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Campus Cycling Officer - University of Strathclyde

Company Name University of Strathclyde
Location Glasgow
Date Posted 19th June 2017
Category EPP
Placement Length 43 weeks - 21 hours p.w.

Cycle Friendly Campus Internship Programme

Background 

Cycling Scotland seek to identify students and graduates to support campus based cycling activities across FHE campuses across Scotland. Working in partnership with Bright Green Business with the support of Transport Scotland, Cycling Scotland has introduced the Cycle Friendly Campus Internship Programme. 

Cycling Scotland’s vision is a sustainable, inclusive and healthy Scotland where anyone, anywhere can enjoy all the benefits of cycling. Cycling Scotland is a recognised Scottish Charity SCO29760 who work with a range of partners towards the aims of the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS) which carries the shared vision of ‘10% of all journeys, by bike, by 2020’. The Cycle Friendly Campus Award is aimed at encouraging and supporting colleges and universities across Scotland to take a leading role in increasing the number of students and staff traveling by bike.

This position is based at the University of Strathclyde. The University has a fast growing community of cyclists with more facilities and resources being developed to support this. The University is already a participant in many of Glasgow City Council’s initiatives, including European Month of Cycling and ‘Love to Ride Challenge’. 

Role

The candidate will take on the role of Campus Cycling Officer (CCO) in delivering cycling projects and activities aimed at getting staff and students travelling by bicycle. With support from a mentor, the CCO will be put in charge of a small budget and tasked with the responsibility of designing, planning, implementing and evaluating a cycling project. 

The candidate will be required to: 

• Support the preparation, development and delivery of cycling initiatives on campus in order to support behaviour change and progress towards Cycle Friendly status

• Gather and analyse data relating to cycling activity in order to prepare and present relevant information and recommendations to colleagues, stakeholders and sponsors

• Undertake a gap analysis of cycling provision on campus and verify key priorities by engaging with staff and students

• Develop and maintain effective partnerships which support the college’s efforts to make cycling an attractive travel choice, linking in with wider programmes, initiatives and events

• Establish and support the campus cycling forum or Bicycle User Group (BUG)

• Lead on the design, planning and implementation and evaluation of a cycling project and activities which reflect key priorities and feedback from stakeholder engagement

• Assist colleagues to develop and maintain an up to date Cycling Action Plan which will form the basis of future funding bids/opportunities and delivery of cycling initiatives. 

• Take the lead on the cycling element of the University Residences ‘Thrive Project’ which involves a redesign of the landscaping and facilities for students at the John Anderson Campus.

• Calculate the carbon emissions reduction of active travel initiatives at the university

• Develop an events calendar to increase engagement. 

• Assist in marketing and communications

Candidate

The University of Strathclyde are looking for an enthusiastic individual who will help them achieve the Cycle Friendly Campus Award and to build on what they have already developed. The candidate should be committed to promoting the benefits of cycling as a healthy, sustainable and affordable travel option. 

Experience of organising and running events would be an advantage whilst good communication skills, initiative and the ability to engage with varied audiences is essential. 

This is an excellent development opportunity and we are keen to receive applications from students seeking a career in environmental sustainability, health and/or transport. 

Essential Skills

• An enthusiasm for and appreciation of the benefits of cycling

• Strong written and verbal communication skills

• Strong presentation and report writing skills

• Ability to motivate and influence others

• Able to manage own workload and contribute to team objectives

Desirable

• Knowledge of active travel, environmental, health and sustainability programme and initiatives in Scotland

• Experience of workshop and event planning and delivery 

• Experience of creating action plans and developing strategies

• Experience of engaging and managing stakeholders – face-to-face and via online platforms such as social media

• Experience of managing project and budgets

•         A full UK driving license (this will be require if the candidate wants to use the electric vehicles on campus)

•         A basic working knowledge of bike mechanics.

•         Experience in installing cycling infrastructure and/or as a cycle leader.

The candidate must be prepared to travel to various locations including, Glasgow, Inchinnan, Cumbernauld, Stepps and Gartocharn. Travel expenses will be covered. 

 

Deadline: 12 July (noon) | Interviews: W/C 31 July | Start Date: 14 August | Induction: 10 August | £8.45 p.h.