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Post: Senior Web Developer (VLE)
Job number: 0001KYV
Reports to: IT Service Development Manager
Time (1.0 FTE)
Based at Bishop Otter Campus or Bognor Regis Campus with the option to
work remotely considered. Required to work at any centre where University
business is conducted that is within reasonable distance of the campus base.
Function of the Post: The post holder will be an experienced web
developer with excellent technical skills to develop and maintain the
University’s VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and other web sites. The
post holder will work in the IT Services department on University wide
projects, analysing requirements and developing web services to support them.
and support the principal University VLE system (based on Moodle) and other
University web-based learning and teaching services.
on a regular basis with VLE users (students and staff) and the TEL team (Technology
Enhanced Learning) to establish smooth operation of web services and to ensure
an appropriate analysis of any future requirements and priorities.
documentation to an appropriate level to facilitate control and maintenance
activities of VLE systems. Ensure that documentation and development practices
are shared across the Web Development team.
in the development and maintenance of processes which enhance the integration
of corporate system data across learning and teaching applications through
import/export routines and overnight processes.
This could include the creation of course information or user
integration with future developments.
in the development of web-based applications. Supporting a culture of
continuous service development and improvement working in close collaboration
with IT and wider University colleagues.
in the development of content and functionality for University web services.
Chiefly the VLE, and other web-based learning and teaching services, whilst
supporting key University stakeholders (such as TEL).
future requirements, and work with key support departments to develop, test,
and implement web-based services. Integrate these services with University
databases and other third-party services which will meet the needs of students
and staff. Document, support and maintain these systems through regular upgrade
and security patching.
the tasks for relevant systems in liaison with the Service Development Manager
and other IT staff. This includes organising system security, backups,
assisting with service changes, upgrades to server-side software and database
- Understand and actively
embrace the University’s distinctive sensibility, the qualities, values
and characteristics expected of everyone working for our University.
- Act as a
responsible team member, leading where agreed, and develop productive
working relationships with other members of academic and professional
to and/or lead on team and departmental meetings, training and/or
committees internally or externally.
to the development of new systems and procedures
Work with colleagues and students to sustain
and strengthen an inclusive, supportive, caring and authentic learning
required to undertake such other duties appropriate to the grade and content of
the work as may reasonably be required of you including to understand and actively embrace the University’s distinctive
sensibility, the qualities, values and characteristics expected of everyone
working for our University.
The list of duties in this job profile should not be regarded
as exclusive or exhaustive and require a flexible approach
to work. Please note that, in consultation with
you, the University reserves the right to update your job profile to reflect
changes in, or to, your post. All staff have a role in supporting
the University’s People Strategy 2018-2025 ‘Working
together - Supporting each other’.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity
- Take responsibility for
upholding and complying with the University’s Equality, Diversity and
Inclusivity policies and for behaving in ways that are consistent with
fair and equal treatment for all.
- Take responsibility for own
learning and engagement with equality issues and actions and consider the
impact of their actions to ensure that they do not have a detrimental
effect on achieving equality of opportunity.
University believes that everyone has the right to be treated equally and that
the diversity of individuals and groups should be embraced, valued and
respected. The University is committed to eliminating any form of
discrimination be it direct, indirect, harassment or victimisation, and to
support this the University has a number of policies that staff should ensure
they are familiar and compliant with. All policies are available on the
University’s Intranet. Any breaches may lead to termination of
Health and Safety
responsibility for ensuring that workplace responsibilities within the
University are carried out with full regard to, and in support of, the
University’s Health and Safety policies. This will include ensuring
Health and Safety priorities reflect a post-COVID-19 period. This might include
acting as Health and Safety Co-ordinator, Fire Warden, Risk Assessor, First
Aider or other Health and Safety Representative.
