University of Exeter

Study Communications Officer

University of Exeter

Exeter, United Kingdom

PROTECT Study Communications Officer

Job reference – P72121

Application closing date – 09 March 2020

Location – Exeter

The starting salary will be from £21,236 up to £26,715 on Grade (D), depending on qualifications and experience.

The above role is available from March 2020 on a fixed term and full time basis until the 9th of March 2021

The post

The College wishes to recruit a Communications Officer to support the work of the PROTECT Research Study led by Dr Anne Corbett. This post is available immediately. The successful applicant will support the flagship PROTECT study ( by delivering a communications strategy to maximise recruitment and engagement of participants in the study. You will bring a communications skillset and perspective to the team, ensuring that all written, digital and collaborative communications channels are planned and delivered for their target audience. The post will be based within the PROTECT study research team but will have line management in the Communications and Marketing Team at the University of Exeter.

The post will be an integral member of the dynamic PROTECT Research Team. The role will include working with all team members to plan communications channels based on the study activities. This will include co-writing newsletters, supporting social media campaigns, reviewing web content, contributing to media work and publicity, creating new materials for recruitment and engagement and liaising with communications collaborators. This will also involve working with both internal and external teams and organisations to promote the PROTECT study and maximise its success.

About you

The successful applicant will be a strong communicator with proven skills in this area, including excellent writing skills, the ability to adjust writing styles for different audiences, experience in social media and publicity and the ability to think strategically about wide communications opportunities. Ideally you would also have a background in a scientific or research area.

Applicants will be educated to A-level standard or possess equivalent qualification/experience. A degree level or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study or equivalent experience in communications, ideally in a research or science-based setting is desirable but not essential to the post.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re fastest growing UK Research University and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and we encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City. 

With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 39 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

For further information please contact Ellie Pickering, e-mail or telephone (01392) 726046.

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