Deputy Head of University of Stirling Collections (Internal Only)

University of Stirling
November 27, 2022
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Deputy Head of University of Stirling Collections (Internal Only) Apply Post Details

Internal applicants only

Full time Open ended

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 27 November 2022 Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 01 December 2022

There is an expectation that work will be undertaken in the UK.

This role will require membership of the PVG scheme. An offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory outcome of this process.

This role is not eligible for sponsorship. Applicants require to have existing right to work in the UK.

The University of Stirling recognises that a diverse workforce benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers and welcome applications from those who would contribute to further diversification of our staff and ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is woven into the substance of the role. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender, identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity.

The Post

The Deputy Head of University of Stirling Collections will deputise for the Head of University of Stirling Collections and will ensure that the University of Stirling Collections (the Collections), significant University assets, are cared for, conserved, documented and maintained in a professional manner in line with the requirements of an Accredited Collection. The post also includes promotion of the Collections to University staff and students to enhance the student experience at the University and to reach out nationally and internationally. The post holder will work with colleagues across the University to introduce a broader definition of 'culture' at the University. Under the umbrella of the ‘Culture on Campus' initiative they will care for and promote museum collections, archives, performance and heritage.

‘Culture on Campus' seeks not only to unite the cultural offer but also to work with academic colleagues collaborating across disciplines to generate different perspectives and highlight University research themes through museum collections, ‘making knowledge visible'. The Deputy Head of University of Stirling Collections will have specific responsibility for public engagement. They will manage an active programme of exhibitions, events and activities which will improve access to museum collections and culture. These activities will be directly inspired by the research of the University, with a new theme each year, which will encourage people to contribute and engage. This will support the University's aim ‘to unlock the full potential of our students and staff and educate cultured men and women so that they can use their knowledge and skills to shape the world in a positive way'.

The postholder will engage across the institution to enhance the student experience at the University, ensuring museum collections and culture are part of everyday life for staff, students and visitors, enabling exchanges between collections, research and teaching. They will deliver a holistic programme of public engagement, collections-led learning, artistic and educational activity, with an emphasis on developing exhibitions and projects to utilise collections in a broad programme of education for all. This work directly supports the University Strategic plan to demonstrate the impact of culture on the economy, environment and society in Scotland and beyond.

Reporting to the Head of University of Stirling Collections, the Deputy Head of University of Stirling Collections will manage and develop a small team of student volunteers to deliver an effective, imaginative programme of engagement projects and learning which works across, and values, all demographics. Together with the Head of University of Stirling Collections, the post holder will deliver an undergraduate module for Arts and Humanities: Exhibition Design and Interpretation.

Description of Duties

The Deputy Head of University of Stirling Collections will:

Curatorial

  • Organise and care for the Collections;
  • Ensure the Collections meet Museum Accreditation standards set down by Museums Galleries Scotland;
  • Undertake work in preparation for and installation of exhibitions, production and editing of catalogues and producing press releases;
  • Work as part of a team within the Collections and report back to colleagues as required;
  • Undertake training or attend conferences in order to keep abreast of developments in access and collections management;
  • Routine administration, including answering enquiries and processing orders and invoices;
  • Maintain the range of policies and procedures relating to loans, exhibitions, acquisitions, conservation, volunteers and Audience Development educational activities;
  • Monitor environmental conditions, and organise and care for the Collections including conservation of objects as necessary;
  • Deputise for the Head of University of Stirling Collections at UMIS (University Museums in Scotland) and MA (Museums Association) meetings;
  • Promotional

  • Identify commercial opportunities for the Collections;
  • Carry out visitor surveys and focus groups to ascertain visitor needs and feed these results into the Collections strategic plan;
  • Research the Collections and capture oral history and film relating to the Collections, disseminating the results of this work in museum displays;
  • Promote the Collections through the production of leaflets and other promotional material including merchandise;
  • Manage the Collections' online presence including social media;
  • Prepare and submit funding applications to further develop the work of the Collections;
  • Speak and contribute to relevant conferences;
  • Engagement

  • Promote the Collections to new and existing audiences by developing and managing an outreach programme of educational activities;
  • Speak at conferences, provide tours, workshops and lectures and engage with external audiences as necessary;
  • Integrate the work of the Collections within academic departments and utilize the Collections to promote academic research and maximize research impact;
  • Promote and display outcomes from academic studies using the Collections' space and curatorial expertise;
  • Recruit and manage volunteers to assist in the development of outreach activities;
  • Engage students in the work of the Collections to enhance the student experience on campus;
  • The Deputy Head of University of Stirling Collections will deliver teaching to undergraduates, in particular Exhibition Design and Interpretation module within Arts and Humanities, and will deliver Collections-led learning teaching across the University as appropriate;
  • General

