Communications and Outreach Manager (Smartline Extension Project (ESIF))

This part-time (0.5 FTE) ERDF part-funded post is available to cover maternity leave on a fixed-term or secondment basis from 1st February 2022 to 31st December 2022, as part of the Smartline Extension Project.


This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working with the expectation that the role holder would come into the office on campus an average of 2 days per week. This is open to discussion with the successful candidate. The project team is currently based at home but with an expectation that the post-holder can regularly work in the office as required.


Summary of the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Communications and Outreach Manager to join our Smartline Extension Project. We are looking for someone to to organise, promote and deliver activities to raise awareness and understanding of the work and research of the Smartline project, develop and implement a project communications strategy and plan to promote project activities and dissemination of the findings and outputs of the project, delivery the ‘end of project’ conference, produce marketing material and write press releases for a range of audiences and media platforms.


Smartline began in March 2017 and is a partnership project involving the University of Exeter, Coastline Housing Ltd, Volunteer Cornwall, Cornwall Council and the South West Academic Health Science Network.  For more information about the work of Smartline, please visit the project website at


The Smartline Extension Project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), part of the England 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme. As such, enterprise support and engagement is fundamental to the delivery of the project and a key aspect of all posts within it. The project has also received funding from Cornwall Council.


The project involves academics from across the university and is based at the internationally regarded European Centre for Environment and Human Health ( on the University of Exeter Medical School Truro campus; a designated Collaborating Centre on Natural Environments and Health by the World Health Organization.


Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification available on our website.


The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.


Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.


Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.



We offer some fantastic benefits including:


  • 41 days leave per year (pro rata for part time employees)
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England


Further information

If you would like to discuss the post informally before applying, please contact Belinda Broughton, Smartline Project Manager, by emailing to arrange a call.

Closing date: 
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
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