University of Glassgow

University of Glassgow

Named Training and Competency Officer

Named Training and Competency Officer

Job Purpose

Responsible for ensuring that all those working with animals under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act (ASPA) 1986 are adequately educated, trained and supervised until they are competent, and that they continue to undertake appropriate further training to maintain their expertise. The responsibilities of the Named Training and Competence Officer (NTCO) encompass everyone at the University of Glasgow who undertakes scientific procedures involving animals.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Promote high professional standards for all staff, researchers and students undertaking ASPA work at the University of Glasgow. Includes setting local standards for training, supervision, competence and continuing professional development for those carrying out procedures, designing studies, taking care and killing animals in line with national and University expectations.

2. Advise individuals on the training they require in order to be issued with the licence(s) they seek, and on any practical training and supervision they will need after they have received their licence.

3. Develop processes and systems to ensure the provision of appropriate and consistent training for all staff and students who undertake scientific procedures, both regulated and non-regulated, involving animals. Includes reviewing Glasgow Experimental Request Forms (GERF's).

4. Manage a University-wide system for recording and maintaining all aspects of training for personal licence holders and for those performing Schedule 1 techniques.

5. Organise and deliver accredited Home Office Licence training courses (ScotPIL), updating and adapting depending on legislative or research requirements.

6. Provide teaching and training in various in vivo techniques to staff and students working with animals either personally or by identifying others who have the necessary skills and experience. Includes providing support for developing DOPS/SOPS for all in vivo procedures undertaken in Biological Services facilities.

7. Endorse all Home Office personal licences (new licences and amendments) using the Home Office electronic licensing system (ASPeL).

8. Actively participate in the Animal Welfare Ethical Review Body (AWERB) and provide advice on matters related to education and training. Includes maintaining an excellent understanding of relevant legislation and its application; continuously reviewing work practices at the University and promoting improvements.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification level 9, 10 or 11 (Ordinary/Honours Degree, Post Graduate Qualification), or equivalent, including being professionally qualified in relevant discipline, with a broad range of professional experience.

A2 Home Office Personal Licence.

A3 Detailed working knowledge of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and related Home Office guidance

A4 Evidence of continuing professional development

A5 Knowledge of COSHH and Health and Safety Legislation


B1 Completion of an NTCO course.



C1 Ability to produce high quality training material and motivate others through effective training.

C2 Ability to promote and implement new initiatives.

C3 Excellent communication, negotiating and influencing skills.

C4 Excellent organisational and IT skills.

C5 A strong team player with the ability to work collaboratively.

C6 Experience with the Home Office ASPeL system.



E1 Extensive experience of training and demonstrating in either laboratory animal or biomedical disciplines.

E2 Experience planning and organising training events.

E3 Demonstrable experience of organising and maintaining information resources, including online and databases.


F1 Demonstrable experience and commitment to promote and implement the 3Rs.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 8, £48,350 - £56,021 per annum.

This post is full time (35 hours p/w) and open ended. 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 : 139238 Close Date : 21-Feb-2024 23:45

Job details


Named Training and Competency Officer


University of Glassgow


United Kingdom


February 08, 2024

Application deadline

February 21, 2024

Job type



Agricultural Science,Biology,Medicine

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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