Director and Professor of Digital and Distributed Learning
University of Portsmouth
Competitive Salary

Play a pivotal role in shaping, delivering and championing market-leading approaches to digital and distributed learning. The University of Portsmouth is committed to providing students with life-changing experiences. As part of an ambitious vision for the future, it will extend those opportunities through flexible curricula, using digital media to make global access possible.

You will be integral to increasing and reshaping the University’s student population. You will provide vision and leadership in the pedagogically driven development, implementation and monitoring of distributed and digital learning – from deploying new technology, to helping staff make the most of it.

The University of Portsmouth is a one-off. Progressive and vibrant, it is a new breed of university with a fresh outlook. Proud to be bold not old, Portsmouth is ranked 21st in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2019). It is one of the Top 120 Young Universities in the World (QS World University Rankings 2018). And it was awarded Gold in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

Portsmouth’s 2,800 FTE staff and c.29,000 students work with business, industry and governments nationally and internationally to solve society’s problems and set the course for a better future. This world-class university seeks to make a difference to lives around the globe through transformational education, research and innovation.

The University of Portsmouth does not stand still. You will be integral to its ongoing rise.


• Increase access to a first-rate university education for a diverse and global student population on and off-campus – enhancing the experience of current students, while opening up opportunities for new audiences.

• Lead the strategic planning and implementation of the development of digital and distributed learning, working closely with senior stakeholders and partners in respect of both pedagogy and development.

• Promote among students and academic staff the benefits and effective use of technology to enhance education, while ensuring stakeholder needs are met, and strong student experiences delivered.


Recognised for your achievements in innovative teaching and education, you will bring to the role in-depth knowledge of global trends in HE. You demonstrate a deep understanding of diverse educational delivery models and their challenges.

Digital learning is a key focus in your research and teaching career – which includes hands-on experience of developing or managing digital HE degree courses. Insights into what makes for an excellent student experience will be key to your success.

A flair for influencing and negotiation is vital. An inspirational communicator, you have what it takes to manage and enthuse teams, forge strong relationships with diverse stakeholders, and drive supplier performance through complex projects.

Take a look at our new University Vision and Strategy

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners:

Elizabeth James


D: +44 (0)121 654 5924

M: +44 (0)7715 993443

Clare Bromley

Senior Researcher

D: +44 (0)121 654 5915

M: +44 (0)7736 920727

Closing date for applications: 18th February 2020

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