UHI 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 12 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 Specialist (Strategic Projects)

Salary range £39,254 to £41,643 pa pro rata
Working hoursFull-time (35 hours)
LocationInverness (hybrid)
Closing Date21 April 2024

Corporate communications

UHI corporate communications delivers professional services to UHI across a range of disciplines including website, brand, public relations and Gaelic.

As part of new and ongoing strategic projects there is an opportunity for a Communications Specialist to join the team with a particular focus on strategic projects. The role will also support and work in a wide range of other public relations functions including media relations, social media and events. A detailed job description and person specification for the post are attached.

Applicants with informal questions are encouraged to contact Jessica Taylor, Head of Corporate Communications, by email: Jessica.Taylor@uhi.ac.uk

Pay and benefits

This role is linked to grade 7 on the UHI pay scale. The starting salary for this position will normally be in the range £39,254 to £41,643 per annum pro rata. For exceptional candidates, a higher salary up to the top of the grade (currently £45,505 per annum) may be available.

This post is full time and will involve working 35 hours per week on a working pattern as agreed with your line manager.

The workplace pension scheme we provide to workers at grade six and above is the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). This is a qualifying pension scheme, which means it meets or exceeds the government’s standards.  Full information on the scheme can be found online: http://www.uss.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx

Full-time posts carry a total of 39 days leave per annum (pro rata for part-time posts). It is practice that, with the exception of a Christmas and New Year closure, leave may be taken at any time of year, subject to the requirements of the post and department and with the permission of your line manager.

Recruitment process

When completing the application form please ensure that you clearly evidence how you meet the selection criteria identified on the relevant person specification.

  • The deadline for submitting your application is Sunday 21 April 2024 at 11.59pm.
  • Interviews will take place Thursday 01 May 2024.

If you have any queries regarding our recruitment and selection process, or if you would like to request any reasonable adjustments to either the recruitment process or the prospective job, please contact the HR team as soon as possible.


Interviews will be held Thursday 02 May 2024.

If you have any queries about the application process please contact the HR Office at HR@uhi.ac.uk.