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Assistant Learning and Access Curator - CG1752HM
Museum Collections Unit
Vacancy Description
Museums, Salary: £23,067 - £26,715 per annum, Start Date: January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter
The Museums of the University of St Andrews exist to develop and care for our collections and to make these accessible to all. We are a museum that has a central role within a world class University – using our museums and collections to enrich the experiences of all our audiences - academics, students and the wider community. 

This mission supports the University strategy and ambition – aligned to the five core ideas of social responsibility, world-leading, diverse, global and entrepreneurial St Andrews; demonstrating a determination to move forward with purpose, integrity, and success: Ever to Excel.
The vision for the Museums of the University of St Andrews is to be recognised world leaders in the use of museum collections to create opportunities for people to engage with ideas and research for wider public benefit. The Museums will be recognised as a cultural hub - a place of innovation and experimentation that embodies the spirit of research, a forum for meetings of minds and a space for learning, conversation, provocation and action. This is embodied in the approach to research, teaching, programming and engagement.

We are in an exciting period of development. Our main public museum, the Wardlaw Museum (formerly MUSA), is reopening in Spring 2020 following the building of an extension accommodating significant new temporary exhibition space. This will enable us to grow our exhibitions programme to include touring exhibitions and high-profile loan and partnership opportunities. A larger reception area and retail space will be built to expand visitor facilities. The closure has also allowed us to redevelop the four permanent galleries, to showcase the scope and quality of our collections and inspire our audiences with our world-leading research history. As part of this we are also designing new public programmes, learning and access projects and a programme of student engagement.

The Wardlaw Museum will reopen with expanded opening hours, 50 per cent more exhibition space and will welcome a diverse range of audiences including families, tourists, students and staff to view the fascinating collection and engage in handling, activities and workshops.

We are recruiting for an Assistant Learning & Access Curator to work on designing and delivering projects and programming for all of our diverse audiences, including students, schools, local communities and the wider public. This position sits within the Learning & Access team, which is responsible for delivering learning focussed programmes and public events, as well as supporting on a programme of temporary exhibitions.

The Assistant Learning & Access Curator will be line-managed by the Learning & Access Curator and will also be required to work closely with Learning & Access Colleagues, Operational staff and the Collections team to co-ordinate the successful planning and delivery of new audience engagement plans.

You need to be creative, motivated, organised and an excellent communicator. You should hold a good first degree and a postgraduate qualification or have equivalent museum, gallery, events or festival experience. You should have experience of planning, delivering and evaluating learning activities, community programmes and exhibition content, as well as a proven track record of creative events programming.

Further information and informal enquiries may be directed to Matt Sheard, email: mjs42@st-andrews.ac.uk, Tel: 01334 461699.

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall).  More details can be found at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/diversityawards/.

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by the UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers.  Further information can be found at https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/staff/policy/immigration/.

Closing Date: 9 December 2019           

Interview Date: 18 December 2019

Please quote ref: CG1752HM

Further Particulars: CG1752HM FPs.doc