Postgraduate Research Education Welfare Advisor


12th February 2023

A full-time, permanent post is available to commence in February 2023 and is part of the University’s Wellbeing and Welfare Team, operationally based within the Doctoral College PGR student support team. You will be expected to work across both Exeter campuses as well as travel regularly to our Penryn campus in Cornwall.

The Education Welfare Advisor will be managed by the Pathway Lead, Education Welfare but will be expected to work closely with the PGR Support team to develop an understanding of PGR wellbeing and welfare needs. The Doctoral College provides support for all postgraduate research students and delivery of University of Exeter postgraduate research programmes.

This position offers an exciting opportunity for those wishing to develop their career in Education Welfare Support, with an interest in supporting students with additional and sometimes complex needs. We are looking for compassionate, committed and resilient individuals with an understanding of the issues facing PGR students and who have the required experience and skills to join this busy team.

You will provide a high level of wellbeing support and advice through the Health, Wellbeing and Support for Study process, as well as guidance relating to our research programmes of study. You will maintain an extensive knowledge of internal and external wellbeing support services and how they relate to PGR students in order to signpost students effectively.

The successful applicants for this post will have experience of working flexibly both as part of a team and by working independently to deliver an outstanding customer service experience. You will have excellent organisational and communication skills, as well as experience of coordinating support for individuals with health and wellbeing needs.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates in late January/early February.

For further information, please contact the Education Welfare Pathway Lead Sarah O’Brien, by email at

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022).

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world-leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

41 days leave per year

options for flexible working

numerous discounts at leading retailers

onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme

sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy

stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

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