coffee and doughnuts

Spring 2017 – we’re hiring two new web developers!

Do you take a professional pride in building great websites and apps that actually work for people? Would you like to be part of the team that developed the new Kent website?

The University of Kent is one of the UK’s top 20 universities. Its website gets millions of hits a year and reaches a vast internal and external audience.

Becoming a web developer in this team will offer you a fantastic chance to play a key role in shaping the University’s online presence.

Feel free to find out more or apply for this opportunity.

The Team

You’ll be working in an enthusiastic and highly motivated team (ie us!) to design, develop and support key University web systems.

You’ll maintain close relationships with a range of partner teams, customers and stakeholders across the University to understand their requirements and translate them into attractive, effective, and responsive designs.

This role would also allow you to train to be an Agile scrum master to help organise work for the team and ensure that work is prioritised and executed effectively.

The Package

These two posts are based at the University’s Canterbury campus. They are offered at £32,958 – £38,183 and come with a generous package of benefits including:

  • a contributory pension
  • 43 days annual leave
  • relocation packages
  • childcare packages
  • a great working environment and a great team!


These roles are based in Canterbury. It’s a great place to live. Lots of culture and history (of course!). There’s easy access to gorgeous countryside, and the seaside is just a few miles away. Some of our team have even been known to run from the seaside into work!!

And London is less than an hour on the HS1.

For more information about what a great place Canterbury and Kent are to live try’s leisure and countryside pages.

And for tons of information about relocation packages, family-friendly policies and work-life balance at the University see the University job site.

You can also find information about local schools on’s ‘finding the right school’ site.


We expect you to have an excellent knowledge of PHP, HTML5, CSS3 and javascript. If you’re familiar with things like node, backbone, angular, etc. that would be great. However if your background is say more in ruby we’d still be interested in hearing from you.

We’d like you to be familiar with test-driven development, responsive design. You will need to have an understanding of how to shape an online experience to meet user needs.

It would also be great if you have a clear and practical understanding of Agile software development practices, such as Scrum, Kanban, or Lean UX.

And a bit more about us…

some of the unikent webdev team
Some of the unikent webdev team. And an elephant/cow thing.

With these roles our team will have 8 people who are responsible for key University web systems such as the University website, course pages, news system, blogs, campus maps, and student guide.

We use an agile approach to software development, and were nominated for a UK Agile award in 2012. This year we won a University staff award for our work on the University course pages.

We realise that with a constantly shifting web development landscape the key thing is to have a love of learning new techniques and using new tools. We fully and actively support staff development and training, including external training, going to conferences, workshops, and things like team hack sprints.

Take a look around this blog or follow @unikentwebdev to get an idea of what we get up to.

We also have some of our code up in public repos on github. Other links include our official departmental site.

Coffee and doughnuts are optional.

Find out more or apply for this job opportunity.