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Student Engagement Facilitator

Requisition ID:  20602

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  20-Jun-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £31,406 to £33,309 with progression to £40,927 per annum


Closing Date: 31 July 2022


The Role


The Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering is delighted to advertise this exciting opportunity for a motivated professional with a passion for engaging with businesses to provide employability opportunities for our students.


You will have experience of working in Engineering or Science related area and of building strong partner relationships.


You will work as part of a Faculty team and predominantly support the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.


The post is available full time, on an open-ended basis.


To apply, please complete the online application and upload a CV and a covering letter. Please structure your covering letter as a supporting statement of no more than two sides. Please outline how you meet or exceed the requirements for the role holder as listed below. 


Interviews will be held Tuesday 16 August 2022.
Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Abby French, Learning Partnerships Manager

Key Accountabilities

•    Work as part of the Faculty Learning Partnerships Team to implement activity in support of the University’s ‘Education for Life’ and ‘Lifelong Learning’ strategies by engaging with relevant businesses to generate mutually beneficial interactions for our students
•    Assist in the development, monitoring and delivery of strategy and underpinning action plans for implementation for Schools and the Faculty
•    Facilitate and share good practice across the Faculty with a view to enhancing the student experience and increasing student employability
•    Work closely with the Careers Service and NU Advancement to plan, market and implement industry-focussed professional awareness events across the Faculty
•    Work with the Directors of Business and Engagement, the academic leads for Employability and Enterprise and the Careers Service to deliver their annual agreement to Schools ensuring visibility of the Careers Service offerings to students and that students understand the importance of vacation employment and placements in industry
•    Be an active member of Industrial Advisory Boards, supporting Schools where required
•    Provide materials for the website, internal communications and social media to promote enhancements to the student experience
•    Liaise with business and industry in regard to student facing activity, including, but not limited to enrichment activities such as guest lectures, site visits, placement and project opportunities.  Also, arranging activities to enhance employability, delivering careers awareness events and, on occasion, seeking assistance with programme development and/or sponsorship by business and industry
•    Keep up to date with Government strategy and policies around education, skills and lifelong learning
•    Work closely with Directors of Business & Engagement, Directors of Education, Faculty Learning Partnerships Manager, Employability & Enterprise Champions and associated professional service colleagues in academic units. The postholder would also work closely with the University Lifelong Learning and Apprenticeships Hub, Business Development and Enterprise Team, Marketing Team and the Careers Service
•    Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required

The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Experience in a similar role or significant vocational experience, demonstrating development through progressively more demanding, relevant roles
•    Experience of developing and delivering effective customer focused events
•    Experience of working in an engineering or science-related area
•    Excellent IT skills including use of Microsoft Office
•    Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to give presentations to senior internal and external partners.
•    Strong interpersonal skills including motivational negotiating and relationship/partnership building
•    Evidence of leading and/or contributing to change

•    An understanding of the undergraduate and postgraduate student lifecycle i.e. from initial interest through to alumnus 
•    An understanding of the employment market


Attributes and Behaviour
•    See the “big picture” and think strategically, managing complex problems and issues and keeping records
•    Work effectively in a variety of teams including building collaborative working relationships with colleagues and external contacts and sharing information and plans appropriately
•    Use clear, concise and accurate communication, tailoring the approach accordingly and encouraging a two way communication process
•    Manage own time and resources by prioritising and organising effectively
•    Ensure that others know how the process and systems work.
•    Identify quickly what is important and prioritise accordingly
•    Maintain flexibility in work plans to allow for changing circumstances


•    Degree or equivalent level qualification in an Engineering or STEM discipline

•    Masters Degree in a related discipline 


We’re celebrating 150 years of Science, Agriculture and Engineering that made Newcastle University the institution it is today. Although a huge amount has changed over the last 150 years, one thing has stayed the same: our commitment to making a difference. We're educating the next generation of experts and tackling the biggest challenges facing our planet. Our innovative work has always focused on making a difference to people’s lives, and you can be part of it. 


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 20602