University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Community Network Coordinator

Community Network Coordinator

Do you have excellent organisation skills and an interest in social equity? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK's leading Universities?

‘Black in Plant Science' is recruiting a coordinator to facilitate the growth of the network and to support the delivery of our mission. ‘Black in Plant Science' is a new network for UK-based indigenous Africans and people of the African diaspora (the voluntary and involuntary movement of Africans and their descendants during the modern and pre-modern periods) who work with or study plants, or are interested in a career in this area. Our mission is to connect, celebrate, and cultivate UK-based Black Plant Scientists with the goal of increasing participation and retention.

The role requires excellence in communication and organisation, including a high level of self-management. The role will entail a broad cross-section of activities from the organisation of meetings and events, managing communications via our website and social media, and liaising with a wide range of individuals and organisations. The successful candidate will work closely with the steering committee and will be encouraged to contribute their own ideas. The candidate will not be required to work with plants and previous experience in this area is not required.

For this role, you should be educated to A level, BTEC or equivalent or equivalent experience, and have experience in administration or coordination (this can include a period in Further or Higher Education). You should also have good skills in communication, IT, organisation and time management.

The University of Leeds and the Faculty of Biological Sciences are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN (the national body that promotes gender equality in higher education), and the Faculty of Biological Sciences was awarded a Silver award in 2020. We are proud to be an inclusive faculty that values all staff, and are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees. Our Athena SWAN webpage provides more information.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please


Dr. Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso. Associate Professor in Plant sciences.

Network co-Founder

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3096

Email: [email protected]

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Biological Sciences School/Institute: School of Biology Category: Administrative and Clerical Support Grade: Grade 4 Salary: £22,681 to £25,138 p.a. pro rata Working Time: 40% - We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements Post Type: Part Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (For two years) Release Date: Tuesday 14 November 2023 Closing Date: Tuesday 28 November 2023 Reference: FBSBY1182 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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Community Network Coordinator


University of Leeds


United Kingdom


November 15, 2023

Application deadline

November 28, 2023

Job type



Biology,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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