External Liaison Officer
The University of Central Lancashire is looking for a passionate and engaging External Liaison Officer to deliver external engagement activities with schools and colleges to generate enquiries and applications to UCLan's Burnley Campus. The post holder will work with the Student Recruitment Manager to develop new initiatives for school age and mature prospective undergraduate students, as well as postgraduate student audiences. They will deliver a range of general and subject-specific activity both on and off campus.
This role would suit an individual who has experience of working in a higher education setting with responsibility for engaging with potential students and their influencers and developing and delivering events. The post holder will be expected to deliver a high level of customer service and to demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of the role.
The position is based at our Burnley campus and will cover surrounding regions. Regular travel to the Preston campus will also be required. Evening and weekend work will be a regular feature of the role in addition to regular travel within the UK. The post-holder will be required to undertake DBS clearance.
In 1828, the University of Central Lancashire was founded in Preston as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. 'Ex solo ad solem', or in translation, 'From the Earth to the Sun', has been its motto ever since - helping talented people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential.
Today the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is one of the UK's largest universities with a student and staff community of over 35,000. Internationally the University has academic partners in all regions of the globe and it is on a world stage that the first class quality of its education was first recognised. The University has an increasingly thriving campus in Cyprus delivering UCLan programmes and original research within a Central Lancashire environment and culture.
In 2010, the University became the first UK modern Higher Education institution to appear in the QS World University Rankings. In 2016, the Centre for World University Rankings estimated Central Lancashire to be in the top 3.7 percent of all worldwide universities, highlighting the progress the institution has made in providing students with real-world learning experiences and reflecting the institution's broad pool of academic talent.
Amongst its programme portfolio of some 400 undergraduate and 200+ postgraduate courses, the University has been at the forefront of developing degrees in emerging disciplines such as Fashion and Forensic Science to an evolving portfolio of Dentistry programmes to meet emerging sector needs. Undergraduate Medicine has now been added to that list, a course being delivered in one of the UK's most modern and inclusive Medical Schools. Aerospace Engineering, Pharmacy and many others are added as sector needs are identified.
The UK Student Recruitment team is part of the broader Student Recruitment & Partnerships Service, which was only recently formed to bring together both the International and UK/EU recruitment, admissions and partnership functions to ensure a high quality, consistent experience for all applicant groups. The Service includes the following teams:
UK Student Recruitment
International Student Recruitment
UK and International Admissions
UK and International Partnerships
The Student Recruitment team has a focus on attracting and retaining quality applicants from first point of enquiry through to enrolment and we work very closely with our academic colleagues in Faculties, and other professional service departments, to ensure our offering is fit for purpose to encourage the greatest level of interest possible for UCLan's recruitment efforts.
The team is made up of the External Liaison and On Campus Events Team and the Conversion and Course Enquiries Team, who together help prospective students, parents, teachers and careers advisers with accessing all aspects of UCLan provision.
The team's vision is to be customer-focussed and consistently striving to exceed our enquirers' and applicants' expectations. We aim to provide an overwhelmingly positive, consistent and high quality experience to support enquirers and applicants in their journey to UCLan and that we are positioned as the first choice University for potential applicants.
The UK Student Recruitment team is responsible for increasing the quality and quantity of undergraduate and postgraduate applications to UCLan with a key focus on effective relationship building, and account management/development of our key feeder schools and colleges. The applicant experience is also key to ultimately ensure a smooth and efficient application process to support the conversion of applicants to become successfully enrolled students in order to meet the University's recruitment objectives and income targets.
The team develops and delivers a variety of recruitment events and activities designed to influence a range of different key groups including: mature students returning to education post 21 years old; Sixth Form or College students; school pupils; teachers, parents and key influencers; and undergraduate and postgraduate enquirers and applicants.
Areas of work:
A key aspect of the team's work is the effective account management (schools and colleges liaison) with key contacts in targeted schools and colleges.
On-campus activities including; open days, bespoke feeder visits, campus tours, Master classes/subject sessions. This is an area we are keen to develop and are always looking for ways to differentiate from the competition.
Targeting teachers and advisors including the organisation and delivery of the UCLan Teachers and Advisors Annual Conference.
Younger age activities to drive up awareness of UCLan's offering at targeted secondary schools to ensure a strong pipeline through to our key accounts.
Off-campus recruitment exhibitions including UCAS conventions and College/Sixth Form higher education fairs.
Postgraduate and part-time recruitment activity including PG exhibitions, open evenings and on-campus activity for current undergraduate students.
Development and implementation of conversion strategies.
It is a busy team in a competitive sector and we believe this is an exciting opportunity for the right person to make a difference to young people's futures and create a significant impact on UCLan's recruitment as we enter this period of great opportunity and challenge.
For more information, or for an informal chat about the role, please contact the Director of UK Student Recruitment Rebecca Barnes on 01772 894401.
Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview. This position is based in Burnley.
Please apply online; if you cannot apply online please contact Human Resources on 01772 892324 and quote the reference number. CVs will not be considered unless accompanied by a completed application form.
School/Service: Student Recruitment & Partnerships
Hours: Full time (36.25 hours per week - 1.0 FTE)