Senior professionals of educational establishments


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Job holders in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the administration, support systems and activities that facilitate the effective running of a university, college or other educational establishment.


Entrants usually possess a degree or equivalent qualification and have gained significant relevant experience in the field of education. Specialist training courses and professional qualifications are available.

Typical tasks

  • considers staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term needs;
  • arranges for evaluation of management, accounting, information storage and retrieval and other facilities;
  • provides administrative support to the academic team;
  • leads or contributes to decision making processes regarding curricula, budgetary, disciplinary and other matters;
  • controls administrative aspects of student admission, registration and graduation;
  • acts as secretary to statutory and other bodies/committees associated with the educational establishment;
  • drafts and interprets regulations and deals with queries and complaints procedures;
  • organises examinations, necessary invigilations and any security procedures required;
  • arranges for the preparation and publication of syllabuses and other official documents;
  • assists with recruitment, public relations and marketing activities;
  • coordinates and maintains quality assurance procedures.

Common job titles

Manager, school (educational establishments)
Manager, business, school
Administrator, college
Principal (special school)
Administrator, education (further education, higher education)
Teacher, head (secondary school)
Provost (higher education, university)
Mistress, head (nursery school)
Registrar (educational establishments)
Teacher, head (special school)
Manager, academic
Head (nursery school)
Head (further education)
Chancellor, vice (university)
Mistress, head (sixth form college)
Administrator, university
Registrar, academic
Master, head (secondary school)
Teacher, head (sixth form college)
Dean (further education)
Coordinator, project (educational establishments)
Master, head (special school)
Director, academic
Administrator (higher education, university)
Mistress, head (special school)
Manager (educational establishments)
Teacher, head (primary school)
Teacher, head (nursery school)
Officer, executive (university)
Principal (higher education, university)
Head of school (higher education, university)
Head (primary school)
Head of administration (educational establishments)
Principal (primary school)
Head (special school)
Master, head (sixth form college)
Principal (secondary school)
Head (higher education, university)
Coordinator, academic
Dean (higher education, university)
Mistress, head (secondary school)
Head (secondary school)
Principal (sixth form college)
Head (sixth form college)
Mistress, head (primary school)
Principal (further education)
Provost (further education)
Vice-Chancellor (university)
Master, head (nursery school)
Master, head (primary school)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.