Assistant Director (Academic Engagement and Student Experience)

  • Job Reference: AD4379MR
  • Date Posted: 9 September 2021
  • Recruiter: St Andrews University
  • Location: St Andrews
  • Salary: £52,559 to £59,135
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time

Job Description

Libraries and Museums are at the heart of the University of St Andrews – they steward its 600-year history, actively support research and teaching, and engage broad audiences with the intellectual and cultural life of St Andrews.

The University of St Andrews has a track record of excellence in its teaching and learning, student experience, and research. Library spaces and services are at the heart of this, supporting teaching and research across arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and medicine, and the efforts of the Academic Engagement and Student Experience teams during the pandemic were recognised by our students in the 2021 NSS, with the Library achieving its best-ever ranking.

This role is an opportunity to take a leadership role in the development of Library services and spaces, championing an approach based on service excellence and continuous improvement. The successful candidate will have a combination of leadership ability, management experience, strategic thinking, and expertise in at least one of the areas covered by the Academic Engagement and Student Experience teams. Working across the University, they will be able to shape the post-pandemic future of Library spaces and services at St Andrews, and the strategy and plans of an active and ambitious Libraries and Museums team.


Further information and informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Catherine Eagleton, Director of Libraries and Museums ( or Jennifer Louden, Deputy Director of Libraries and Museums (

Applications are particularly welcome from people from the Black, Asian, Minority or Ethnic (BAME) community and other protected characteristics, and people who are under-represented in senior positions in the Libraries sector or in senior professional services posts at the University.

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through accreditation (Athena SWAN; Carer Positive; Stonewall, LGBT and Race Charters), as listed on:

This post will primarily be based in the University’s Main Library in St Andrews, but will involve working flexibly across other spaces and service-delivery locations, including the Eden Campus at Guardbridge, a state-of-the-art working environment for professional services units. The University has a new Hybrid Working Policy which sets out its approach to staff working from home or remotely.


Please submit a CV and covering letter along with your application.

Closing Date: 27 September 2021                             Interview Date: 2 November 2021

We encourage applicants to apply online, please use the Apply button to be taken there, however if you are unable to do this, please call +44 (0)1334 462571 for an application pack. 

Please quote ref:  AD4379MR     

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