UKCGE Vacancy: Communications Officer

The UKCGE is seeking to recruit a new team member to help us support the postgraduate sector

About the UKCGE

Established in 1994, the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) is the national representative body for postgraduate education and research. The UKCGE is the third largest representative body of its kind in the world, representing 92% of all postgraduate research provision and 85% of all postgraduate taught provision in the UK.

Working for the Council

You would be joining the Council at an exciting time. Following a strategic review in 2019, the Council has had a renewed focus on providing collective leadership for the postgraduate sector. Our recent activities include:

  • The launch, in May 2021, of the UK Research Supervision Survey (UKRSS). This research, supported by both the Wellcome Trust and UKRI, was the largest national survey of its kind and elicited 3,435 responses from those involved in research supervision up and down the country.
  • The landmark publication of research into Structures and Strategies in Doctoral Education in the UK and Ireland in 2022, which showed, amongst other things, that 78% of responding institutions plan to grow their doctoral populations over the next five years.
  • We are actively championing equity, diversity and inclusion activities in postgraduate education. For example, we are working closely with Research England / Office for Students funded projects aiming to improve participation in doctoral education among racialised groups.
  • Our policy impact is growing — for example, through the work we did in response to a request from the Economic and Social Research Council to recommend ways in which funders can provide greater support to research supervisors.

There are major challenges ahead for the postgraduate sector, including how the crisis in the cost of living is affecting postgraduate students; and ensuring that the Government’s New Deal for Postgraduate Researchers’ delivers its ambition to create a fairer and more supportive environment for postgraduate researchers (PGRs).

Purpose of the role

This part-time (0.6 FTE) role is to develop and enhance the Council’s communications to different types of stakeholders and across multiple platforms. In particular:

  • To develop marketing and communications materials, including newsletters, press releases, blog posts and social media content.
  • To measure and report on the effectiveness of website performance and marketing campaigns.
  • To ensure all communications align with the Council’s standards and values.
  • To develop and maintain the Council’s contact management system.
  • To respond to media and sponsorship enquiries, and to develop the Council’s media presence and commercial attractiveness.

We have embraced hybrid / remote-working, and are willing to receive applications from across the UK.

For a full job description and person specification, please download the application pack below.

How to apply

The Council is an independent charity, hosted by Staffordshire University for HR purposes.

To apply, please submit your covering letter and CV through the Staffordshire University recruitment portal, quoting UKCGE22-01 as your reference:…

The closing date is Friday 6th January 2023.

Interviews are scheduled to take place on Friday 20th January 2023.