The University of Nottingham is proud of its reputation as one of the highest-ranking Universities world-wide for
teaching, learning and research.
With its UK and international campuses (in China and Malaysia), the University is in the top 10 in the UK, top 30
in Europe and top one percent of universities globally. It was ranked seventh for research power in the latest
Research Assessment Exercise.
The Information Services (IS) department plays a key role in providing the IT and library facilities to support this
world-class institution. Our services range from email and internet access in student hall study bedrooms,
through state-of-the-art learning and teaching facilities, to software and hardware support in Schools and
Institutes. We have about 420 FTE staff distributed around the University’s campuses in the UK and an
operational budget of around £26 million. In addition, the Information Services department is responsible for
systems and services at the University’s campuses in Asia.
We currently provide resources and services to around 42,000 students, postgraduates and staff in the UK.
around 42,000 live staff and student mailboxes dealing with about 1 million messages per day
2300 computers in libraries and computer rooms - many with 24x7 access
high performance computing facilities
Plus access to:
over 1 million books and journals in 12 libraries and stores
650,000 electronic books
3 million manuscripts including special collections of national importance
In addition, services are provided for about 10,000 students and staff at our campuses in Asia.
There are four divisions within the department:
Corporate Systems is responsible for:
providing administration and support for the University’s business systems
managing the Connected Campus development initiative
redeveloping the student academic management systems
Customer Services is responsible for:
lending and enquiry services for the libraries
IT helpdesk support for staff and students
supporting IS computer rooms/areas
ensuring that library and IT resources are accessible to students and staff with disabilities
IT Systems is responsible for:
IT infrastructure, including the voice and data network and the Student Network Service provided to
more than 8,000 study bedrooms in halls of residence, network security and the University’s email and
academic and research applications, including High Performance Computing
the Intranet Portal and web development services and support
Research and Learning Resources
Research and Learning Resources is responsible for:
managing printed and electronic information resources for research, learning and teaching
delivering eLearning services and development
acquiring and managing the library collections, including Manuscripts and Special Collections
hosting the Nottingham Centre for Research Communications and Centre for International ePortfolio
For more information visit the Department’s website at: www.nottingham.ac.uk/is
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Recruitment Role Profile Form
Job Title: Moodle Integration Developer (fixed-term)
School/Department: Information Services, Research and Learning Resources Division,
Learning Engagement Team
Salary: £27, 578 – £35,938 per annum, depending on skills and experience.
Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Job Family and Level: Administrative Professional and Managerial Level 4
Contract Status: Fixed-term for a period of 1 year
Hours of Work: Full-time
Location: King’s Meadow Campus
Reporting to: Nigel Owen
Purpose of the role:
The purpose of this role is development and integration of both in house developed and 3rd party
software within the Moodle Virtual learning Environment. The post will be crucial in continuing the
smooth transition from the current VLE to a new environment by taking a user-centred design
approach and developing tools that our user community needs.
Main Responsibilities % time
1. Development: Contribute to the development of web-based applications 80%
software to support technology enhanced learning, including VLE
administration, development and integration with third party tools such as e-
assessment, e-administration and e-portfolio.
Iterative development: requirements gathering/documenting, prototyping,
coding, testing and debugging and evaluating.
Liaise with appropriate stakeholders throughout the University to elicit
Integrate these using a standards based approach with Moodle
2. Ensure that the University is maximising the benefits and sustainability of Open Source 15%
software through contributions to and extraction from the Open Source Community.
3. Server support: In collaboration with colleagues in Information Services contribute to 5%
application installation, updates/patches, security and backup of University elearning
4. Any other duties appropriate to the role and level. %
Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Experience
Qualifications/ You will have a recognised IT Additional qualifications in PHP,
Education qualification or degree (or and MySQL database or web
equivalent), or relevant work development.
Skills/Training Skills and ability to design, develop Knowledge/experience in using:
and maintain sophisticated database- Moodle
backed websites using:
Object orientated PHP administration
LAMP stack technologies
Knowledge of modern human-
(Linux, APACHE, MySQL, PHP)
Experience of maintaining Open
Server scripting language Source Software.
All round high level of computer
literacy in a range of packages/areas
including MS Office, text editor,
Good interpersonal skills.
Experience Demonstrable experience of server Experience of user-centered
side development. system design.
Experience of full life cycle of Experience in designing or using a
developing online web applications. virtual learning environment.
Experience with interoperability
standards (e.g. IMS, SCORM, QTI,
Learning Tools Interoperability
i) taken independently by the role holder
Technical scripting and database design decisions will be made independently but within
ii) taken in collaboration with others
We are adopting a user-centred approach to design, all the functionality and user interface
decisions will be taken in collaboration with others. Technical configuration of server software and
establishment of back-up and resilience systems will be undertaken independently but to a
specification defined in collaboration with others and the requirements within Information
iii) referred to the appropriate line manager (please name) by the role holder
Decisions regarding development priorities will be made be in discussion with Nigel Owen and
the Moodle implementation project manager.
Scope of the role
The move to an Open Source Virtual Learning Environment allows opportunity to make a step
change in the provision of technology to support teaching and learning activity at the
University. This post is to develop and implement integrations e.g. mobile functionality, library
reading lists, collaboration and communication technologies.
In addition this post will work with University Schools and Departments (who have developed
their own teaching and learning technology) to look at embedding that functionality within the
core platform to assist Schools with maximising the advantages of a centrally supported VLE.
Due to the requirements of the UK Border and Immigration Agency, applicants who are not UK or EEA
nationals and whose immigration status entitles them to work without restriction in the UK will be
considered on an equal basis with UK and EEA nationals. Other non-UK or non-EEA nationals whose
employment will require permission to work subject to a resident labour market test may only be
considered if there are no suitable UK or EEA national candidates for the post. Please visit
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/ for more information.
Please quote reference LD09099