Narrative Designer (Archive and Immersive XR) - KTP Associate

Job Category
Vacancy Type
Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Duration
2 years
Employment Type
Full time
Salary To
Faculty/Prof Service
Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Closing Date
Ref No

About ARU:

ARU is a vibrant workplace and our University is gaining prominence both nationally and internationally. We have ambitious plans for the future and we are determined that our students and staff will realise their full potential. Our main campuses in the cities of Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough have been transformed with major capital investment. With an annual turnover of over £200m, we are a major force for higher education and one of the largest universities in the East of England.


About the project:

As part of an Innovate UK funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT), Anglia Ruskin University (StoryLab, Cambridge School of Creative Industries & the Business School) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) you’ll lead a project designed to create an immersive digital experience which brings to life remote British heritage in Antarctica allowing users to explore these remarkable places, people and stories.


Combining site data and historical archive materials, and applying immersive audio-visual technologies and innovative storytelling methods, underpinned by a robust business strategy, this project will create an opportunity for UKAHT to reach new audiences, realise new income streams and further strengthen the UKAHT/ARU/BAS partnership.


UKAHT is a registered charity with two primary aims:

1. The conservation of historic sites on the Antarctic Peninsula achieved via a seasonal Antarctic operation to conserve and maintain historic sites and run our flagship site, Port Lockroy, as a visitor attraction, post office and gift shop welcoming 18,000 tourists annually aboard cruise ships and yachts.

2. The education and inspiration of a global public in British Antarctic history achieved via delivering a public programme of UK events and educational activities and digitally for a global audience.


UKAHT operate an online shop, supporter's scheme and biannual magazine to sustain a growing, global online audience. They receive no regular public funding, relying upon income generated through trading and fundraising at approx. £1m turnover.


About the Role:

Although you’ll be employed by Anglia Ruskin, you’ll be predominantly based at UKAHT’s offices in Cambridge.  (NB During Covid-19 pandemic conditions there will be a need for flexible working.)


You’ll experience first-hand, and subsequently embed, multimodal stories from content rich archives as well as delivering a fully immersive 3D artefact.  You’ll receive training in the production of multimodal storytelling, exploring the role that immersive technology and archives will have in accessing and preserving non-linear narratives in the future.


The KTP project will present you with a unique set of challenges and opportunities - namely the multidisciplinary expertise required to bring together creative, technical and commercial aspects.  You’ll have access to leading edge expertise in storytelling and immersive technology that will be managed and exploited to maximise outputs and embed new capabilities.


By the end of the project you’ll have gained a unique and valuable experience in managing collaboration and linkages between academia and business.  You’ll also have acquired invaluable project management experience and business exposure, and have developed into a highly employable, business leader.


The role is fixed term for a period of 28 months.


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We value diversity at ARU and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Flexible Working

Committed to being inclusive and open to discuss flexible working. 


Guidance Notes: 

For a list of key requirements, please download the Job Description and Person Specification above. To apply for this role please demonstrate how your skills and experience match the criteria in the person specification.