Bader International Study Centre

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at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Student Life Coordinator

Fall 2016-Summer 2017

The Bader International Study Centre, Queen’s University (Canada)

The Bader International Study Centre (BISC), the UK-based campus of Queen’s University (Canada), is seeking three (3) Student Life Coordinators. A Student Life Coordinator (SLC) is a key part of the professional service offered by Student Services. The SLCs play a major role in defining student life here at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) and are an essential element of the student experience.

Located in the fifteenth-century Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, the BISC prides itself on offering rigorous, innovative education to students from Canada and around the world. Academic programs include undergraduate Humanities, Commerce and Social Sciences, and specialised short programs in areas including Law, Engineering, Health Sciences, and Archaeology.

The role of SLC is a challenging position. SLCs live in the student residence and help develop the BISC community. At times this will require the SLC to take responsibility for dealing with a wide variety of issues as they arise. This may include providing pastoral and welfare advice and support to students, assisting in the disciplinary process or facilitating intentional living and learning experiences that enhance student growth, promote intellectual development, and guide their development as individuals and community members while also promoting their overall wellbeing. Student Services also delivers Academic Success programming and we are actively recruiting one SLC who will be able to deliver this component of our services. As an SLC you will be expected to be pro-active, to take personal responsibility and to work as a part of team in which effective communication and reliability is key.

The nature of the work requires SLCs to work a shift pattern as determined by the Student and Enrolment Services Manager and the needs of the students. Duties will inevitably vary somewhat, but you must expect to be ‘on call’ for three shifts per week (sometimes including weekends).  As an SLC you will be part of a relatively small team.  You will be the first point of contact for the students and you will be called upon to exercise common sense and sound judgement, sometimes in crisis situations. 

We are looking for self-reliant individuals who can take initiative and work in a fast-paced and demanding environment. The ideal candidate will be a recent university graduate with experience of living in a university residence setting who is seeking a unique international work experience in the UK. Preference will be given to candidates who have previous leadership experience in residence, and/or previous experience not in residence but working in the domains of academic support (including those with a background in peer support programs such as Bounce Back), health and wellbeing, and/or international student support.

Staffing experiential learning opportunities (ELOs) and organising trips will give the SLC an opportunity to travel within the UK and Europe; therefore, a valid passport is necessary. Please note that staffing requirements for ELOs are dictated by the Experiential Learning Office and change from year to year. Consequently the number of ELOs an SLC will staff may vary considerably.

Applicants are expected to be educated to degree standard or equivalent and have suitable experience delivering programming in a university environment. Experience in, or familiarity with, the Canadian post-secondary sector would be an asset. Must be eligible to work in the UK (see application package for more details). Please note applicants will be required to satisfactorily complete a Criminal Record check from their country of origin and /or an enhanced UK Disclosure and Barring Service Check.

Job Description


Applying for the post

To apply for this post, please send a CV, covering letter, and application form to:

Mr Tom Gallini
Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
East Sussex
BN27 1RN

You may send your application and any questions about the position, via email to

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Monday 29 February 2016. Applications must be received by 09:00 GMT.

  • Interviews will be held week commencing: 14 March 2016
  • Start date: 17 August 2016