International Institute for Cultural Enquiry - Coordinator

  • Job Reference: GBP 5846
  • Date Posted: 24 November 2021
  • Recruiter: University of Exeter (Graduate Business Partnership)
  • Location: Exeter, Devon
  • Remote Working: Temporarily remote due to COVID-19
  • Salary: £20,026
  • Sector: Administration, Advert / Media / Entertainment
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

A graduate is required for an immediate start as an International Institute for Cultural Enquiry–Coordinator, for the University of Exeter. The role will involve a broad range of duties including supporting the planning and delivery of online and face to face events; maintaining a web and social media presence; and undertaking desk-based research. This role is available until 31 July 2022 and will involve a mixture of home and campus based work. The individual can be based (when on campus) at either the Streatham (Exeter) or Penryn (Cornwall) Campus.
Summary of Company/Department
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic graduate to support the development and implementation of the
International Institute for Cultural Enquiry.
Core to the University’s strategic vision, University of Exeter Institutes focus on interdisciplinary research. Institutes are supported in areas of strength where the University is producing world-leading and innovative interdisciplinary research. Each Institute has a broad disciplinary reach that spans multiple departments and Colleges. Their goal is to create added value through the coalescence of academics, partners and other stakeholders around a shared vision.
The International Institute for Cultural Enquiry will enable Humanities and Social Science based Researchers from across the University to generate new research plans with the potential to bring innovation within (and beyond) their field: raising new research questions and testing and applying new methodologies and tools. It will foster collaboration between fields and disciplines, and also with partners beyond Higher Education.
Working to the Institute’s Director, this post will play an important role in supporting the development of the Institute.
This role will require a mixture of home and campus-based working. When working from the office, individuals can be based at either the Streatham (Exeter) Campus, or the Penryn (Cornwall) Campus. There will occasionally be a requirement to travel between the campuses.
Purpose of Role
The main purpose of this job role is to support the Director with the development and implementation of the International Institute for Cultural Enquiry. The role will involve a broad range of duties including: supporting the planning and delivery of events (online and face-to-face) connected to the Institute; maintaining a web and social media presence for the Institute; undertaking desk-based research as guided by the Institute Director; providing administrative support for the Director; maintaining financial records within University systems; servicing meetings connected to the Institute.
You will form strong relationships with academics and Professional Services staff within the organisation, working collaboratively with others in order to support delivery of the Institute’s objectives.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support the planning and delivery of events connected to the Institute (online and face-to-face), leading on logistical and practical arrangements such as setting up online events platforms; arranging payments for guest speakers (where relevant); supporting the internal and external promotion of events connected to the Institute.
  • Maintain a web and social media presence for the Institute. Work with the academic community to produce, draft and proofread suitable content.
  • Undertake desk-based research as guided by the Institute Director, for example: investigating a number of different models for delivering aspects of the Institute’s objectives; undertaking competitor analysis.
  • Provide administrative support for the Director and other staff members connected to the Institute, liaising with external partners as required.
  • Maintain financial records and support financial transactions within University systems.
  • Service meetings connected to the Institute, writing and circulating accurate minutes as well as making meeting arrangements (booking meetings and sending diary invites).  
Training and Development opportunities
The university offers online and in-person 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..
Level of Support
Line-management support is present daily and regular one-to-one meetings will be scheduled. The university offers extensive support to staff, including a structured Professional Development Review and Wellbeing Service plus GBPs are also 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 generous pension and holiday allowance of 39 days a year.
  • An undergraduate degree qualification from a UK university
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at grades A* - C (or equivalent)
Skills and Understanding
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong IT skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  •  Understanding of Social Media platforms and the ability to utilise them for a specific purpose
  • Accuracy and the ability to pay excellent attention to detail
  • Highly organised with the ability to manage a varied workload and work on multiple projects simultaneously
Prior Experience
  • Demonstrable experience of researching and writing compelling copy for a specific audience
  • Experience of supporting the delivery of events or online events (for example for a Student Society or Group)
  • Experience of team work and collaboration
Behavioural Characteristics/ Personal Qualities and Attributes
  • A positive attitude towards new technology and methods of communication (for example emerging forms of social media)
  • Confident speaking with people at all levels and from all backgrounds 
  • Demonstrable ability to use own initiative in the workplace
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn
  • Problem solvin
  • Customer-focused
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 graduate and in particular those from 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 includes 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: 8/12/2021
Interview Date: 16/12/2021
Start Date: As soon as possible in early January 2022
End Date: 31/07/2022
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. 
Tips on completing the application form
  • Consult Guidance on completing the application for tips on completing the Internship Application Form.
  • To apply please download and complete the attached Internship Application Form
  • Please insert the correct reference code on the application form: GBP 5846
  • The University is a Disability Confident employer and as such this policy applies to recruitment through the Internship Schemes. Applicants who identify a disability on the application form will be offered an interview if their application demonstrates they meet the essential criteria. Please also include details of reasonable adjustments you may need for an interview or to undertake the role.
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  • Please send your completed application (not by OneDrive) to, with the reference code: GBP 5846 in the subject bar of your email, by the closing date.
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