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Public Engagement and Communications Manager

University of Exeter

Location: Exeter
Salary: Salary will be £41,732 per annum pro rata subject to knowledge, skills and experience.
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 17th January 2024
Job Ref: T69305

Research Services

This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

This 0.6 FTE (21.90 hr per week – job share) part-time post is available from the 1st of April 2024 on a fixed term basis until the 31st of March 2025 (maternity leave cover).

Summary of the role

We are seeking to attract an outstanding Public Engagement and Communications Manager (PECM) to join the PEC team on the delivery of our ambitious public engagement strategy at the Medical Research Council Centre for Medical Mycology (MRC CMM) at the University of Exeter. This role will be a job share and based in the Geoffrey Pope Building on the Streatham campus with a possibility for hybrid working.

Mycology is an area of urgent medical need, with more than 1.5 million deaths worldwide each year caused by fungal infections. This is an area of infectious disease that has enormous impact on human health globally, but of all microbial pathogens of humans, fungi are the least well studied and understood. The MRC CMM is working to change this by facilitating world-leading multidisciplinary research that will improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of fungal diseases in the future.

Public Engagement and Communications (PEC) are a key part of the Centre’s strategy over the next five years with funding secured to achieve the following objectives: (i) Change public perceptions; (ii) Inspire and galvanise young audiences; (iii) Build a two-way dialogue with relevant communities; and (iv) Strengthen a culture where researchers value PEC and are skilled to deliver it.

Mechanisms the CMM will use to achieve these objectives include the development and implementation of touring interactive exhibitions, Citizen Science projects, Patient and Public Involvement projects, and digital outreach (including web content), workshops and events, which the PECM will lead on designing and delivering, in collaboration with research colleagues. In addition to having responsibility for the delivery of the PEC strategy through development of activities and projects, the PECM will act as a champion and initial point of contact for engagement internally and externally, developing and strengthening links with Centre researchers,  external individuals, communities and groups. They will also support international units with their outreach planning.

Suitable applicants will have a demonstrated track record of excellence in design, developing and implementation of public engagement activities that underpin dynamic and fast-moving workforces. Innovative, creative and visionary approaches to delivering this vision, within a collaborative, interdisciplinary working environment will be explored at interview.

The postholder will also lead on the reporting of activity and impact to the Medical Research Council. The PECM will be a member of the University's Public Engagement Group and work closely with colleagues across the University to develop an institution-wide focus on embedding engagement within the full research cycle. At times, the role will also be required to work closely with colleagues from the Communication and Marketing Service, and the Events Team.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

Further information

Alberto Muñoz, A.Munoz-Rodriguez@exeter.ac.uk

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