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Head of Communications Surrey Research Park

Surrey, United Kingdom
£54,000 to £58,000 per annum and dependent on level of experience
Closing date
3 Jan 2024

Research Park

Location: Guildford
Salary: £54,000 to £58,000 per annum and dependent on level of experience
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Wednesday 03 January 2024
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference:  063923

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research. We are ambitious and have a bold vision of what we want to achieve - shaping ourselves into one of the best universities in the world, which we are achieving through the talents and endeavour of every employee. 

Our culture empowers people to achieve this aim and to collectively, and individually, make a real difference.  

About Us 

This is a unique opportunity to join our Surrey Research Park team and lead the communication activities that bring our business tenants, university services and regional stakeholders together to create a thriving innovation district in Surrey.

The Surrey Research Park is a community of over 200 businesses operating in the science and technology sectors and is owned and operated by the University of Surrey as part of the university campus in Guildford. The Park has premises to accommodate varying needs, ranging from a single desk in our SETsquared Surrey incubator, units suitable for three – several hundred employees, to whole buildings designed to suit the tenants’ needs.   Buildings are used as a mix of laboratories, offices and light manufacturing, all set in Green Flag awarded lush landscaping. The Research Park has a strong brand locally and internationally, having been established for nearly 40 years.

About the role 

This role is central to the success of the Research Park community, ensuring through its remit, it is adding value to all stakeholders and contributing to regional growth and development. 

  • The Head of Communications will manage all the digital communication assets, including a website with linked hubspot CRM. 
  • The role sits within the Innovation District portfolio and works alongside a Head of Engagement who is responsible for the relationship management with tenants and regional stakeholders, supporting them to engage with the university and each other, facilitating knowledge exchange and regional growth. 
  • The team also includes roles specialised in business incubation, investment and civic engagement.  The role has a close working relationship with the Research Park operations team who manage the facilities and tenancy contracts. 
  • The Surrey Research Park communication activities are part of a wider marketing and communication service at the University of Surrey. It makes up an essential business focused communication service and helps to ensure our research outcomes are accessible to a business audience and enables industry influence into the curriculum and research and innovation strategy.

About you

In order to be successful in the role you will need to evidence that you have;

  • Extensive marketing and public relations experience and excellent communication skills and an ability to generate high quality material and tools.
  • Experience communicating with a range of public and private stakeholders.
  • Solid understanding of, or a keen interest in, innovative ecosystems and the role universities play in supporting regional growth.
  • A high level of proficiency in IT skills is essential including; SEO, updating webpages using content management system and social media monitoring tools. Experience of Hubspot or similar CRM is desired
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.

How to apply

Please attach your CV and a covering letter evidencing how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the Person Specification element of the job description.

Interviews on Campus during the week of the 8th January 2024.


  • 35 Days Holiday (20 Days Annual Leave + 7 University Closure Days + Bank Holidays)
  • Additional Day of Leave per year of service for 5 years
  • Pension contribution between 3-9% (matched by Employer)

Further details:    Job Description    

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