Risk and Insurance Officer

University of the West of Scotland – Risk and Resilience Department, University Secretary’s Office

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is looking for a Risk and Insurance Officer to join their Risk and Resilience team. The Risk and Resilience team is a small and friendly team that is responsible for devising, implementing, and maintaining the university’s risk management, insurance, business continuity and incident management activities.

We are looking for someone with experience working in a risk management and insurance role. You will be supporting the Head of Risk and Resilience to promote and deliver risk management objectives to colleagues throughout the university to manage business risks proportionately and appropriately and support the management of the University’s insurance portfolio to ensure fit for purpose cover is in place throughout the organisation.

The role holder will work closely with the Head of Risk and Resilience to provide support, training and guidance to further develop and embed the existing risk culture and work closely with colleagues across the organisation to identify risks which need to be insured against.

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Degree or equivalent level/significant comparable experience and risk management or business continuity qualifications are desirable
  • Relevant experience of risk management, and experience across the BCM Lifecycle and ideally with familiarity with risk registers and other risk management tools
  • Experience of working with a wide range of relevant departments such as Health & Safety, Information Services, Estates, Communications etc.
  • Experience in dealing with highly sensitive and confidential data and information and formulating into reports and presentations
  • Proven ability to deliver a consistently professional, organised and high-quality level of service in a fast-paced pressurised environment


The University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic modern universities. Our reach across the country, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that set them up for global success in world-leading sectors, industries and businesses.

With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to experience the joy of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and apply their knowledge for the benefit of others.

UWS is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 200 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2023 Young University Rankings).

Our professional services teams are the backbone of UWS, providing robust and innovative solutions to support the vast range of work across learning and teaching, and research and innovation. You will join a supportive and dedicated team, playing a key role in a range of work that will help drive forward our ambition to deliver world-leading research, and graduates who will design, shape and build a new future.

We offer our staff a caring and supportive environment, across five campuses, and a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • 24 days of annual leave, plus a further 12 days for public/university holidays
  • An additional days leave on your birthday
  • Defined benefit contribution pension scheme (currently 19.3%), including death in service benefits upon joining the scheme.
  • A flexible approach to working pattern and work-life balance
  • Employee discount scheme across 3,500 retailers
  • Fitness facilities across our campuses
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing resources, including occupational health, physiotherapy and access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Professional, career and research development opportunities.

Closing Date: Friday 12th July 2024

Interview Date: Monday 29th July 2024

The University reserves the right to shorten/extend the closing date of any position where a high/low volume of suitable applications are received. Therefore, if you are interested in this role, an early application would be encouraged.

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.