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These are job opportunities which have been posted in the last 7 days.

Current Vacancies (External)

ACADEMIC 

Lecturer in Psychology (Applied Cognitive Psychology)

Faculty of Social Sciences - Psychology Department (based in Milton Keynes)

31,342 - 45,954

circulation date : 20/11/2014

closing date : 18/12/2014

The Psychology Department at the Open University is a vibrant community of psychologists researching and teaching in a range of areas, including social psychology, counselling psychology, forensic cognition and applied psychology. The department is looking to appoint one full-time lectureship in applied cognitive psychology.

You will be a psychologist with excellent teaching skills and experience, and a developing research record in an area that complements ongoing research and scholarship in the department and Faculty. You will have particular expertise in the areas of cognitive and/or forensic psychology. You should have a PhD, or equivalent, in psychology or a cognate discipline, recent relevant teaching experience, and the ability to produce text and online distance teaching materials. Experience of distance-learning teaching and modular production would be advantageous though not essential.

If you would like to discuss the post, then please contact Professor John Dixon, Head of Department at: john.dixon@open.ac.uk

Closing date: Noon Thursday 18 December 2014.
Interview date: Interviews will take place late January / early February 2015.


email: SocSci-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (link above).

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community



Please quote reference 10744



ACADEMIC RELATED 

Communications Officer, Ambassador Social Media

Communications Unit

31,342 - 37,394; Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 25/11/2014

closing date : 16/12/2014

The Open University's Communications Unit is seeking to recruit an accomplished and organised communications officer, with experience of developing engaged communities within social media.

Communications unit works to promote the teaching and research provisions of the University and as a result has a vast array of stories, projects and individuals it seeks to profile in its communications. Through this content the Unit seeks to inspire, enthuse and motivate current students and alumni to act as ambassadors for the OU and encourage potential students to study.

You will be required to write, develop, promote, publish and manage content for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, our own websites and our regular e-newsletter to over 500,000 students and alumni.

You will also have a nose for a good story, excellent copywriting skills and sound editorial judgement; alongside demonstrable project management skills are essential for this role. You will be able to plan and deliver multiple projects simultaneously, be familiar with social media environments and be conscious of the value such engagement offers.

Closing date: 16 December 2014

email: comms-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10825



Project Manager - National Network for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO)

Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP)

31,342 - 37,394

circulation date : 24/11/2014

closing date : 08/12/2014

Temporary Contract until July 2016
Based in Milton Keynes



We have an exciting opportunity for a Project Manager with an interest in widening participation and working in partnership.

The main purpose of the role is to manage the delivery of the University's plans to support National Networks for Collaborative Outreach (NNCO). The OU NNCO will enhance current activity in three strands of activity - management of the development of an online portal, management of the development of tailored learning guides and evaluation and tracking. You will take the lead on the first two strands and work closely with the new Evaluation Officer (NNCO) on the third strand.

CICP manage a number of relationships with national organisations who share the University's commitment to widening access and social inclusion through the development of the Social Partnerships Network (SPN). SPN have developed a vision and an action plan. The funding from HEFCE to support National Networks for Collaborative Outreach is to enhance further the work of SPN.

In addition to possessing a first degree or having equivalent experience, you will need project management experience; you will need to be flexible and adaptable with the ability to work independently and as part of a team. You will need excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills and confidence in dealing with a range of internal and external contacts.

If you would like to discuss the position please contact Julie Gowen, (Head of External Development), CICP (julie.gowen@open.ac.uk)

Closing date: Midday 8th December 2014

email: CICP-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email: CICP-Recruitment@open.ac.uk

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10857



Senior Producer Accreditation and Assessment

Open Media Unit, Based in Milton Keynes

38,511 to 45,954, Temporary Contract until September 2017

circulation date : 24/11/2014

closing date : 16/12/2014

The OpenLearn website is the home of free learning from The Open University. Annually, almost 5 million people visit it to learn more about an OU/BBC broadcast, understand a subject in the news, or to try one of hundreds of free online courses. We know that their visits are inspiring, enlightening and sometimes life-changing.

