Who is Staffordshire University?
Staffordshire University is aiming to be the UK’s foremost digital higher education institution. By 2030 we will lead the sector, including in hyper-personalised learning that will prepare students for the jobs that don’t yet exist.
The pace of change in UK higher education is the greatest it has ever been. An increasingly competitive market – combined with changing student demographics, the Office for Students (OfS) as regulator, a more interventionalist approach from central government and the increasing glare of public scrutiny – makes higher education a challenging environment.
We believe that an innovative university, taking a business-driven approach to its fundamental contribution to the economy and society, could lead the field in this new world. We aim to be that university.
Our upward trajectory
In 2016 we set out our Connected University Strategy, with a range of success measures including three ambitious KPIs, which provided significant challenge given our position at the time. We committed to ranking in the top 50 percent in the UK league tables; obtaining a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF); and achieving financial sustainability in accordance with our Strategic Financial Plan.
We gave ourselves until 2021 to achieve our goals. We climbed into the top 50 percent of UK league tables in April 2019; we achieved TEF Gold in June 2019; and we are now a financially sustainable university. Our rapid advancement means we are already considering our 2030 Strategy, confident that our pace of transformation will continue, and rive us to become the UK’s foremost digital higher education institution. What’s more, in 2019 we entered the THE World University rankings for the first time. Our student experience is excellent, with an 84.76 percent student satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey of 2020.
A roadmap for success
Our progress doesn’t stop. In September 2019 we opened the Staffordshire University London Digital Institute, our first campus outside the Midlands. Located in the heart of Europe’s tech capital, this cutting-edge facility is enabling us to lead the world in the teaching of esports, computer games design, cybersecurity and more.
In Stoke-on-Trent, 2021 will see the launch of The Catalyst – our £40 million apprenticeships and digital skills hub, which will support the delivery of 6,500 new apprenticeships by 2026. In addition, we are adding a brand-new Nursery and Forest School for our main campus, and we are also developing a £5.8 million Centre for Healthcare Innovation at our Stafford campus.
Beacon, our AI-powered coach for students, leads the sector in using technology to support studies, encouraging participation in extra-curricular activities and helping people to stay at university throughout life’s ups and downs. Over the next 10 years we will continue to push the boundaries of the technological learning revolution, ensuring that our students, local communities and global partners are able to compete and thrive in the modern world.
About the role
Looking for a new and exciting challenge within Healthcare? Staffordshire University’s Health & Clinical Skills Hub, within Technical Services, wish to appoint a Technical Specialist in Healthcare Simulation. The role is a full-time (1.0 FTE), Grade 6 position equating to 37 hours per week and is based at the university’s Centre of Healthcare Excellence, Blackheath Lane, Stafford.
Working as part of a focused technical team, you will provide high-level technical expertise and support in all aspects of healthcare simulation. You will possess experience, knowledge, as well as a track record of Simulation-Based Education experience and its associated technologies. Candidates need to be practical people with a keen interest in science and technology supported by great customer service skills. You will also demonstrate you have a methodical and creative approach.
You will provide effective high-level specialist technical instruction, support and advice to academic staff and students across a wide range of Simulation-Based Education technologies. You will work independently, as well as alongside other technical colleagues in delivering detailed simulation inductions, as well as core and advanced simulation skills sessions. Alongside this, you will also be responsible for delivery of training on all patient simulators and task trainers used to both academic and student audiences.
Day-to-day, you will coordinate and facilitate set-up of simulation technology suites for timetabled simulation teaching sessions, prepare specialist equipment and laboratories for all simulation led teaching and facilitate sessions as required. In doing so, you will operate and maintain low and high-fidelity simulation resources, immersive technologies as well as traditional task trainer equipment, coordinating all applicable corrective and preventative maintenance as required.
The successful candidate will be a team-player who is both enthusiastic and possess a self-start attitude, alongside these attributes they will be self-motivated, flexible and possess excellent organisational skills.
In return for your dedication we have a competitive benefits package available:
Competitive incremental rates of Pay
Starting from 29 days Annual Leave (depending on job grade) plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days
Excellent Pension Scheme
Access to continued professional and personal development
An opportunity to become part of the wider University community
Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus
Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans