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Laing O'Rourke Centre Communications Manager (Part Time)

This role is based in Division D (Civil, Structural, Construction and Environmental & Sustainable Development) within the Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology (the LOR Centre) at the Department's main site. The research topics grouped under this Division may be loosely categorised as those addressing issues related to civil engineering problems. The LOR Centre explores the future of construction, seeking new paradigms and innovative models for delivery, drawing on the latest research in management, construction technologies and processes. The LOR Centre was established following a major 10-year donation from Laing O'Rourke, through which the company planned to engage with, mainly, the Department of Engineering in terms of teaching (through the Construction Engineering Masters (CEM) Programme), research (through the core academic team within the LOR Centre) and consultancy (getting access to the university academics). The vision of the LOR Centre is both novel and exciting, providing the department/university with a unique opportunity to create a thought-leading hub for the entire construction/civil engineering industry.

The Communications Manager will develop and deliver the communications of the Laing O'Rourke Centre to raise and maintain the public face of the Centre with industry as a world-leading centre for teaching, research and thought leadership. The role-holder will propose, plan, prepare and deliver communications material covering the activities of the Centre, liaising with academics and research staff throughout the Centre and with the Centre's industry partners and funders. The role-holder is essential to delivering consistent and high quality communications on behalf of the Centre, maintaining the reputation of the University as a leader in the field and duties include:

  • Working on the development of the LOR Centre's communications strategy Developing the LOR Centre brand to support this activity.

  • Implementation of the LOR Centre's communications strategy. Building and directly managing the tools and processes to enable staff, students and wider industry to engage with the Centre This will involve writing copy, regular up-dating of the Centre's web site and social media and running events. The role holder will be required to prepare and commission marketing and communications material

  • Ensuring that the industrial partners, the construction and infrastructure industry and wider world are aware of the quality and impact of the LOR Centre's research and education in the field of construction engineering and technology.

  • Understanding target audience needs and expectations and ensuring that this informs communications strategy and activity.

  • Promoting the Construction Engineering Masters course.

    • Building the Construction Engineering Masters alumni network and encouraging meaningful participation from all past cohorts
  • Being an outward face of the Centre to industry, media and potential students.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2021 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 13 March 2019. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office on 01223 332615 or by email on

Please quote reference NM17211 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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