Student Support and Wellbeing Administrator

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Durham, ENGLAND

Student Support and Wellbeing Administrator (
Job Number:
Student Support & Wellbeing Directorate
Grade 4: - £23,751 - £24,533 per annum
Open-Ended/Permanent - Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date
: 09-Jun-2024, 6:59:00 PM
Disclosure and Barring Service Requirement: Not Applicable. 

The University

At Durham University we are proud of our people.  A globally outstanding centre of educational excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other. 
Across the University we have a huge variety of roles and career opportunities, which together make us a large and successful community, which is a key hub of activity within our region and nationally.  Whether you are at the very start, middle or end of your career, there is a role for you. We believe everyone has their own unique skills to offer. 
We would be thrilled if you would consider joining our thriving University.  Further information about the University can be found here  

The Role and the Department

An exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual who is capable of working on their own initiative but also comfortable working as part of a small, busy team.

The postholder will be based within the Disability Support Service which is part of the Student Support and Wellbeing Directorate within the Colleges and Student Experience Division.

Disability Support is a University-wide service providing specialist advice and guidance for disabled students and staff working with disabled students, whether that is academic related or in another supportive capacity. The postholder will also work directly with the Director of Student Support and Wellbeing.

The duties of the role will be to:  

·        Primarily, but not exclusively, support the Director of Student Support and Wellbeing in such duties as co-ordinating diaries, arranging and servicing meetings, maintaining and monitoring the emails received by the Director, filtering enquiries, drafting and preparing documents and organising events.

·        Provide administrative support as part of the Disability Support Service Team.

·        Apply a good working knowledge of administrative systems to answer queries and resolve problems from colleagues and others.

·        Contribute to the development of office administrative systems, carrying out administrative processes and ensuring controls are in place to ensure accuracy and timeliness.

·        Any other duties that fall within the scope of the job, as allocated by the line manager following consultation with the post holder.

Working at Durham  

A competitive salary is only one part of the many fantastic benefits you will receive if you join the University: you will also receive access to the following fantastic benefits: 

•    27 Days annual leave per year in addition to 8 public holidays and 4 customary days per year – a total of 39 days per year.  The University closes between Christmas and New Year.
•    No matter how you travel to work, we have you covered.  We have parking across campus, a cycle to work scheme which helps you to buy a bike and discount with local bus and train companies.
•    Lots of support for health and wellbeing including discounted membership for our state of the art sport and gym facilities and access to a 24-7 Employee Assistance Programme.
•    On site nursery is available and access to holiday camps for children aged 5-16 throughout the year. 

•    Family friendly policies, including maternity and adoption leave, which are among the most generous in the higher education sector (and likely above and beyond many employers).
•    There is a genuine commitment to developing our colleagues professionally and personally.  There is a comprehensive range of development courses, apprenticeships and access to qualifications and routes to develop your career in the University.  All staff have dedicated annual time to concentrate on their personal development opportunities. 
•    The opportunity to take part in staff volunteering activities to make a difference in the local community
•    Discounts are available via our benefits portal including; money off at supermarkets, high street retailers, IT products such as Apple, the cinema and days out at various attractions. 
•    We offer generous pension schemes. 


Durham University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Our collective aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and we believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  
As a University equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do.  We also live by our values and our Staff Code of Conduct.  At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI.

We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  If you have taken time out of your career, and you feel it relevant, let us know about it in your application.  If you are a candidate with a disability, we are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, reasonable adjustments will be made to support people within their role.

What you need to demonstrate when you apply
To be considered for this role, here are the skills/experience we’re looking for:
1.    Five GCSE’s at least Grade C or level four (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics or equivalent experience.
2.    Experience of working in a busy office environment delivering front line administrative services or having relevant qualifications for the role.
3.    Experience of managing time to meet deadlines and working under pressure without compromising on quality.

4.    Good spoken and written communication skills.
5.    Good digital skills including experience in using digital devices and apps including the internet, email, digital communication tools, Microsoft 365 applications, digital booking systems.  Knowledge of financial systems, SharePoint and CRM systems would be advantageous.
6.    Committed to continuing professional development.
7.    Ability to solve problems and resolve straightforward issues yourself and as part of a team.
8.    Ability to provide advice and guidance to a range of colleagues and customers.

Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of personal development to maintain skills.

  • Previous experience of working in a Personal Assistant capacity organising diaries; arranging meetings across different platforms; taking and circulating minutes and organising events.

  • Experience of working in a team.

  • How to apply

    To progress to the assessment stage, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification above.  Where there are desirable criteria we would also urge you to provide any relevant evidence.  Please don’t forget to check if there is any weighted criteria (see above).

    While some criteria will be considered at the shortlisting stage, other criteria may be considered later in the assessment process, such as questions at interview.  

    Submitting your application 

    We prefer to receive applications online.  We will update you about your application at various points during the process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails 

    What you are required to submit:
    •    A CV 
    •    A covering letter which shows examples of how you meet all of the criteria within the Person Specification  

    Contact details 
    If you would like to have a chat or ask any questions about the role, Marie Sewell, Senior Disability Advisor ([email protected]) would be happy to speak to you.


    Typical Role Requirements

    Here are the kind of activities that you’ll be asked to undertake and ways in which you’ll be expected to operate.

    Service Delivery
    •    Show a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and the University’s values.
    •    Provide an excellent and timely service to our students, your colleagues and anyone else you come across as part of your role.
    •    Use your experience and problem-solving skills to resolve routine issues with things relevant to your role such as payment queries and provide information and updates to help your team find solutions.
    •    Collect, organise and record data and information accurately and provide reports as required.
    •    Promote positive wellbeing arrangements which benefit you and your team.
    •    When carrying out your role, use and apply relevant professional and regulatory standards e.g. data protection when managing data.
    •    Use standard office-based devices and applications such as word, excel and power point to deliver services.
    •    Update guidance on standard operating procedures followed by the team.
    •    Arrange meeting/event venues and travel arrangements for other team members.

    •    Resolve queries and respond to requests for information and advice and bring any complex issues to the attention of more experienced team members.
    •    Help your team organise and provide administrative services that support key activities undertaken within your service and contribute to team planning activities.
    •    Help your team ensure that products and services are adapted in response to feedback and to meet changing demands.

    •    Seek feedback from students, staff and anyone else that you come across as part of your role on their requirements from your service to ensure that their reasonable expectations are being met.
    •    Record information e.g. bookings for activities/events and respond to queries which you receive.
    •    Liaise with staff in other areas, professional organisations and agencies to ensure that services are being delivered in an efficient and collaborative way.
    •    Liaise with external suppliers, contractors, specialists and service providers to plan the delivery of services and events.
    •    Provide support for meetings, working groups and committees, such as preparing and sending documents for meetings, drafting reports and taking minutes.

    •    Any other reasonable duties.

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