This year, the University of Winchester are delighted to launch our Graduate Project Leader scheme which offers 20 positions across our departments and faculties to lead on live projects within the University community.
These projects are aimed at our undergraduate graduates of 2018 who are keen to gain additional experience following study at Winchester to enhance their portfolios and skills. This scheme will see successful applicants working in a team at Winchester on a project and be part of a cohort of 20 graduates who will receive training, advice and skills development sessions throughout their two months employment.
The Graduate Project Lead vacancies are now live which consist of twenty two month posts across our services and Faculties offering graduates of 2018 the opportunity to gain a workplace project leadership experience.
List of roles:
1. Graduate Project Leader (Education Studies Community)
The BA (Hon) Education Studies is a large and complex programme (250+ students) – with two specialised pathways and five subject combinations with other departments. It is important to the nature and traditions of the programme to keep stimulating community development within the student cohort, across awards, levels, and even post-graduation. The timing of this internship coincides with the start of the academic year, which is an ideal time to set the tone for the Education Studies community, and create that sense of belonging.
2. Graduate Project Leader (Development of Work-Placement Infrastructure)
Working closely with the Faculty Work Placement Lead and a Department Administrator in the Business School, the Graduate Project Lead will create and set up systems and processes to build a Faculty work-placement infrastructure with a focus on the promotion and engagement of students with work placement opportunities. The project will include taking responsibility for the setting up and co-ordination of this year’s Faculty Awards Ceremony which is a key event for the Faculty which brings together employers, staff, students, their families and friends to celebrate their success.
3. Graduate Project Leader (Staff access to Student Records System)
ITS and Registry need to overhaul security access to SITS (Student Record system) to take advantage of the new features provided by our software supplier and to comply with GDPR.
The project will require examination of staff roles to inform the decision on how access will be managed for the Student Record System. The successful applicant will also explore the options available within the software to ascertain what SITS is able to provide at different levels of access and work with the team to model how this might work within the University. This would include defining roles within the system and matching these to the requirements of roles within the University, grouping together roles with similar access requirements.
Findings should be presented as a written report. This would be through consultation with users and guidance from ITS and Registry. Successful completion of this process should lead to a review of the ‘request for SITS access’ form.
4. Graduate Project Leader (Theatre Director – Keats Bicentenary Show)
Two hundred years ago – in autumn 1819 – the romantic poet John Keats visited Winchester to stay for a few months. During his stay in Winchester, he would write his most famous poem, ‘To Autumn’. As part of the Keats anniversary celebrations being coordinated by Winchester City Council, and featuring in Visit Winchester’s tourist guide for 2019, the University of Winchester is working in cooperation with the Hampshire Writers’ Society and Blue Apple Theatre, to present a special show at the Theatre Royal Winchester on 7 October to celebrate the bicentenary of Keats’s fruitful sojourn in our city. The show will be called ‘Two Hundred Yeats of Autumn’ and will include readings, drama, music, film and dance, including new work produced by one of the trustees of the Keats Foundation. We are seeking a director for this show, with experience in theatre performance and direction, who will be responsible for artistic management, stage direction and organisational liaison for this theatrical production and any associated recordings.
5. Graduate Project Leader (Theatre Producer – Keats Bicentenary Show)
Two hundred years ago – in autumn 1819 – the romantic poet John Keats visited Winchester to stay for a few months. During his stay in Winchester, he would write his most famous poem, ‘To Autumn’. As part of the Keats anniversary celebrations being coordinated by Winchester City Council, and featuring in Visit Winchester’s tourist guide for 2019, the University of Winchester is working in cooperation with the Hampshire Writers’ Society and Blue Apple Theatre, to present a special show at the Theatre Royal Winchester on 7 October to celebrate the bicentenary of Keats’s fruitful sojourn in our city. The show will be called ‘Two Hundred Yeats of Autumn’ and will include readings, drama, music, film and dance, including new work produced by one of the trustees of the Keats Foundation. We are seeking an individual who will act as producer & production manager for this show, with experience in theatre production, who will be responsible for the logistical organisation and liaison, stage production and stage management, resource/budget management and promotion of this show and any associated recordings.
6. Graduate Project Leader (Producer – Arts Promotional Films)
The Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester is planning to make a series of short films promoting the Faculty’s cultural partnerships, provision and events. The successful individual would produce a series of short promotional films promoting subject areas within the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty’s cultural opportunities, partnerships and public engagements, intended for use at open days and other events and online. We are seeking a producer for these films, an individual with strong experience of short film production and direction, with good knowledge of pre-production, production and post-production techniques, including planning, budgeting, camera operation, sound, lighting, editing and organisational management, communication & external liaison skills.
7. Graduate Project Leader (Director – Arts Promotional Films)
The Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester is planning to make a series of short films promoting the Faculty’s cultural partnerships, provision and events. The successful individual would direct a series of short promotional films promoting subject areas within the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty’s cultural opportunities, partnerships and public engagements, intended for use at open days and other events and online. We are seeking a director for these films, an individual with strong experience of short film production and direction, with good knowledge of pre-production, production and post-production techniques, including planning, direction, camera operation, sound, lighting, cinematography, editing, interviewing, communication and external liaison skills.
