Careers in Higher Education

Sunday, May 8, 2022

There are 160 universities and colleges across the UK that offer study programmes in all fields, across both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Recognised bodies are permitted to award students Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate qualifications, as well as selected other higher education awards depending on the nature of the institution.

There are 160 universities and colleges across the UK that offer study programmes in all fields, across both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Recognised bodies are permitted to award students Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate qualifications, as well as selected other higher education awards depending on the nature of the institution.

The idea of staying at university after graduating isn’t going to appeal to everyone. But, if you’ve relished the campus environment and rarified atmosphere during your time as a student, have you considered a career in Higher Education (HE)? This doesn’t have to mean postgraduate study or the academic job market.

Have you ever stopped to think about what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ at a university, or about all those people working in offices, libraries, student support centres? Around two-thirds of employees  are not academic or research staff. In other words, there are a lot of opportunities out there! Could there be something to suit you?

What are the career options in HE?

As with all career planning, you need to do your own research into the sector, but to get you started here are some of the things people do within a university’s professional and administrative services: 

  • Policy and governance
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Management information and statistics
  • Marketing and communications
  • Information technology
  • Library
  • Student welfare
  • Human resources
  • Learning and teaching support
  • Research support
  • Student/staff training and development
  • Recruitment and admissions
  • Community engagement and widening participation
  • Hospitality and events
  • Fundraising
  • and the list goes on…

 Further education lecturer

Further education (FE) lecturers teach academic and work-related courses to adults, students and apprentices.