University of the West of England
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Grade F - £30,046 - £33,797 per annum, pro rata
Information for Applicants - HAS 2020.pdf
R02408 - Science Writer - HAS - Job description.pdf
About us: A Science Writer is required to join the team producing Science for Environment Policy. The person appointed will contribute to a range of materials produced by the Science for Environment Policy service: (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/index_en.htm) including writing articles for the weekly electronic News Alert,
writing policy briefs as required, and participating in systematic content selection for the service.
Science for Environment Policy is produced by the Science Communication Unit, UWE, and published on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment. The weekly news service is distributed free to over 20,000 subscribers and presents accessible summaries of scientific papers for environmental policymakers in Europe. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a vibrant team dedicated to facilitating the transfer of research knowledge to the policy community in Europe.
The Science Communication Unit is internationally renowned for its diverse and innovative activities, designed to engage the public with science. Recently designated a University Centre of Excellence, the Unit has particularly built a reputation in practical delivery of science communication projects as well as a growing reputation in science communication research. Recent practical projects delivered by the Science Communication Unit include ClairCity, on urban air pollution, and RETHINK, dedicated to rethinking the European science communication ecosystem. The Unit also undertakes horizon scanning work, recently delivering a report on the ethics of artificial intelligence for the European Parliament.
The Science Communication Unit is committed to improving the quality of interactions between science and society and training would-be science communicators via our flagship MSc in Science Communication and PgCert in Practical Science Communication. Dedicated continuing professional development workshops, including our successful Science Communication Masterclasses, provide opportunities for practitioners to enhance their knowledge and skills sets. A bespoke training programme allows organisations, such as the Research Councils and MRC Research Units to benefit from specific expertise within the unit.
About you: We are looking for experienced writers with a practical understanding of writing about science for a non-expert audience. Experience of writing for policy audiences and to weekly deadlines is desirable. All applicants must have good attention to detail, familiarity with working directly from scientific papers and with referencing conventions, and a flair for accurate, accessible and engaging communication in written form.
You will have excellent time-management and organisational skills, demonstrate the ability to meet targets and deadlines (including with longer pieces of writing), and must also have the initiative to read, absorb, and produce complex scientific content within exact timeframes. Demonstrable interest and familiarity with environmental research or policy topics will be beneficial in this role.
You will need a degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience. A postgraduate qualification in Science Communication or similar will be beneficial, as will experience of editing.
All material produced by the writer must place research in a suitable policy context. It must match the style of material currently produced by Science for Environment Policy, and be suited to an international audience of policymakers and other interested, but not expert, users of research, e.g. industry audiences.
The post is offered on a fixed term basis until 30th November 2021 (with the possibility of extension for 2022 and 2023) and is a part-time of 18.5 hours/week.
About UWE Bristol: We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with over 30,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 3,800 staff. We are both globally connected and regionally embedded, with strong employer and partner connections. Our staff and students come from over 160 countries making this a diverse, dynamic and rewarding place to work and study.
We are an ambitious university. Together, our people are working hard to advance knowledge, inspire people and transform futures. We are looking for people with the skills and ambition to help us achieve those aims.
We have a lot to be proud of at UWE, our achievements include an impressive 88% overall student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Satisfaction survey, placing us 2nd of all universities in England and 7th in the UK. We are 6th in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey) and importantly, 96% of UWE Bristol graduates are in employment or further study within six months after graduation. We have also achieved TEF Gold status, have been ranked 21st in The Guardian Best UK Universities 2021 and 29th in the latest Times Higher Education 'Table of Tables'.
Bristol itself is a hub of social and cultural activity and is a big pull for students and employers alike. A city with a creative and fiercely independent mindset, a vibrant music scene, great restaurants and interesting business ventures. Bristol was the first British city to win the European Green Capital award in 2015, The Sunday Times newspaper named Bristol the best city to live in Britain thanks to its culture, nightlife and proximity to beautiful countryside while National Geographic listed Bristol as 11th in the world's 'cool list' destinations, ahead of Paris and Amsterdam, so it’s not surprising Bristol is consistently named as one of the best places to live and work in the UK.
Frenchay Campus: 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 – with £300m having been invested recently on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation while incredible new facilities continue to be developed to enhance our offer even further.
Frenchay campus has excellent transport links; as well as being located near the motorway network 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, making our campus the ideal place to work for those commuting to Bristol.
In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of employee benefits including:
- a generous holiday allowance of 27 days pro rata
- up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year
- flexible working
- excellent defined benefit pension schemes
- access to employee assistance programme
- ongoing learning and development opportunities
- family friendly policies and wellbeing initiatives
- onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus.
- savings on purchases via Wider Wallet scheme
- option to participate in the cycle to work scheme