Communications Officer

PA1 2BE, Paisley
Grade 5: £32,982 - £39,348 per annum
20 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
09 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Marketing and Student Recruitment

Communications Officer - REF055


Internally, this role is known as Communications and Marketing Officer

The Marketing and Student Recruitment team at University of the West of Scotland has an exciting opportunity for an experienced, proactive and enthusiastic Communications Officer.


You will play a key role in delivering UWS’s marketing and communications priorities through the delivery of high-quality, integrated communications to reach our external and internal audiences.


This role will cover the full communications mix, including external communication, internal staff communication, student communication, PR, media relations, campaigns, social media, publications, producing content for the web and the provision of support for UWS events, publications and public affairs activities and will involve liaising with marketing colleagues.


The successful candidate should possess a range of key skills and experience, including the following:


  • Degree level or equivalent and/or significant vocational experience.
  • Demonstrable experience in implementing best practice in corporate communications - to be able to make connections between the news agenda, institutional priorities, products and services, and see opportunities for leveraging best practice and new thinking. Experience in corporate and consumer PR, including proven expertise in devising and implementing effective integrated communications campaigns. A proven track record in the delivery of integrated communications and marketing campaigns targeting multiple audiences - e.g., media, stakeholders, consumers and employees. Internal communications experience in a large and complex organisation.





UWS was named Higher Educational Institution of the Year in The Herald Higher Education Awards 2022 and is ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2022 Young University Rankings). UWS is one of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic modern universities. Our reach across the country, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that set them up for global success in world-leading sectors, industries and businesses. With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to experience the joy of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and apply their knowledge for the benefit of others. 


Our professional services teams are the backbone of UWS, providing robust and innovative solutions to support the vast range of work across learning and teaching, and research and innovation. You will join a supportive and dedicated team, playing a key role in a range of work that will help drive forward our ambition to deliver world-leading research, and graduates who will design, shape and build a new future.


We offer our colleagues a caring and supportive environment, across five campuses, and a competitive benefits package which includes:


  • 24 days of annual leave, plus a further 12 days for public/university holidays An additional day’s leave to celebrate your birthday 19.3% employer’s pension contribution, including death in service benefits on joining the pension scheme A flexible approach to working pattern and work-life balance Employee discount scheme across 3,500 retailers Fitness facilities across our campuses Free gym membership Access to a range of health and wellbeing resources, including occupational health, physiotherapy and access to our Employee Assistance Programme Professional, career and research development opportunities.


To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter detailing how you meet the criteria for this post to


Job description and person specification can be requested from the recruitment team.



Closing Date:             Monday, 9th October 2023

Interview Date:          Week commencing 23rd October 2023


The University reserves the right to shorten/extend the closing date of any position where a high/low volume of suitable applications are received. Therefore, if you are interested in this role, an early application would be encouraged.


UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.