  • Undertake any other duties as defined by the Head of University of Stirling Collections and/or the Executive Director of Internationalisation and Partnerships;
  • Be able and willing to undertake evening and weekend work as required.
  • Essential Criteria
  • A degree in Museum Studies or a first degree with an appropriate postgraduate qualification
  • Experience of working in museums and galleries, ideally within a Higher Education environment
  • An understanding of museum education theory and experience of managing an educational outreach programme within a museum or art gallery
  • Excellent communication skills, an enthusiasm for museum collections and an ability to be able to share this knowledge with a wide range of audiences
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Ability to prioritise multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • An understanding of issues relating to Museum accreditation scheme
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Experience in promotion of a museum service through online resources
  • Experience of maintaining the range of policies and procedures relating to loans, exhibitions, acquisitions, conservation, volunteers and Audience Development educational activities
  • Personal attributes should include tact, persuasiveness and assertiveness and excellent time management; a willingness to take responsibility and to propose and deliver solutions to difficult problems
  • Experience of delivering talks, tours and workshops
  • Experience of fundraising to support the aims and activities of the museum service
  • Behaviours and Competencies

    The role holder will be required to evidence that they can meet the qualities associated with the following behavioural competencies, as detailed within the AUA Competency Framework.

  • Managing self and personal skills Being aware of your own behaviour and mindful of how it impacts on others, enhancing personal skills to adapt professional practice accordingly.

  • Delivering excellent service Providing the best quality service to external and internal clients. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to drive up service standards.

  • Finding solutions Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation.

  • Embracing change Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles.

  • Using resources effectively Identifying and making the most productive use of resources including people, time, information, networks and budgets.

  • Engaging with the wider context Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values.

  • Developing self and others Showing commitment to own ongoing professional development. Supporting and encouraging others to develop their professional knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to reach their full potential.

  • Working together Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.

  • Achieving Results Consistently meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility for getting things done.

  • About Us

    The Directorate of Internationalisation and Partnerships (DIP) aims to support the delivery of the University's internationalisation ambition. It encompasses global advancement, including fundraising, alumni relations and operations; international mobility; and international partnerships. In delivering the strategic priorities of the University, we support the enhancement of the University's reputation for excellence in student experience, teaching, and high-quality research with global impact by partnering with leading academic institutions and business organisation. The Directorate provides a wide range of services to internal and external stakeholders and works closely with the University's senior management team. By adopting an integrated holistic approach to our work, we ensure the University's strategic messages are effectively reinforced through what we do and throughout our partnership network.

    The University

    The University of Stirling is committed to providing education with a purpose and carrying out research which has a positive impact on communities across the globe – addressing real issues, providing solutions and helping to shape society. Stirling is 4th in Scotland and 43rd in the UK for research impact, with 87% of its research having an outstanding or very considerable impact on society – and more than 80% rated either world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021). Interdisciplinary in its approach, Stirling's research informs its teaching curriculum and facilitates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration between staff, students, industry partners and the wider community.

    The University of Stirling is ranked among the top 30 UK universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey) and top 10 in the UK for postgraduate student experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey), and has an overall five-star rating in the QS Stars University Ratings.

    More than 17,000 students study with the University of Stirling globally, with over 120 nationalities represented on its scenic central Scotland campus alone. The campus – also home to 1,700 staff – has its own loch and castle, and a recent multi-million-pound redevelopment has delivered modern, flexible, and digitally connected study and social spaces at the heart of campus, including enhanced student support and retail and catering outlets.

    The University has twice been recognised with a Queen's Anniversary Prize – the first for its Institute for Social Marketing and Health (2014) and the second for its Institute of Aquaculture (2019). Stirling is Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence and its recently redeveloped world-class facilities provide the perfect training environment for the University's sports scholars – many of whom compete at the highest level, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games – and for students, staff, and the wider community.

    As a signatory to the £214 million Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, the University is driving productivity and inclusive growth across the Forth Valley, and beyond. Through pioneering collaborative solutions to global challenges, researchers are putting innovation, skills, and partnership at the heart of a sustainable economic recovery. www. stir.ac.uk @stiruni

    Job number

    SERV01607

    Contract Type

    Open Ended

    Closing date

    27-Nov-2022

    Location:

    Stirling Campus

    Grade

    Grade7 £35,333-£42,155 p.a.

