Communications Officer - RISCS (£19.32 - £20.94ph)


36.5 hours pw
Not Applicable




Unitemps are recruiting for a Communications Officer to join UCL's Research Institute for Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS) on a temporary basis from 10th January to 31st May 2022 in the first instance. (This may be extended further subject to approvals). The successful applicant will broaden the impact of the research and community engagement activities undertaken at, and funded by RISCS, as part of the Institute’s leadership team lead on developing the Communications strategy, and support the Institute Manager in planning and delivering all Communications, Outreach, and Engagement-related activities. Applicants should have experience of developing web content including planning and designing webpages, experience of using CMS and prior experience of working in a Communications role, preferably within Higher Education. The pay rate for this role will be between Grade 7 Spine 21 and Grade 7 Spine 32 (£19.32 - £20.94), depending on experience.
The Research Institute in Sociotechnical Cyber Security is the UK’s first academic Research Institute to focus on understanding the overall security of organisations, including their constituent technology, people and processes.
By providing a platform for the exchange of ideas, problems and research solutions between academia, industry, and both the UK and international policy communities, RISCS promotes and supports the development of scientifically rigorous sociotechnical approaches to cyber security. Central to the RISCS agenda is the application of bodies of knowledge to stimulate a transition from ‘common practice’ to ‘evidence-based best practice’ in cyber security.
  • Coordinate the production of RISCS publications, including, providing advice to affiliated researchers, proofreading/editing, design, and in some cases, working with external designers.
  • Ensure consistent usage of house style and branding on all RISCS content.
  • Stakeholder management, including managing the Institute’s various contact/mailing lists.
  • Manage the RISCS website, including updating current and adding new content, and general maintenance. 
  • Manage RISCS social media accounts, including Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • Lead on the production of the RISCS Annual Report.
  • Provide Communications advice and assistance to the RISCS Team and affiliated researchers, in particular the RISCS Fellows.
  • Produce and disseminate RISCS Community updates.
  • Coordinate the comms strategy as part of the Leadership of the Institute with our primary partners, including the NCSC and affiliated research institutes (PETRAS, SPRITE+, etc.).
  • Lead on and manage the events calendar, incl. by scheduling, organising, promoting events in cooperation with the RISCS researchers – online or otherwise.
  • Coordinate the RISCS Showcase (online flagship event in March), alongside the RISCS  Institute Manager.
  • Manage and develop relationships with Industry contacts working alongside the  Deputy Director.
  • Identify and build new partnerships with business contacts and lead on strategy alongside the Deputy Director


  • Prior experience of developing web content including planning and designing webpages.
  • Prior experience of using Content Management Systems (CMS).Prior experience producing content for social media platforms, incl. Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • Prior experience using online platforms (Teams/Zoom) for running online events.
  • Experience of events planning and coordination Some prior experience with graphic design.
  • Experience writing for diverse audiences – including industry, policymakers academia, and for the public
  • Basic  knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including comms including senior stakeholders
  • Good knowledge of Office Enterprise tools, such as SharePoint and Teams.
  • Some understanding of analytics in a web context – incl. website analytics (traffic), Google Analytics, social media analytics (reach, engagement). 
  • The ability to work independently with limited supervision, taking ownership of high-level objectives/targets and working towards them.
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a small team.


  • Prior experience of working in a Communications role within Higher Education, preferably within science/engineering-related units.
  • Prior experience of managing relationships with industry partners, preferably with a focus on creating and identifying new business contacts
  • Knowledge of other Adobe Creative Cloud tools, e.g. video editing (Premiere Pro)
  • Knowledge of some of the following (or similar) live coworking/event tools: Miro, Padlet, Slido
  • Knowledge of Wordpress CMS
UCL - Flexible/remote working is a possibility

This job will close for applications at 11.59pm on 12th December. Interviews will be held shortly after this, likely during early w/c 20th December.

Unitemps payroll is monthly, one month in arrears, please see the payroll dates here.