Cranfield University

Cranfield University

Assistant Business Librarian

United Kingdom

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Assistant Business Librarian


Cranfield University


Student Experience

Based at

Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Hours of work


Contract type

Fixed term contract

Fixed Term Period

12 months


Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £28,203 to £32,039 per annum

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  • Role Description

    About the Role

    We are looking for a highly motivated candidate to join the Library Education and Skills team to provide high-quality support to students and academic staff in the School of Management (SoM). The successful candidate will work with our Teaching and Learning Librarians to develop and deliver training in library and information literacy topics, including the creation of online guides, activities and videos. Enquiry support, resource selection, supporting specialist business databases such as Bloomberg and special projects will also form part of the role. So they will need to be customer focused and continually improve their practice in order to enhance the student experience.

    About You

    You should be a qualified (or qualifying) librarian and/or have some prior experience of supporting information literacy skills in a higher education setting.

    You will be highly motivated, have a passion for teaching and learning, with excellent communication and digital skills. You will need to demonstrate an interest in specialist financial databases.

    Some evening and weekend working may be necessary on occasion.

    About Us

    As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield's world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

    The Library plays an integral role in the life of the University and sits within the Student Experience Professional Services Unit (PSU). The Library Service has three individual libraries across both University sites. At Cranfield campus the Kings Norton Library, designed by Sir Norman Foster, serves the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, the School of Water, Energy and Environment and the School of Management. The School of Management Library is located within the School of Management and provides additional embedded support for staff and students in the School. The Barrington Library is based at the Defence Academy on the Shrivenham site and serves Cranfield Defence and Security.

    The Education and Skills Support team, comprising of Teaching and Learning Librarians, Assistant Teaching and Learning Librarians and Skills professionals, are based at all three libraries but regularly collaborate to ensure we are providing a first class learner experience to all our staff and students.

    Our Values and Commitments

    Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

    We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

    Working Arrangements

    Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

    How to apply

    For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact David Abdy, Library Education and Skills Support Manager [email protected]

    Apply online now. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details on E: hr[email protected]. Please quote reference number 4643.

    Closing date for receipt of applications: 28th September 2023

    Interviews to be held: Week beginning 9nd October 2023


    Job details


    Assistant Business Librarian


    Cranfield University


    United Kingdom


    September 15, 2023

    Application deadline

    September 28, 2023

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Business and Economics,Engineering,Physics

    About the employer

    Established in 1946 as the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University saw a lot of development in the 1950s and 1960s in aircraft design and research. This gave rise to diversification into manufacturing and management. It finally changed its name to Cranfield University in 1993. In the following years, the university gained a lot of appreciation, and recently, Defence Academy, UK came into partnership with the university.

    The academic schools under the university are Cranfield Defence and Security, School of Aerospace, Transport Systems, Manufacturing, School of Water, Energy, and Environment, and School of Management. Cranfield University has two campuses, one in Cranfield and the other in Shrivenham. Both of them are set in the English countryside, close to several places of interest. The campus promotes students to bond and helps each other out. It offers ample opportunities for sports, social activities, or recreation. The accommodations range from single student apartment blocks to family homes. The Shrivenham campus is a secure military site and has a variety of modern facilities for the students, staff as well as their families. Cranfield is filled with places to shop, eat, and drink. It is about 50 miles from London, while Shrivenham is 80 miles away from the capital city.

    The university welcomes students from all over the world. As of 2020, the university had 54% of students from the UK and 16% from other EU countries. About 30% of the students were from other parts of the world. It also has one of the best teacher-to-student ratios in the UK, with one academic staff member for five students. Cranfield University is responsible for the education of more than half of the UK's aerospace engineering master's students. It provides placements in HSBC, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte, and other big companies.

    Cranfield University boasts of its 60,000+ alumni base, and some of the notable personalities include Former Group Chief Executive at Barclays Antony Jenkins, Executive Director of Oxfam International Winnie Byanyima, CEO of Aston Martin Andy Palmer and CEO of Rolls-Royce Holdings Warren East. Some of the other notable alumni are former Prime Minister of Jordan Nader Al-Dahabi, Former CEO of Royal Jordanian airlines Samer Majali, James Vowles who is the Chief Strategist of Mercedes Formula 1 team and Crispin Blunt, Member of Parliament for Reigate.

    Cranfield University, also known as the UK Specialist Postgraduate University, has established its foundation in not only teaching excellent programmes but also as an impeccable research centre. Additionally, the university has been honoured with the Queen's Anniversary Prize six times. As an interesting fact, 96% of Cranfield graduates are either employed or pursuing their further studies.

    The university has successfully partnered with or established close links with more than 130 universities within and outside America - other countries being Asia, Oceania, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Cranfield has also collaborated with Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) on its Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Systems programme.

    What many students do not know about Cranfield is that the university has connections with some of the Indian universities as well. There are four such institutions are Defence Institute of Advanced Technology in Pune, Indian Institute of Technology of Kharagpur, Manipal University in Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.

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