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Fire Safety Adviser

University of the West of England Bristol
£44,263 - £48,350 p.a.
Closing date
18 Feb 2024

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An ambitious university, UWE Bristol is committed to advancing knowledge, inspiring people and transforming futures.

About us:  The Health and Safety Team’s work has already achieved a strong devolved health and safety approach.  As the University looks ahead to 2030 and the implementation of its Strategy 2030, there will be a focus on continual improvement on health, safety, and fire.  This will be achieved through the implementation of our ‘Health and Safety Roadmap 2030’ which has three objectives and annually set milestones to ensure this continual improvement. 

We strive to we have robust strategies and policies, strong leadership, sound governance, excellent professional advice, targeted coaching and training and reliable performance monitoring and measurement. 

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced fire safety professional to join a small but very specialist and important team to ensure everyone’s safety on all three of our campuses and their full range of activities. We have some exciting and high-profile projects coming up, which include the refurbishment of the Frenchay Campus Library, you will take the lead in supporting this and other upcoming projects, using your specialist fire safety knowledge to ensure our buildings are compliant with the legislative and University’s fire safety requirements.

You will play a vital role in the Health and Safety Team and will focus on the development and implementation of the University’s Fire Safety Management System and act as the University's appointed competent fire safety person. 

You will be the main contact for all fire safety matters including fire risk assessments, fire risk mitigations, advice, support, training, and audit. 

As part of the University’s central Health and Safety Team you will work collaboratively and in partnership across all the University’s academic College’s and Professional Services, though particular support and focus on the University’s Estates Team.

Due to the nature of this role, it will mainly be campus based.

About you:  This is an exciting opportunity and will suit a well-rounded, highly motivated fire safety professional who is able to engage and influence at all levels and has a pragmatic customer-focused approach to fire safety.   

You will have substantial experience and a comprehensive knowledge of fire safety, having worked within large, complex organisations with a broad range of fire safety risks. Ideally, you will have an IQ Level 4 Diploma in Fire Safety or other equivalent level 4 fire safety qualification. You  will meet the competency criteria for fire risk assessors and be at least a graduate member of the IFE or other relevant professional body. Candidates who may be working towards their qualifications, registrations and memberships are encouraged to apply especially where all other essential criteria are met. 

Your experience should include developing, implementing, and managing risk assessment programmes, supporting, and advising upon fire safety in new building projects, alterations implementing and delivering fire safety training and conducting fire safety audits.  There is also a very practical element of the role requiring management of the firefighting provision contract and development and delivery of the University’s fire drill programme 

Excellent IT skills with experience across MS Office is essential especially word and excel.  The role will require extensive utilisation of these packages for analysing data, monitoring and management of fire risk assessment actions and producing reports to all levels at the University. 

You should have a drive towards helping us to build, develop and continually improve our fire safety culture at UWE Bristol and be able to work with a high level of autonomy.   

Why UWE Bristol?

We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with 36,000 students and 4,200 staff from right across the globe. Based in Bristol, one of the UK’s most exciting and forward-thinking cities, we are regionally embedded and globally connected, with an established network of employer and academic partners.

In addition to progressive pay rates, we offer a wide range of employee benefits including generous annual leave and pension schemes as well as opportunities for training and personal development. 

Add your individuality to ours

UWE Bristol recognises the power of a truly diverse university community.

We are proud to be part of a vibrant, multicultural city that celebrates diversity, we’re always looking for talented people from all backgrounds to join us. Our people are our strength, and diversity enhances our creativity and leads to better decision-making and problem-solving. Bring your talent and ambition to our growing community and find yourself in a stimulating and supportive environment where you’ll thrive.   

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Multiple Heritage or Other Minority Ethnic candidates as we are currently under-represented in these areas within UWE Bristol, however all appointments are made strictly on individual merit. 

Further information

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Alison Weeks on 0117 328 2076 or email:

This is a full-time, permanent post, working 37 hours per week.

Interviews will take place 7 March 2024.

As a Disability Confident employer, we welcome applications from those who identify as having a disability.

We may be able to sponsor qualifying candidates for this role under the Home Office Skilled Worker visa route. Please read our Skilled Worker Guidance to assess if you will be eligible to be sponsored under the criteria.

Please also refer to the Home Office Right to Work Checklist which provides details of which documents are acceptable to prove your right to work in the UK. Should you be shortlisted you will be asked to produce your right to work documents at your interview.

Please note that UWE does not cover any visa or health surcharge costs.

Closing date: 18 February 2024.

UWE is committed to equality and values diversity; to work for an employer that aspires to achieve excellence through inclusion, please visit: using reference: R07008.

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