The University of the Highlands and Islands is the United Kingdom’s leading integrated university encompassing both further and higher education. Based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, our distinctive partnership of 13 independent colleges and research institutions is locally based and rooted in communities, but with national and international reach, as part of a regional university structure.

To support our work we are recruiting to the following role:

Communications officer

Salary range £30,494 - £35,350 per annum
DurationFixed term for one year
Working hours35 hours per week
Closing DateMonday 28 January 2019

We are looking for an experienced public relations professional to join the university’s communications team and increase our capacity at an exciting time in the development of the university. This role supports the communications and external relations manager in providing an integrated public relations programme fit for a 21st century university.

The role encompasses media relations, internal communications, events and public affairs, as well as contribution to various types of publications. Most importantly, because of the distributed nature of our university partnership, you will be an important ambassador for the team, and will need to develop great relationships both internally and externally.

You should have experience in working in public relations with a proven working knowledge of public relations principals and practice. You must be able to demonstrate good team working, networking and self-management skills and be able to work under your own initiative. You should also demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Gaelic language and culture and show a willingness to improve and develop your Gaelic language skills.

Most importantly, you should demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and a flexible and positive attitude at work. This can be a challenging although professionally rewarding environment.

Interviews will be held week commencing 4 February 2019.

If you have any queries about the application process please contact the Personnel Office at or on 01463 279239.