Job details


Student Performance and Engagement

Responsible to

Senior Engagement Officer


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


£23,725 to £25,944 per annum pro rata

Closing date

Sunday 23 January 2022

Contract type

Fixed term contract 8 months

Post type




About the role

The Engagement Officer is key in enabling an engaged student body, ensuring all students can thrive and succeed at university. The Engagement Officer role is varied and delivers positive impact on the student experience through a range of engagement activities. Working with the Senior Engagement Officer you will identify, research, propose and deliver engagement activity to enhance the student experience by managing a portfolio of work through all stages from initiation to evaluation and sustainability. This activity will also include enhancement to systems, processes, and policy to enable engagement. 

You will need to be passionate about education and learning, be an innovative problem solver and understand barriers to engagement, including barriers for identified student groups who require additional support to ensure positive holistic engagement with their university experience. All activity is driven by a sound evidence base and focuses on the enhancement of the student experience and embedding transformational practice; often using technology and digital systems to provide creative solutions and high-quality outcomes for our students.

Principal accountabilities

  1. Provide support for and contribute to a portfolio of engagement activity. Working collaboratively with the Senior Engagement Officer to deliver activity which will also include enhancement to systems, processes, and policy to enable engagement. 
  2. Co-creating bespoke and targeted activity for identified student groups who require additional support to ensure positive holistic engagement with their university experience
  3. Working collaboratively across the University, Union of Students and with a wide range of students to develop, deliver and enhance approach and champion student engagement.
  4. Establish and maintain effective communications to ensure the Senior Engagement Officer and wider team are informed of the progress, opportunities and risks of planned activity.
  5. Encourage co-creation and co-production for engagement activities, identifying and sharing best practice across the University and publishing as appropriate.
  6. Contribute to regular internal and external reports and communicate activity in a variety of mediums, including celebrating success.
  7. Maintain and encourage the use of technology to collaborate, engage and deliver engagement activity.
  8. Develop expertise in the student engagement. Identify and raise awareness of best practice and innovation in the sector which is relevant to Derby students and our deliberative structures.
  9. Work in accordance with University policies and procedures (including Equality and Diversity and Data Management), promote social mobility, equality and diversity for students and staff and sustain an inclusive environment.

    This is not a complete list of all duties and responsibilities, the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the level and skills/qualifications of this role.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge & abilities

Business requirements

Desirable Criteria


Skills, knowledge and abilities


As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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How to apply

You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

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Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

Important information

Please note that unfortunately, this role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored Skilled Worker visa under the UK Visas & Immigration points based immigration system; however, applications are welcome from candidates who do not currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a valid visa via another route..

Please consult the Home office website for further information.


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