8. Graduate Project Leader (Developing Strategy for a Better World)
This is an exciting time to join the Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) team, as the University develops its ambitious new ten year strategy. Strategies play an essential role in framing and shaping a University’s place in the world, also embodying its vision of where it wants to be. Research and knowledge exchange are essential components of the university’s mission and vision, and the RKE Centre will soon be embarking on developing its new strategy. The successful candidate will be playing a crucial role in shaping this, gathering evidence to inform its direction.
The role holder will lead a project to explore staff perceptions of how their RKE work relates (or not) to the concepts of sustainability and social justice, founded on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. They will have the opportunity to gain mentoring from a professor and work as part of a small, friendly team of administrators, to lead a research project which gathers data through a combination of an online survey, discussions with academics and professional staff in focus groups and desk-based analysis of existing data sets.
The outcome of the project will be a report with recommendations for how the RKE team can take forward a meaningful, bold vision for its new RKE strategy to ensure that staff and students’ work in these areas makes a difference in the world.
9. Graduate Project Leader (Reduction in Use of Single Plastics)
In connection with the University’s pledge to reduce its use of single use plastics:
- Create and perform a range of stakeholder engagement programmes for students, staff, Senior Management Team and external bodies in connection with the mapping of the use of single use plastics at the University.
- Engagement programme would include, but not be limited to, discussion groups, workshops and drop-in sessions. Prepare and produce the necessary advertising and programme materials necessary for the engagement activities.
- Working with the University of Winchester Business School, devise and launch a competition for students to come up with an idea to support the reduction in use of single use plastics that would be implemented by the University, including objectives, criteria for judging and prizes.
- Provide analysis, feedback and recommendations from the engagement programmes orally and in writing to be presented to the various Single Use Plastic Groups and key stakeholders.
10. Graduate Project Leader (Climate 4 Change 2020)
Following a successful performance of four short plays about Climate Change at Winchester Theatre Royal in 2019, the Faculty of Arts is planning to stage another Climate Change theatre show ‘Climate 4 Change 2020’. This time we will use external participants to inform the content, and the Graduate Project Leader will run a number of practical workshop sessions at local schools and businesses to get pupils and staff thinking about their views on Climate Change and the environment in a creative way, coming up with settings, characters, and stories. After these workshops, the Graduate Project Leader will liaise with student writers from the Creative Writing programmes and between them will form ideas for a series of short plays. The students will then write these, and they will be performed by Performing Arts students at Winchester Theatre Royal in Spring 2020, with participating schools and businesses invited to attend. The Graduate Project Leader will be involved with the pre-production process in an advisory role as appropriate from discussions with the staff lead, depending on previous experience.
11. Graduate Project Leader (UWIN Aspire Creative Communities)
UWIN Aspire is the University of Winchester’s programme of access and outreach activity for partner schools in and around North Hampshire. The programme aims to raise aspirations towards and knowledge of higher education for students from under-represented backgrounds. All of our activity is impartial and focuses on breaking down barriers to higher education.
Creative Communities is a pilot initiative that aims to meet an identified need for creative digital skills in our local communities and will inform future strategic decision in our widening access and participation activity, , in line with commitments made within the University’s Access and Participation Plan.
The Project Lead would be given a flexible remit to develop innovative ideas for activity that engage young people and key stakeholders within their local community including schools staff, parents and local charities. Initially, the project would involve engaging academics and professionals with expertise in creative digital technologies in designing a programme of activity. The Project Lead would be required to develop a marketing and communications strategy for the project and ensure the project is delivered within the timescales and budget. Lastly, they would work closely with the Evaluation and Research Officer to develop mechanisms for robust evaluation and monitoring of the initiative, providing a final report to the Director of Widening Participation, with potential for wider dissemination as a case study across the Southern Universities Network (SUN).
Key responsibilities would include:
· Develop and deliver a pilot programme focused on creative and digital skills within the local community for two secondary schools
· Manage the project budget
· Develop and implement a marketing and communications strategy to promote the project
· Evaluate and report on the project outcomes
· Lead ambassadors in the delivery of activity
12. Graduate Project Leader – (Student Experience Research Project)
This project would focus on a number of key areas all of which would help inform the Recruitment, conversion and Retention agenda. The aim would be to carry out market research into a number of key areas including:
· A decline and acceptance survey – why did students accept an offer from Winchester and why did students decline an offer
· Marketing materials – what works for our students and what doesn’t work for our students and why
· Transition Workshops with First Year students – what do students need to help them transition from school/college into HE
· Schools and Colleges data – Working with the team to look data from various sources e.g. DataHE, Datafiltr and Tableau to identify where our students from and where we might seek out new leads
· Student Experience: Welcome Week and Arrivals weekend first impressions. To work with the Arrivals and Welcome Week team in gathering this information, analysing feedback and identifying change
13. Graduate Project Leader (Review of Faculty Research Ethics Processes)
The aim of this internship is to complete a small-scale project which will identify and report on the ethics scrutiny and approval processes currently in use in each Faculty. With support from the Chair of the Ethics Committee, the intern will design a small-scale project to:
· identify the key people involved in the Faculty processes and the main areas of activity,
· gather process data from those with appropriate oversight,
· map each Faculty’s approach (primarily for staff projects but also identifying if dissertation level research is scrutinised and how) – considering strengths /weaknesses and development needs,
· present this information in a report, drawing conclusions for future action.
