(MDXSU) Web Designer


Middlesex University
2 Months
4 hours per week for 6 weeks
Smart Casual




This job is part of the Middlesex University Students’ Union’s Community Placement Scheme and is only available to current students of Middlesex University. The scheme has been established to ensure students are paid London Living Wage (£10.55) to put your studies or interests to use practically on placements whilst helping the local community. The scheme is designed to boost student employability and increase collaboration within Barnet and beyond. To find out more about the scheme, take a look at https://www.mdxsu.com/community-placements.

The Living Wisdom Project (LWP)
LWP is a start-up social enterprise that aims to provide a single shared well-being platform, by the community, for the community, that will help individuals who seek to sustain and improve their own wellbeing and those in their families and communities who provide care and support.
Through a pilot in Barnet, LWP is partnering with Middlesex University to provide a single online platform that centralizes wellbeing best practice on a broad range of topics, linking disparate silos of expertise and allowing users to prioritise their next steps and track their progress.

About the role:
We are seeking a Web Designer with advanced developer skills and strong experience of WordPress (or similar) to start the initial work needed to design, build and manage a basic website for the company. We’re looking for a candidate who can help lay a foundation for creating and maintaining a functional, attractive and responsive website with excellent navigational structures, detailed linking and integration with social media channels. Experience with relational databases is a plus.
• Start the design and build of an attractive user interface including integrated social media channels
• Develop creative concepts to aid conversion rate through website touch points
• Contribute new design and functionality ideas to help the platform evolve
• Understanding of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).
• Understanding of effective user experience planning.
• Experience of working with APIs, developing custom work, building responsive WordPress themes and integrating social media
• Good interpersonal and communication skills
• Organised, responsive and able to deliver work to agreed timescales

• Skills in HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, PHP & SQL
• Good understanding in the design and build of relational databases
Hendon Campus, London
Further Information:
We will be completing the shortlisting process as soon as possible following the closing date (3rd June 2019). Please note however that due to the number of applications that the students’ union receives for placement opportunities, we are unable to offer personal feedback on applications. If you need any additional information or if you would like to speak to someone about your application please contact the Community Partnership Coordinator, Sally Bernard, at s.bernard@mdx.ac.uk or 02 0 84115009.

Please upload your CV and answer the following questions in your cover letter (300 words max per question):
1. What interests you about this opportunity?
Demonstrate that you understand the role and talk about your motivations to apply for it; that will help us to get a sense of your personal connection to this placement.

2. Why are you the perfect candidate for this placement?
Demonstrate your skills by giving examples from your previous roles or experience and describe how this experience has allowed you to develop each of the skills listed. Please refer to 'experience and skills' section.

3. Why is this experience important to you?
Tell us about how this role will support your personal development, develop your skills, complement your studies and/or benefit you in the future. Talk about your aspirations for the future and how you think this placement role could benefit the community, as a result why it is important for you to be involved.
Candidates will be shortlisted based on cover letter and portfolios.

4. Are you a current student at Middlesex University?