Communications and Outreach Manager

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £34,304 Pro rata per annum
17 May 2022
End of advertisement period
13 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Institute for Life Sciences

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £34,304 Pro rata per annum
Part Time Fixed Term (0.8FTE until 31/01/2024)
Closing Date:  Monday 13 June 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1784422JL-R

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Institute for Life Sciences team at the University of Southampton, and our partners at the University of Birmingham, Imperial College London, and University of Nottingham, to create and deliver a range of strategic communications and outreach activities for our new, UK Research & Innovation-funded network, MyAge.

Based at our Highfield Campus, this post will support the MyAge membership by developing communications and outreach plans to deliver network objectives, leading to the publication of a MyAge Roadmap. The roadmap will describe the national research priorities to deliver improved muscle health and mobility across the life course; you will play an important role in supporting the MyAge team to prepare and publish it.

Working alongside a highly motivated team of senior interdisciplinary researchers and support professionals, you will be responsible for managing communications to promote member engagement across the network, including acting as MyAge content manager, initiating, writing and creating compelling content on the UK Ageing Networks website and a range of other channels. You will lead the development of communication tools, such as newsletters, brochures, targeted emails and social media content. Working with the MyAge team you will plan, manage and deliver outreach activities to engage patients and the wider public to support development of the roadmap.

You will be a key member of the multi-institutional and multi-sector MyAge team, helping us shape the future of research into healthy ageing. If you care about making a difference to society, this could be the role for you.

About you

Coming from a background of communications and outreach engagement, with experience in a complex environment such as a higher education institute or NHS Trust, you will be an experienced all-round communications professional with the drive to lead fresh, exciting content across multiple platforms. With enthusiasm for making a difference, you will thrive in a busy environment, have strong project management skills, a proven track record for delivering successful projects and be adept at collaborating with a wide range of different stakeholders, including patients and the public. 

Possessing strong interpersonal skills, you will be proactive in your content generation, able to prioritise well and manage often conflicting demands and deadlines.

Institute for Life Sciences

The Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS) is a cross-faculty institute responsible for promoting interdisciplinary life sciences research, enterprise and education across the University and at regional and national level. We bring together bright, collaborative people from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to take disruptive approaches to solving society’s big challenges. This is a great opportunity to join the small core team to support a new network funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC), working with interdisciplinary researchers across the UK. For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Dr Alexandra Mant

The University of Southampton

The University of Southampton promotes a healthy work life balance with generous holiday allowance (30+ days), pension scheme, flexi-time and flexible working. For more information on our benefits, please visit our human resources pages 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 a just, fair and equitable work environment.

The role is available on a fixed-term contract at 0.8 until 31 January 2024 in the first instance.

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 Holly Shergold (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 80595719 or email Please quote reference 1784422JL-R on all correspondence.

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