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Head of Partnering & Advisory Services

Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland, United Kingdom

Glasgow Caledonian – the largest and leading modern university in Scotland - is a vibrant, values-led university with campuses in the heart of Glasgow and London. With a strong commitment to high quality education and research which supports the communities we serve, we have strong partnerships with employers to ensure our students get the careers they dream of and deserve.

In 2023 we rocketed into the top 40 universities in the UK in the highly regarded Guardian University Guide, were ranked the UK’s 2nd top performing modern university in the inaugural Daily Mail guide, and entered the top highly coveted 50 UK universities in the 2024 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for the first time. We are the top performing modern University in Scotland in all three guides. We are the only Scottish university with EcoCampus Platinum accreditation and were ranked second in Scotland for sustainability in the most recent People and Planet league table.

With a wide range of professionally accredited courses and links with over 300 industry partners, we have the highest proportion of undergraduate level graduates in highly skilled occupations (83%) compared to other Scottish modern universities - with 91% of our students in employment or further study within fifteen months of graduating (HESA 2023). We are Scotland’s leading provider of Graduate Apprenticeships and we have transnational partnerships around the world, supporting more than 22,000 students from nearly 120 countries. We are committed to widening participation, helping more people from diverse backgrounds into university.

Guided by our values – integrity, responsibility, creativity and confidence - we transform the lives of the people and communities we serve.

A rare opportunity has arisen for a talented and enthusiastic HR Professional to join the University’s People Services department and play a key role in the achievement of our People Aims and Objectives. The successful candidate will lead the continuous development and improvement of the Partnering and Advisory service, and the associated policies, processes and systems, ensuring that all remain up-to-date and fit for purpose.

The People Services department is a fully-comprehensive People and OD Team and is responsible for:

·      Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

·      Health, Safety and Wellbeing

·      Human Resources (Partnering and Advisory Services through a functional model)

·      Organisational Development

·      Workforce Systems and Data

The People Services Priorities, Vision and Purpose is clearly documented and aims to:

·      Support the delivery of Strategy 2030 by facilitating improved organisational effectiveness, through building the confidence, capability and capacity of the community and aligning organisational processes, structures and culture;

·      Responding to evolving university needs in a rapidly changing environment, putting people at the heart of our processes, working with individuals, teams, and at an organisational level, engaging stakeholders to inform and create sustainable impact.

Applicants should hold a relevant professional qualification, such as Chartered Membership status of the CIPD, and be educated to degree level or be able to demonstrate comparable levels of aptitude or experience. You will have a proven track record in a relevant People, HR or OD role and have demonstrable experience of effectively implementing Talent, Reward and Staff Engagement policies. You will also possess solid knowledge and experience of HR employment legislation and risk management, along with experience of leading or implementing significant HR projects and/or major organisational change.

As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as our values in everything that we do. As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values.


Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process that is free from bias so that we can attract and retain a high performing workforce which makes a critical contribution to our success​.


The University holds the prestigious Athena SWAN Silver institution award, which recognises our significant record of activity and achievement in promoting gender equality across

different disciplines.


As a Disability Confident 'Committed' employer, we are striving to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to disabled people. Although the Disability Confident 'Committed' level does not guarantee an interview for disabled applicants, we will make reasonable adjustments for disabled applicants during the recruitment process.

The University also holds the Carer Positive ‘Engaged’ employer award, which recognises our commitment to supporting staff with caring responsibilities.

Glasgow Caledonian University are committed signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant

The University offers a range of benefits including opportunities for professional development, family friendly policies, cycle to work scheme and onsite childcare facilities.

Please note that the appointment will be made on the first point of the salary scale (unless by exception).


£65k - £80k

CIPD Level 7 Required

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