The Head of UK Engagement represents all UK-facing aspects of British Council China Education work. The post holder will report directly to the Director Education in China but will be physically located within the Education and Society team in London.
The postholder will help grow the UK’s education partnerships with China. The UK education sector, particularly in higher education, has extensive and hugely significant collaboration with China. Our strategic ambition is by 2020 to have enabled the UK education sector to broaden and self-sustain its education partnerships with Chinese institutions. This post is key to delivering on that ambition by supporting UK education institutions and sector bodies, individually and collectively, to directly engage with China. This will include:
- Leading the team’s engagement with the University sector (Universities UK International as well as Mission Groups such as the Russell Group, Universities Alliance, Million Plus etc), the skills sector (e.g. the Association of Colleges, Colleges Wales, UK Skills Federation etc), the schools sector, as well as managing specific institution accounts.
- Supporting the Director Education’s lead engagement with BEIS / DfE and the Devolved Administrations. This includes representing the team on the BEIS / DfE-led UK-China Education Strategy Group and with the Chinese Embassy in London.
- In doing so, to support UK institutions to understand the education partnership opportunities in China and how best to act on them, as well as growing the UK’s capacity to open up new or broader areas of engagement with China. This involves working closely with both the wider UK and China teams in the British Council to ensure that two-way flow of opportunities is understood and maximised on.
The post holder will need to be prepared to spend sufficient time in China to perform the duties of this UK-facing role effectively. This includes investing time at the start of the role as part of induction and refreshing that throughout the role as is necessary. This is likely to involve 3 or more trips to China a year.