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Information & Communication Technology Developer

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) team comprises the Corporate Information Systems, IT Service Support, IT Service Management, Network, and Systems teams.

This role sits within the Corporate Information Systems team who provide services to staff and students across the University sites. This team is responsible for data integration, development and technical application support. The team are currently reviewing the programming language and frameworks used for web development and this role will assist with this transition.

This is a varied and interesting role ranging from web application development and data integration scripts to technical support for the University’s corporate information systems. This will require knowledge of web development languages as well as some knowledge of SQL. The post holder will be responsible for working in collaboration with key departments such as Registry Services, Facilities, Finance and Human Resources in order to develop web applications as well as systems to integrate various information systems critical to the University's business processes.

We welcome applications from recent computing graduates who are looking to develop their career in this area.

Closing date: Monday 19 Jun 2017

Reference number: ICT1703 - 3277

Job details

Job details

£25,298 - £31,076 with opportunity to progress to £33,943
37 hours
As soon as possible
Responsible to
Corporate Information Systems Manager
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed



The University employs over 1,000 people and we are a major employer in the region. We have met the criteria for Investors in People for over 15 years and were shortlisted for the University of The Year in 2016.

The University is a centre of intellectual and economic capital in our region, and a significant employer within the ‘knowledge economy’. We recognise and accept our responsibilities as a large employer and will continue to play a lead role in employer networks with the aim of enhancing the quality and number of employment opportunities for the region.

We have a strong commitment to inclusion and celebrate diversity in all our activities. The organisational culture is one that values difference, and we take positive steps to address inequalities in opportunity. We recognise that not everyone has equal opportunity to enter and remain in higher education as a student or a member of staff and our student admissions and staff selection processes are designed in such a way to encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. Within the current staff, we employ a high proportion of people with disabilities, those from BEM backgrounds are more highly represented than in the local population, our age profile is well distributed and we employ a high proportion of women at all levels including senior management.

The ethos of the organisation is to ensure that all aspects of the environment are supportive of an individual’s development and will enable them to thrive and develop their full potential. Our values are clearly defined and embedded in the culture; this means that individuals behave with dignity and respect towards others and that achieving a balance for work/life is affirmed in our policies and practices.

The University has set out a set of values within its strategic plan that describe the culture and ethos of the organisation. These values are;

• Intellectual openness

• Desire to learn

• Best practice

• Equality of opportunity, inclusion and diversity

• Working with partners and the community

• Social responsibility

• Continuous professional development and the evaluation of practice

These values underpin the expectations, or standards, that the University has of its staff. This means that all employed within the organisation will be expected to;

• Make a high quality professional contribution

• Have an appreciation of the culture of the organisation and of the role of colleagues in all parts of the University

• Act with integrity, honesty, fairness and without discrimination

• Be explicit and straightforward in their dealings with colleagues, students and other clients

• Be committed to their own personal and others’ professional development by seeking new knowledge and skills to enhance individual and organisational performance.

These standards are included in every job description. Applicants will be expected to provide evidence of how they have addressed these in their past experience, and how they intend to continue to do so if their application is successful.

In order to make these expectations clearer for each type of role, there are defined ‘professional behaviours’ included in each person specification and the selection process will include opportunities for applicants to demonstrate these behaviours.

Main duties

Main duties

1 To develop web based applications using scripting languages and frameworks that meet user requirements.

2 To provide support, maintenance and new developments for in-house developed web based applications.

3 To undertake responsibility to create and maintain scripts to manipulate and move data between business critical information systems, such as the Virtual Learning Environment, Sport Management System, student record systems, timetabling, LMS and others.

4 To be involved in all aspects of technical development and administration of key ICT supported information systems working as a member of the Corporate Information Systems team.

5 To work with members of staff across the University to ensure systems meet requirements.

6 To complete documentation to a high level of accuracy for users, technical support staff and for compliance with IT Governance Standards.

7 To investigate, evaluate and implement new technologies to further advance ICT services for both students and staff.

8 To occasionally work weekends, evenings and early mornings in order to carry out installations, maintenance and other systems related duties and provide out of hours support for key events.

9 To assist more generally in providing support to student and staff users in respect of their problems and queries in using University systems supported by the ICT team.

10 To carry out any other appropriate duties as specified by the Corporate Information Systems Manager.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria


1. Excellent organisational skills including the ability to manage own workload, prioritise effectively and work to deadlines.

2. Excellent interpersonal skills and successful experience of dealing with a range of people in a service environment.

3. Ability to communicate confidently and clearly with a wide range of people, both orally and in writing, with the ability to communicate complex or detailed technical information clearly and accurately in the most appropriate format to individuals or groups who may have varying levels of technical knowledge.

4. Strong commitment to quality while demonstrating the drive and motivation to deliver on time and to specification.

5. A creative and innovative approach to development.

6. Be able to work effectively as part of a team.

7. The ability to work flexibly to include early mornings, evenings and weekends.


1. Higher qualification (eg MSc, BSc, HND) in IT, Computer Science, or a related field, or equivalent work experience that demonstrates a high level of technical understanding and ability.

2. Knowledge of a programming language (PHP, Perl or others) for web application development.

3. Knowledge of relational database principles and SQL.

4. Knowledge of XML, HTML and CSS.

5 An understanding of working within Linux and Windows environments.

6 Understanding of the security/data protection implications when working on business critical systems.

7 Knowledge of current accessibility standards and usability best practice for web development.

Desirable Criteria

1 Experience of programming web applications.

2 Experience of writing programs suitable for cross platform data manipulation.

3 Experience of MS SQL Server or postgres or mySql database

4 Experience of working with XML.

5 Experience of working with Higher Education information systems such as SITS, Scientia, Blackboard, EMOS or equivalent.

Applications from Non EEA Workers:

Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at

Visit for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs

The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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