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Specialist Practitioner (Disability)

Enabling Services

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £38,587 - pro rata, per annum
Part Time, Fixed Term - 0.6FTE for 10 Months (Maternity Cover)
Closing Date:  Friday 08 July 2022
Reference:  1855722EW

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Student and Education Services to support students in our Student Disability and Inclusion service.  This is a 0.6 fixed-term maternity cover post. 

As a Specialist Practitioner you will provide support for disabled students.  This includes, but is not limited to, physical disabilities, mental health and wellbeing conditions such as depression or anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, hearing impairment, visual impairment and long term health conditions, such as chronic fatigue, or epilepsy.  The role will combine student-facing work with project work to develop the support provided to students in innovative ways which meet student need.  You will also contribute to work to support staff across the University to deliver their programmes of study using accessible and inclusive approaches.   Importantly you will be a first-rate team player, working collaboratively with our team of Specialist Practitioners in a supportive environment to deliver excellence to our students.  

Your main areas of work will include: 

    Meeting with a high volume of students to review and discuss individual reasonable adjustments (such as additional exam arrangements) and following pre-determined processes to administer follow-up and communication with relevant staff so that students have their support in place when they need it 

    Assessing students’ additional needs to enable appropriate referral, make recommendations and liaise with relevant internal and external bodies.  

    Working as part of a team to identify, develop and promote new initiatives to support students.  This may include developing a specialist area 

    Contributing to the implementation of a Student Disability and Inclusion strategic plan to ensure an outstanding student experience for all 

Successful candidates will be qualified to at least degree level or equivalent with proven experience in supporting students in practical ways.  Applications are welcomed from, for example, disability advisors, healthcare specialists, specialist teachers/lecturers, counsellors, social workers, mental health advisors, community workers, etc.  Although a background in Higher Education is not essential, the ability to transfer and adapt your skills to a new environment is key.  

The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate: 

    Excellent communication skills 

    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 

    Ability to adapt to new ways of working, including the use of bespoke IT systems which improve day to day student access and Communication 

Please note, being able to work flexibly is a requirement of this role. You will work virtually, meet students in person and will carry out some of your role in a large open plan office. Occasional weekend and evening work is required for Open Days and Transition events for new students. 

The main location of this role is Highfield Campus, but there is the possibility of some work at other University campus sites (e.g. Winchester School of Art) and working from home remotely if required. 

We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect, and equality of opportunity. We select candidates based on merit and ability and aspire to thrive in the diversity of our workforce. We welcome applications from all candidates with an interest in the role and those who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment. We encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities. 

The salary for this post starts from £31,406 (FTE). Further benefits include the opportunity to join the University’s pension scheme, 30 days annual leave, subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts.  

A Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check is required for this role.

For further questions or to arrange an informal discussion about the role please email Student Disability Team Leader: Andy.Wall@soton.ac.uk.  

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please contact Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email recruitment@soton.ac.uk. Please quote reference 1855722EW 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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