Job title:        Festival Communications Assistant

Duration:       Temporary: 11-14 September 2018 plus 1 training day on 10 September

Hours:           08.00-20.00 (max. 7 hours a day)

Location:       University of Hull campus during the British Science Festival

Rate:             £8.75 per hour

The British Science Festival is recruiting Festival Communications Assistants to work during the British Science Festival 2018, from 11 – 14 September, at the University of Hull.

The Festival Communications Assistants are offered the opportunity to work in a busy press office and contribute to the reporting of the Festival on behalf of the BSA team. In the press office, the Festival Communications Assistants will help prepare for the daily press briefings, monitor and cut out the daily press clippings, and provide support for the BSA press team. Science journalists from the UK and abroad will attend the Festival press conferences, giving the Festival Communications Assistants a fantastic opportunity to meet journalists and well-renowned speakers from around the world. The Assistants will also put their writing and social media skills to the test by acting as Festival reporters, covering the events and promoting the Festival to a large audience. This is an excellent opportunity for someone to build their writing portfolio and to get some experience working with the media on a large, national event.

British Science Festival Communications Assistant

Main duties

  • Liaising with members of the press and speakers
  • Preparing seminar rooms for press briefings 
  • Researching and collating press coverage received during the Festival
  • Attending to the daily operational needs of the journalists and Press Centre
  • Writing news stories and blog posts for the Festival and British Science Association website
  • Working alongside the BSA Communications team to promote and report on events on social media.

Person specification


  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent level of spoken and written English
  • An ability to stay calm and show initiative
  • Good IT skills.


  • Some experience of working with the media
  • Experience of writing for websites.

Terms and conditions

The Festival Communications Assistants will be working at the British Science Festival in Hull between 11-14 September 2018. 

The position is offered at a salary of £8.75 per hour, you will work no less than 6 hours per day. Your core hours will be scheduled between 08:00-20:00 on the Hull University Campus, for four days (including a one-hour unpaid lunch/dinner break per day). If successful, your hours will be fully outlined in your offer letter.  

The training day on Monday 10 September will be paid at the above rate and the BSA will reimburse reasonable travel costs incurred in attending the training day. 

The BSA can recommend accommodation on site for the duration of the Festival if required. 

To apply 
If you are interested in applying, please send a CV and short covering letter (no more than one A4 side) summarising your interest in this post to [email protected]  by 23:59 on Monday 6 August.  

We may contact shortlisted candidates after this date to arrange a time for a short phone call with additional questions.  

The British Science Association is an equal opportunities employer and a charity committed to diversity. The British Science Association is committed to the fair and equal treatment of potential and existing employees irrespective of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offending background or any other potentially discriminating factor.  

Only applicants who have a legal right to work within the UK will be considered.  You will be asked to bring along proof of nationality and/or proof of ability to work in the UK.  You will also be asked to declare any previous convictions in line with your rights under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.