We are looking for a Senior Producer (Accreditation and Assessment) with knowledge of online learning and proven experience in inspiring and motivating new learners to drive a programme of assessment and recognition for informal learners on the OpenLearn website. You will need to demonstrate a passion for creating and curating learning experiences for a range of audiences.

You will be working in a team with three other Senior Producers in the Open Media Unit, with course teams, IT developers, our learning and teaching production unit and educational technologists.

You will have knowledge of managing web-based projects in an educational setting; knowledge of assessment and new developments in digital badging; and developing learning materials to inspire new learners.

Closing date: Noon 16 December 2014.

Interview date:30 January 2015.

email: chris.ryan@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10880



Enterprise and Innovation Officer

Research, Scholarship and Quality, Based in Milton Keynes

31,342 - 37,394; Temporary contract for maternity leave for 12 months

circulation date : 20/11/2014

closing date : 11/12/2014

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced, professional, highly motivated individual to join The Open University in the Research and Enterprise Office. You will be responsible for providing research and enterprise related information and for the management and coordination of data and records underpinning this. There will be a particular emphasis on data preparation for the OU's research and enterprise-related statutory returns (e.g. HE-BCI survey), provision of management information and internal reporting. You will also provide support to the Enterprise and Knowledge Manager for a variety of knowledge exchange and enterprise activities.

You will have relevant experience in information management including the collection, manipulation, analysis and presentation of data and the use and maintenance of database systems to provide management information. A personal commitment to the delivery of work to the highest possible standards, excellent attention to detail and the ability to work with minimum supervision to tight deadlines is essential. We are looking for a confident communicator who can engage with a number of different groups across the university.

Closing date: noon 11 December 2014.

Interview date: w/c: 12 January 2015.

email: Univ-Sec-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10861



Metadata Officer

Library Services, Based in Milton Keynes

31,342 - 37,394, Temporary contract until 31 July 2015

circulation date : 20/11/2014

closing date : 11/12/2014

We are seeking an information specialist with excellent communication skills to support exciting new initiatives in metadata development across The Open University.

You will contribute to strategic objectives to improve discoverability and business efficiency through the roll-out of university wide metadata web standards. This will involve delivering training/awareness-raising and writing online guidance material. In addition you will support the development of metadata policies, taxonomies, semantic technologies and information retrieval.

You will need to have an understanding of taxonomy management or subject indexing and an appreciation of the principles of applying metadata.

You will have excellent interpersonal skills and be experienced in getting your message across to a diverse audience.

Applications for part-time working will also be considered.

Closing date: 12:00pm (noon), 11 December 2014.

Interviews will take place on 19 December 2014.

email: library-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10846



Enterprise Development Officer

Research, Scholarship & Quality, Based in Milton Keynes

31,342 - 37,394; Temporary contract for 24 months

circulation date : 20/11/2014

closing date : 11/12/2014

We are looking for a motivated individual to take a lead in a broad range of enterprise activities. This will include the development of strategic partnerships with industry, charities and public bodies, supporting our outreach and public engagement programme and managing our portfolio of student engagement activities including internship programmes, enterprise competitions and outreach activities in schools. This is a diverse and challenging role with the potential for development for the right candidate. Focused on partnership development, this role offers the opportunity to work closely with external organisations and internal faculty enterprise leads to develop and support new and exciting engagement opportunities.

This unique opportunity will enable you to apply your interpersonal, organisational and problem-solving skills in a business context. You will identify and evaluate the needs of prospective commercial and non-commercial partners and adapt our approach accordingly to ensure the provision of a quality knowledge and technology transfer offering or student engagement programme.

You will need to demonstrate initiative and the capability to work independently, but as part of a team, to identify and evaluate opportunities. We are looking for a good communicator, who is confident in presenting to both students and senior management in one-to-one and larger groups scenarios encouraging them to participate in our enterprise programmes. You will need good organisational and interpersonal skills, an interest in working collaboratively with others and a capability to drive programmes forward to completion.

Closing date: noon 11 December 2014.

