Academic Registrar

Date advertised

7 September 2022

Closing date

3 October 2022





Required hours

Full Time


All three sites



The Royal College of Art (RCA) is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate institution of art and design, dedicated to teaching, research and knowledge exchange with industry.  In 2022, the RCA was named the world’s leading art and design institute for the eighth consecutive year by the QS World University Rankings by Subject.   Founded in 1837, it is also the world’s oldest art and design institution in continuous operation and its most research intensive. Among its core audiences – students, artists and designers – the RCA brand is legendary. The generations of world-leading designers and artists who have studied or taught at the RCA is a roster of international repute.

The Registry team at the RCA plays a critical role in the relationship between students and the College and is responsible for the entire data journey from initial enquiry to graduation and beyond. As our Academic Registrar you will provide effective leadership and direction to the range of Registry functions to ensure an efficient, agile and responsive service across all critical stages of the applicant and student journey to enhance the student experience and support the College in achieving its strategic goals.

Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, you will ensure that the College’s academic and regulatory framework supports strategic ambitions for growth, the development of new modes and formats of academic delivery, and assures the standards of its awards.  You will also ensure compliance with, and reporting to, relevant statutory and regulatory requirements, including HESA, OfS, UKVI and the CMA, and the continuous review and enhancement of the student records system and our student recruitment and admissions processes.

You must be able to demonstrate experience in a leadership role in an HE academic registry environment, evidence of process management and development, and significant experience and understanding of student records systems and data management. With a strong working knowledge of compliance requirements and UK HE policies, practices and academic regulations in relation to student administration, you will be able to translate strategy and policy into actions and operation and demonstrate commitment to service excellence.  Highly effective people management, setting standards for performance and culture, and interpersonal skills are pre-requisite.

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For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Emma Wilkins at or on 07741 875289 

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The Royal College of Art is an equal opportunities employer. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.  

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