Assistant Director of Health & Safety
Lancaster University is an international leader in the provision of inspiring teaching and research; this reputation is reflected in our ranking in the UK top 20 in all three major UK rankings (Times/ Sunday Times, Guardian, and the Complete University Guide). Lancaster has won two major awards from The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. We were named the International University of the Year in the 2020 guide, and the University of the Year in the 2018 edition. Lancaster University has been awarded the highest possible ranking in the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rating, which aims to recognise and reward excellence in teaching and learning in UK institutions. The TEF Gold rating is based on high-quality teaching, excellent teaching facilities, and the career opportunities provided to graduates. The University’s research has also been rated as world-leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which assesses the quality and impact of research submitted by UK universities across all subjects. In the last research assessment exercise, 83% of our research was rated ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’. Our research is truly international in focus with research partnerships in over 60 countries around the world. Lancaster University is also proud to be a member of the N8 Group, a research partnership of the eight most research-intensive universities in the North of England. In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) survey, 83% of our research was rated as either internationally excellent or world leading. A major strength of Lancaster University is its thriving ecosystem of interdisciplinary research. This collaborative approach is fostered by its mixture of formal and informal structures - including Institutes and University Research Centres - bringing together experts from different disciplines to address regional, national, and global challenges. The University comprises 15,000 students and around 3,400 staff. Lancaster is one of only a handful of universities with a collegiate system which has helped to forge a strong sense of identity and loyalty, and continues to be a distinctive feature of Lancaster University life. More than £450 million has been invested into the Campus since 2003, creating new academic facilities, student social facilities, and improved teaching space. Our campus has transformed over recent years due to a number of significant redevelopment projects, including the refurbishment of the library and multi-million pound investments in other facilities across the University. Our University ..................................
Our strategy is to become a University that is globally significant – a leader in higher education that provides the highest quality research and teaching, and engages locally and internationally on the issues and debates of the day and of the future. Driven by research and stimulating learning, the globally significant University informs and changes practice and thinking worldwide. Our strategy is founded on three priorities of equal importance. Success across all three of these domains will be critical if we are to fully realise our strategic goals. In the rapidly changing context of UK higher education, the University community has identified that we now need to increase our engagement with third parties, enhance our reputation and continue to grow in scale. We have reviewed and updated our objectives to reflect these factors, and new or revised objectives are highlighted against each of our three overarching priorities. Our Strategy 2021 – 2026 ..........................................................
Further details on our Strategic Plan can be found at: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/ strategic-planning-and-gov- ernance/strategic-plan/
The priorities are: • Research that changes practice and thinking • Teaching that transforms society and the lives of people in it • To actively engage with students, businesses and our communities
A Global University
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Lancaster’s success depends on talented, creative and committed people who work hard to make this University so special and distinctive. Our vision for the future is to be a sustainable and an academically excellent institution recognised as one of the leading universities in the world. You will be joining a University which is amongst the best on any objective measure, but also modern, forward thinking, and quick and nimble in adopting the latest developments in teaching and research. Lancaster University is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best staff, celebrating equality and diversity, and recognising how all staff contribute to and enhance the overall success of the University. Our People Strategy 2020 clearly articulates that the core strength of the University is our people.
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The City of Lancaster has a long and diverse history, having gained its first charter in 1193. In the heart of the city centre lies a 12th Century castle – one of the best preserved in Great Britain – which dominates the hill above the River Lune. Lancaster is small enough to explore on foot, but big enough to keep you entertained all day, and was recently ranked as one of the top ten most vibrant cities in the UK (the Experian Vibrancy Report), thanks to its established arts scene and student population. It offers excellent shopping, cinemas, theatres, and restaurants, with many well preserved older buildings. The area is also well served with state, gramma, private and church schools. Lancaster’s live music venues are home to regular guitar, electronic, folk, classical and jazz gigs. Fans of independent film and theatre have the choice of the city centre Dukes Theatre and Cinema, Grand Theatre, and Vue multiplex cinema, and the University’s own Nuffield Theatre and LU Cinema. Venues also regularly play host to major comedy and theatrical tours too. With a number of galleries and museums located in the city, there is plenty for lovers of the arts to get their teeth into. The latest listings can be found through the Lancaster Arts City app.
