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The University has a strong commitment to diversity and this means actively helping staff to combine work and home life effectively. The University recognises the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between work and other aspects of life and offers a comprehensive including a career break scheme.

We are proud to have a number of Equality and Diversity staff Networks including: , , , ,

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Job titleWellbeing Assessor, Academic Section – Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service Job referenceREQ04920 Application closing date09/08/2021 LocationColchester Salary£26,715 – £30,046 per annum (pro-rata for part-time) Employment typePermanent, Full-time (Job share arrangement considered) Job category/typeProfessional Attachments Job description


The Academic Section is part of the University’s Professional Services and is headed by the Academic Registrar. The Section is responsible for managing all aspects of student and academic administration and plays a central role in delivering the University’s commitment to excellence in education across the institution.

The Student Development Directorate is part of the Academic Section and encompasses the Career Services team, Skills for Success, Industry and Placements and the Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity services. We are committed to innovation and continuous enhancement within our services; and to working collaboratively across all areas of the University, and beyond, for the benefit of our students.

You will be a part of the Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity service (SWIS), which is responsible for providing a professional and proactive service for students within a wider safe, healthy and inclusive environment. We are looking for someone with a creative approach who is able to identify opportunities for collaborative working and can contribute to our vision for proactive and diverse services aimed at supporting students to thrive and get the most out of their time at Essex. 

Duties of the Role

You will contribute to the development and delivery of a professional and proactive service for students to promote a wider safe, healthy and inclusive environment. A service that supports our students to fulfil their potential as individuals and to enable them to be active participants in their own educational experiences and the transformational opportunities available to them at Essex.

You will develop and deliver proactive initiatives and interventions based on partnership and integration.

The main duties of this post include responding to students with a wide range of welfare issues including emotional and mental health difficulties, issues relating to safeguarding, sexual violence and victims of crime. Undertaking risk assessments, offering initial advice, signposting, sending online assessment forms and booking further specialist appointments as required. Undertaking short term follow up with students where appropriate and contributing towards crisis management.

A job share arrangement for this role can be considered. Please provide details on your application of which hours and days you are available to work.

Please note that continuation of a job share arrangement is dependent on there being two people available to undertake the arrangement.

Skills and qualifications required

You will have a good general education, A levels or equivalent and experience of working with people with mental health or emotional health problems and providing information, guidance and support to this client group. You will also have the ability to take responsibility for and resolve complex matters including crisis situations for students. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including presentation skills, and be able to demonstrate working to empower clients. 

Due to the nature of the role, it is essential you can fulfil the staff vetting requirements in respect of University Positions of Trust.

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

To support this commitment we have our , a staff-led network that promotes and celebrates the rich cultural diversity among Essex staff, and our Colchester campus based , which hosts regular services, meetings and events organised by our chaplains and faith representatives.

Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application.

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