Communications Assistant

  • Job Reference: GBP 4904
  • Date Posted: 12 September 2019
  • Recruiter: University of Exeter (Graduate Business Partnership)
  • Location: Exeter, Devon
  • Salary: £18,709
  • Sector: Administration, Advert / Media / Entertainment, Healthcare & Medical, I.T. & Communications, Sales & Marketing
  • Job Type: Contract, Temporary
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

This GBP internship is an exciting opportunity to secure rounded experience in a range of skills within the growing area science communications. Working as part of a busy press office facing the College of Medicine and Health, the role entails supporting academics to communicate their research accurately and dynamically across a range of platforms. The successful candidate will learn skills including optimising social media opportunities, news writing and media liaison, effective use of imagery, video shooting and editing. Widespread public interest in health research means this is a fast-paced and rewarding role which will generate an impressive and varied portfolio of output.

The Communications Assistant reports to the Senior Press and Media Manager. They work closely with academics and with other members of the Communications and Marketing team as well as colleagues within the Medical School as required to fully exploit opportunities to communicate health research.

Depending on skills and experience, the role will support and optimise a number of academic social media channels, and / or support a wider range of communications activities around health research. The post holder will support world-leading researchers to optimise their communications reach regionally, nationally and internationally and to a range of audiences.

The post holder will be expected to help maintain, manage and develop social media accounts, assist in producing suitable web and news copy for both internal and external audiences, and create and promote engaging content using a range of media. The post will entail maximising the potential for communications across a range of platforms.

The post holder will support the development, implementation and delivery of a variety of communication plans, and will be required to manage and execute significant aspects as those plans develop.

The post holder will be expected to follow best practice across all areas of internal communications and work in collaboration with colleagues from Communication and Marketing Services and beyond, to support the use of relevant communications channels.

Main duties and accountabilities:

  • Optimising and maintaining responsive academic Twitter accounts, working with colleagues in Communications and Marketing Services
  • Assisting in setting up and maintaining web pages and social media channels where required
  • Creating and sourcing visual and written content to share across a range of communications channels, working with the Press and Media Manager
  • Supporting academics to optimise their own social media activity
  • Collating and sourcing information from colleagues across the university relating to media events and news stories.
  • Managing events which may require logistical arrangements, identifying spokespersons, liaising with Press and Media contacts and senior University staff
  • Working with colleagues to optimise communications to groups including students, staff and external audiences

This job description summarises the main duties and accountabilities of the post and is not comprehensive: the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties of similar level and responsibility. All team members are required to work flexibly and across other teams as required on projects and other pieces of work.


Person Specification


Attainments/ Qualifications

  • Good standard of education to A level or equivalent

Experience & knowledge

  • Experience of social media
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to deadlines
  • Understanding of propriety in communications


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including copywriting and use of visuals
  • Ability to deliver on plan / deadline
  • Networking and developing contacts

Behavioural Characteristics

  • Ability to motivate and generate enthusiasm in others
  • Confidence to present knowledge and expertise to others
  • Be self-motivated and use initiative to find solutions / deliver on a task
  • Ability to work well as part of a team
  • Excellent time and workload priority management


Right to work for the duration of the internship


Attainments/ Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in subject related to medical science

Experience & knowledge

  • Experience of Twitter
  • Understanding of research landscape
  • Interest and basic understanding of neurological disorders and dementia research


  • Good IT user skills, including MS ‘Office’ and web page editing
  • Sound analytical and organisational skills
  • Planning skills

Behavioural Characteristics

  • Demonstrable interest in science communication 


Closing date:  30 Sept 2019

Interview date: 7 Oct 2019

Start date: 21 Oct 2019

End date: 16 Oct 2020 

To apply for this role please complete our internship application which can be downloaded here: Please send your completed form to us by clicking APPLY NOW