Placement - Digital Capabilities Assistant 15h per week

Gain professional experience – Build your knowledge and confidence in the real world of work - Doing a work placement is a fantastic way to learn about the professional world. It will build your confidence and look great on your CV. Employers look for it, so it will give you the edge when it’s time to start your career and it can lead to job offers in the future.  

This micro-placement is available to 2nd or 3rd year students who may not have had relevant work experience related to their studies.  

The placement will be based within Solent University for the equivalent of 2 days (15 hours) a week (7.5 hours per day) for up to 10 weeks.   

You will need to register with Campus Jobs if you are successful at the interview.  

Students may wish to use this placement towards a placement requirement of their course or outside of their course.  

I’m interested, can and how do I apply?  

The placement is only available to Solent undergraduates who meet the following criteria:  

  • Studying towards a Bachelor’s degree at Solent University  
  • Studying towards their 2nd or 3rd year 
  • Have not taken part in the Micro –placement scheme June – July 2018   
  • Have no work experience in a professional office environment  related to their studies  
  • Students holding a visa will need to check their Biometrics Residence Card (BRP) for work conditions  

If you are unsure if you meet the criteria above, please e-mail .  

To apply please complete the attached application form and attach it after you click the ‘Apply’ button of this advert.  Applicants who don’t complete the application form will not be considered for this post. You may apply for up to three roles part of this placement scheme. If you apply for more than three roles, we will only consider you application for the first three roles you have applied.  

About the role  

The Digital Capabilities Assistant will support the launch and delivery of the Digital Partners (DP) project, a student-staff partnership scheme, and the adoption of the JISC Digital Capability Tool. The role will assist the DP marketing and recruitment process and promote the use of educational technology more generally. They will advise and support project participants on the use of digital technology and assist the day-to-day project operations, such as overseeing the work produced by student DP, general administration and liaising with staff and students. The role will also include supporting the Learning Technologies (LT) team to roll out new technologies such as Evasys and Mentimeter as well as other digital capabilities initiatives. 


  • To help recruit and supervise current SSU students into the role of ‘Digital Partner’ (DP)
  • Communicate effectively with internal stakeholders, staff and students 
  • Empower individuals across the University to try new ways of working with digital technologies and signpost them to the support and guidance they need
  • Work closely with Instructional Designers, Learning Technology Advisors and VLE Developers to identify gaps in the use of digital educational materials 
  • To monitor, facilitate and support students participating in the DP scheme
  • To monitor and curate students’ use of social media in relation to the DP scheme
  • To deal with or pass on to the appropriate SLTI team member technical issues that arise as a result of student-staff partnerships
  • To work as part of the SLTI Learning Technologies team in researching and developing other online learning recourses and activities to support digital capabilities 
  • Act as a champion of an outstanding digital experience 
  • Demonstrate the University’s values of respect, ownership, integrity, engagement, inclusivity and team work  
  • Ensuring accurate input of data into university systems including the appropriate handling of data in accordance with established University policies and procedures 

About You 

  • An understanding of the needs of students in Higher Education  
  • Use and understanding of Solent Online Learning (SOL)  
  • Excellent understanding of social media platforms and appropriate professional use  
  • An awareness of how to create digital content using tools such as Adobe. 
  • Able to demonstrate a flexible and proactive approach to work, taking ownership of tasks and exercising initiative  
  • Evidence of strong team working, managing workload and collaboration  
  • Use of social media to develop a professional identity   
  • Excellent IT skills, including familiarity with using learning management systems, searching the web, word processing and email   
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written  
  • Ability to manage multiple activities and tasks 

Timings of the scheme  

Please apply by midnight of Sunday 18 November. Interviews will take place between 28 November and 7 December.  

You will need to be available to attend an on boarding (induction) for this placement on Wednesday 9 January, 2018, which will take place at Solent University. 

Solent Futures can support you   

Solent Futures, Solent University’s employability and enterprise service advises that you ensure your application is the best it can be before you submit it. Look at our online guide or email for feedback. You might want to visit us in RM 001 11am – 4pm to get your application checked and, if you are invited for interview, to arrange for a mock interview.    

Location: Southampton

Salary: £8.25 per hour

Posted: 09/11/2018

Closes: 18/11/2018

Contract Type: Temporary, Work Placement, 0-3 months, Jobs on campus

Hours: Part Time, Flexible

About Campus Jobs

Campus Jobs is the University’s student recruitment service for opportunities on campus. There are a great variety of jobs, from administration to manual work, in the library, helping at events, in finance, marketing and media resources.

Please note, if you are a holder of a Tier 4 visa you will have certain conditions and working restrictions attached to your visa. Generally, students studying towards a degree level qualification (NQF6) or above are restricted to a maximum of 20 hours work per week during term time, which is reduced to 10 hours per week for students studying below degree level. Please check your visa for more details. It is a criminal offence to breach the conditions of your visa, and anyone found doing so by UK Visas and Immigration is likely to have their permission to stay in the UK cancelled.

If you are already working elsewhere at the time of starting a Campus Job, please notify your line manager and email immediately.

For more information about working on campus please look on the Solent Portal.