Pre-CAS Assistant

Job Description

About the Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions



This department is responsible for the University's student recruitment, its reputation, and external relationships. It works to help define and raise brand awareness of LSBU among target audiences while aiming to attract the best prospective students to the University. The team coordinates: media relations; internal communications; brand and visual identity; digital media; market research and insight; corporate and course marketing; events; and student recruitment. It creates then updates student records through every stage of the application cycle. The department makes decisions on applications for a majority of courses for most Schools. The department’s community engagement project works with a wide range of public, voluntary and community organisations to promote education and gives members of the public the opportunity to visit the University. The Admissions Office process upward of 30,000 applications every year.



 



Key Responsibilities



1. Maintain up to date knowledge of UKVI requirements and be the key Admissions point of contact for International Application.



2. Obtain and collate all required supporting documentation & credibility interviews in preparation for the issuing of a CAS as per the Student Route regulations and the LSBU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) policy and ensure follow up any missing documents.



3. To provide advice to applicants/students regarding their Student Route supporting documentation and provide basic immigration advice.



4. To create and maintain accurate records on the University databases and ensure all applicant documents pertaining to pre-CAS and CAS issuance are systematically filed and consistently labelled in accordance with audit responsibilities.



5. Respond to e-mails, telephone calls and assist with face-to-face enquiries in connection with UKVI compliance duties up until the student enrols.



6. Support the Admissions team by cascading information to help advise applicants regarding their Student Route supporting documentation and provide basic immigration advice.



7. Attend compliance training sessions.



8. To participate in international students’ enrolment and induction programmes.



 



 



Qualifications

n/a



Skills

Person specification / Selection criteria



A. Experience of working in a higher education institution, preferably including experience of UKVI / Student Visa Route or Home Office processes.



B. Excellent oral and written communication skills.



C. Excellent attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.



D. Experience of working with international students.



E. Experience of the application of information technology in an administrative setting, including word and data processing skills and experience of using a multi-user computerised record system.



F. The capacity both to contribute to a team and to use own initiative.



G. The ability to operate flexibly and adapt to changes positively

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Qualifications

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Skills

Prior knowledge of exercise/fitness and proper form preferred (e.g., physiotherapy, PT qualification).

Job purpose



To main focus of the post holder is dedicated to effectively provide confidential, professional administrative support to the Head of Housing Services and to the Housing Services team. To effectively provide a customer focused reception service of excellence for Housing Services. To be the first point of contact for, and to represent the team, both internally and externally, whether in person, by telephone or by email, responding to all generic enquiries or by referral to an appropriate team member when escalating non-routine enquiries.



The post holder will be required to support the Head of Housing Services in delivering a customer focused service of excellence; providing advice and guidance encompassing the broad range of housing options available to students and staff.  The range of this role is not limited to the Queen Mary halls of residence, but includes nominated private providers, private housing as well as homestay or short stay options.



 



Main duties and responsibilities




  • To provide a customer focused first point of contact to students, staff and private landlords, the public and other external bodies, judging when to pass on or escalate complex queries.

  • To check all applications received for housing eligibility, and issue relevant and timely feedback to applicants.

  • To represent Housing Services at all Queen Mary internal and external events, particularly at main residential arrival and departure days, to provide and sustain a positive image for Residential Services

  • To manage and keep updated the Housing Services team diaries.

  • To check the accuracy and relevance of information and imagery on the Residential Services website..

  • To provide administrative support to the Housing Services team.

  • To advise the Head of Housing Services on noticeable trends in customer enquiries.

  • To be flexible at key times within the university calendar to support the delivery of services that will be outside normal business hours, which will include working in the evenings and at weekends

  • To comply with all Queen Mary and Directorate policies and procedures and demonstrate a commitment to the Directorate purpose statement and values

  • To implement recognised good practice in communication and cohesion, to promote the culture and behavioural change programme that has been embarked upon by the Directorate.



Qualifications

GCSE, NVQ (Level 3) or City and Guilds in English and Maths or equivalent



Skills

  • Significant experience working within an HEI or privately built student residential environment

  • Significant experience working in a customer service environment providing exceptional customer service

  • Understanding of the relevant regulations and national codes of practice and the implications of non-compliance

  • Experience managing conflicts, resolving or escalating complaints, with the ability to use own initiative to handle difficult situations with tact and sensitivity

  • Familiarity with budgeting and financial management

  • Knowledge and understanding of HEI Admissions systems, key dates and SITS student record system

  • Knowledge of the private sector housing market



Skills/Abilities




  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with staff and external contacts at all levels

  • Computer literate with a good knowledge of Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel

  • Able to plan, manage and monitor a variety of commitments, balancing workloads to meet service demands

  • Excellent attention to detail and a systematic approach to work

  • Friendly, approachable, diplomatic and able to relate to people

  • Flexible attitude and willing to learn, develop and improve both individually or as part of a team



Other




  • Able to deal with personal, private and confidential issues with appropriate discretion (Data Protection Act)

  • Able to manage job role in line with customer expectation of Equality and Diversity Policy

  • Able to identify resolutions to problems and utilise analytical skills

About us



The Data Governance and Security team with SED develops, maintains, and supports system and process security, data governance, data protection compliance, regulatory reporting, and external and internal audit requirements. The team ensures that strategies and procedures in relation to these areas are fit for purpose and is responsible for providing a ‘gold source’ of all student and course information data to ensure best practice.



About the role



The Senior Student Data Assurance Officer will provide assurance and operational support to colleagues engaged in both internal/external reporting and in business as usual activites that rely on the quality of our student data. This will entail the provision of end-to-end administrative support in triaging enquiries, resolving student data quality issues, supporting the statutory HESA data return (submitted in August and September 2024) by fixing data errors and supporting the generation of HEARs (online transcripts) for students.



This would be an excellent opportunity for a candidate who is interested in gaining experience in working with data, making operational use of IT programmes such as Excel and SQL and who wish to utilise their skills to ensure that the quality of our student data is accurate and of the highest quality.



This is a temporary role, with an end date of 8th November 2024.



Qualifications

We think a wide range of different work and educational experiences could support you to be successful in this role. Relevant work experience might include work in data management or analytics. Relevant educational experiences might include higher education in a related discipline, professional qualifications or other training



Skills

The following skills would be essential in the role:



-Excellent IT skills, including experience of Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook email, web etc.) 



-Good communication skills and a willingness to work in a team, with multiple stakeholders



-The ability to deal with competing priorities



Experience of SQL and using a student records system would be desirable

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