14. Graduate Project Leader (Launch of the Alumni Ambassador Scheme)
Supporting the institutional priorities of student recruitment as well as graduate employability are central to the current work of the alumni team. The Alumni Ambassadors Scheme is a key project in advancing this agenda through channelling alumni pride in their institution into volunteer roles with the purpose of recruiting prospective students to the University of Winchester. Empowering our alumni to act as informed, engaged ambassadors will bring additional, valuable resource to the Winchester student recruitment effort around the world. The Alumni Ambassadors Scheme is in its foundation stages and therefore this Graduate Project Leader would be responsible for officially launching the scheme.
15. Graduate Project Leader (The Effect of Caffeine on Workload Stress)
The study is investigating the effects of caffeine and a workload stressor on a range of cognitive functions (e.g., attention, memory and problem solving). We are hoping the study will contribute to our understanding of the synergistic effects of experiencing work-related stress and caffeine consumption on cognitive functioning. The Graduate Project Leader will be responsible for recruiting participants to the study, data collection and data entry.
16. Graduate Project Leader (Community Stakeholder Project)
The project lead will be responsible for the development of a local stakeholder group for the new Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB). This project will build on the initial work on stakeholders and communication planning that is taking place in the set up of the new Faculty.
The project manager will explore the recommendations of the Civic Universities Agreement and how to apply them to further build on relationships between the programmes in HWB and the local community. The project will also include reflecting on how to apply the university wide community impact strategy at a faculty level.
The output of this project will be a report making recommendations and plans for the implementation of the four point recommendations from the Civic Universities Agreement (CUA) in relation to the local external stakeholders of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
17. Graduate Project Leader (Statutory Reporting)
The project will involve working with the Finance and Planning team, with the production of year end accounts. This will entail analysing year end financial data for presentation in the financial statements and preparing the supporting schedule for audit.
Individual tasks will include
· Data Analysis and Presentation
· Production of audit schedules
· Transactional Investigations
· Carry out initial draft of financial narrative including explanations and potential recommendations if appropriate
18. Graduate Project Leader (Student Engagement)
The project aim is to gather information about the relationship between academic resilience self-efficacy and student engagement. The project is designed to span the duration of the academic year and collect data at several phases. The graduate lead will be involved in the initial implementation and the first wave of data collection and analysis. The following duties and responsibilities are expected:
1) Conduct a review of relevant literature and prepare a written summary (1500 words)
2) Creation of the survey using Qualtrics software
3) Recruitment of participants
4) Analysis of the first wave of data
5) Write up of the initial findings, including recommendations for potential initiatives to support the development of academic resilience and resilient learning behaviours.
6) Disseminate the project goals and findings, for example at an internal workshop (e.g. Learning Lunch).
19. Graduate Project Leader (Exploring Diversity within Resource Lists)
As the Library’s Graduate Project Leader you will be working on a unique project assessing the diversity of reading materials within Talis Aspire Resource Lists at the University of Winchester.
Across the university sector there is a risk that resource lists largely consist of works by white, male authors, severely limiting the perspectives and interpretations that would otherwise be available to students from a diverse range of authors. This lack of representation of marginalised groups in reading lists can negatively impact the student experience of our diverse student body, potentially leaving many disenfranchised and unable to identify with their reading.
As the graduate leader for this project, your responsibilities will be as follows:
- To perform a literature review of any available literature on the diversity of authors in academic reading lists.
- To analyse the diversity of authors in a sample of University of Winchester resource lists.
- To assess whether there is a lack of diversity within resource lists at the University of Winchester and how this can be addressed.
- To present a written report to module leaders and present an oral presentation to subject librarians.
As the Graduate Project Leader for the Library, you will lead this project with the guidance of your mentor and other library staff. In this role you will also have the opportunity to work alongside library staff and observe the inner workings of an academic library.
20. Graduate Project Leader (Content Creator)
· The primary responsibility would be to identify and create both informational content and materials to support specific aspects of practical ‘hands on’ learning and teaching.
· The intern would run a project definition workshop (PDW) and create a project plan for the internship. Guidance will be provided to enable this and refine the goals and objectives; identify resources and start creating content,
· As content creator for the Psychology Department this might include production of; instructional videos, infographics, checklists or other written materials. The project definition phase would inform further the specifics
· Additionally, the intern might intersperse creation of assets with technician directed tasks required to prepare for teaching in the coming academic year. These tasks are essential for delivering an exceptional experience (particularly for practical workshops) during the academic term.