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Director of Marketing & Communications

Marketing and Communications

Salary:   £70,000 to £75,000 per annum
(The point of entry will be dependent upon relevant qualifications and experience)
Closing Date:   Sunday 19 May 2019
Interview Date:   Monday 10 June 2019
Reference:  DL-63

Harper Adams University specialises in teaching, research and knowledge transfer in the agricultural, food, land-based and environmental disciplines and is the largest higher education institution of its kind in the UK. It has an outstanding record of achievement in teaching quality, graduate employability and in the National Student Survey and a reputation for delivering teaching, applied research and knowledge exchange that is directly relevant to industry. This exciting role has become vacant following the appointment of the current Director to a senior role at another University.

The Director of Marketing & Communications will be responsible for ensuring that the work of the University is effectively communicated to a wide range of organisations and individuals outside and inside the institution. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, the Director will be responsible for leading our marketing and communications teams, developing promotional campaigns, managing student recruitment, access and participation and outreach activities and delivering effective marketing plans and relationship-building with key agri-food and HE sector bodies. This is a challenging position for a marketing and communications professional who will play a major role in the development of the University.

You will have senior level management experience gained within a large, complex organisation. A proven track record in the delivery of innovative and value added marketing strategies is also essential, together with experience of communications and brand management. Articulate and a good influencer, you will excel at leading teams through times of change and have a thorough understanding of the HE landscape.

For a confidential discussion about the role, please call Dr Catherine Baxter, University Secretary in the first instance by email to or by calling 01952 815256.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Midnight on 19th May 2019. Interviews will be held on Monday 10th June 2019

This post may meet the relevant criteria to allow the University to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship to non-EEA nationals who wish to come to work in the UK through Tier 2 of the Points Based Immigration System. For information on the sponsorship system.

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Harper Adams University is one of the premier UK Higher Education Institutions focused on the land-based and food supply chain sector.

With 2800 undergraduate students, plus those completing postgraduate, research and CPD programmes, Harper Adams is the UK's largest single provider of higher education for these subjects.  Programmes fall into eleven broad subject areas – but none operate in isolation. Community and collaboration are key at Harper Adams, meaning everyone, including staff, students and industry partners, benefits from a close network of knowledge and opportunity exchange

Situated in Shropshire, the campus and the surrounding area provide an excellent working and living environment for staff and students alike.

Harper Adams is consistently positioned highly in a range of national ratings, performance measures and league tables. Its current graduate employment rate is 98% (the joint top rating in England) and student satisfaction stands at 93% (National Student Survey 2017).

Harper Adams is ranked as the UK’s Best Modern University by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018; was named University of the Year in the 2016 and 2017 Whatuni Student Choice Awards and holds a Gold (highest level) award from the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

In 2018 Harper Adams University will receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, part of the UK honours system.

Applied research is at the heart of the university’s activity, with the work of a thriving academic community underpinning both teaching and work with the industries allied to Harper. The 2014 Government Research Excellence Framework rated all of the university’s research as “of international quality”, and more than half was deemed “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.