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Fire Safety Adviser

The University of the West of England Bristol’s Health and Safety Team have an exciting opportunity for an experienced fire safety professional who is looking to further develop their career in a future-focussed University.  As the University looks ahead to 2030 and the implementation of its Strategy 2030, there will be a focused continual improvement on health, safety and fire.  This will be achieved through the implementation of the ‘Health, Safety and Workplace Wellbeing’ Roadmap 2030’.

The development and implementation of this ambitious roadmap is driven by the Health and Safety Team.  We are a small team of health, safety and fire professionals who provide a crucial service to the University in shaping and driving its health and safety culture and ensuring that it remains a sustained strategic priority.

As a Team we take pride in ensuring a professional and courteous approach at all times, we work in partnership with our customers and seek to ensure our communication is jargon free and risk proportionate. We aim to engage and encourage ownership and above all ensure the sharing of best practice across the University to build a perpetual health and safety culture.


About you:

As Fire Safety Adviser 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.

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • The ability to work with a high level of autonomy
  • A thorough knowledge of current Fire Safety legislation.
  • Worked in a complex organisation, advising on a broad range of fire safety risks and mitigations.
  • Developed, implemented and managed fire risk assessment programmes
  • Supported and advised upon fire safety in new building projects, alterations etc. including Fire Safety Strategies.
  • Conducted fire safety audits to monitor practice and performance.
  • Managed firefighting provision contracts
  • Developed and delivered fire drill programmes
  • Implemented and delivered fire safety training.

This is an exciting opportunity for a well-rounded, customer focussed fire safety professional.  There is opportunity to build, develop and continually improve the fire safety management system at UWE Bristol.  Through engaging and influencing at all levels.  This is suited to individuals who have a real energy to drive towards a positive fire safety culture and corresponding behaviours.


About UWE Bristol:

We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with over 30,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 3,800 staff. We are both globally connected and regionally embedded, with strong employer and partner connections. Our staff and students come from over 160 countries making this a diverse, dynamic and rewarding place to work and study.

We are an ambitious university. Together, our people are working hard to advance knowledge, inspire people and transform futures. We are looking for people with the skills and ambition to help us achieve those aims.

We have a lot to be proud of at UWE, our achievements include an impressive 88% overall student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Satisfaction survey, placing us 2nd of all universities in England and 7th in the UK. We are 6th in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey) and importantly, 96% of UWE Bristol graduates are in employment or further study within six months after graduation. We have also achieved TEF Gold status, have been ranked 21st in The Guardian Best UK Universities 2021 and 29th  in the latest Times Higher Education ‘Table of Tables‘.

Bristol itself is a hub of social and cultural activity and is a big pull for students and employers alike. A city with a creative and fiercely independent mindset, a vibrant music scene, great restaurants and interesting business ventures. Bristol was the first British city to win the European Green Capital award in 2015, The Sunday Times newspaper named Bristol the best city to live in Britain thanks to its culture, nightlife and proximity to beautiful countryside while National Geographic listed Bristol as 11th in the world’s ‘cool list‘ destinations, ahead of Paris and Amsterdam, so it’s not surprising Bristol is consistently named as one of the best places to live and work in the UK.


Frenchay Campus: 

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus though there will be travel required to all UWE Bristol Campuses.  At the Frenchay campus we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give both our staff and students access to everything they need to succeed – with £300m having been invested recently on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation while incredible new facilities continue to be developed to enhance our offer even further.

Frenchay campus has excellent transport links; as well as being located near the motorway network we are within walking distance of two train stations, our bus terminus connects us to the local bus and metrobus network and we also have a range of cycling and changing facilities, making our campus the ideal place to work for those commuting to Bristol.

In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of employee benefits including:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 25/27/35 days pro rata
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year
  • flexible working
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes
  • access to employee assistance programme
  • ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • family friendly policies and wellbeing initiatives
  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus.
  • savings on purchases via Wider Wallet scheme
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme


This is a permanent and is fulltime working 37 hours per week.

We particularly encourage applications from BAME as we are currently under represented in these areas – although all appointments will be made on merit.

UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook.

We are 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.

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