Climate Emergency Project Administrator

University of Exeter (Graduate Business Partnership)
18189.00 GBP Annual + GBP18,189 per annum pro rata
13 Jun 2019
17 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Part Time

The Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) is a GBP 30 million interdisciplinary centre at the Penryn Campus of the University of Exeter leading cutting-edge research into solutions to problems of climate change; in doing so we are enhancing people's lives by improving their relationships with the environment. The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research being rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. The University offers some fantastic benefits including generous holiday entitlements, options for flexible working, an onsite gym, parking and a stunning campus environment. Take a look at our careers site ( ) for more information.

Cornwall will appeal if you wish to work in beautiful surroundings with plenty of opportunities for sporting and outdoor activities. The campus is a few minutes' walk from Penryn and only 10 minutes from Falmouth, which is the centre of Cornwall's creative scene, with businesses, studios, shops and galleries, and great live music across the town. Falmouth's seven beaches, beautiful rivers and the world-famous marina also make it a haven for those who love sand, sailing and surf.

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The University of Exeter has declared an environment and climate emergency and, by bringing together our world leading experts on climate change and the environment, we will develop a strategy and a set of actions that has substance and will make a difference based on evidence and science. Professor Juliet Osborne, Director of the Environment and Sustainability Institute, will be chairing a working group bringing together staff and students so that the University moves from declaring a climate emergency to a plan of action to respond to that emergency by the Autumn. This GBP role will help to coordinate and provide administrate this working group. This part-time role is available immediately for 6 months and is part of the Graduate Business Partnership Scheme.

This part-time role (29.2 hours per week / 4 days per week, working pattern flexible) is available immediately for 6 months and is part of the Graduate Business Partnership Scheme.

Purpose of Role

The holder of this fixed-term (6 months) part-time post will be based within the University of Exeter's Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), but will work across the University encompassing all of the Devon and Cornwall Campuses.

The post will assist Professor Juliet Osborne with the University's environment and climate emergency working group. The post holder will coordinate the logistics and administration and provide general support for the working group.

To collect data on current sustainability issues and initiatives across the University campuses and report to the Working Group.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To coordinate and service the Climate Emergency Working Group meetings, including preparing the agenda and papers, taking notes and collating updates on actions.
  • To undertake related admin including booking rooms, ordering catering, organising travel, etc.
  • To collate and respond to feedback from the wider University staff and student bodies.
  • To liaise with other relevant sustainability groups, such as working groups and the Strategic Board, as well as other key internal and external stakeholders.
  • To support the rolling out of initiatives - including organising events and meetings, assisting with communications, collecting data and presenting findings.
  • There may be the requirement to undertake occasional travel to the Devon and Truro campuses.
  • The post holder is expected to establish effective working relationships with members of the working group and to build collaborative relationships with other key personnel.

This job description summarises the main duties and accountabilities of the post and is not comprehensive; the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties of similar level and responsibility.

Level of Support

The Graduate Business Partner will meet regularly with Dr Richard Hoggett, who will lead their day-to-day activities, to discuss tasks and priorities for the projects.

The post holder will also meet with the ESI Senior Administrator as their line manager on a regular basis to discuss how the role is developing as well as support for training and development.




• A relevant degree from a UK university, achieved within the last 3 years

• Right to work in the UK for the duration of the internship.

Skills and Understanding

  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to work independently under own initiative.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and targets.
  • Understanding of and commitment to sustainability values.

    Prior Experience

  • In-depth experience in the use of IT applications including Microsoft Office.
  • Experience in organising meetings, agendas and papers.

    Behavioral Characteristics

    • Methodical approach to work.

    • Confidential.


    Skills and Understanding

  • Awareness of carbon targets and the environment and climate emergency.

    Prior Experience

  • Experience of working on sustainability initiatives.
  • Experience of stakeholder engagement and liaison.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunities employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

To apply for this role please complete our internship application which can be downloaded here: Please send your completed form to us by clicking APPLY NOW


Application closing date: 27 June 2019

Interview date: W/c 8 July 2019

Start date: ASAP

End date: 6 months from start

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