Digital Preservation Trainee with University of Glasgow

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Full-time, fixed term work-based training placement of 51 weeks to start in September 2015

• Bursary of £14,500 per annum
• Skills focus: Digital Preservation 
• Location: Glasgow


This traineeship is one of 6 offered this year in archive services across Scotland as part of the Opening up Scotland’s Archives project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For more information on the traineeship programme please download the Trainee Information Pack.

The Host Organisation

University of Glasgow Archive Services manages and provides access to two main collections: the University Archives and the Scottish Business Archive. Bringing together the official records of the University (founded in 1451) with the records of staff, alumni and student organisations, the University Archives are an outstanding resource for Scotland’s educational, intellectual, and cultural history. The Scottish Business Archive reflects the contribution and breadth of activity that Scotland’s business, industry and enterprise has made, and continues to make to the world economy.

Archive Services is a small, but busy team, which makes our collections accessible to the University’s staff and students, supporting student and academic research and promoting the University’s illustrious heritage. Our collections are also available to all, and we support a wide range of individuals and organisations carrying out family, local and special interest research both in our searchroom and through our enquiry services. Archive Services also supports special projects, such as the University’s World War One Commemoration and Darning Scotland’s Textile Heritage.

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The Role

The Digital Preservation Traineeship involves working with Archive Services, the University Library Digital Library Team, and the Digital Preservation Coalition to gain an understanding of and experience of digital preservation. This will range from looking at identifying the digital assets to be preserved, through the process of capturing digital assets for preservation, to understanding the needs of stakeholders and researchers.

What you will gain as a trainee

During the traineeship you will build a portfolio of skills, experience and training designed for you to take forward into future employment. At induction you will be provided with your training plan setting out the learning objectives and activities in more detail. The training programme is responsive to the individual trainee requirements and you will therefore have the opportunity to liaise with your trainer to establish an individual programme of support.

Through the University of Dundee you will also have the opportunity to undertake accredited distance learning modules. This may be used to count towards a future qualification in Archives or a related discipline.

During the traineeship you will:
• Develop an understanding of why we retain and make available archives
• Develop an understanding of the particular issues around the preservation of digital archives
• Support teams across the University working on various aspects of digital preservation
• Develop communication skills as you work with a range of colleagues within the University and the Digital Preservation Coalition and from other organisations

About you

Are you
• Passionate about learning new skills?
• Enthusiastic about taking on new challenges?
• Looking for a new career?
• Confident in using IT?
• Methodical and well organised? 
• Great at getting on with people?

If so, we’re looking for a trainee with the potential to develop a new career in the archive sector. We want to build on your practical skills and experience and show you the great opportunities that archives and their collections can offer.



• An interest in the heritage sector
• Higher English, or equivalent
• Standard Grade Mathematics, or equivalent
• IT skills; willingness and ability to acquire any additional technical skills to undertake the role
• Demonstrable commitment to sharing and accessing information online
• Good communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to gather and share information in an interesting and understandable way
• Ability to work as part of a team and undertake self-directed research and work projects
• Good interpersonal skills; the ability to engage with a variety of different groups and individuals
• Good organisational skills
• Good planning and time management skills
• Manual handling and dexterity


• Experience of developing web content or resources in a work or personal context
• Appreciation of delivering good customer care
• Good problem solving skills; the ability to develop processes and procedures for new activities with the resilience to cope with and overcome setbacks

The deadline for applications has now passed.

Interviews will take place on 31 July 2015.

In order to apply for a SCA traineeship you must be able to demonstrate that you have a right to work legally in the UK.