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:

UHI Fundraiser ( 0.6 FTE Maternity Cover)

Salary range £26,452 to £28,067
DurationFixed Term August 2024
Working hours21 Hours
LocationInverness or flexible with any other academic partner
Closing Date17 December 2023

Advancement and Alumni Engagement

Our advancement and alumni engagement directorate is responsible for raising and managing funds that make a difference to the UHI partnership, playing a crucial role in securing philanthropic support for UHI’s students, faculty, facilities, and programmes.

We develop and maintain long-term relationships with UHI’s supporters, individual, corporate and trust and foundation donors and their beneficiaries, and our growing alumni community. Scholarships, prizes and awards, including engagement with students and academic staff, also fall within the team’s remit.


We are looking for someone with a passion for helping others to join our team.

The post-holder will be supportive and helpful, with a flexible and proactive approach. They will naturally build strong relationships and levels of trust with internal colleagues and external partners. The ability to prioritise and to work to tight deadlines accurately and confidentially is important, combined with great attention to detail and excellent communication skills.

This post will work to identify and secure donated income with particular emphasis on individual and corporate donors. The post-holder will support the delivery of UHI’s fundraising priorities, particularly much-needed student facing funds, and initiate contact and build relationships with prospective and current donors.

The post-holder will develop funding proposals and manage the stewardship of a portfolio of existing donors. They will support academic colleagues across the partnership by providing advice on projects with the potential for attracting philanthropic income.

The successful candidate is likely to have experience in a stakeholder engagement, or relationship management role, and ideally will be able to demonstrate success in securing funding and/or partnerships. Experience in writing and presenting compelling proposals, briefing notes and reports would be helpful.

A detailed job description and person specification for the post are attached.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Alison Wilson, Director of Advancement and Alumni Engagement with informal questions on 07599071248 or by email at alison.wilson@uhi.ac.uk.

Pay and Benefits

This role is linked to grade 5 on the UHI payscale.

The starting salary for this position will normally be in the range £26,452 to £28,067 per annum pro rata. For exceptional candidates a higher salary up to the top of the grade (currently £32,538 per annum pro rata) may be available.

This post is a maternity cover position, fixed term until August 2024. There is no guarantee of further employment after the expiry of this term.

This post is part time and will involve working 21 hours per week on a working pattern as agreed with your line manager.

The workplace pension scheme provided to workers at grade five and below is the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). This is a qualifying pension scheme, which means it meets or exceeds the government’s standards. Full information about the scheme can be found on the Highland Council’s Pension Fund website http://www.highlandpensionfund.org/

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 17 December at 11.59pm.

Shortlisting and interviews, via videoconferencing, will take place promptly following the closing date.

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 TBC.

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