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Academic Support Librarian


Location:  Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
Salary:  £32,348 to £35,333 per annum
The point of entry will be dependent upon relevant qualifications and experience
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Friday 10 February 2023
Reference:  LP-946-1012

We are looking to appoint two enthusiastic, innovative and proactive Academic Support Librarians to work within our small, friendly Library team at Harper Adams University. 

You will be working in a busy environment and will liaise with designated course areas to develop and promote library services and resources to support the learning, teaching and research needs of the institution. As Academic Support Librarians, you will contribute to the design, delivery and evaluation of our teaching, making best use of technology and latest pedagogic practices (the library is undertaking a review of its teaching and in this role, you will be contributing to the transformation of the library’s information, digital and research skills programme). You will deliver this skills training to staff and students at all academic levels, as well as provide 1-to-1 support to users either through enquiry services or bookable appointments.  

You will be a qualified librarian, excited about the role that the library can play in the academic and student experience, and how it can support academic attainment, employability and encourage lifelong learning. You will be user-focused, personable and approachable, being able to build strong working relationships with all members of the community. You will be able to work independently as well as collaboratively with team members, other Professional Services and the wider University. You will possess a proactive, positive and forward-thinking approach to all that you do. 

This role is advertised as full time, but we welcome applications from those who are interested in working arrangements such as job share. Please state those preferences in the supporting statement of your application.

Interviews: week beginning 13 March 2023.

If you have any queries or questions, please contact Laura Pilsel, University Librarian and Head of Registration, Assessment Records, and Awards, at  

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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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