Interview date: w/c 12 January 2015

email: Univ-Sec-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10865



Data Analyst

Office of PVC Academic, Based in Milton Keynes

31,342 - 37,394; Temporary contract until 31 July 2016

circulation date : 20/11/2014

closing date : 11/12/2014

Do you have a background in data analysis and a flair for creating visualisations that present complex data in a meaningful way to business users? If so, this role within one of the university's key strategic change programmes may be for you.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and organised data analyst to join the Analytics Project team within our Study Experience strategic change programme. You will be responsible for undertaking new analyses of student performance, activity and feedback data and to create the insight our faculty and student support staff require to support our students achieve their study goals.

You will have experience of manipulating and analysing both qualitative and quantitative data to drive quality improvements, and of creating and maintaining appropriate data visualisations. A team player, you will have the ability to work with a range of stakeholders with differing needs to translate complex data specifications into organisation specific requirements.

This is an exciting time to join the university as it invests in enhancing its analytics capability in order to enable our students to maximise their success.

Closing date: noon 11 December 2014.

Interview date: 6 January 2015.

email: Univ-Sec-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10856



IT Programme Manager

Information Technology

Up to 54,841, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 20/11/2014

closing date : 11/12/2014

This role is part of the Programmes function within IT and is responsible for delivering a significant portfolio of change to support transformation within the University. We need a talented and experienced IT Programme Manager to direct a team of IT Project Managers to deliver multiple concurrent interconnected projects, which comprise our programme of IT-related change projects.

You will require a high degree of leadership, programme and project management knowledge, and the managerial capability to work effectively across the University, delivering the organization's key IT projects.

With a large percentage of application software written, delivered and supported in-house, the delivery areas of IT are moving more and more towards Agile delivery, and therefore experience in this methodology would be advantageous.

This is a complex and busy business and IT environment and consequently this role will attract someone, who is excited by challenge and wants to make a positive impact to delivering business results in parallel with improving and streamlining ways of working.

Closing date: Midday 11 December 2014.

Interview date: tba.

email: IT-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10563



SUPPORT STAFF 

Associate Lecturer Services Assistant

The Open University in London, Based in Camden Town, London

18,549-20,781, plus London Weighting Allowance 3,803

circulation date : 20/11/2014

closing date : 04/12/2014

Are you a well organised excellent communicator? Do you enjoy being part of a busy team?

We require an adaptable team member to provide administrative support to our community of Associate Lecturers and Academic Staff.

Your duties will include: responding quickly and effectively to queries from enquirers; providing administrative support for faculty staff, assisting with the production of timetables; assisting in a range of activities relating to the employment and support of Open University tutors.

You will be an all-round, flexible administrator with experience of complex regulations and procedures. You will have an attention to detail, excellent IT and numeracy skills, the ability to work to deadlines and prioritise tasks.

Closing date: 4 December 2014

Interview date: 16 December 2014

email: r01-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator Alex Bower on 020 7485 6597 or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10764



Laboratory Cleaner - Faculty of Science (Biomedical Research Network)

Based in Milton Keynes

15,765 - 18,031 p.a. pro rata

circulation date : 20/11/2014

closing date : 04/12/2014

25 hours per week worked Monday to Friday from 7 am - 12.30 pm with a 30 minute unpaid break each day

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated cleaner to work in our Biomedical Research Network laboratories. You will have an understanding of, and ability to work within the requirements of relevant Health and Safety legislation, together with the ability to work with extreme care when cleaning laboratory equipment, and to read and interpret instructions supplied with cleaning products and equipment. You will be required to work with minimum supervision and manage your own time effectively to meet the needs of the areas to which you are assigned. Previous experience of cleaning in a scientific environment is desirable.

Closing date: 4 December 2014
Interview date: week commencing 8 December 2014


email: science-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01908 858110 or by email (link above).

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.



Please quote reference 10851



Mechanical & Electrical Assistant

Estates

18,549 - 20,781, Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 20/11/2014

closing date : 04/12/2014

Estates is responsible for the management and development of the University's Milton Keynes premises and its regional centres around the country. Walton Hall currently has 60 buildings ranging from office accommodation to high specification scientific laboratories.

You will have the ability to operate effectively as part of a multi-disciplined team assisting maintenance electricians and fitters with their work. Responsible for carrying out semi-skilled, planned and reactive work orders on a range of mechanical and electrical engineering plant and equipment, cleaning plant rooms and maintenance workshops, provide general labouring and unskilled aspects of maintenance work.

