Monday, October 31, 2011

Transferable Skills Facilitator at Cambridge University

Cambridge University's Schools of the Physical Sciences and Technology are looking to appoint a Transferable Skills Facilitator, within the University's Graduate Development team. The successful applicant will join a close, committed team to collaborate on the ongoing delivery, evaluation, and enhancement of a central transferable skills training programme for the University's postgraduate research students. This stimulating and varied role involves designing and running workshops and events; facilitating personal development planning; participating in flagship courses such as GRADschool; and taking active responsibility for communications with stakeholders. You will also liaise with academics and senior management to provide advice and consultancy that will help the Schools to ensure that provision meets the specific needs of their researchers, as well as contributing to the University's overall transferable skills strategy.

You will have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a discipline of the Physical Sciences or Technology; a PhD in a related subject would be an advantage. You will have experience of designing and delivering teaching and/or high-quality personal and professional development. It will be an advantage if you have experience of doing so in a higher education environment, and a further advantage if you have experience of designing and facilitating e-learning. An awareness of national and international initiatives relevant to the sector is an asset. This is a varied role in a busy department; essential personal qualities therefore include excellent communication skills (including listening and negotiation skills), self-motivation, good organization (including ability to managing projects and to assist with managing budgets), an ability to switch effectively between tasks and to respond positively to change. Above all, this is an opportunity for an outgoing and committed individual to make a significant contribution to the support and development of postgraduate students at one of the world's leading research universities.

Application is by CV, with a completed CHRIS 6 form (complete sections 1 and 3 only) and cover letter describing how your knowledge, skills and experience relate to the role description and person specification contained in the further particulars. For further particulars and a CHRIS 6 form, please contact To discuss this role informally, please contact Dr Geraint Story ( or Dr Matt Lane (, members of the team of Transferable Skills Facilitators, or Dr Sue Jackson (, Transferable Skills Co-ordinator for the School of Technology. Applications should be sent to Ms Fiona Sutton, GDP Administrator, University of Cambridge, Personal and Professional Development, 25 Trumpington Street, CB2 1QA. Previous applicants should not apply. The closing date for applications is Friday 11 November. Salary: £32,751 - £44,016 pa

Quote Reference: AH09049, Closing Date: 11 November 2011