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Media Lab Operative - open to University of Worcester students only

Media Lab project work to date has largely involved the following areas: website development, mobile applications development, video production work, design and illustration projects.

It is anticipated that those ‘new’ to the Media Lab and its associated projects will often have a more supporting or junior role in project work until such a time as they have proven they can work more independently. It is believed that the work-based learning opportunities on offer through the Media Lab will, over time, develop involved student’s confidence, experience and ability to a point where more demanding or complex project roles may be undertaken.
This experience, supported by a portfolio of successfully completed projects, will be invaluable in enhancing involved students CV’s. It will also provide students with clear and citable examples of relevant experience that they can market to prospective employers in the future.

Media Lab projects are derived from both internal and external clients, via the network of contacts managed by the Business Development Office of WBS, as well as relationships developed by members of the academic community within the University. On occasions, the Media Lab may also be contacted by external organisations looking to support internships or other opportunities, on a part time basis. Students recruited by the Media Lab will therefore have access to this broader range of opportunities also.
Finally, it will be possible from 2018/19 for WBS students to seek credit for their work through the Media Lab in linking projects to accredited Work-Based Project modules as part of the BA/ BSc (Hons) programmes, at both levels 5 and 6.

Contract hours for each project will range from just a few to 100+, depending upon the project in question. However, it is recognised that some students will only wish to join the Media Lab to use the facilities and to learn from others, rather than to be attached to live projects in their own right. The Media Lab will be supportive and inclusive regarding this type of interest and it is hoped that students can still benefit from the guidance, training and support on offer from University of Worcester staff “specialists” who are attached to the Media lab.

At any one time there will be a number of Media Lab projects that are ongoing, and a number that are in the ‘scoping’ phase. We are also expecting that over time students who have developed good commercial knowledge, skills and insight might consider other opportunities available within WBS such as business start-up and incubation support.


*Rates of pay:

There are 3 pay rates, depending on the type of activity undertaken:
• Entry and initial project work- £8.63 p/h, this is equivalent to £16,654 a year (pro rata for part time hours).
• Intermediate - £8.98 p/h, this is equivalent to £17,326 a year (pro rata for part time hours).
• Advanced - £9.47 p/h, this is equivalent to £18,263 a year (pro rata for part time hours).
Rates of pay for each project role will be confirmed by the WBS Enterprise Manager on a project by project basis. Unless specifically stated, it will be assumed that the rate of pay will be at the entry award level.
It is also worth noting that a minimum level of income cannot be guaranteed. This can be due to a numbers of reasons; including lack of forward visibility of work, the specific timing of work flow coming into the Media Lab, or simply that some work will not require certain skill sets.
Selection methods:

• 15-minute individual interview with Staff.
• Satisfactory completion of time limited specified project work
Confirmation at interview that you are happy to undertake an unpaid introductory training session on principles and working practices of the media lab.


Making your application:

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Closing date: Tuesday 14 Nov 2017

Reference number: BUS1703 - 3450

Job details

Job details

£8.63 - £9.47 per hour* (FTE salary £16,654 - £18,263)
Part time - as agreed*
As soon as possible
Responsible to
Enterprise Manager
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed

Worcester Business School

Explore the Worcester Business School

“We champion an imaginative ethos that combines sound business principles with instinctive commercial drive”
Mark Richardson, Head of Worcester Business School



Rooted in the region, supporting business growth and leading the employability agenda, Worcester Business School (incorporating the Computing Subject Group) is interdisciplinary and outward-looking. Our strong emphasis on business enterprise and work-related learning delivers immediate benefit for our graduates, their organisations and the regional economy.

The University of Worcester is one of the UK’s most supportive universities. We have an established heritage of outstanding teaching.

We add value to individuals and organisations by:

• Providing graduates for the regional job market.
• Increasing the skills of the regional workforce through professional and management development courses.
• Working to improve business productivity and opportunity through research and consultancy.
• Improving the regional knowledge economy.
• Enhancing business opportunities for the region.
• Attracting new students, staff and businesses to the region.
• Providing a focal point for discussions and activities to support business growth programmes.
• Offering placement opportunities in regional and national organisations.
• Bringing business expertise into the classroom and curriculum.
• Generating opportunities for international connections and intercultural experience.



Main duties

Main duties

Students in the Media Lab may, at some point in their development, engage in some or all of the following depending on the projects they are engaged on:

• Developing and modifying responsive websites.
• Coding related to either front and/or backend.
• General online research.
• Organising and developing content.
• Graphic and new media design.
• Project managing.
• Problem solving.
• Working and meeting with clients.
• Working with others in small teams to problem solve.
• Editing and writing for the web (Media Lab Blog).
• Wireframing and prototyping
• Video and camera work
• Editing and post production work.
• Photography, optimization and image editing.
• Editing copy for websites.
• Using the Adobe Creative Suite.
• Using various editors and related design software and plugins.
• Coding in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
• Developing and customising social media channels.
• Developing and implementing interactive components of websites.
• Undertaking work for charities.
• Attending group or project meetings.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.



Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. Skill in at least one of the following areas:

• Web Development
• Writing and Editing for the Web
• Video Editing and Production
• Graphic Design/Illustration

2. Punctual and consistent attendance.

3. Ability to work to set deadlines.

4. Effective listening skills.

5. Ability to communicate confidently and clearly with a wide range of people both orally and in writing


Desirable Criteria

1. Passion for the creation of new media, website development etc.

2. Ability to learn new ways of working.

3. Effective team working skills.

4. Ability to work on own initiative.

5. Excellent organisational skills.

Applications from Non EEA Workers:
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Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.



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