Communications & Outreach Co-ordinator – Southern Universities Network (SUN)

University of Southampton - UK Student Recruitment & Outreach

The Southern Universities Network (SUN) comprises a number of higher education providers, further education colleges, schools, and other organisations in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It is part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) initiative. The new HEFCE-funded project aims to increase the number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Higher Education by 2020.

The SUN is looking to recruit an accomplished and organised communications professional to design, deliver, manage and maintain the network’s communications plans. S/he will lead in the promotion of the SUN’s outreach programme to schools, colleges, and NCOP participants. In addition to leading on SUN communications, the post-holder will act as the ‘single point of contact’ for schools and colleges, dealing with queries about SUN partners’ outreach and widening participation programmes.

The post will see the successful candidate report to the SUN Project Manager. Due to the collaborative nature of the project, the post-holder will be based within the SUN central team at the University of Southampton but will work closely with SUN colleagues situated in partner institutions in Hampshire, Dorset and IOW.

You will have excellent copywriting skills, all-round knowledge of on- and offline communication platforms, with experience of delivering engaging contact across all platforms. You will possess a comprehensive knowledge of British education system and an understanding of the Higher Education sector and widening participation agenda.

Due to the dual nature of this role, the ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is well-organised and has experience of prioritising within a continually changing environment, meeting tight deadlines, and has a proven track-record of managing stakeholder requirements.

The post is offered on a fixed term basis until 31 December 2018, and the successful candidate will be appointed on a scale between £23,879 - £28,452.

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service clearance at Enhanced level is also required.

For an informal discussion and to find out more about this opportunity please contact Sinead Holmes, SUN Project Manager, on tel: 023 8059 1969, or email:

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 811816NP on all correspondence.

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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