Marketing and Communications Officer

Cardiff University


Marketing and Communications Officer – Part-time (2 Posts)
College of Biomedical and Life Sciences 

Cardiff University is an ambitious and innovative University with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city.  The College of Biomedical and Life Sciences is currently looking to appoint a communications professional to support the activities of the School of Biosciences.

The successful candidates will work to significantly enhance the way the School presents itself to the outside world, as well as communicating effectively with a diverse range of both internal and external customers and delivering a mix of communications activity that will inform, inspire, involve and influence.

We are seeking individuals with exceptional communication skills and the ability to interpret complex information into high quality, engaging and creative written copy. Experience of student recruitment, managing and implementing marketing campaigns and liaising with external agencies would be advantageous.

You will report directly to the Marketing and Communications Manager within the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences.

The College of Biomedical and Life Sciences is a vibrant academic community, which undertakes innovative research and provides state-of-the-art learning facilities. The College brings together seven Schools with immense strength in research and teaching, not just in Wales, but the UK and worldwide.  An integrated approach is taken to all aspects of health and biomedical research, achieving internationally respected results at all stages of the medical research process, from laboratory science through to improved medical and healthcare practices.

We aim to provide a positive and enriching student experience where our students learn and engage with inspirational academic scholars and researchers and become part of an internationally inclusive and diverse environment.  

Cardiff University offers many excellent benefits, including 37 days annual leave pro rata (plus bank holidays), local pension scheme, a cycle to work scheme and other travel initiatives, annual increments within the pay scale, and more. It is an exciting and vibrant place to work, with many different challenges and is a proud Living Wage supporter.

The majority of roles at Cardiff University are currently operating under “blended working” arrangements, with staff having the flexibility to work partly from home and partly from the University campus depending on specific business requirements. Discussions around these arrangements can take place after the successful candidate has been appointed.

For informal enquiries about this post please contact Katy Thomas, Marketing and Communications Manager, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences ([email protected] ). 

The post will be assigned responsibility for a particular school(s) but may be required to provide support across the College as required.

There are two open-ended, part-time positions available.  The hours will vary between 3 days a week (21 hours) and 4 days a week (28 hours) which can be discussed with the successful applicants. 

We also have a full-time Marketing and Communications Officer available, and further details can be found at:

Secondment opportunities welcome – please note for Cardiff University members of staff interested in this post on a secondment basis, permission will need to be sought from your current Line Manager before applying.

Salary: £28,762 – £33,314 per annum, pro rata (Grade 5); appointment is usually made at the bottom of the scale.

Date advert posted: Wednesday, 15 March 2023

Closing date: Sunday, 16 April 2023

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds.  We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description


Directly support the marketing and communications activities of academic Schools within the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences.

Significantly enhance the way our Schools present themselves to the outside world, as well as communicating effectively with a diverse range of both internal and external customers.

Deliver a wide range of marketing and communications activity that will inform, inspire, involve and influence.


Develop, implement and maintain a communications and marketing strategy for the School.

Work with teams to develop communications plans in support of School strategy. Develop a programme of upcoming activity and make recommendations to improve communications impact and effectiveness.

Provide professional advice and guidance on all aspects of communication policy and practice, co-ordinating the School’s internal and external activity.

Establish working relationships with key contacts, developing appropriate communication links with the University’s Schools/Directorates and outside bodies as required.

Work collaboratively with communications staff at College level and across Cardiff University to ensure an integrated approach to marketing and communications.
Deliver a programme of marketing activity to support student recruitment within the School at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Work closely with colleagues across the university to maximise conversion and enhance student satisfaction.
Liaise closely with colleagues in the Central Communications Team to seek out positive news stories, write engaging copy, and deal with media enquiries.

Deliver high quality communications, ensuring consistency and compliance with the key communications messages of Cardiff University. Adhering to quality standards, branding, design, accessibility and textual style guidelines.

Produce high quality, engaging and creative written copy for a wide range of audiences and purposes including the website, press releases, marketing materials and newsletters.

Work with research and academic colleagues to develop communications outputs based on their research. Use judgement and creativity to suggest the most appropriate course of action where appropriate, and ensure complex and conceptual issues are understood.

Plan and deliver specific communications projects / campaigns as directed by the Marketing and Communications Manager.

To manage relationships with external agencies, including commissioning films, publications, photography and design work.

Undertake a variety of administrative duties as required to support the Marketing and Communications Manager.

General Duties (standard)

Ensure that an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied when undertaking all duties.

Abide by University policies on Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity.

Perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Degree/NVQ 4 or equivalent Professional membership/experience.
  • Substantial experience in a marketing or communications role including experience of digital marketing, website content management and social media.
  • Able to demonstrate professional knowledge within specialist discipline to give advice and guidance to internal and external customers.
  • Proven ability to communicate conceptually detailed and complex information effectively and professionally with a wide range of people, incorporating excellent writing skills and the ability to tailor communications to target a range of different audiences.
  • Proven ability to develop networks in order to contribute to long term developments.
  • Evidence of ability to solve expansive problems using initiative and creativity; identify and propose both practical and innovative solutions.
  • Evidence of ability to undertake and deliver specific projects and supervise short term project teams.
  • Self-motivated with an enthusiastic, proactive, flexible and adaptable approach to work.
  • Evidence of developing a corporate identity/brand within industrial, educational or charitable organisations
  • Desirable Criteria

    1. Postgraduate/Professional qualification.
    2. Experience of working in a Higher Education environment.
    3. Fluency in Welsh, written and oral.

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    Marketing, Media and Public Relations

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