    Faculty/Service

    Internationalisation and Partnerships Post Details

    Internal applicants only

    Full time Open ended

    The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 27 November 2022 Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 01 December 2022

    There is an expectation that work will be undertaken in the UK.

    This role will require membership of the PVG scheme. An offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory outcome of this process.

    This role is not eligible for sponsorship. Applicants require to have existing right to work in the UK.

    The University of Stirling recognises that a diverse workforce benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers and welcome applications from those who would contribute to further diversification of our staff and ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is woven into the substance of the role. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender, identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity.

    The Post

    The Deputy Head of University of Stirling Collections will deputise for the Head of University of Stirling Collections and will ensure that the University of Stirling Collections (the Collections), significant University assets, are cared for, conserved, documented and maintained in a professional manner in line with the requirements of an Accredited Collection. The post also includes promotion of the Collections to University staff and students to enhance the student experience at the University and to reach out nationally and internationally. The post holder will work with colleagues across the University to introduce a broader definition of 'culture' at the University. Under the umbrella of the ‘Culture on Campus' initiative they will care for and promote museum collections, archives, performance and heritage.

    ‘Culture on Campus' seeks not only to unite the cultural offer but also to work with academic colleagues collaborating across disciplines to generate different perspectives and highlight University research themes through museum collections, ‘making knowledge visible'. The Deputy Head of University of Stirling Collections will have specific responsibility for public engagement. They will manage an active programme of exhibitions, events and activities which will improve access to museum collections and culture. These activities will be directly inspired by the research of the University, with a new theme each year, which will encourage people to contribute and engage. This will support the University's aim ‘to unlock the full potential of our students and staff and educate cultured men and women so that they can use their knowledge and skills to shape the world in a positive way'.

    The postholder will engage across the institution to enhance the student experience at the University, ensuring museum collections and culture are part of everyday life for staff, students and visitors, enabling exchanges between collections, research and teaching. They will deliver a holistic programme of public engagement, collections-led learning, artistic and educational activity, with an emphasis on developing exhibitions and projects to utilise collections in a broad programme of education for all. This work directly supports the University Strategic plan to demonstrate the impact of culture on the economy, environment and society in Scotland and beyond.

    Reporting to the Head of University of Stirling Collections, the Deputy Head of University of Stirling Collections will manage and develop a small team of student volunteers to deliver an effective, imaginative programme of engagement projects and learning which works across, and values, all demographics. Together with the Head of University of Stirling Collections, the post holder will deliver an undergraduate module for Arts and Humanities: Exhibition Design and Interpretation.

    Description of Duties

    The Deputy Head of University of Stirling Collections will:

    Curatorial

  • Organise and care for the Collections;
  • Ensure the Collections meet Museum Accreditation standards set down by Museums Galleries Scotland;
  • Undertake work in preparation for and installation of exhibitions, production and editing of catalogues and producing press releases;
  • Work as part of a team within the Collections and report back to colleagues as required;
  • Undertake training or attend conferences in order to keep abreast of developments in access and collections management;
  • Routine administration, including answering enquiries and processing orders and invoices;
  • Maintain the range of policies and procedures relating to loans, exhibitions, acquisitions, conservation, volunteers and Audience Development educational activities;
  • Monitor environmental conditions, and organise and care for the Collections including conservation of objects as necessary;
  • Deputise for the Head of University of Stirling Collections at UMIS (University Museums in Scotland) and MA (Museums Association) meetings;
  • Promotional

  • Identify commercial opportunities for the Collections;
  • Carry out visitor surveys and focus groups to ascertain visitor needs and feed these results into the Collections strategic plan;
  • Research the Collections and capture oral history and film relating to the Collections, disseminating the results of this work in museum displays;
  • Promote the Collections through the production of leaflets and other promotional material including merchandise;
  • Manage the Collections' online presence including social media;
  • Prepare and submit funding applications to further develop the work of the Collections;
  • Speak and contribute to relevant conferences;
  • Engagement

  • Promote the Collections to new and existing audiences by developing and managing an outreach programme of educational activities;
  • Speak at conferences, provide tours, workshops and lectures and engage with external audiences as necessary;
  • Integrate the work of the Collections within academic departments and utilize the Collections to promote academic research and maximize research impact;
  • Promote and display outcomes from academic studies using the Collections' space and curatorial expertise;
  • Recruit and manage volunteers to assist in the development of outreach activities;
  • Engage students in the work of the Collections to enhance the student experience on campus;
  • The Deputy Head of University of Stirling Collections will deliver teaching to undergraduates, in particular Exhibition Design and Interpretation module within Arts and Humanities, and will deliver Collections-led learning teaching across the University as appropriate;
  • General

