experience of higher education, healthcare or research buildings and facilities in a campus setting • Experience of acting as a Deputy Director or Deputy Head of Service.



How to apply

To arrange a confidential briefing discussion please contact our retained advisors: The University is being supported on this recruitment campaign by the search consultancy The Management Recruitment Group (MRG).

Ben Duffill E-mail: Phone: 07976 125 010 or David Craven: E-mail: Phone: 07932 717 438

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities and in particular, those that are currently under-represented in our workforce. This includes but is not limited to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, candidates with disabilities and female candidates. We specifically encourage female candidates to apply for this post as they are currently under-represented at this level in our organisation. Under the UK Government’s points-based system scheme, this role meets the criteria to be sponsored by Aberystwyth University (AU) for a Skilled Worker Route (SWR) application. Aberystwyth University is a bilingual institution which complies with the Welsh Language Standards and is committed to Equal Opportunities. 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: and Closing date for applications is 2nd May 2021.


Hugh Owen Building : Aberystwyth Business School Departments of English and Creative Writing Law and Criminology Modern Languages Welsh Language Services


Penglais Campus

Llandinam Building: Departments of Computer Science Geography and Earth Sciences International English Centre

Penbryn University Reception Commerial Services Finance Office Research, Business and Innovation

Visualisation Centre: Governance Human Resources Vice-Chancellor’s Office

Cledwyn Building: Academic Registry

Communications and Public Affairs Development and Alumni Relations Global Marketing and Student Recruitment Planning

Accommodation: Pantycelyn

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)

Physical Sciences Build Departments of Mathem Physical Sciences Libra

National Library of Wales

Sports Centre

Accommodation: Fferm Penglais Pentre Jane Morgan


Accommodation: Cwrt Mawr Trefloyne Rosser & Rosser G Cwrt Mawr Hub: Estates, Facilities and Residences

P5: Departments of Information Studies Psychology School of Education

Parry Williams Building: Departments of Theatre, Film and Television Studies Welsh and Celtic Studies

Hugh Owen Library

Arts Centre

Students’ Union and Careers Services

ding: matics and Physics ary

International Politics Building: Departments of International Politics History and Welsh History

Carwyn James Building: Sports & Exercise Science Vet Hub


Academic structure


Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences (Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor and Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability)

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor and Welsh-medium provision)

Faculty of Business and Physical Sciences

(Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor with special responsibilities for China)

Aberystwyth Arts Centre School of Art School of Education

Aberystwyth Business School Department of Computer Science Department of Information Studies Department of Mathematics Department of Physics

Aberystwyth School of Veterinary Science Department of Geography and Earth Sciences Department of Psychology Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

Department of English and Creative Writing Department of History and Welsh History Department of International Politics Department of Law and Criminology Department of Modern Languages Department of Theatre, Film

and Television Studies Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies International English Centre The Music Centre


Administrative structure


Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Academic Registry Global Marketing and Student Recruitment Student Support and Career Services

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Research, Business and Innovation Graduate School Welsh Higher Education and Brussels Office Aberystwyth Innovation Campus (AIEC)

Director of Welsh Language, Culture and External Engagement

Director of Financial and Corporate Services

Communications and Public Affairs Governance and Information Compliance Vice-Chancellor’s Office

Development and Alumni Relations Centre for Welsh Language Services Learn Welsh Old College Project Team

Commercial Services Estates, Facilities and Residences Finance Human Resources Information Services and Libraries Planning





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