University of Bedfordshire

University of Bedfordshire

Heritage Projects Officer

Job title

Heritage Projects Officer

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Fixed Term Contract from Dec 2023 – May/June 2026 (subject to start date)


£30,487 - £37,099

Contractual hours



Part time

Job category/type

Professional services



Job information

The Arts and Culture Projects team are a key civic arm of the University of Bedfordshire, partnering with many cross-sector organisations to widen participation into the cultural industries and enable current and budding practitioners to thrive. The team works laterally across the University's academic schools and professional departments to mobilise and share knowledge for the betterment and sustainable growth of the local creative, heritage and cultural educational sectors.

Based in this context, and reporting to the Arts and Culture Projects Manager, the Heritage Projects Officer will work in partnership with staff from across the University of Bedfordshire, as well as local partners, to deliver and monitor the University's newly funded Heritage Horizons project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The post-holder will work with key university and local Bedfordshire partners to coordinate project activity, as well as ensure accurate and comprehensive reporting of activity to the University and NLHF.

Heritage Horizons harnesses the success/learnings of the NLHF-funded Heritage Impact Accelerator and Heritage Enterprise Hub, by providing a series of well- defined heritage commissioning opportunities for community-level heritage practitioners in Bedfordshire. The project will provide attached mentoring opportunities from the project team and the wider University, in order to realise applicable step-changes in terms of project management, delivery (including data protection compliance), partnerships, and evaluation.

The project will be delivered across three commissioning tiers: Exchange, Develop and Transform. Commissions will be undertaken across two application/delivery cycles so that two cohorts of practitioners are developed. There will be planned sharing events and away days, which will promote co-working and collaboration within and between the cohorts, with support via the project team to ensure that this collaborative ethos has a ripple effect for promoting heritage partnerships across Bedfordshire's currently very separate three unitary areas. Sensitivity will be undertaken to ensure the selected heritage commissions are diverse and representative, as well as derive from practitioners from a broad range of locations across Bedfordshire.

Responsibilities include: coordinating programme and project deliverables, including monitoring and evaluation processes; planning and coordinating workshops and events; overseeing commissioned activity; organising stakeholder meetings; preparing necessary project delivery materials; ensuring projects documentation is maintained appropriately; maintaining and collaborating with key university and project partners; contribute to maintenance of the project budget and financial monitoring.

Interviews will be held on the 6th December 2023

We kindly request that all applicants refrain from canvassing during the application process. Your applications will be thoroughly reviewed, and if you meet our qualifications and are a good fit for the role, you will be contacted for the next steps.

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The post will be based at Luton (with travel to other campuses as required)

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and values the diversity of all its workforce and student population.

Please note that CVs will only be accepted in addition to a fully completed application form.

All applications must be received by midnight on the closing date. Applications will not be accepted after this deadline

Job details


Heritage Projects Officer


University of Bedfordshire


United Kingdom


November 17, 2023

Application deadline

November 27, 2023

Job type



Political Science,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Bedfordshire is located in Luton Bedfordshire United Kingdom. This university was founded in 1882 but it achieved the position of a university in 1992 and was known as the University of Luton. This is a public university. The name the University of Bedfordshire was adopted in 2006 after the approval of the Privy Council after the merging of the University of Luton and the Bedford campus of De Montfort University.

The university will give about up to 2,400 GBP cash to students of undergraduate studies. The Merit Scholarship spans worth 2,400 GBP and is paid for 3 academic years that is awarded to people with a high level of academic achievement and to those who can score 112 UCAS points or more. Even if a student does not achieve this level the university will give about 1,500 GBP over three academic years along with the bursary or 1,000 GBP over 2 academic years if the student is a top-up one receiving Level 5 bursary. There are many other qualifications for grants and bursaries like the Care Leavers Bursary that is available to the students that are ‘open to care’ and can be supported by the local authorities leaving care services.

The chancellor is John Bercow (former speaker of the House of Commons) and the vice-chancellor is Bill Rammell. There are a total of 14,000 students on the campus as of 2016-2017 out of which 10,860 are undergraduates and 3,140 are postgraduates for the same year. There are about 4,500 international students at the university. The university is sprawled across six campuses; there are 4 campuses in Bedfordshire, in Luton and Bedford, 2 campuses in Buckinghamshire, in Aylesbury (for the students of Midwifery and Nursing) and in Milton Keynes (for business studies, telecommunications and electronic engineering). The university had entered the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 and had achieved a GPA of 2.087 with 34.7 percent internationally.

Top assessment units were Cultural and Media Studies, Communication, Social Work Social Policy and Administration along with English Language and Literature. As of 2012, the university received the status of FairTrade. There are four faculties that are the Health and Social Sciences, Creative Arts, Education and Sports, and Science and Technologies. Notable alumni include Gemma Hunt, Richard Page among others.

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