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Student Disability Team Leader

Enabling Services

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £32,348 to £39,745
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 05 September 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1918322EW


An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Student and Education Services, supporting students as part of our Student Disability and Inclusion team.  We are currently recruiting a proactive and enthusiastic Student Disability Team Leader to manage the University’s Student Disability Practitioner team to deliver high quality, seamless disability support and advice for students within the context of the Equality Act 2010.   


As a Student Disability Team Leader, you will lead a team responsible for supporting disabled students through specialist support and reasonable adjustments.  The students we support include, but are not limited to, those with physical disabilities, mental health and wellbeing conditions such as depression or anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, hearing impairment, visual impairment and long term health conditions, such as chronic fatigue, or epilepsy.    


In this role you will be expected to:  

  • Manage a team of specialist practitioners, including the setting of clear objectives, managing performance and ensuring KPIs are understood and achieved.  
  • Develop and maintain clear processes and procedures for the team that put students at the heart of everything we do. 
  • Work in partnership with Disability and Inclusion managers to ensure the service runs safely and efficiently and that staff are developed and supported in their roles.
  • Work collegially with other colleagues to take a multi-disciplinary approach which creates a seamless student experience to support our students.  
  • Lead on individual project areas within related to student support, chair meetings and lead discussion groups .
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the Disabled Student Strategic Plan to ensure an outstanding student experience for all. 

Successful candidates must have a relevant degree, or be able to demonstrate an equivalent skill level and/or hold a relevant specialist qualification. An understanding of working within a Higher Education setting would be beneficial.  Applications are welcomed from those with experience of team leadership working in a relevant field (e.g. disability advisors, occupational health, specialist teachers) or with an interest in this field and must be able to demonstrate experience of managing a team.   

Successful candidates will have a relevant degree, or be able to demonstrate an equivalent skill level and/or hold a relevant specialist qualification. An understanding of working within a Higher Education setting would be beneficial. Applications are welcomed from those with experience of team leadership working in a relevant field (e.g. disability advisors, occupational health, specialist teachers) or with an interest in this field and must be able to demonstrate experience of managing a team.   


Please note, being able to work flexibly is a requirement of this role; you will work both virtually and in a large open plan office; occasional weekend and evening work is required for Open Days and Transition events for new students.  This role requires an enhanced DBS check. 


We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect, and equality of opportunity. We select candidates based on merit and ability and aspire to thrive in the diversity of our workforce. We welcome applications from all candidates with an interest in the role and those who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment.  


The salary for this post starts from £32,348 (FTE). Further benefits include the opportunity to join the University’s pension scheme, 30 days annual leave, subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts.  


For further questions or to arrange an informal discussion about the role please email: Andy.Wall@soton.ac.uk 


You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date sated above. If you need any assistance, please call Lauren Ward (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email recruitment@soton.ac.uk. Please quote reference 1918322EW on all correspondence. 

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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