Learning Advisor

Hourly rate: £18.76

Location: Constable Building, University of Essex Campus, Colchester, CO4 3SQ

We are looking to hire 2 Learning Advisors to work with students studying at the University of Essex International College. The Learning Advisor role is key to this approach as it focusses on supporting individual students to achieve their full potential.

Our approach:

UEIC has been set up in partnership with the University of Essex to provide new routes for international students wishing to study degrees at the University. The University of Essex is one of the most international universities in Britain and is also known for its bold approach to teaching, research, and innovation. Located in the historic Constable Building on the University’s Colchester campus, the college delivers undergraduate Foundation Certificate, International Year One, Pre-Master’s and Pre-Sessional English programmes and a range of other support and extracurricular services.

At the heart of our educational approach is a belief in supporting students to become independent, motivated learners who will thrive in higher education. To do this, we recognise the need to provide a flexible, responsive experience which meets needs of students who differ in background, requirements, and pace, one which enables them to become highly engaged students who take responsibility for their academic success.

Your role:

You will work with a caseload of students and:

  • Provide regular individual and group support and guidance.
  • Review academic progress with students and teachers.
  • Work with tutors and College Services staff through regular communication
  • Support students to get the most out of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), MS Teams, Zoom and other platforms used by the college.
  • Signpost students to appropriate support and information where appropriate.
  • Support students to develop a reflective portfolio of their time within the college.
  • Support students to develop employability skills and behaviours.
  • Support students to develop appropriate academic skills.
  • Support students to have excellent attendance and engagement.
  • Provide feedback on individual students to staff and other stakeholders such as parents, sponsors, and agents.
  • Support students’ health, safety, and wellbeing.
  • Provide guidance on good academic behaviours e.g., time management, organisation and planning, assessment.
  • Keep up to date and accurate records.
  • Supporting students to progress to the University of Essex

About you:

You will enjoy working with international students, be student focussed, be open to change and development, enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and be fully committed to ensuring all our students are successful. You will need:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organisational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to record information accurately and meet deadlines
  • A strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • A non-judgemental, confident, and mature approach to the student experience.
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of different teams to continually improve the student experience.
  • The ability to provide consistently high-quality work, respond to feedback and be self-reflective
  • The ability to work confidently with IT systems and platforms

Please apply with a CV and cover letter stating why you believe that you are suitable for this role.

This listing will be closed once suitable candidates have been appointed.

Please note that this role is based on the University of Essex campus in Colchester and therefore, candidates should be located in the local area and be comfortable with this approach.

If you’d like to have an informal chat about the role, please email Michelle Gibbons, Learning and Teaching Director at michelle.gibbons@kaplan.com  

About Kaplan International Pathways 

Kaplan International Pathways, a division of Kaplan Inc., offers international students a wide range of flexible study options - from University preparation programmes in the UK, Australia, USA and Japan through to full degree programmes in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. Through our academic partnerships with leading universities, our expertise in student recruitment, our exceptional teaching and a real focus on customer service and pastoral care, each year we are proud to welcome thousands of students from more than 100 countries through the doors of our colleges. 


In the UK, we operate 9 campus-based colleges in partnership with Bournemouth University, University of Glasgow, University of Liverpool, Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham, University of Brighton, University of Essex, University of York and University of West of England, Bristol and an off-campus college in London offering pathways to 7 leading well-ranked UK universities. 


  • 28 days annual leave*
  • Big discounts on Kaplan courses for you and your family
  • 24/7 confidential helpline providing counselling and other support services
  • Company pension contributions
  • Maternity, Adoption, Shared Parental and Paternity/Partner pay which is well above statutory levels
  • Medicash Health Cash Plan

*Please note that the annual leave entitlement will be calculated on a pro rata basis if the role is part time.

At Kaplan International, we are committed to working in a diverse organisation and strive to provide equality of opportunity for all. We encourage and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or identity, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnership. If as a disabled applicant (as defined under the Equality Act 2010) you would like to request that your application is considered our Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) please let us know using this form

As part of our commitment to safeguarding, successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

Applicants must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK. 

For international students who have the rights to stay in the UK following graduation, we welcome application under the Graduate Route visa. 

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