Lancaster itself is situated in a delightful part of North West England. The rural landscape is superb, with the Lakeland fells in full view across the expanse of Morecambe Bay. The River Lune runs along the edge of the Forest of Bowland, an area of outstanding natural beauty, past many villages, into Lancaster and to the sea. There are two National Parks, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, which are within a 30-minute drive. Lancaster is just over two hours by fast train to London and it is less than one hour to Manchester airport, which offers direct flights to most European capitals, the Middle East, and North America and the Far East. Lancaster, and the local surrounding area, offers a unique combination of city, coast, and countryside. There is an excellent choice of accommodation in the ‘travel to’ area which stretches from the Lake District to Preston and east along the Lune valley, as well as Morecambe and Lancaster, offering a range of housing from city centre to rural environments. Housing is varied (from old townhouses to barn conversions and new builds) and is competitively priced, especially against similar properties in South East England. The University offers allowances for staff (Grade 6 and above) who have to move to join us.
The University is seeking to make the key appointment to the post of Assistant Director of Health and Safety. The postholder will be responsible for ensuring that the university has an appropriate and effective pan-institutional health and safety framework to facilitate the attainment of the University’s strategic goals. This will include specialist advice and leadership, on the status of the University’s compliance with statutory, regulatory and best practice health and safety compliance. Key aspects of the role include the development and implementation of Health & Safety Strategy, maintenance and continuous improvement of Health & Safety polices and processes, leadership and management of the Health & Safety team, all to drive a best practice culture for health, safety and wellbeing throughout the University for students, staff and the wider University community. The Role ............................
Key Responsibilities ...........................................................
Assistant Director of People & Organisational Effectiveness (Health and Safety)
People & Organisational Effectiveness (People & OE)
Directly responsible to:
Director of People & Organisational Effectiveness
University Health and Safety Officers, University Radiation Protection Officer, University Fire Safety Lead and Health and Safety Advisor
Supervisory responsibility for:
Other contacts: Internal:
People & OE leadership team, University Executive Board, Council and its sub committees, Academic Deans, Professional Services Directors, Heads of Department, Trade Unions, Governance Services colleagues
Sector Based networks, USHA, UCEA. Regulatory Bodies, HSE, Fire and Rescue Service, Environment Agency. NHS.
Overall Purpose of Job:
The Assistant Director is the senior Competent Person appointed under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, made under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The role-holder will act and deliver their duties and responsibilities in line with the institutions values, policies and procedures at all times. Specifically to provide specialist advice and leadership to enable the University to comply with the requirements of HSW Act 1974 and all other UK and EU statutory health and safety legislation, to include (non-exhaustive list) the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (FSO) 2005, the Fire Safety Act 2021, the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 and the Environmental Protection Act 1990 as it applies to radioactive substances.
1. Responsible for ensuring that the university has an appropriate and effective pan-institutional health and safety framework to facilitate the attainment of the University’s strategic goals, including policy evolution, information dissemination, document control, training, monitoring and auditing, and review. 2. Responsible for the development of long term Health & Safety plans across the University, ensuring clear articulation of roles and robust alignment between the central Health & Safety team and the faculty/service roles.
9. Responsible for establishing and maintaining effective professional relationships with Enforcing Authorities (HSE, Local Authority, Environment Agency, Fire Authority) on behalf of the University, in order to protect the University’s interests, in terms of legal compliance and the reputation of the University. 10. Continue to develop and deploy effective systems for formal and informal consultation and communication, on health and safety issues, with employees, students, trade unions and other stakeholders identified by University management. 11. Provide Council, the Vice-Chancellor, University Executive Group (UEB), the Council – Safety, Health and Wellbeing (C-SHaW) Committee, its sub-committees and other relevant University bodies with regular information, comprehensive reports, data and analysis in relation to Health and Safety performance and compliance against agreed performance indicators.
3. Play a lead role and take some responsibility for driving forward cultural change in relation to health and safety across the institution.
4. Responsible for developing and maintaining a sustainable and progressive Health and Safety function that is positioned to meet the evolving needs of the institution. This should include agreeing role definition, minimum competence standards, performance review and objective setting, succession planning and the ongoing development of colleagues both within the central health & safety team and across the broader faculty/service health and safety appointed personnel. 5. Responsible for ensuring that staff at all levels of management within the institution, are fully appraised and aware of their legal and moral obligations under the HASAW Act, 1974 and all associated Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Codes of Practice and Guidance, other relevant Statutory Provisions, and under civil law. 6. Responsible for the review, development and implementation of the University Health and Safety Policy and subsidiary arrangements and guidance, such that the incidence of accidents, incidents, cases of occupational ill health, actions by Enforcing Authorities, and civil claims relating to health and safety, are minimised in number and impact, monitored, and the institution’s performance benchmarked and communicated to senior management . 7. Responsible for monitoring, scrutinising and auditing the University’s health and safety performance and compliance, against recognised standards and parameters, and informing senior management accordingly, whilst seeking to effectively spread best practice and lessons learned consistently throughout the institution.
