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Head of Communications

Marketing and Communications

Location:  Stoke campus
Salary:   £51,034 to £59,135 per annum
Tenure:  Full time Full time permanent
Release Date:  Tuesday 23 February 2021
Closing Date:   Sunday 28 February 2021
Interview Date:   Monday 08 March 2021
Reference:  MRC20-09

Please note: this job is only available to current employees of the University

Who is Staffordshire University? 

Staffordshire University is aiming to be the UK’s foremost digital higher education institution. By 2030 we will lead the sector in hyper-personalised learning that will prepare students for the jobs that don’t yet exist.

We believe that an innovative university, taking a business-driven approach to its fundamental contribution to the economy and society, could lead the field in this new world. We aim to be that university.

Our upward trajectory

In 2016 we set out our Connected University Strategy, with a range of success measures including three ambitious KPIs. We committed to ranking in the top 50 percent in the UK league tables; obtaining a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF); and achieving financial sustainability in accordance with our Strategic Financial Plan.

We gave ourselves until 2021 to achieve our goals. We climbed into the top 50 percent of UK league tables in April 2019; we achieved TEF Gold in June 2019; and we are now a financially sustainable university. 

A roadmap for success

Our progress doesn’t stop. In September 2019 we opened the Staffordshire University London Digital Institute, our first campus outside the Midlands. Located in the heart of Europe’s tech capital, this cutting-edge facility is enabling us to lead the world in the teaching of esports, computer games design, cybersecurity and more.

In Stoke-on-Trent, 2021 will see the launch of The Catalyst – our £40 million apprenticeships and digital skills hub, which will support the delivery of 6,500 new apprenticeships by 2026. In addition, we are adding a brand-new Nursery and Forest School for our main campus, and developing a £5.8 million Centre for Healthcare Innovation at our Stafford campus.

Beacon, our AI-powered coach for students, leads the sector in using technology to support studies, encouraging participation in extra-curricular activities and helping people to stay at university throughout life’s ups and downs. 

About the role  

You will be responsible for leading our University’s Communication Strategy to ensure we build a positive reputation ensuring our staff and students are kept updated and informed. This role is accountable for providing direction and thought leadership to the team, creating and implementing a robust plan which delivers positive share of voice and University exposure. The successful applicant will have a proven record of achievement in a PR environment, responding to short deadlines and demands.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

Staffordshire University is committed to promoting and enabling a positive culture where staff, students and visitors are confident to be their authentic selves. We focus on inclusion as a way to ensure equality of opportunity for all our people and to demonstrate our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, regardless of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits a diverse organisation can bring for the University. 

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, who are currently under-represented in the University workforce.

To apply, you will be required to complete an online application form and submit a copy of your CV quoting the relevant reference number for the role you are applying for.

Please note: All correspondence at each stage of the process for employment within Staffordshire University will be sent to you via the email address you applied from, please ensure you check your emails regularly. Please check your junk / spam email folders for any further communication from us.


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