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Academic Personal Assistant

£39,000 - £39,000
 

Job Description

We are seeking a dedicated and highly organised Academic Personal Assistant to provide comprehensive support to an academic faculty member. The role involves providing academic support to a faculty member who requires assistance for challenges arising from a brain injury. Dr Alec Knight is the full-time senior lecturer in medical education. In this role his primary roles are leading the educational research agenda / output and medical education primary-care teaching projects (Student Selected Projects, Scholarly Projects and Quality Improvement Projects) for the KUMEC team (King’s Undergraduate Medical Education in the Community) The Academic Personal Assistant will play a vital role in assisting with various administrative  tasks, ensuring the smooth operation of academic activities including research, teaching and administration. The post will be offered for three months in the first instance, after which time it will be reviewed.



 



Qualifications

Essential




  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field

  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and research software/tools.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information.



Desirable




  • Prior experience in an academic or research environment



Skills

Key Responsibilities:



Administrative Support:




  • Help to manage and organize the academic's schedule, including meetings, appointments, and travel arrangements.

  • Assist with the handling and organisation of email correspondence and prioritising urgent matters.

  • Prepare and edit documents, presentations, and research materials as needed.

  • Maintain an efficient system for organising emails, academic papers, research data, and administrative records.



Research Assistance:




  • Assist in gathering research materials, literature reviews, and other relevant documents as required.

  • Help with organisation of data analysis, using software or tools as required (e.g. EndNote, QSR NVivo).

  • Collaborate in the preparation and submission of research grants, proposals, and manuscripts.



Communication:




  • Facilitate communication between the academic and students, colleagues, and external partners.

  • Coordinate and schedule meetings, seminars, and workshops.

  • Draft and proofread academic communications, reports, and publications.



Project Coordination:




  • Support the planning and execution of academic projects, conference attendance, teaching, etc.

  • Monitor project timelines and deadlines, ensuring tasks are completed on schedule.



Technical Assistance:




  • Provide support with Outlook and other Office software, as well as academic software, research tools, and equipment.

  • Assist in setting up and managing research projects (e.g. systematic reviews).

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+ shadowing classes/training for each session prior to starting independently on Wednesday 29th.



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The time requirement for this role is 15 hours total (12 hours of classes + 3 hours of training).



Qualifications

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Skills

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Job purpose



To main focus of the post holder is dedicated to effectively provide confidential, professional administrative support to the Head of Housing Services and to the Housing Services team. To effectively provide a customer focused reception service of excellence for Housing Services. To be the first point of contact for, and to represent the team, both internally and externally, whether in person, by telephone or by email, responding to all generic enquiries or by referral to an appropriate team member when escalating non-routine enquiries.



The post holder will be required to support the Head of Housing Services in delivering a customer focused service of excellence; providing advice and guidance encompassing the broad range of housing options available to students and staff.  The range of this role is not limited to the Queen Mary halls of residence, but includes nominated private providers, private housing as well as homestay or short stay options.



 



Main duties and responsibilities




  • To provide a customer focused first point of contact to students, staff and private landlords, the public and other external bodies, judging when to pass on or escalate complex queries.

  • To check all applications received for housing eligibility, and issue relevant and timely feedback to applicants.

  • To represent Housing Services at all Queen Mary internal and external events, particularly at main residential arrival and departure days, to provide and sustain a positive image for Residential Services

  • To manage and keep updated the Housing Services team diaries.

  • To check the accuracy and relevance of information and imagery on the Residential Services website..

  • To provide administrative support to the Housing Services team.

  • To advise the Head of Housing Services on noticeable trends in customer enquiries.

  • To be flexible at key times within the university calendar to support the delivery of services that will be outside normal business hours, which will include working in the evenings and at weekends

  • To comply with all Queen Mary and Directorate policies and procedures and demonstrate a commitment to the Directorate purpose statement and values

  • To implement recognised good practice in communication and cohesion, to promote the culture and behavioural change programme that has been embarked upon by the Directorate.



Qualifications

GCSE, NVQ (Level 3) or City and Guilds in English and Maths or equivalent



Skills

  • Significant experience working within an HEI or privately built student residential environment

  • Significant experience working in a customer service environment providing exceptional customer service

  • Understanding of the relevant regulations and national codes of practice and the implications of non-compliance

  • Experience managing conflicts, resolving or escalating complaints, with the ability to use own initiative to handle difficult situations with tact and sensitivity

  • Familiarity with budgeting and financial management

  • Knowledge and understanding of HEI Admissions systems, key dates and SITS student record system

  • Knowledge of the private sector housing market



Skills/Abilities




  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with staff and external contacts at all levels

  • Computer literate with a good knowledge of Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel

  • Able to plan, manage and monitor a variety of commitments, balancing workloads to meet service demands

  • Excellent attention to detail and a systematic approach to work

  • Friendly, approachable, diplomatic and able to relate to people

  • Flexible attitude and willing to learn, develop and improve both individually or as part of a team



Other




  • Able to deal with personal, private and confidential issues with appropriate discretion (Data Protection Act)

  • Able to manage job role in line with customer expectation of Equality and Diversity Policy

  • Able to identify resolutions to problems and utilise analytical skills

About us



The Data Governance and Security team with SED develops, maintains, and supports system and process security, data governance, data protection compliance, regulatory reporting, and external and internal audit requirements. The team ensures that strategies and procedures in relation to these areas are fit for purpose and is responsible for providing a ‘gold source’ of all student and course information data to ensure best practice.



About the role



The Senior Student Data Assurance Officer will provide assurance and operational support to colleagues engaged in both internal/external reporting and in business as usual activites that rely on the quality of our student data. This will entail the provision of end-to-end administrative support in triaging enquiries, resolving student data quality issues, supporting the statutory HESA data return (submitted in August and September 2024) by fixing data errors and supporting the generation of HEARs (online transcripts) for students.



This would be an excellent opportunity for a candidate who is interested in gaining experience in working with data, making operational use of IT programmes such as Excel and SQL and who wish to utilise their skills to ensure that the quality of our student data is accurate and of the highest quality.



This is a temporary role, with an end date of 8th November 2024.



Qualifications

We think a wide range of different work and educational experiences could support you to be successful in this role. Relevant work experience might include work in data management or analytics. Relevant educational experiences might include higher education in a related discipline, professional qualifications or other training



Skills

The following skills would be essential in the role:



-Excellent IT skills, including experience of Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook email, web etc.) 



-Good communication skills and a willingness to work in a team, with multiple stakeholders



-The ability to deal with competing priorities



Experience of SQL and using a student records system would be desirable

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