Head of Library and Learning Services

  • Job Reference: REQ001760
  • Date Posted: 13 March 2023
  • Recruiter: Bath Spa University
  • Location: Newton Park/Hybrid
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £59,450 to £63,059
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full-time

Job Description

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to lead and manage our Library and Learning Services to support Bath Spa University’s strategic objectives. We are looking for a creative and inspiring Head of Library and Learning Services to ensure the delivery of sector-leading, innovative, inclusive services which enable an excellent student experience and support our university community across our campuses and partners.

The role will comprise a blend of working from home and at our campuses in Bath. 

About you (requirements)

 You will have significant experience of managing a library or information service in an academic environment, and have demonstrable experience of managing change effectively. You will have strong leadership and financial management skills, a keen focus on enhancing the student experience, and the ability to apply innovative solutions to complex issues. You will be highly organised, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. You will be adept at working with stakeholders across a complex organisation, harnessing effective working relationships and managing a large and varied workload.

About us

Bath Spa University is focused on creative enterprise and guided by our four values of respect, inclusivity, collaboration and sustainability. We teach around 8,000 students on a set of campuses around Bath, with most being located at Newton Park, including a listed Georgian house and grounds, or Locksbrook, our city-centre art and design campus.  We also have provision in London, and work with partners at other sites in the UK and overseas. Our research centres focus on creative industries and humanities.

Our purpose is to challenge our students and staff to realise their talent and thrive, for their own benefit and for the wider good. By doing this we will think and make the world better.

The Head of Library and Learning Services leads a team within the wider Student Experience unit, which includes Learning Innovation and Skills, Estates, Student Wellbeing Services, and Careers and Employability.

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Dr. Rebecca Schaaf at r.schaaf@bathspa.ac.uk 

Closing date: 12 midnight UK time, 3rd April 2023

Interview Date: Tuesday 11th April 2023                          


How to apply

For further information or to apply on-line please visit the Bath Spa University jobs page via the Apply button.

Please note that CVs will not be considered and those included with application forms will be removed.  Any queries regarding the application process or our website should be emailed to hrcontact@bathspa.ac.uk.

Please note that we use anonymous shortlisting therefore request that you do not include any personal details or reference to protected characteristics (such as gender, age or race) when completing your supporting statement.

We offer excellent facilities and benefits to our staff.  These include a pension scheme, flexible working practices, an employee assistance programme, and family-friendly policies. Please use the link below to see our full facilities and benefits package:



Please note this role may be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route subject to immigration criteria. If you require visa sponsorship, please let us know by emailing hrcontact@bathspa.ac.uk before completing an application form. 

If you would like to understand in more detail the skilled worker visa requirements, to assess whether you may be eligible, please visit the government website here for more information.

We would particularly welcome applications from BME and female candidates as we are currently under-represented at this level