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Academic Skills Advisor – HE - West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds - Permanent - Term Time Only – 37 hours per week, 38 weeks

SALARY £15,725.56 - £16,254.67pro rata (£21,519.19 - £22,243.23 FTE) dependant on experience

We have an exciting opportunity for a graduate to join the Higher Education Department as Academic Skills Advisor – Higher Education.

The successful candidate will be required to engage with students across a range of degree and Access to Higher Education programmes to deliver 1:1 and group academic study skills support.

The role will involve working directly with students to improve their personal and academic study skills, liaising with the student support and welfare staff and academic course teams.

We are looking for a personable and motivated team member, who will demonstrate the ability to mentor students to improve their skills during their studies.

Role Responsibilities

  • Work with colleagues to design and review opportunities for academic skills development across the HE provision with clearly defined learning outcomes, mapped to academic, graduate and employability skills.
  • Deliver support to all degree students through scheduled workshops, in course delivery and one-to-one tutorials, in line with agreed working models and good practice.
  • Design and produce inclusive, bespoke learning objectives to support all students
  • Deliver one-to-one support to individual students diagnosed with Autism or Specific Learning Difficulties, maintaining appropriate records, including individual learning plans and administrative records.
  • Contribute to the measurement and evaluation of supported student’s academic development through systematic monitoring at strategic points in their learning journeys

Required qualifications, skills and experience

  • Educated to post graduate level
  • Accreditation by the National Autistic Society, such as completion of the NAS online training modules (or to be completed within 6 months of appointment).
  • Experience of supporting students with Autism or Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Experience of designing and delivering academic skills development, one-to-one and to groups of students, including transition to HE and return to study.
  • Understanding of legislation relating to data protection and the ability to work with confidential and sensitive information.
  • Strong IT skills including MS Office applications, assistive technologies and design software.

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with our Character Strengths and Mission Statement to incorporate into your personal statement. You will find this very beneficial if you are invited to attend for an interview and it will help you to understand our expectations of you at an early stage of the recruitment process.



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This College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Closing date:  23rd August 2019

Interview date: week commencing 26th August 2019

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, gender, gender reassignment, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age in accordance with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

The College is committed to safeguarding children and safer recruitment practices and will undertake all the required pre-employment checks on the successful candidate including an enhanced DBS Disclosure.

All data will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 For more information about how we access and use your information please visit our website – www.wsc.ac.uk/privacy-and-terms