12. Manage the staff, functions [including budget] and service delivery.
13. As a member of the People & OE Leadership Team, play a leadership role in the overall development and enhancement of the People & OE Division and the services it delivers.
14. Take action to suspend any work which in the opinion of the role-holder, poses an imminent risk of serious personal injury
15. Manage the following services provided for the University: • The maintenance of appropriate records as required by legislation or University policy. • The provision of assistance to departments in the carrying out of audits of departmental health.
8. Establish and deliver a system and process improvement plan for health and safety across the institution.
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Essential / Desirable
*Application Form/ Supporting Statements/ Interview Supporting Statement / Interview
Professional experience in a senior health and safety position obtained within industry, an academic or public institution, the Health and Safety Executive or similar enforcement role.
Recognised Professional Qualification in Occupational Health & Safety eg NEBOSH Diploma or Masters degree in health and safety management related subject, MBA or equivalent accredited by a professional body Chartered status of a relevant professional body/society ie CMIOSH
Demonstrable ability to strategically lead and promote a risk- based approach to health and safety management.
Supporting Statement / Interview
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and liaise with a wide range of staff, extending from senior managers and leading academics, to recognised Trade Union representatives. Experience of effectively managing the performance of individuals, teams and services through performance management systems. Proven capability in preparing Health and Safety reports which are comprehensive and concise. The ability to promote a positive and proactive, risk-based health and safety culture and change attitudes and behaviours
Supporting Statement / Interview
Application Form / Supporting Statement / Interview Application Form / Inter- view
Proven IT skills
Good training and presentation skills
Experience in influencing management and safety cultures within the public sector.
An awareness of current priorities and initiatives within the higher education sector
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Essential / Desirable
*Application Form/ Supporting Statements/ Interview
The ability to maintain and prioritise personal and management programmes and cope with conflicting priorities.
An appreciation and experience of Emergency Management response (e.g. in the event of mass evacuation in an emergency).
Leadership and management related qualification to level NVQ 5. i.e. ILM 5 certificate/diploma or equivalent experience
• Application Form – assessed against the application form, curriculum vitae and letter of support. Applicants will not be asked to answer a specific supporting statement. Normally used to evaluate factual evidence eg award of a qualification. Will be “scored” as part of the shortlisting process. • Supporting Statements - applicants are asked to provide a statement to demonstrate how they meet the criteria. The response will be “scored” as part of the shortlisting process. • Interview – assessed during the interview process by either competency based interview questions, tests, presentation etc.
University of Surrey
Employee Benefits and Reward Package ..........................................................
Remuneration The role attracts a highly competitive starting salary. Further salary progression and enhancements will also be achievable, based on a combination of performance in role and regular salary benchmarking. Pension For this role the University offers the opportunity to join the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).
Relocation For those relocating nationally or internationally a relocation package is available. Flexible Benefits All staff are eligible to participate in the University’s sector-leading flexible benefits scheme. The scheme provides staff with the opportunity to purchase benefits at discounted rates and also to take advantage of tax and national insurance savings on
some of the benefits chosen. The current benefits include: • Childcare Vouchers • Pre-School Centre • Cycle to Work scheme
• Season Ticket Loan • Low Emission Cars • Charitable giving • Shopping discounts
• Dental insurance • Health cash plan • Sports Centre membership • Lancaster and external courses • Professional Bodies’ membership fees • Car parking
• Subsidised annual bus pass • Discounted staff dining card • Local retail discount card • Theatre membership • Home technology • Additional annual leave
For a confidential discussion please contact our advisors Ben Duffill (email@example.com), David Craven (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sian Gardiner (email@example.com) of The Management Recruitment Group. Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of not more than 4 pages) and a covering letter (of not more than 2 pages). Applications should be sent to Ben Duffill firstname.lastname@example.org, 07932 717438 Sian Gardiner email@example.com 07932 717 458 The closing date for applications is Sunday 24th October 2021. MRG longlist interviews will take place during the weeks commencing 25th October and 1st November. Assessment interviews will be held at Lancaster University In mid November. Equality, diversity and inclusion lie at the heart of all Lancaster University activity and we are very proud of our work in this area. For more information on our aims, please read the institutional Strategic Plan. An appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references, in line with the usual terms and conditions of employment at the University. 07976 125010 David Craven firstname.lastname@example.org Application Process ..........................................................
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