PR Manager Uk Sponsorship Available

April 12, 2024
£36.7 - £39.8 / year

Job Description




The University of Derby is a challenging, intriguing, and ever-changing environment to learn, as well as an extremely rewarding place to work.

Our educational atmosphere is exceptional, and because we specialise in discovering and developing individual potential, you can be confident that you will receive all of the support and encouragement you require to achieve a meaningful career with numerous prospects for advancement.

Our combined higher and further education offering spans campuses in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield, and we have some of the greatest university facilities in the UK, having invested more than £200 million in facilities over the previous decade.

We produce excellent results in our teaching and research, and with over 34,000 students choosing to study with us each year, we rely on the dedication of a team of 2,200 academic and professional services professionals.

Financially strong and seriously ambitious, we provide our employees with a family-friendly, satisfying profession with several prospects for advancement.


About the role

We are seeking an experienced communicator to join our award-winning External Relations department!

As part of this fascinating and varied role, you will actively seek chances to increase the University’s regional, national, and international profile, reputation, and impact by publicising its achievements and successes, research, and the work of its students and staff.

You will be a highly proactive communications/public relations professional with exceptional and effective communication skills, including the ability to create and maintain positive relationships with target media, key policy and decision makers, and our internal audiences. You will have prior experience leading the delivery of compelling public relations/communications campaigns and inspiring other team members to step up and participate in order to maximise impact.

As a senior member of the PR team, you will have a strong understanding of the external and political environment, and you will be comfortable working closely with and advising the Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor’s Executive on communications and policy issues and challenges, as well as engaging and influencing our key stakeholders.

You will bring to this post a proven track record of producing impactful public relations and social media activities, a flair for writing captivating and engaging text for a wide range of audiences, and the confidence and ability to provide strategic communications counsel and assistance to top internal stakeholders.

You’ll have line-management experience, as well as the abilities and knowledge to assist the team grow as we work to establish a high-performance culture. You will be a go-getter who can work well both alone and as part of a team, with a desire to take on new challenges and increase the aggregate impact of the PR team’s efforts.

For more information and casual inquiries about the post, please contact Kelly Severn, Head of PR and Social Media, at

For questions about your application and sponsorship eligibility, please contact the recruitment staff at

This role is eligible for sponsorship by the University; however, your individual circumstances must meet the UKVI criteria, which include meeting the English Language requirement and earning the highest of either the going rate for the SOC code or the minimum salary threshold for the Skilled Worker route (£38,700 per year).

If the role is eligible but the offered wage is less than the market rate for the role, you may still be able to apply for a Skilled Worker visa.

Your position is on the Immigration Skills List.
You must be under 26 years old, a recent graduate, or in professional training. Additionally, a PhD level certification relevant to your career is required.
You hold a postdoctoral position in science or higher education.
Please keep in mind that the University cannot confirm your eligibility for sponsorship until you have received an offer and your unique circumstances have been reviewed.

For additional information, read Applying from Overseas: How to Apply for a Job at the University of Derby – University of Derby.

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