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Vice Principal Student Experience

Introduction from Angela Cox, Principal, Borders College


About Borders College


Borders College is the regional college for the Scottish Borders and offers a wide range of courses, from an introductory level through to advanced courses at Higher National level, including the full range of apprenticeships courses.

Borders College, as a beacon for excellence, is much in demand as a leader and proactive innovator, collaborating widely through engagement with a variety of stakeholders. As a progressive organisation, the college is part of a number of innovation and economic development projects, working alongside key partners, universities and an extensive network of employers.

Recent successes with significant sustainable impact include our new Sustainable STEM Hub in Hawick, developed in partnership with Scottish Power, a collaboration with Eyemouth Boatyard to provide Boatbuilding Apprenticeships and our Care Career Academy, developed in partnership with Scottish Borders Council.

Borders College is committed to providing innovative, life-changing learning opportunities which includes a large number of industry-based training courses for businesses throughout Scotland.

We have a strong track record of delivering high quality training opportunities that reflect local and national socio-economic priorities. Over the last few years, we have made a significant investment in technology to enable flexible and mobile learning and provide industry standard learning environments.

In addition, through the multimillion-pound investment in the Learning and Skills partnership, working with Dumfries & Galloway College, across the South of Scotland we provide unique learning opportunities for individuals and business.


Strategic Ambition & Future Skills Strategy 2020-2025

The Strategic Ambition 2020-2025, developed following wide consultation, is supported by operational strategies and measurable performance targets. The Board commends the Strategic Ambition and endorses the aspirations of the leadership team to continue to build purposefully on solid, evidence-based foundations.

Our Future Skills Strategy sets out how we will respond to our regional and national priorities as the leading provider for skills development in the Borders and beyond.



The Role


Vice Principal Student Experience
Competitive salary and excellent terms and conditions


As a member of the Executive Team, the role of VP Student Experience will provide strategic leadership for the delivery of Borders College’s Strategic Ambition and the implementation of the Future Skills Strategy.  You will be responsible for the development and implementation of a demand-led curriculum offer, innovative and high-quality learning and teaching delivery methods and student support.  In addition, the role will lead the development of key strategic partnerships that ensures the curriculum offer is responsive and reflective of local and national skills priorities.

The successful candidate will be degree qualified with excellent knowledge of the college sector and experience of leading curriculum design or quality improvement at a strategic level.  You will have experience of stakeholder engagement and partnership working as well as strategic leadership in a cross-organisational role.

The Job Description can be found at the bottom of this page.


How to Apply


If you have any queries or would like a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Donogh O’Brien on 0141 212 7555.

To apply, please click here to submit your CV and covering letter. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview by matching the details given in their application against the job description. We would therefore ask applicants to provide clear evidence to show how your experience, skills and knowledge match those requirements as well as why you are interested in the role. We would also be grateful if you could include the following information:

  • Current salary / package
  • Current notice period
  • Details of two referees (please note that referees will not be contacted until offer stage or without prior consent)

Please note that you will receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours – if you do not receive this please contact Aspen People.


Recruitment Timetable

Closing date for applications:   Monday 31st January 2022
Interviews:  February 2022


VP Student Experience Job Description