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Specialist Practitioner (Specific Learning Difficulties)

Enabling Services

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 Pro rata per annum
Part Time (80%) Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 31 August 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1279420EW

Location:  Highfield Campus (possibility of some work at Winchester School of Art); working from home remotely if required

Student Services is a diverse group of services and one of the largest Professional Services departments in the University; at the heart of what we do is a passion for enhancing our students' experiences. If you would like to find out more, please visit our website at www.soton.ac.uk/studentservices. 

Enabling Services provides a wide variety of support for students who have disabilities, long-term health conditions, mental health conditions or specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia). We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive Specialist Practitioner (SpLD) to join our team to support the implementation of our bold and innovative Inclusive Learning Strategy and help us to continuously improve the student experience.  Above all, we are looking for an individual who is enterprising and keen to develop their practice and that of our team in ways that challenge conventional wisdom.

Successful candidates will be qualified to at least degree level or equivalent with proven experience in supporting students with specific learning difficulties in practical ways; applications are welcomed from qualified teachers, SENCOs, mentors etc.. A working knowledge of assistive technology (e.g. mind mapping software) and its application to study is desirable.  Although a background in Higher Education is not essential, the ability to transfer and adapt your skills to a new environment is key. 

Working closely with the Inclusive Learning Manager and our team of Specialist Practitioners, your main areas of work will include:

  • The delivery of high quality study skills tutorials to support students with specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia) in a flexible way

  • Developing and delivering our expanding group study workshops to students with specific learning difficulties

  • Meeting with a high volume of students to review and discuss reasonable adjustments (such as additional exam arrangements) and following pre-determined processes to administer follow-up and communication with relevant staff

  • Establishing and developing support for students in using assistive technology, with the benefit of a recently developed Assistive Technology suite

  • Working as part of a team to identify, develop and promote new initiatives to support students with specific learning difficulties

  • Developing links with the faculties across the University to promote inclusive learning and teaching


The role will combine student-facing work with supporting staff to develop inclusive teaching and learning and project work. You will work closely with our team of Specialist Practitioners and will need to build relationships effectively with a range of internal partners.

The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • excellent communication skills

  • the ability to engage and motivate students

  • problem solving skills to introduce new ways of working

  • experience of managing a fluctuating and often demanding workload

  • skills of persuasion and influence

    Please note, being able to work flexibly is a requirement as you will be part of a rota that operates from 8am–6pm across weekdays and that occasional weekend and evening work is required for Open Days, Welcome weekend and also Enabling Service's Transition events for new students.

The salary for this post starts from £30,942. Please note that we would normally expect to recruit at the bottom of the scale. Further benefits include the opportunity to join the University’s pension scheme, 30 days annual leave and access to a number of University employer discount schemes. 

Please be aware that administrative work for this role takes place in an open plan office, when based on campus.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 1279420EW on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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