Graduate Digital Learning Developer (College of Life and Environmental Sciences)

  • Job Reference: GBP 5864
  • Date Posted: 17 November 2021
  • Recruiter: University of Exeter (Graduate Business Partnership)
  • Location: Exeter, Devon
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £19,217
  • Sector: Education
  • Job Type: Contract, Internship or Placement
  • Duration: 23 Months
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

 Job Summary: 

The University of Exeter is looking to recruit a Graduate Digital Learning Developers in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. This Enhance Project role supports the translation of existing face to face and blended learning course content into the online learning environment. This 23 month role is being recruited through the Graduate Business Partnership scheme and is Hybrid working – mostly remote but the occasional on site requirement on the Streatham Campus, Exeter.  Start date will be in early January 2022.


Organisational Context:

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research and teaching, with high levels of student satisfaction. Our vision is to become one of the most successful universities in the world, one that makes the exceptional happen by challenging traditional thinking and defying conventional boundaries.

We are seeking graduates to work in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Main Purpose of the Role:

As a Graduate Digital Learning Developer, you will play an important role in enabling the university to continue to deliver high quality teaching, resources and support to its students, during these unique times. 

Working in College-focused teams alongside Senior Digital Learning Developers and members of the Technology Enhanced Learning and Academic Development teams, you will help the university to translate existing face to face, as well as blended learning course content into the online learning environment. You will also support the user research process and the further development, as well as quality assurance of these online materials, based on feedback.

This role involves collaborating with a wide variety of stakeholders from a range of disciplines, including academic and professional services colleagues, to promote the opportunities of the online learning environment through a comprehensive programme of training. You will support the use of features and functionality within a range of Learning Technologies, as well as share best practice.

Main duties and accountabilities:

  • Support the transition of programmes into blended formats, for example, through adding material into ELE templates, sourcing materials, translating existing or new teaching into online resources, editing transcripts
  • Undertake quality review of modules and improvement of existing blended formats on request.
  • Act as a first point of call for all queries from academics and resolve basic requests relating to blended or online delivery
  • Seek solutions to blended / online delivery requests from academic staff through utilising available resources and contacts
  • Prepare online resources and guidance documents
  • Support the development of academic digital expertise, including creating guidance and direct support for use of new digital tools used in teaching
  • Capture and share examples of best practice
  • Contribute to improvement of existing blended formats and provide feedback
  • Involvement with student engagement projects (e.g. analysing survey feedback, running student digital training, developing ELE pages)
  • Support the development and piloting of new teaching approaches and systems
  • Complete any training as required by Line Management and TEL.s.
  • Provide other general assistance within the college as appropriate to the grade and as required.

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.

Training and Development opportunities:

The university offers a range of learning and development opportunities, including mandatory online training in Prevent Duty - Inclusive, Cohesive and Safe Universities; Equality and Diversity Introduction; Health and Safety Introduction and Information Governance. In the first week of work you will undertake training to prepare you for the role. You will be joining a large group of other graduates also undertaking the same role. Plus GBPs are offered a ‘How to Make the Most of your Internship’ introductory session, bespoke mentoring, work shadow and career consultancy opportunities, through the Internships Team.

Level of Support:

The university offers extensive support to staff, including a structured Professional Development Review and Wellbeing Service plus GBPs are offered 1:1 support from the Internships Team.

Other Benefits, Rewards and Recognition:

The university offers a wide range of benefits, rewards and recognition, including flexible working arrangements, a generous pension and holiday allowance of 39 days a year, pro rata.

PERSON SPECIFICATION Essential (E) and Desirable (D)


Graduate from a UK University in the last 3 years.

Skills and Understanding:

  • Strong digital competence in MS office (or equivalent) and internet technologies (E)
  • Ability to rapidly assimilate new technologies (E)
  • Interest in the pedagogy of e learning and leading edge web based course design approaches (E)
  • Able to manage a varied and demanding workload and to work to quickly changing deadlines (D)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. (E)
  • Excellent planning, organisation and time management skills. (D)
  • Aptitude for proof reading and producing high quality, accurate work/content.(D)

Prior Experience:

  • Some prior work experience within a collaborative and stakeholder focused environment (E)
  • Familiar with online learning environments. (E)
  • Experience of supporting learning.(D)
  • Awareness of the issues of copyright and digital media. (D)

Behavioural Characteristics/ Personal Qualities and Attributes:

  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic. (E)
  • Work effectively in a team. (E)
  • Reliable. (E)
  • Creative approach to problem solving. (E)

GBP Scheme Requirements

  • To be eligible to apply and undertake a GBP role the graduate must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Achieved* (or about to achieve) a full undergraduate degree (or Masters or PhD).
  • Graduated in the UK within the last 3 years of your most recent degree (we will consider extenuating circumstances of potential applicants that may have prevented them from undertaking a graduate role within 3 years of graduation). * Please see above for additional requirements
  • Attended a British university (or spent time studying at a UK university through ERASMUS)
  • The University of Exeter is committed to developing an environment which promotes equality of opportunity, values diversity and inclusivity. 
  • The University of Exeter is a Disability Confident Employer, committed attracting and recruiting people with disabilities, and retaining and supporting staff with disabilities. If an applicant declares a disability and meets all the essential criteria, they will be invited to interview.  
  • We welcome applications from all eligible students and in particular those from the following underrepresented groups. Selection and recruitment itself will be entirely on merit alone unless there are multiple applicants demonstrating equal merit. In this clear circumstance, preference would be shown to applicants from under-represented groups. This is in line with lawful positive action measures under sections 158 and 159 of the Equality Act 2010.
  • Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the GBP internship evidenced by the ‌Intern Guidance- Proving Right to Work the UK. This can include British citizens; individuals with an EU Pre-Settlement or EU-Settlement Status; and those with a Graduate Route Visa.
  • Current immigration legislation prevents the University to provide sponsorship certificates for GBP roles, as they do not meet the requirements for a Skilled Worker visa as explained on the International Student Support webpages.
  • All graduates need to reside in the UK whilst undertaking this role.
  • Applicants cannot undertake another GBP role if the contract length in total exceeds the maximum duration of 23 months working as a GBP.

To undertake a GBP role applicants must achieve their degree. In the unlikely scenario where a degree is not awarded, the GBP hours may be reduced to 15hrs a week (for undergraduates) or 6hrs a week (for postgraduates) to enable to the graduand the capacity to successfully complete their degree. If the graduand fails their degree the GBP role will end early

Key dates

Closing date: 29/11/2021

Interview dates: 8/12/2021

Start date: Week of 10th January 2022 or asap thereafter

End date: 23 months from start date

How to apply
To apply for this role please complete our internship application form which can be downloaded here. Please send your completed form by clicking apply for this job now, or send it direct to stating that you saw the job advertised on Gradsouthwest. Please ensure you use the Personal Statement section to fully explain why your skills, personality and experience make you the right person for the job.