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Technical Demonstrator in the Arts (Hourly paid) - Arts

The University is seeking to appoint a variety of skilled persons into a pool of hourly paid Technical Demonstrators to support the current technical team meet the demands of growing student numbers.

With a 9am – 9pm (five days a week) timetable, expanding courses and external events.

We are looking for flexible, approachable technicians with a wide knowledge of the equipment and a broad base of skills including: traditional arts and crafts skills, experience in the use of digital media, understanding and knowledge of printmaking techniques and 3-D construction.

The post-holders will need good organisational skills, an ability to multi-task and to contribute collaboratively to a committed and creative team of technicians working within the Institute, whilst also deploying the self motivation, reliance and know-how to work independently. The post-holders will be required to work across multiple sites such as St. John’s Campus, The Garage Studios, The Hive and other University premises. S/he will need to be available to support both day-time and early evening teaching and events, therefore needing to work flexible hours. The successful candidates will be expected to have regard for, and understanding of, Health and Safety issues.

NB. If you are successful at interview you will be invited to join a pool of sessional Technical Demonstrators and we will contact you if suitable work becomes available. We are not able to guarantee employment as it will be subject to student numbers. The number of hours available might only be a few hours per week. If you have any queries please contact Taz Lovejoy, Lead Technician on 01905 542709 or discuss it with us at interview.


Closing date: Wednesday 25 Oct 2017

Reference number: ICAAC1701 - 3432

Job details

Job details

£11.19 an hour, plus holiday pay of £1.57 an hour
As soon as possible
Responsible to
Lead Technician
Responsible for
Interview date
Interview date to be confirmed

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If you have any queries or would like to visit us prior to applying, please contact Taz Lovejoy, Lead Technician on 01905 542709.



Main duties

Main duties

1. To provide a range of technical support and demonstration for staff, undergraduate and post graduate students within the Institute of the Arts. This support may include devising and delivery of practical workshops, demonstrations and written and/or verbal instruction in the set up and safe use of technical equipment and resources.

2. To operate, demonstrate and assist students and staff in one of the following areas...

The Wood Workshop- covering the safe use of hand and power tools, workshop machinery and provide technical support in the construction of materials to create/ display artworks as required.

The Printmaking Studios- covering the safe and correct use of printmaking equipment used in the following print processes; screen printing, etching, relief printing, embossing, papermaking and book binding. Duties will include the recovery of silkscreen printing screens, prior experience not essential.

3. To prepare equipment and resources for students and staff, ensuring their availability on a day-to-day basis and that they are in good and safe working order. This includes ensuring that all equipment and resources are maintained to the correct standards.

4. To organise and maintain in good order; materials, tools/ equipment stores, workshop spaces and studios.

*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. A degree or professionally recognised qualification (or equivalent), or substantial professional experience, in a relevant area of art, design or moving image studies.

2. The Wood workshop- experience in the application of workshop machinery and the ability to confidently provide instructions on how to safely use hand, power tools and workshop machinery to students and staff.

The Printmaking studios- the ability to confidently provide instruction and support to students working within screen printing, etching and relief printmaking. The ability to use a wide range of software programmes such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design and Microsoft office.

3. An understanding of Health and Safety requirements, COSHH regulations and risk assessment in the workplace.

4. Capacity to: assume significant levels of responsibility; work on own initiative with a high degree of self motivation; plan ahead; multi-task and maintain organisation in an often highly pressurised environment; cope with competing priorities and develop lateral solutions to problems.

5. Good interpersonal skills and a demonstrable aptitude for, and commitment to, successful team working.

6. A willingness to work flexibly, including in the evenings and at weekends. 


Desirable Criteria

1. Experience of working within an HE setting.

2. Industry experience in any of the workshop/ facilities areas mentioned in the essential criteria.

Physical requirements: This role involves some lifting and moving of equipment.

Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

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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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