Education and Public Outreach Manager

Overview of Responsibilities

Who are we looking for?

There has never been a more exciting time to join UKAEA. We are growing rapidly as an organisation and currently looking for an Education and Public Outreach Manager. We are looking for a confident, organised, knowledgeable and credible individual with a proven background in science communication to manage this work programme.

You will be responsible for delivering UKAEA’s education outreach activities, encompassing and prioritising the wide range of activities whilst planning and managing objectives; a work programme; allocation of resources and evaluation of the strategy’s success and areas for improvement.

As an Education and Public Outreach Manager you will aim to Increase public interest in science, in particular to encourage young people to pursue careers in STEM and in fusion research. This role will allow you to manage UKAEA’s education and public outreach strategy and all activities within it. You will manage the large pool of staff volunteers for educational tours, talks and outreach events as well as UKAEA’s attendance at national and local science festivals.

If you are a good team player and you have willingness to multi-task and help others, then we would like to hear from you. 

What will you be responsible for?

  • Delivering UKAEA’s education outreach activities.  This includes planning and managing objectives; a work programme; allocation of resources; ensuring the content is current; production of teaching materials including online and video content; supervision of those assisting in delivery of the work; and evaluation of the strategy’s success and areas for improvement.
  • Managing all aspects of the school and university visits programme and other education related enquiries, with administrative and presentation support. . Taking overall responsibility (line managing the Education Outreach Officer) for the running of visits and school days and giving presentations as required. Retaining the present scope – circa. 7 school visit days per year (700 visitors) + additional education visits (universities, EU schools etc) – total number of students visiting Culham circa. 1400 p.a.
  • Managing UKAEA’s primary schools programme, in particular the Sun Dome interactive education project, with admin and presentation support. Manage a major refurbishment of the Sun Dome in terms of equipment, AV and activities with the aim of relaunching the activity in 2023, continuing to visit approx. 800-1000 students per year in the Oxfordshire area.
  • Managing UKAEA’s attendance at national and local science festivals; assessing which events to devote resources to, locally and nationally, and organising our participation with administrative support. For example, attendance at Oxfordshire and Abingdon Science Festivals and Get Up To Speed close to UKAEA sites; and a major presence (stand and presentations) at, at least one of the national festivals.
  • Devise, develop and enable public and education engagement activities in the South Yorkshire area, to support the new FT Yorkshire facility.
  • Assisting the People department in developing a safeguarding policy and supporting UKAEA staff members with the increasing number of ad hoc outreach activities.
£33,297 to £35,520 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Materials (MRF)
Type of Employment

Additional Information

What we offer

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 05/10/2022 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

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What can I expect from the application process at UKAEA?

Once you have submitted a formal application via our website, all CVs will be reviewed shortly after the closing date of the advert.

  • Submit online application

  • Phone interview

  • Face-to-face or virtual interview

  • Other assessments

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

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