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Placement Officer

PA1 2BE, Paisley
Grade 5: £32,982 to £39,348 per annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2024

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School of Health and Life Sciences

Paisley or Lanarkshire Campus

THE POST - Administrative Officer

The School of Health and Life Sciences is seeking to recruit an experienced and highly organised Placement Officer to become a key member of the School’s Professional Support Team based at Paisley Campus.

The School Placements Officer will play a key role in relation to student placements. 

The successful appointee will lead, manage and develop the School’s Placement team, ensuring effective and efficient high quality administrative service to colleagues in the School that are engaged in placement activity. Thereby assisting in ensuring a high-quality student experience and creating a positive image of the School and University. 

As a key member of the Placement Team, the post holder will be required to nurture and maintain relationships with key health boards, local authority partners and employers. Liaising with internal and external stakeholders to review, design and implement systems and processes to support the development and provision of placements across the school.

The successful candidate should have the following:

  • Educated to degree level or with equivalent experience in a similar role demonstrated through relevant and practical work experience.
  • Experience with administration, including leadership and management of administrative staff, preferably in a Higher Education environment with knowledge of Banner or other student management system.
  • Experience with the development, implementation, and review of operational procedures.
  • Experience of working with staff at a variety of levels across a large organisation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of operational procedures for the delivery of a proficient administrative service with excellent IT skills, particularly Microsoft Office and Website maintenance.
  • Highly developed communication and leadership skills and excellent Interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

This post will be based at Paisley campus however all colleagues may be required to work at any UWS campus or location from time to time to meet needs of the business.


The University of the West of Scotland 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.

UWS is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 200 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2023 Young University Rankings).

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 staff 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 of leave on your birthday
  • Defined benefit contribution pension scheme (currently 19.3%), including death in service benefits upon joining the scheme.
  • A flexible approach to working pattern and work-life balance
  • Employee discount scheme across 3,500 retailers
  • Fitness facilities across our campuses 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.

Closing Date: Thursday 6th June 2024

Interview Date: Tuesday 18th June 2024

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.


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