PR and Media Officer

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, ENGLAND
Deadline: 06 Dec 2023


Recently named the UK University of the Year by Times Higher Education, Northumbria University has a treasure trove of stories to tell and successes to share.

We are looking for someone to join our Corporate Communications and Reputation Management team to help to continue to build the University’s reputation, both externally and internally, through integrated PR campaigns and activity. 

You will help us to drive the development of a consistent and impactful narrative around the University’s many stories, making them simple, understandable, and relevant to key audience groups. In addition, you will contribute to communications and PR management in response to issues, incidents, or crisis situations. This includes being part of an on-call rota.

This busy and exciting role involves preparing press releases and statements; drafting project briefs and communication plans; developing content for print and digital channels for a full range of audiences; copywriting; editing; proofing; managing photography and film shoots; and editing photography and film footage. The ability to build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels is vital.

This is a fixed term contract to run until May 2024.

In addition to the highly rewarding working environment this position offers, you will also be entitled to take advantage of a range of great rewards and benefits.

Interviews are expected to be held w/c 19 June.


The Corporate Communications and Reputation Management team is responsible for the creation and dissemination of the majority of Northumbria's news and communications updates through a variety of responsibilities. This includes liaising with international, national and regional media outlets; generating and developing news stories largely based on academic research; managing internal corporate level communications to students and staff; and managing messaging and communications channels in the event of any incident or crisis.


To be successful in the role you will have experience of working in a communications, PR or journalist role, including dealing with the media; experience of developing and delivering complex, multi-channel communications plans; experience of managing internal and external PR around potential issues or crisis situations and have excellent writing skills. 

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now'.  Your application should include a covering letter and a CV. 


At Northumbria, we embrace tomorrow. We pursue new thinking, forge new partnerships, create, and exchange new knowledge, and find new solutions. Our inspirational academics, partners and students work together to tackle tomorrow’s challenges head on. We are ready for the future whatever it may hold. 

Awarded the title of

University of the Year

 in the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards, Northumbria University is a research-intensive modern university with a global reputation for academic excellence. 

Northumbria recorded the biggest rise of any UK university for research power in the Research Excellence Framework for the second time in 2021 and is now ranked top 25 for this measure. 

One of the largest universities in the UK with over 37,000 students from 137 countries, filled with world-leading research, award-winning partnerships, and students at the heart of an outstanding experience, Northumbria is a new kind of excellent university.  Discover more

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Northumbria University is a great place to work.  We empower our exceptional people to achieve shared ambitions and promote a positive work life balance.  To say thank you, we offer a wide range of benefits including excellent pension schemes, flexible working, a generous holiday entitlement, continued commitment to your learning and development and


We are an on-campus organisation where colleagues work regular patterns of hours and on campus, with some flexibility on the timing of their hours and the location of their work in discussion with their manager. 

Northumbria University is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our staff.  We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community.  The University holds a bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, we are a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the Race Equality Charter and are participating in the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme.  

The University has implemented a range of flexible working arrangements, and we are happy to explore candidate requirements as part of the recruitment process.  

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