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SPOTLIGHT ON TEACHING

your results in academic journals and
attend corporate events, as well as
possibly supervise research students.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS
WILL I NEED?

Lecturer: A first or 2:1 degree in the area
you want to teach; a PhD in a relevant
subject; teaching experience and original
research for publication.
Academic researcher: A Masters or PhD
in the subject area and experience within
that field, plus good time management
and organisational skills.

HOW MUCH CAN I EARN?

Lecturer: From £33,000 to £58,000.
Academic researcher: Around £30,000.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Words: Tracey Lattimore, Images: Shutterstock

All good businesses require excellent
staff behind the scenes, and universities
are no different. There are many
administrative roles available, such as
Finance Administrator, Health and
Safety Assistant, Library Services
Assistant, Support Secretary,
Receptionist, Student Support
Adviser and Careers Adviser, as
well as plenty of opportunities
in human resources.
Communication is key, as
well as super-efficient
organisational skills.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS
WILL I NEED?

Finance administrator: A-levels, AAT
accounting qualification, experience
in accounting systems.
Careers advisor: Experience in careers
coaching and client relationship building
Library services: GCSE qualifications,
good organisational skills.

HOW MUCH CAN I EARN?

Finance administrator: £25,000 to
£30,000.
Careers advisor: £25,000 to £35,000.
Library services: £16,000 to £25,000.

TECHNICALLY SPEAKING

In the science field, researchers need
back-up staff such as technicians and
laboratory assistants to help them in

STUDENTS
AND STAFF
NEED FEEDING
- SO THERE'S A
WHOLE CATERING
DEPARTMENT TO FILL
their work. You'll be working as part
of the team that's leading the research
and may also get the chance to help
take part too. As part of the job, you may
be preparing materials for practical
classes, providing technical support to
students or managing equipment and
resources, so it's very varied.
Lab Assistants may be expected to
sterilise glassware, collect and organise
lab supplies, and carry out maintenance
tasks, including care of equipment.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS
WILL I NEED?

Technician: At least GSCE-level
education, experience in the subject area,
good communication skills, a high level
of awareness of health and safety and an
ability to work as part of a team.
Lab assistant: Previous lab experience is
often required, the ability to carry out
routine and repetitive tasks, knowing
how to use databases and spreadsheets,
good organisational and team skills.

HOW MUCH CAN I EARN?

Technician: £15,000 to £30,000.
Lab assistant: £20,000 to £25,000.

KEEPING THINGS RUNNING

A university doesn't run on academic
staff alone. Buildings, some of which
are hundreds of years old, need
maintaining (think repair work and
painting), grounds need planting,
clearing and mowing (ever fancied
being Head Gardener?), sports pitches
need maintaining, while students and
staff need feeding, so there's a whole
catering department to fill.
Other crucial roles include
marketing (which includes making
students want to come to your
establishment and promoting what it
is you have to offer future students)
and events management, such as
selling your university as a potential
venue for conferences and work
events, including dinners and
Christmas parties.
A good skillset here includes
managing social media , planning
and overseeing advertising
campaigns, budgeting, and creating
brand identity.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS
WILL I NEED?

Marketing: Previous marketing
experience, good communication skills.
Catering: Hotel or restaurant
background, creative talent for cooking.
Groundsman: NVQ Level 2 in
Horticulture.
Housekeeper: Experience in a similar
role is usually required.

HOW MUCH CAN I EARN?

Marketing: £16,000 to £40,000
Catering: £16,000
Groundsman: £16,000
Housekeeper: £18,000

FIND OUT MORE
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* jobs.ac.uk

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