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Part Time Administrative Assistant (22.2 hours per week)

Animal Health, Behaviour & Welfare

Location:  Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
Salary:  £18,852 to £20,092 pro rata
The point of entry will be dependent upon relevant qualifications and experience
Post Type:  Part Time
Hours per Week:  22.2
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Friday 03 December 2021
Reference:  ECW-2021

Harper Adams University is looking for a highly motivated individual to become the Administrative Assistant for the department’s Veterinary Nursing placement team and Programme Managers. The Department has a strong portfolio of veterinary nursing, veterinary physiotherapy and animal health, behaviour and welfare science courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. With growth in student numbers and an expanding academic staff team, this is an exciting time to join the Department. 

The successful candidate will have high-level interpersonal skills, and be confident and motivated, with personal drive, enthusiasm, flexibility and initiative. They will provide excellent administrative and secretarial skills to help ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the Department.

They will have the ability to organise and deliver work under the pressure of deadlines, and be able to work both autonomously and as part of a team. Applicants will be expected to be fully computer literate, and able to competently use the full range of Microsoft Office products. They will have excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people. There is also a need for attention to detail and precision in the handling of data. Previous experience in an academic environment or customer services role is desirable. 

If you have any queries or questions or for an informal discussion please contact Emily Chapman - Waterhouse, Associate Head of Department ( 

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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 around 2,800 undergraduate students, plus those completing postgraduate, research and CPD programmes, Harper Adams University 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. The University has been the highest performing modern university in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for the last four years, climbing to 17th place in the overall league table. In the 2020 guide Harper Adams was named Modern University of the Year and runner-up University of the Year. In the 2019 Whatuni? Student Choice Awards, based on student reviews, Harper Adams won the Student Support category for the fifth time – the only university to have taken the title since the awards began - and won the category for best job prospects for a fourth year running. In the 2020 QS World Rankings for Agriculture and Forestry published in March 2020, Harper Adams was ranked first in the UK for academic reputation and second in the world for its reputation with employers.

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”.



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