You will be educated to GCSE level C (or equivalent) an accreditation with City & Guilds, BTEC Diploma or NVQ at level 1 in building services, or plumbing, heating and ventilating, or electrical engineering. Trained in manual handling techniques, working at heights and in confined spaces would be desirable.

The nature of role is varied and highly demanding, coping with a constant pace of work. You must have a positive approach to customer care, the ability to communicate effectively and be able to work flexibly and adapt to changes in priorities.

Closing date: 4 December 2014

Interview date: 12 December 2014.

email: Estates-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator on 01908 655511 (24 hour answering service) or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10566



Copy Editor

Learning and Teaching Solutions (LTS), Based in Milton Keynes

25,513 - 30,434, Temporary contract until 31 July 2016

circulation date : 20/11/2014

closing date : 04/12/2014

We are looking for experienced copy editors from online or print publishing to contribute to the production and delivery of distance learning materials at the Open University.

Our team makes a critical contribution to the quality of our modules, collaborating closely with other media specialists to deliver world-class learning materials across a wide range of media and disciplines.

Learning and Teaching Solutions (LTS) is the department of The Open University which creates the University's award-winning learning and teaching materials - our OU Anywhere app took two prizes in the Guardian University Awards 2014.

You will have hands-on copy editing experience in online and/or print publishing, and be familiar with media production processes. You will also be skilled in working as part of a team. Good organisational and time-management skills are essential. Knowledge of creating and editing interactive multimedia learning materials would be an advantage, as would experience of open and distance learning.

Closing date: 12 noon 4 December 2014

Interview date: 15 December 2014

email: LTS-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10769



Research Technician

Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, Based in Milton Keynes

25,513 - 30,434 Two Year Fixed Term Contract

circulation date : 17/11/2014

closing date : 04/12/2014

We are seeking to appoint a full time Research Technician as soon as possible.
The post holder will undertake biodegradability, ecotoxicological and microbial ecology experiments/measurements to investigate the implications of a new type of biodegradable plastic carrier bag entering the natural environment and organic waste treatment processes.
This role is funded by a Small Business Research Initiative (Technology Strategy Board) grant in partnership with the DEFRA and a UK polymer company. The appointed Research Officer will work closely with the lead academic and other support staff to deliver the laboratory related activities associated with this grant.
You will have a degree in a relevant scientific subject (e.g. Environmental Sciences, Chemistry or applied Waste Management). You will have received professional training in laboratory procedures, e.g. project/laboratory risk assessment, health and safety, and COSHH.

Closing date: noon on Thursday 4 December 2014

If you are interested in finding out more about the role please contact Carl Boardman by email carl.boardman@open.ac.uk.

email: MCT-Staffing@open.ac.uk 
email: carl.boardman@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email MCT-Staffing@open.ac.uk


We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 10749



Communications Intern

Open University Students Association, Based on the OU Campus in Milton Keynes

15,765 pa, pro rata (in excess of National Living Wage), Temporary contract until September 2015

circulation date : 20/11/2014

closing date : 05/12/2014

The Organisation
The Open University Students Association is the largest Students Association in the UK serving the interests of over 200,000 part-time students spread across the UK, Europe and beyond. Our job is to represent the interests of this large and extremely diverse body of students. Whilst we operate within a world-class University, we are not run by the OU. OUSA is a separate organisation, a registered charity in its own right, run by its elected student leaders. Our small team of dedicated, professional staff provide the vital support needed to deliver excellent services for our students.

The Job
The position is intended to help bridge the gap between learning and employment; providing an opportunity to gain professional experience in the workplace. You will be given the opportunity to work on key projects including: exploring online events; developing podcasts; and enhancing our social media communities. Working within the Communications and Technology Team you will develop your technical skillset and gain experience in key employability skills.

The Person
You will be a recent graduate who wants to kick start your career in Communications, Technology or similar industry. To get on our shortlist, you will have to show your passion for one of these areas, either through your volunteering work or experience of publishing material to the web: on a blog, podcast or social media channel.

How to apply
An OUSA application form and further particulars with more information on the role, our organisation and how to apply can be downloaded from The Open University website www3.open.ac.uk/jobs. Applicants should note that CVs will not be accepted.

Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 5 December 2014.

THIS POSITION IS WITH THE OPEN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ASSOCIATION AND NOT WITH THE OPEN UNIVERSITY.

The Open University Students Association is committed to Equal Opportunities in education and employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

email: OUSA-Jobs@open.ac.uk 

Please quote reference 8357



OTHER 

Full-time PhD Studentship in "Plant-community assembly on a soil with fluctuating hydrology"

Department of Environment, Earth & Ecosystems - Faculty of Science

circulation date : 25/11/2014

closing date : 19/12/2014

Based in Milton Keynes (The Open University)
Three years six months from Spring 2015


Funding information:
This project is funded by the Eranda Foundation and the Floodplain Meadow Partnership and supervised by Professor David Gowing.
The studentship is fully funded for 3.5 years, covering tuition fees (at UK/EU level) and provides a stipend of £13,863 per year.


This project aims to understand how plant communities come together around seasonal pools, where the soil varies between being very wet and very dry within the same year. The communities growing here are often of great conservation importance in their own right (e.g. the turloughs of Ireland), but they also offer an opportunity to investigate the fundamental processes of how plants compete with one another for resources in a constantly changing environment.

Grassland ecologists at the Open University have been studying plant competition for over twenty years. A particular specialism has been describing the way plant species are favoured or excluded by the water regime of the soil. A number of high impact papers have been produced on the topic (e.g. Silvertown et al. 1999; Araya et al. 2011) and a particular focus has developed on the ecology of floodplain meadows (Gowing et al. 2002, 2005.) This project hopes to build on our knowledge of how plant communities behave in floodplains with the goal of comparing the behaviour of species experiencing water levels that fluctuate widely every year to those on soils with a relatively stable regime.

You should have the following qualifications: A first degree in an ecological or environmental subject with evidence of good numeracy skills.

Informal enquiries relating to the project or candidate suitability should be directed to d.j.gowing@open.ac.uk.

To apply, please send an email/letter together with your CV, a completed application form (attached) and a personal statement (outlining your suitability for the studentship, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date), to the following mailbox: science-research-degrees@open.ac.uk or by post to the Research Co-ordinator, Science Deanery, K Block, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA.

Closing Date: 3pm Friday 19 December 2014

Shortlisting will take place during the week of January 5th with the interviews following during the week of January 20th.

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.

email: science-research-degrees@open.ac.uk 

Please quote reference Studentship 8386



PhD studentship - Investigation of extra-terrestrial construction processes using Additive Manufacturing techniques

Full time - 3 years from 1 April 2015

Approximate stipend of 13,863

circulation date : 17/11/2014

closing date : 09/01/2015

Department of Engineering and Innovation (Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology) and Department of Physical Sciences (Faculty of Science)

This cross-disciplinary research project will focus on investigating and developing innovative methods for extra-terrestrial construction processes using Additive Manufacturing (AM) techniques. You will be registered for a full-time PhD degree at the Open University in Milton Keynes (UK). This work will involve visits to NASA AMES Research Centre (CA, USA) for collaborative work with NASA colleagues. You will be supervised by Dr Sungwoo Lim (E&I, OU) and Dr Mahesh Anand (DPS, OU).

You will have a first class or upper second-class MSc degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, which may include Engineering, Construction or Planetary Science. Any previous experience in using 3D Printing, CNC/robotic programming or lunar simulant would be an advantage.

General information about studying for a research degree with the Open University and how to apply is available from the Research Degrees Prospectus see link below

More information about the project can be found in the web link below under Project Information.

Deadline for applications is 9 January 2015

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.

email: sungwoo.lim@open.ac.uk Dr Sungwoo Lim
email: mahesh.anand@open.ac.uk Dr Mahesh Anand

Please quote reference 8355



Lead Practitioners x 2

Mulberry Bear Nursery

16,702 - 18,981

circulation date : 21/11/2014

closing date : 28/11/2014

We are looking to recruit 2 motivated, positive and confident individuals to our senior team who will help in shaping and assisting development in our nursery.
Preferred Level 4 qualification or above; experience of leading a team of staff; sound understanding of child development and relevant knowhow of implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Successful candidates can expect a competitive salary, support in further training along with a vibrant, friendly work place.

