University of Glassgow

University of Glassgow

College of Social Sciences Events Manager

College of Social Sciences Events Manager

College of Social Sciences Events Manager

Job Purpose

As an Events Manager you will lead an exciting range of strategic engagement events for the College of Social Sciences (CoSS).

Working within the Engagement & Impact Team and supported by an Events Support Administrator, the role will be responsible for planning and delivering a strategic programme of events that advance the delivery of the College's Research & Knowledge Exchange Strategy.

This will encompass the management of high-profile online and in-person events, connecting researchers with stakeholders, working across the wide range of social science disciplines, and combining a vibrant public-facing and inclusive programme of activities. These activities will enhance the College's reputation locally, nationally and internationally and strengthen relationships with key partners.

On a day-to-day basis, the role will oversee the creative development, communication, timetabling and delivery plans for CoSS events, managing budgets and logistics, and liaising with colleagues from across the University to deliver a professional events experience. The role will also lead the development and implementation of robust evaluation that will feed into the process of capturing and measuring engagement and impact.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Engagement and Impact Manager, the main duties and responsibilities will be:

1. Devise and implement an events strategy in order to deliver on the College's key strategic priorities. This involves managing the operational implementation of events to a high professional standard and liaising with companion teams involved in communications, knowledge exchange, research support, hospitality and procurement.

2. Lead the Events Team in the delivery of the events strategy. Ensure effective planning, management, coordination, promotion, delivery and evaluation of the College's programme of events to a high professional standard.

3. Use experience and specialist knowledge to create new events in support of strategic targets. Rationalise existing events to ensure they are in-line with strategic objectives, continue to report and deliver on clearly-defined KPIs.

4. Work alongside Communications Team colleagues in the development and marketing of events, contributing to and delivering promotional plans and identifying key audiences for each event, ensuring maximum coverage generated in pursuit of the College's strategic objectives.

5. Proactively seek out and establish strategic partnerships. Develop and maintain a network of relationships industry-wide, which will benefit CoSS and its strategic objectives.

6. Use specialist knowledge and experience to develop and implement processes based on industry best practice. These should include, but not be limited to, areas such as Health & Safety and data protection compliance.

7. Contribute to an engaged team environment by leading training and development opportunities, encouraging a culture of teamwork and support. Motivate colleagues and share knowledge and skills across the team.

8. Provide professional advice and guidance to members of CoSS staff in relation to all aspects of events. Develop training and resources to support others to deliver high-quality events.

9. Plan and implement monitoring and evaluation of events to assist with the analysis of data to inform improvements, reports and recommendations to inform decision making.

10. Develop a CoSS events staff network, maintaining regular contact with relevant colleagues in each of the College's five Schools.

11. Line Management of CoSS Events Support Administrator.

12. Other relevant duties as assigned by line manager.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1 A degree (SQA Framework level 9) or equivalent professional qualification.

A2 Knowledge of engagement approaches within a Higher Education and/or a research setting.

A3 Knowledge of the importance and practical implementation of the highest standards of accessibility, diversity and inclusion.

A4 Knowledge of the use of marketing and branding for events purposes and awareness of sustainable practice around promotional activities.

A5 Working knowledge of project and events management software.


B1 Membership of an appropriate professional body (e.g. events or project management).



C1 Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

C2 Excellent relationship management and influencing skills.

C3 Ability to work under pressure and balance multiple, competing priorities.

C4 Excellent problem-solving skills.

C5 Ability to negotiate with and secure co-operation from colleagues at all levels of seniority.

C6 Proven ability to motivate and develop colleagues.

C7 Ability to organise and prioritise workload effectively.

C8 Excellent IT skills.

C9 Ability to work independently and as part of a team.



E1 Experience of delivering events in a professional capacity, both in-person and online.

E2 Experience of developing engagement plans, event design and delivery.

E3 Experience of stakeholder engagement and reputational management.

E4 Experience of managing and controlling budgets and resources.

E5 Experience of implementing monitoring and evaluation approaches, including the measurement of event outcomes against planned objectives.

E6 Experience of planning for events, encompassing risk assessment.


F1 Experience of developing events resources and/or delivering training.

F2 Experience of organising events for users of research (e.g. third sector, practitioners or policymakers).

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 7, £39,347 - £44,263 per annum.

This post is full time (35 hours per week) and open ended (permanent). Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

Vacancy Ref : 146230 Close Date : 24-May-2024 23:45

Job details


College of Social Sciences Events Manager


University of Glassgow


United Kingdom


May 11, 2024

Application deadline

May 24, 2024

Job type



Architecture and Design,Business and Economics,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Glasgow was established in the year 1451 by papal bull. It is among the 4th ancient universities in Scotland and the fourth-oldest university in the USA. It was a part of the Scottish Enlightenment along with Edinburg, St. Andrews, and Aberdeen during the 18th century. Among the ancient universities in the UK, the University of Glasgow is one of the eight institutions that award undergraduate and graduate degrees in popular disciplines. The university comprises four colleges that include the College of Science & Engineering, College of Arts, College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, and College of Social Sciences.

The university is spread over different campuses. The main campus is the Gilmorehill campus situated in Hillhead. The campus in the Garscube Estate in Bearsden houses the Veterinary School and sports facilities of the university and Dental school, the medical section is taken care of at Gartnavel Royal Hospital located on Great Western Road. Moreover, the Crichton campus and the teaching center at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Dumfries are jointly operated by the Open University, the University of the West of Scotland, and the University of Glasgow.

The University of Glasgow has 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from over 140 countries worldwide. It is a major employer in the city of Glasgow with more than 8,000 staff, including more than 3,400 research and teaching staff. The university is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities

The university has introduced the World-Changing Alumni award for celebrating the excellent performance of the notable alumni. The winners include Susanne Mitschke in 2017 and Matt Fountain in 2016. Some of the other notable alumni who are now being recognized by the world include the three Prime Ministers namely Bonar Law, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, and William Lamb.

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