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Communications Officer

Research Performance

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £33,314 to £40,931 Per Annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Wednesday 15 February 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2152923TW

The University of Southampton is a research-intensive University, with annual research income in excess of £120 million. The Research Information and Systems (RIS) team, based in Research and Innovation Services, hosts a small team with a large focus on communicating and promoting the University’s research and enterprise activities via a combination of regular and bespoke media. 

About the role

The postholder will be responsible for co-management of RIS’ communications activities. This will include conducting interviews with subject matter experts, and preparation of copy for our seasonal publication ‘Re:action’. In addition, the postholder will be engaging with various stakeholders to produce content focussed on the University’s Enterprise activities, via thematic, bespoke publications.

The role also includes responsibility for managing social media and internal channels and creating relevant content, e.g. LinkedIn, relevant corporate webpages and internal SharePoint sites.

They will also work collaboratively with colleagues across Faculties and within the University’s central communications and marketing teams on larger-scale communications projects, ensuring best practice and consistency throughout. 

About you

We are looking for a dynamic, graduate qualified (or equivalent) individual with a proven track record in the following:

  • Copy production, editing, proofing.
  • Conducting and recording interviews with subject matter experts.
  • Translation of complex concepts into easy to understand narrative.
  • The development of productive working relationships both within and external to the organisation.

In return, you will benefit from working alongside a friendly and vibrant team, a healthy work/life balance with flexible working arrangements and a generous holiday allowance (30+ days) and pension.

Our vision and mission at the University of Southampton is to have a community where staff and students feel welcome, supported and valued.  The Research & Innovation Services Department is proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, with the belief that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. 

This post is advertised as full-time, permanent. However, part-time arrangements will be considered. For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Dr. Sarah Hartley, Impact Framework Manager, email: .

Application Procedure 

 You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Anjali Mavi (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 2152923TW on all correspondence.


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We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value the diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. 

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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