Subject Librarian (College of Arts, Technology and Environment)

University of the West of England

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 Library, Careers and inclusivity (LCI) brings together Library Services, Careers and Enterprise, and Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity to deliver outstanding outcomes for all of our students in partnership with colleges, and other Services. Our work inputs into student recruitment and retention, academic success, student satisfaction and graduate destination outcomes.

We aim to:

  • Enable learners to become independent and confident and to achieve their full potential in respect of academic achievement and employment.
  • Ensure learners have high satisfaction levels in the area of independent access to, and use of, information.
  • Facilitate high quality research and maximise the global impact of UWE research.
  • Set a whole institution approach to inclusivity, profiling UWE as an inclusive university that places the mental wealth of students and staff as a strategic priority.

About you:

 Library Services is seeking to appoint a Subject Librarian with a specific focus on the College of Arts, Environment, and Technology (CATE), based at the Frenchay Campus Library.

You will be a qualified and experienced Librarian who enjoys working closely with academic colleagues and students to embed academic and information skills teaching within the curriculum. You will have strong liaison and influencing skills in order to work collaboratively with module and programme leaders across the College of Arts, Environment, and Technology, advising on subject resources, reading lists and academic skills support. 

You will have a strong interest in inclusivity, ready to share ideas, and/or learn how to improve what we offer, e.g., in areas such as decolonising practices.

As a senior member of the library team, you will work closely with the College Librarian and strategic forums within the College to participate in curriculum design and learning and teaching developments.

Supporting undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers, you will design and deliver high quality embedded teaching on information and academic skills, such as critical and reflective writing, planning and structuring writing, note taking, finding, and evaluating information sources. You will deliver stand-alone academic skills sessions which are open to students from all colleges, some of which are specifically aimed at international students.

You will play a pivotal role in coordinating and managing the day-to-day work of the team. You will have the opportunity to lead on a key cross-service area and will contribute to decision making and lead projects, as well as having opportunities to present innovations and developments at internal and external conferences and events. This post will particularly lead a new area of work exploring how Library Services could provide entry-level support for students using research survey and analysis tools such as NVivo.

You will line manage three (FTE) Subject Support Librarians to enable them to deliver high quality services and to develop their skills.

As a member of Library Services, you will be part of a strong and collaborative community of professional librarians and specialists, and central to the design and delivery of innovative, high quality student support.

You will have:

  • A professional qualification in a library/information related subject, e.g., CILIP or equivalent.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development, e.g.: Chartered membership of CILIP or an HEA Fellowship.
  • Experience of development and delivery of academic literacy teaching / support through a variety of online and face to face methods.
  • Proficiency in working closely with colleagues to provide effective services through confident relationship management skills.
  • Good organisational skills and be able to demonstrate broad based administrative experience in a professional service in a large complex organisation, e.g., Higher Education.
  • Excellent IT skills with current experience of MS Office online, web-based information retrieval systems and experience of analysing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data to evidence decision-making.
  • Experience of staff management and performance review processes.
  • Experience of working in libraries or similar information resource environments.

Where is this role based?

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give both our staff and students access to everything they need to succeed, while we continue to develop incredible new facilities  to enhance our offer even further.

The campus has excellent transport links ; we are within walking distance of two train stations , our bus terminus connects us to the local bus and metrobus network and we also have a range of cycling and changing facilities.

 Why UWE Bristol?

We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the Southwest with 32,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 4,000 staff from across the globe. We are both globally connected and regionally embedded, with a strong network of employer and partner connections.

We have a lot to be proud of at UWE, our achievements  include scoring above sector average for student satisfaction, we are ranked 24th in The Guardian Best UK Universities 2023 and 39th in the latest Times Higher Education ‘Table of Tables ‘.

We are an ambitious and values led  university. We’re focused on solving future global challenges through outstanding learning, world-leading research and a culture of enterprise and we are looking for people who share our core values to help us achieve those aims. 

With inclusivity as a core value, UWE Bristol recognises the power of a truly diverse university community . We support and celebrate the diversity of our staff and students as a key driver for innovation and success, promoting pathways and achievements to inspire and generate confidence and ambition.

In addition to progressive pay rates, we offer a wide range of employee benefits including:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 27 days
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year
  • career average pension schemes available for all staff groups
  • access to employee assistance programme
  • 1st month free to our Centre for Sport facilities for all new starters
  • family friendly policies and wellbeing initiatives
  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme.
  • access to a wide variety of in-house training courses and development programmes

Add your individuality to ours

Proud to be part of a vibrant, multicultural city that celebrates diversity, we’re always on the lookout for talented people from all backgrounds to join us. Our people are our strength, and diversity enhances our creativity and leads to better decision-making and problem-solving. Bring your talent and ambition to our growing staff community of over 4,000 individuals and find yourself in a stimulating and supportive environment where you’ll thrive. Add your individuality to ours to help set us apart.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Multiple Heritage or Other Minority Ethnic candidates as we are currently under-represented in these areas within UWE Bristol however all appointments are made strictly on individual merit.

Further information

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Ludo Sébire, on 0117 328 5641, or by email, [email protected] , and/or Jackie Chelin on 0117 328 3768 , or by email [email protected] . Alternatively, for an informal discussion with a peer, you can contact Abi Ward, Subject Librarian for the College of Business and Law, by email [email protected] .

This is a full-time, permanent post, working 37 hours per week.

This post is available on a job share basis for applicants wishing to work part time

As a Disability Confident employer, we welcome applications from those who identify as having a disability.

UWE Bristol is a campus-based University, and it is important for our success and the delivery of an outstanding experience for our students that our campuses are dynamic and vibrant places to learn and spend time. This role is therefore campus based for all of your time.

The University’s normal practice is that new appointments will be made at the starting point of the grade.

We may be able to sponsor qualifying candidates for this role under the Home Office Skilled Worker visa route. Please read our Skilled Worker Guidance to assess if you will be eligible to be sponsored under the criteria.

Please also refer to the Home Office Right to Work Checklist  which provides details of which documents are acceptable to prove your right to work in the UK. Should you be shortlisted you will be asked to produce your right to work documents at your interview.

Please note that UWE does not cover any visa or health surcharge costs.

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