  • Undertake any other duties as defined by the Head of University of Stirling Collections and/or the Executive Director of Internationalisation and Partnerships;
  • Be able and willing to undertake evening and weekend work as required.
  • Essential Criteria
  • A degree in Museum Studies or a first degree with an appropriate postgraduate qualification
  • Experience of working in museums and galleries, ideally within a Higher Education environment
  • An understanding of museum education theory and experience of managing an educational outreach programme within a museum or art gallery
  • Excellent communication skills, an enthusiasm for museum collections and an ability to be able to share this knowledge with a wide range of audiences
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Ability to prioritise multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • An understanding of issues relating to Museum accreditation scheme
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Experience in promotion of a museum service through online resources
  • Experience of maintaining the range of policies and procedures relating to loans, exhibitions, acquisitions, conservation, volunteers and Audience Development educational activities
  • Personal attributes should include tact, persuasiveness and assertiveness and excellent time management; a willingness to take responsibility and to propose and deliver solutions to difficult problems
  • Experience of delivering talks, tours and workshops
  • Experience of fundraising to support the aims and activities of the museum service
  • Behaviours and Competencies

    The role holder will be required to evidence that they can meet the qualities associated with the following behavioural competencies, as detailed within the AUA Competency Framework.

  • Managing self and personal skills Being aware of your own behaviour and mindful of how it impacts on others, enhancing personal skills to adapt professional practice accordingly.

  • Delivering excellent service Providing the best quality service to external and internal clients. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to drive up service standards.

  • Finding solutions Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation.

  • Embracing change Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles.

  • Using resources effectively Identifying and making the most productive use of resources including people, time, information, networks and budgets.

  • Engaging with the wider context Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values.

  • Developing self and others Showing commitment to own ongoing professional development. Supporting and encouraging others to develop their professional knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to reach their full potential.

  • Working together Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.

  • Achieving Results Consistently meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility for getting things done.

  • About Us

    The Directorate of Internationalisation and Partnerships (DIP) aims to support the delivery of the University's internationalisation ambition. It encompasses global advancement, including fundraising, alumni relations and operations; international mobility; and international partnerships. In delivering the strategic priorities of the University, we support the enhancement of the University's reputation for excellence in student experience, teaching, and high-quality research with global impact by partnering with leading academic institutions and business organisation. The Directorate provides a wide range of services to internal and external stakeholders and works closely with the University's senior management team. By adopting an integrated holistic approach to our work, we ensure the University's strategic messages are effectively reinforced through what we do and throughout our partnership network.

    The University

    The University of Stirling is committed to providing education with a purpose and carrying out research which has a positive impact on communities across the globe – addressing real issues, providing solutions and helping to shape society. Stirling is 4th in Scotland and 43rd in the UK for research impact, with 87% of its research having an outstanding or very considerable impact on society – and more than 80% rated either world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021). Interdisciplinary in its approach, Stirling's research informs its teaching curriculum and facilitates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration between staff, students, industry partners and the wider community.

    The University of Stirling is ranked among the top 30 UK universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey) and top 10 in the UK for postgraduate student experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey), and has an overall five-star rating in the QS Stars University Ratings.

    More than 17,000 students study with the University of Stirling globally, with over 120 nationalities represented on its scenic central Scotland campus alone. The campus – also home to 1,700 staff – has its own loch and castle, and a recent multi-million-pound redevelopment has delivered modern, flexible, and digitally connected study and social spaces at the heart of campus, including enhanced student support and retail and catering outlets.

    The University has twice been recognised with a Queen's Anniversary Prize – the first for its Institute for Social Marketing and Health (2014) and the second for its Institute of Aquaculture (2019). Stirling is Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence and its recently redeveloped world-class facilities provide the perfect training environment for the University's sports scholars – many of whom compete at the highest level, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games – and for students, staff, and the wider community.

    As a signatory to the £214 million Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, the University is driving productivity and inclusive growth across the Forth Valley, and beyond. Through pioneering collaborative solutions to global challenges, researchers are putting innovation, skills, and partnership at the heart of a sustainable economic recovery. www. stir.ac.uk @stiruni

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