The Department and role purpose
The Anthropology Department at Durham University has an outstanding international reputation for teaching, research and student employability.
We are one of the largest Anthropology Departments in the UK, with nearly 40 permanent academic staff working across social, evolutionary and health anthropology.
The Department of Anthropology has a vibrant research culture with many visitors, seminars, global conferences and workshops.
We provide an intellectually inclusive environment, fostering the academic freedom and confidence to work at both the core and boundaries of anthropology in exciting and innovative ways.
first equal for world-leading and internationally-excellent Impact and Research Environment, and second equal for world- leading publications.
We seek to employ a Research Communications Lead (RCL) to assist Professor Rachel Kendal implement a major funding scheme on behalf of the Cultural Evolution Society (funded by the John Templeton Foundation).
It will address questions that will transform the important, yet underfunded, field of cultural evolution. How our cultures evolve (including how information is transmitted, how people make decisions, and the interaction with our biology) is a pressing issue in a world in which our cultural activities are causing rapid, and drastic, social and physical changes.
Through 16 research projects, 5 applied working groups, 5 workshops, 1 landmark conference, 3 capacity building training courses, and public engagement activities, the grant aims to tackle early career obstacles, western-centrism, traditional disciplinary divides, and division of scientists and public policy makers.
The RCL will be embedded within, and beyond, the University. They will assist with advertising the project to Low and Middle Income Countries, updating the project website (created by a design company), attend all 5 working group workshops (with the PI Rachel Kendal) to tweet, and work with organisers to maximise the reach of events while reducing the carbon footprint virtual attendance initiatives).
and (iii) work with researchers to build a database of stakeholders with whom to engage via email or social media. The position will involve working closely with staff in the Public Policy Hub, the award winning Marketing & Communications Hub, and Institute of Advanced Study (experts in facilitating interdisciplinarity) ensuring they benefit the project by being embedded in Durham University facilities, simultaneously enhancing their career development.
They will have access to the Durham University’s central website, social media accounts, image gallery, media suite, and useful dissemination networks.
Core responsibilities :
In particular, the Project website, communications regarding Project activities (individual research projects, individual applied working groups, workshops, conferences etc.)
and novel dissemination practices.
learning objectives and outcomes.
Role responsibilities :
Specific role requirements :
The RCL is a FTE post. However, for prescribed instances (specifically attendance at the 5 applied working group 2-day workshops and the capstone conference) more than FTE may be required within a week, and will be compensated for in other weeks Moreover, attendance at the working group workshops will require travel (potentially international) and staying away from home overnight.
The RCL will be accompanied (by Prof Rachel Kendal) for all travel required.
While evening and weekend work is not expected as a matter of principle, it may be unavoidable on these few prescribed occasions and potentially where external communication deadlines dictate.
Recruiting to this post
In order to be considered for interview, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification below.
In some cases, the recruiting panel may also consider the desirable criteria, so we recommend you evidence all criteria in your application.
Please note that some criteria will only be considered at interview stage.
Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to develop excellent working relationships both internally and externally.
Proven IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office and creation of infographics / websites / visual summaries / podcasts / blogs etc.
for public outreach. Five GCSE’s at least Grade C or level four (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent experience).
Post-16 qualification (or equivalent experience). Educated to degree level (or equivalent experience). Knowledge and experience of creating products to engage policy makers policy briefs, infographics, visual summaries).
Desirable criteria Continuing professional development required to maintain professional recognition. Professional communications practitioner with knowledge and expertise used to contribute to the delivery and development of services, events and activities within the organisation.
Knowledge and experience of ensuring compliance with regulatory and organisational policy and guidelines as pertaining to communications.
Experience of providing specialist advice and guidance regarding communications to a range of customers and colleagues, including more senior colleagues.
Experience of being able to network effectively and develop strong and productive working relationships, to influence perceptions of organisations
Experience of implementing sustained, creative and appropriate communication activities to enhance the reach of a multi-faceted project.
Experience collating databases of contacts to aid dissemination and achievement of outreach objectives.
Knowledge or experience regarding using communications technology to enhance the reach of live events virtual attendance) for sustainability and widening participation