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Learning Support Assistant (Science) (2140-24)

Student Disability and Inclusion

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £13.71 per hour
Closing Date:  Friday 02 August 2024
Interview Date:   Monday 12 August 2024
Reference:  U2780024NY

Start Date: 2nd September 2024

End Date: 31st July 2025 (Subject to renewal)

Location: Highfield Campus (Occasional field trips if required)

Interview dates: Week of the 12th August 2024 (In-person interviews)

Working Hours: Ad-hoc dependent on student needs.

Job Purpose:

If you are passionate about making a difference through supporting disabled students, an exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Student Disability and Inclusion team at the University of Southampton. As a Learning Support Assistant, you will provide support for disabled students including those with physical disabilities, mental health and wellbeing conditions, long-term health conditions, and neurodiverse students.

The Role:

We are seeking to recruit Learning Support Assistants for all STEM subjects, notably biology, chemistry, physics, maths, engineering, medicine and computer science. The duties are set out in the Job Description below and will include notetaking, study assistance, lab/workshop/skills support and practical assistance in academic settings around the campus(es). Some work will also be provided through online teaching and learning facilities. The ability to take notes directly on a laptop would be an advantage.

About you:

You should have a good understanding and interest in the academic activities required of students in Higher Education and a degree or equivalent as desirable.

You will need to be available to provide in-person support for at least 10 hours across a standard week or at least one full day per week during term time.

An excellent understanding of confidentiality, data protection and professional boundaries is also required. In addition, you will need good concise communication skills, plus time management and personal organisation skills.

You will demonstrate appropriate sensitivity to the needs of disabled students in a positive, enabling, and non-judgemental manner and work to facilitate access within the remit of the role.

What we can offer you:

Training in Notetaking Skills, Disability awareness and administrative tasks associated with the role will be provided.  Further opportunities for continuing professional development and networking will be available throughout the year.

The hours of work can be flexible, depending on the students’ timetables, but will usually follow a weekly pattern across each semester.

Training and initial work will be from 16th September 2024.  Reappointment in the 2025-26 academic year can be discussed. Appointment is subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Please include a statement in the “Additional Information” section (up to 500 words) demonstrating how you meet the requirements of the Person Specification, particularly highlighting any experience with people with additional needs, and scientific experience if applicable.

Please note that unfortunately we can not accept Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) for Casual Work at the University of Southampton.

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Further details:

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 backgrounds, 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 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 on the job. 

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