£18,265 - £20,311 p.a.

Information for Candidates


Based in Research and Innovation Services, you must be a graduate or equivalent with excellent written skills and experience in web design. The ability to scan complex documents and précis in a style appropriate for a dynamic website is essential. You must have excellent organisational skills and be able to manage conflicting priorities. Post available from 1st May and tenable for 18 months in the first instance.

For further information contact Mrs Sam King, Research Information Manager on: (0191) 222 3461

Job Reference: C376A Telephone No: 0191 222 8718

Closing date for applicants: 31 March 2003


Following the appointment of a new Business Development Manager at Newcastle there has been a new grouping of staff, bringing together Research and Innovation Services, Regional Development, Technology Transfer and the Business Development Teams.

There is a need to develop a website that will underpin Business Development activities to meet the emerging needs of different client groups. The site needs to be more joined up and accessible from numerous entry points and by a range of users.

The Business Development website needs to be easily maintained, as well as providing a repository for important information. The website needs to project a more dynamic image with regular news updates from RIS/RDO/TTO/DBT staff and from the wider University horizon.

The postholder will:

· be responsible for the redesign of the existing RIS website to reflect the new groupings of the Business Development team in liaison with other colleagues responsible for the content of other areas of the website

· develop a project plan with short-term and long-term milestones and deliverables, and estimated time scales

· will be able to deliver small work packages while remaining focused on the 'bigger picture'

· develop and maintain a news driven information service as an integral part of the website

· write and edit web content

· consult with both contributors and end users of the website to understand their current and future needs

· liaise with the central webteam on central University web development and best practice issues

· provide regular updates to project sponsors and project manager

· report progress of the re-design project on a regular basis to the Research Information Manager

· provide other support for Research Information Manager as required



· High grade English language skills, preferably A-level or above. It is anticipated that the postholder will hold a graduate level, or equivalent, qualification.

· Experience in web design either in a paid or unpaid capacity

· Rapid reading and comprehension of complex documents, including scientific ones.

· Rapid precis writing techniques in a 'punchy' style suitable for the web.

· Excellent information technology skills.

· Ability to work quickly and accurately to deadlines.

· Excellent organisational skills.

· Ability to use own initiative.

· Ability to prioritise own workload.

· Customer focused approach.

· Attention to detail.

· Ability to use tact and discretion.

· Ability to manage conflicting priorities.

· Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others.

· Excellent interpersonal skills.


· Familiarity with web authoring tools and web design issues.

· An understanding of databases.


To apply for this position, you should submit your written application, giving full details of your qualifications and experience to Human Resources Section - Team C, University of Newcastle, 1 Park Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, to arrive no later than 31 March 2003. It would be very helpful if you could submit your application on single sided, loose leaf A4 paper, together with a completed Employment Record Form. This may be downloaded from the University web page:

Candidates are asked to note that it is the University’s normal procedure to approach referees for their confidential comments on candidates prior to interviews being held. This can mean that referees will be contacted either at the time a short-list is drawn up or, in some instances, referees comments will be sought in advance to enable a short list to be finalised.

Candidates who do not wish any of their referees to be approached before receiving an invitation for interview, must inform the University at the time of submitting their applications.

All applications will be considered for shortlisting. Following the interviews, the successful candidate will receive a formal written offer of employment from one of the following: Registrar, Deputy Registrar or the Human Resources Section. Please note that no other person has the authority to offer employment for this post, either orally or in writing.

When the successful candidate has accepted the post, all other candidates will receive notification of the outcome of their applications.

The appointment will be subject to the standard conditions of service, and membership of the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme will be available. Further information on these topics will be issued with any invitation to interview and may also be obtained on request from the Human Resources Section.

Salary will be at an appropriate point, according to qualifications and experience, on the following salary scale:

ALC 1 £18,265, £19,270, £20,311 per annum.

Equal Opportunities Policy Statement

The University welcomes applications from all sections of the community including candidates with a disability.

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 defines disability as:

‘A physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse affect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities.’

You no longer have to be registered disabled. You may obtain further information from Disability on the Agenda, telephone 0345 622633.


The Employment Record Form and job details are available on tape or in large print. To request a copy please contact the Human Resources Section.

If you have a disability which prevents you from completing the documentation, please contact the Human Resources Section to discuss other acceptable methods of application.

Arrangements for interview

Please indicate on a separate sheet any special arrangements or adjustments we may need to make to our recruitment procedures to ensure that you are not placed at a disadvantage because of your disability, for example the provision of an accessible interview location, a sign-language interpreter or supportive person, disabled car parking space etc.

Arrangements if appointed

It would also be helpful to us if you are able to indicate what adjustments we may need to consider to enable you to do the job, if you are appointed.


If you would like an informal discussion to consider any adjustments or special arrangements that may need to be made in relation to your application or appointment please do not hesitate to contact the relevant Human Resources Officer via the contact details for this vacancy.

The University of Newcastle upon Tyne is committed to securing equality of opportunity in employment and to the creation of an environment in which individuals are selected, trained, promoted, appraised and otherwise treated on the sole basis of their relevant merits and abilities. The Vice-Chancellor oversees the effective operation of the policy and the responsibility for the implementation and monitoring of it rests with the Director of Human Resources. All new employees are provided with a copy of the Policy on appointment. Further copies may be obtained from the Human Resources Section of the Registrar's Office.

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