Sustainability and Environment:
The University is fully committed to sustainable development and
environmental initiatives. It accepts its environmental responsibilities
and recognises the contributions it can make to the resolution of global,
regional and local environmental issues. The University will continuously
seek to improve its environmental performance and will comply, as a minimum,
with all relevant environmental legislation, regulations and codes of
practice. All staff are required to support the aims of the University's
Environmental & Sustainable Development Strategy.
You will be
responsible for ensuring that workplace responsibilities, within the department,
are carried out in compliance with the requirements of the Data Protection legislation
and the Employment Practices Data Protection Code 2002, especially concerning
confidentiality, treatment of personal information and records management.
British and European Law states that the University cannot employ a person who
does not have permission to live and work in the UK. Immigration guidance information is available
The new Points-Based Immigration System
is in force from 1 January 2020 treating
EU and non-EU citizens equally, but Irish citizens will continue to be able to
enter and live in the UK as they do now.
All new employees will need evidence of their right to work
including evidence of settled status, pre- settled status or a valid visa.
Service Certification from the Disclosure and Barring Service:
University staff may be required to hold Disclosure Service
certification from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The
University is a registered body with the Disclosure Service, reference number
20537300005. Further information about the Disclosure and Barring Service
is available from the DBS website at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service
Principal Attributes and Person
requirements are those, without which, the candidate would not be able to do
the job. It is expected that the post holder will have the knowledge and
qualifications indicated, or equivalent qualifications and experience.
requirements are those which would be useful for the post holder to possess and
will be considered when more than one applicant meets the essential
Knowledge and Qualifications
A good understanding and knowledge of VLEs (Virtual Learning
Environments), preferably Moodle.
Demonstrable knowledge of web programming languages and LAMP
stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) including set up, maintenance, and
Familiarity of version control management by using GIT
(BitBucket, GitHub, etc)
Knowledge of a client and server development methodology.
Degree or equivalent in an IT or related discipline, or 3+
years relevant work experience.
Extensive knowledge and experience of supporting a VLE within
an education provider.
Knowledge of web technologies
and their use in learning and teaching.
A strong understanding and experience of developing for
Knowledge and understanding
of Information Security and Data Protection legislation.
Ability to explain complex technical concepts to other
technical and non-technical audiences.
Highly proficient with advanced knowledge of web
Node.js, JSON, Bootstrap and CSS.
Excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to seek
out and implement effective solutions.
Good interpersonal skills, and strong administrative,
organisational and time management skills
High levels of accuracy and attention to detail.
Skill in using and maintaining MySQL databases and/or
other database technologies,
Demonstrable skill of programming
in PHP, and other languages within an organisation or education provider.
Advanced skills in database management using MySQL or
other DB technologies. Including performance management and data hygiene.
Strong Linux administration skills, particularly in a
libraries (e.g. JQuery, RequireJS, etc)
Experience of VLE technologies such as Moodle, or
experience of other web-based learning environments. Experience of using related
Experience in providing an accessible web experience for
end users. This includes the adaptation of services to make them more accessible
and WCAG compliant.
Previous experience of utilising online communities and
open source platforms (eg GitHub, Stack Overflow, Moodle.org, SourceForge).
Experience of a testing driven approach to web
development, ensuring comprehensive debugging.
Experience of managing projects, preferably in the
context of an education provider.
Experience with integrating
databases and third-party systems (potentially cloud hosted) within a
Experience in developing
responsive websites for use on popular end user devices and browsers.
Able to work successfully alone or as part of a team
working unsupervised and using own initiative as required.
Able to work flexibly and positively with a helpful
attitude to work.
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
A strong personal commitment to discover, learn and work
with new web development technologies.
Proactive, creative, and self-motivated.
to demonstrate commitment and support for the University’s People Strategy
Understand and actively embrace the University’s distinctive
sensibility, the qualities, values and characteristics expected of everyone
working for our University.
evidence of active development projects using a personal Git repository. The
Git repository will document personal projects and contributions and
collaborations with other projects.
in identifying and responding to emerging challenges.
Grade: 11 Date profile is raised: June 2021
Worker Route SOC Code: 2137