Closing date for applications is 28th November 2014.

Interviews will follow soon after closing date.

email: mulberrybear-enquiries@open.ac.uk 

For further details or to apply please contact: by email (on the link above), or telephone 01908 653867


Please quote reference Mulbery Bear



Disability Support Co-ordinators Ref: 8375 and Disability Support Assistants (School) Ref: 8374

Disability Resources Team, Access, Careers and Teaching Support, Student Services

circulation date : 20/11/2014

closing date : 11/12/2014

We are currently recruiting a team of Disability Support Co-ordinators and Disability Support Assistants (School) to provide support to students with disabilities or additional requirements at residential schools throughout the UK and Europe, between February and August 2015.The schools run for up to 7 days and the post-holders are required to reside on site for the duration of each school.

Together the two roles build on the work of the Disability Resources Team by co-ordinating the provision of equipment, assistance and other facilities on-site to enable each DAR student to take part in the residential school module to the best of their ability.

The Disability Support Co-ordinators manage a small number of Disability Support Assistants (School) and must have the ability to direct and motivate a team. The ability to plan and co-ordinate a range of operations is essential and prior experience of staff management would be an advantage.

The Disability Support Assistants (School) provide general and temporary one-to-one support, primarily to those students without designated one-to-one support. The role incorporates a wide range of activities including administrative duties, the distribution and operation of specialist disability support equipment and ensuring that incoming staff and personal assistants are briefed and provided with guidance and information.

In both roles the post-holders must have the ability to maintain effective relationships, support networks and communications and to act as points of contact for designated groups of students, assistants and specialist staff, according to their role.

Previous experience of working with, or providing services for, people with disabilities is essential as is experience of working in a service delivery or client focussed environment.

Please note that these roles are active and the post-holders may be asked to undertake manual handling duties.

We promote diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community. however we are only able to accept applications from candidates who currently are eligible to work in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 11 December 2014 and late applications will not be accepted.

Please quote 8374 or 8375 depending on the role you are applying for.

email: Karen.Hazel@open.ac.uk Email address for applications
email: disabled-student-resources@open.ac.uk Email address for information on the roles

For more information on the roles, contact the Disability Resources Team by emailing on the link above or calling +44 (0)1908 653745.

To apply, please complete and submit the application form available with this advertisement and return to Karen Hazel by email on the link above.

Equal Opportunity is University Policy


Please quote reference 8374 or 8375



Register of Disability Support Assistants

Disability Resources Team, Access, Careers and Teaching Support, Student Services

circulation date : 20/11/2014

closing date : 11/12/2014

We are currently developing a register of Disability Support Assistants (Register) who may be appointed to provide specified, one-to-one support to a student with disabilities or additional requirements at residential schools throughout the UK and Europe, between February and August 2015.The schools run for up to 7 days and candidates with appointments are required to reside on site for the duration of each school.
The support is arranged on a week-by-week basis as part of the advance arrangements made by the Disability Resources Team, faculties and regions to provide a comprehensive package of equipment, assistance and other facilities on-site to enable DAR students to take part in their residential school module to the best of their ability.

The type of support required will be dependent on the students' requirements; this could include assistance with luggage, guidance around the site and on field trips, note-taking, assistance at mealtimes and the provision of support and encouragement through attendance at the student's sessions.

Please note that these appointments are active and Assistants appointed from the register may be asked to undertake manual handling duties as part of the role.

Applicants to join the Register must have previous experience of working with, or providing services to, people with disabilities, and have worked in a customer-focussed/service delivery environment.

We promote diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community however we are only able to accept applications from candidates who currently are eligible to work in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 11 December 2014 and late applications will not be accepted.

email: Karen.Hazel@open.ac.uk Email address for applications
email: disabled-student-resources@open.ac.uk Email address for information on the roles

For more information on the roles, contact the Disability Resources Team by emailing on the link above or calling +44 (0)1908 653745.

To apply, please complete and submit the application form available with this advertisement and return to Karen Hazel by email on the link above.

Equal Opportunity is University Policy


Please quote reference 8373