Graduate Trainee (Library and Learning Services)

University of Northampton
June 25, 2023
Offerd Salary:£21,029 - £21,761
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Contract Type:Fixed Term (12 month
Working Time:Full time
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Graduate Trainee (Library and Learning Services)

Job Type

Full Time Fixed Term


£21,029 - £21,761 per annum


Waterside Campus

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  • Job Description - Graduate Trainee.pdf (PDF, 142.7kb)
  • About the Job

    University of Northampton Graduates Only

    Full time - Fixed Term (12 months)

    Interview Date: 12 July 2023

    The University is seeking a highly motivated University of Northampton graduate to undertake a one-year traineeship in the University Library, which sits within Library, Learning and Student Services (LLSS). The traineeship will start on Sept 11, 2023, and is designed to prepare the successful candidate for a career in the library and information sector by providing wide-ranging practical experience. There will be opportunities to work with various teams within the library, including Academic Librarians, Collection Development, Reading Lists, Service Development, and Scholarly Systems. As part of the role, the trainee will benefit from a range of formal and informal development opportunities, including visits to other library and information services, opportunities to engage in research projects and work-shadowing.

    We want you to be able to carry out your work in a way that best supports UON and our students, but also you as an individual. We understand this may vary between different areas of the university as well as from one person to another. With Smarter Working you can work with increased flexibility, if you would like to, which can facilitate greater freedom and autonomy.

    We are an accredited Living Wage Foundation Employer and currently pay the real living wage. In recognition of this, the salary for this post has been increased to pay the higher amount which currently supersedes the actual Grade 3 starting salary before living wage which is £20,333 per annum.

    About You

    Past experience of working in the library and information sector is not required but candidates should be able to demonstrate an interest in working in the information field. You should have some experience of customer services (paid or voluntary). You'll need good communication skills (written and verbal) and have an organised and methodical approach to work.

    You should also have good IT skills and a willingness to learn how to use the different digital tools needed for the role. At times you will be working on your own projects or without direct supervision, so you should be self- motivated and able to work unsupervised to meet agreed goals.

    The traineeship opportunity is open to undergraduate, postgraduate or research graduates of the University of Northampton of any subject discipline. You can also apply if you will graduate with a University of Northampton degree in 2023.

    Essential Qualification

  • Undergraduate, Postgraduate or Research Degree from The University of Northampton, or be due to graduate from the University of Northampton by 31st July this academic year
  • Faculty/Department

    Library, Learning and Student Services (LLSS) consists of the University Library (incorporating Academic Services and Service Development) and also the areas of Learning Technology, Learning and Teaching Enhancement, and Student Services. The University Library provides adaptable and IT rich learning environments, with access to print and online resources, alongside expert support in finding information. Learning and Teaching Enhancement provides flexible opportunities for students to develop a broad range of academic skills, while Learning Technology manage NILE, the University's virtual learning environment, and support the use of technology in learning and teaching. Amongst the areas within Student Services are disability support, counselling and mental health and financial guidance.

    About Us

    Come to the University of Northampton and you will see that we do things a bit differently.

    We are one of the youngest universities in the UK but we are already leading the way in adding value to society, which we call social impact. We have won multiple awards for our work in this area, among others, but what matters the most to us is ensuring that our students and graduates have the opportunity to make their mark on the world too. That's why we were the first university in the UK to be named as a Changemaker Campus in 2012.

    We want to break the mould of what Higher Education can be. This has led us to build a whole new University from the ground up that is designed to reflect the way that students actually learn rather than the way they are expected to learn. Waterside Campus opened in September 2018.

    Our commitment to transforming lives and inspiring change is at the heart of all that we do.

    Right to Work

    All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview. Due to the requirements laid out by UK Visas and Immigration regarding Right to Work in the UK, the University can only accept applications from individuals who currently have a status allowing them to work in the UK for this position. Due to this criteria we regret that we are unable to offer sponsorship at this time.


    The University of Northampton is committed to providing a vibrant, ethical and sustainable work, study and living environment that values equality, diversity and inclusion. This commitment, along with our legal and moral obligations, provides an inclusive environment for staff, students and the public who may be affected by our activities.

    Together @ UON confirms our commitment to equality and inclusion, underpinned by our belief in taking action. We are dedicated to creating an environment that celebrates equality and harnesses the power of diversity.

    Together @ UON demonstrates our pledge to our staff, students and partners to nurture and develop an environment where equality and inclusion can thrive whilst we Transform Lives and Inspire Change.

    To find out more, please visit: https: // www. us/governance-and-management/management/equality-and-diversity/

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