barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham




Student Engagement Coordinator

The Barber is seeking an exceptional individual to join the team in the role of Student Engagement Coordinator.    

The Student Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for researching, designing, delivering and evaluating a dynamic and critically-engaged programme of student engagement focussed specifically on UoB students and their engagement with the Barber collections, exhibitions and heritage. The post-holder will also contribute to the planning and delivery of the successful Barber Lates programme. The role sits within the Barber’s newly-formed Public Engagement team which delivers our renewed strategic vision for visitor experience, learning and public engagement. 

We are open to hearing from candidates with relevant past experience from a wide range of settings who possess demonstrable and transferable skills and an enthusiasm for working in arts and young people’s engagement. 

The Barber was founded in 1932 and established for ‘the study and encouragement of art and music’. It is recognised internationally as one of the finest small art galleries in the world. Our listed Art Deco building houses one of the most outstanding and significant art collections assembled during the 20th century which is displayed alongside temporary exhibitions, high-profile loans and displays and a remarkable concert hall.  All of this combines to offer a unique, atmospheric and very special visitor experience.

Through our programmes the Barber aims to enhance learning, facilitate the big conversations and change lives- are you the right person to help make this happen?

This is a part-time, fixed term role until 31 July 2020. 

Job description

More info + apply here by 18 December.




The Barber offers unrivalled opportunities for training in three fascinating areas of gallery work.

Every academic year, we offer two consecutive (September – January and February – June), part-time, paid internships in each of three fields: Collections; Communications and Marketing; and Learning and Engagement. These 19-week posts offer a great first step into careers in museums and the arts generally, and many of our alumni have found them useful stepping stones into jobs with some of the most famous galleries, museums and collections in the UK, including the National Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Turner Contemporary and the British Museum – to name but four.


This is an exciting opportunity to work with our small but dynamic collections team and help look after one of the best fine art collections of its size in Europe.You’ll also get the rare chance to research and curate your own display of works from the collection, as well as deliver a public gallery talk or two about it.

Learning & Engagement

Be part of a team that devises and delivers a compelling, enjoyable and educational programme of engagement events and activities, helping bring our collections, exhibitions, building and history to life. You’ll be helping engage and inspire all ages of visitors  – from pre-schoolers through university students to lifelong learners – and helping them enjoy and learn more about art.

Communications & Marketing

Help spread the word about our collection, exhibitions and activities in a fast-paced communications environment. You’ll take part in everything from social media to audience evaluation, press work to back-of-house admin, staffing private views to updating our website, and helping us reach all our audiences – current and future.



We welcome applications from GCSE and A-level students who would like to complete an unpaid work experience placement here at the Barber. We offer one placement per year in the Summer term, typically during the first week in July. The placement lasts one week and offers students a range of experiences across our different departments including Learning and Engagement, Communications and Marketing, and Collections.
If you would like to apply for work experience at the Barber, please complete and return the form below to our Learning and Engagement team.

E-mail or post to: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TS

Work Experience Application Form

Applications must be made by the last day of January, the year of the placement. They will be assessed on their merit and the successful applicant will be contacted in February. Only applications made using the Work Experience Application Form will be considered.



Are you looking to develop new skills, gain experience working in the arts, enhance your CV or meet new people? Then why not volunteer?

Whether assisting the curators digitising  and archiving our collection’s object files, helping our Learning and Engagement team run children’s workshops, or creating engaging and fun social media posts with our Communications and Marketing team, giving us some of your time will be appreciated by us – and invaluable to you!

You can read more about about volunteering in each of the following areas – and download an application form here:

Our Collections and Communications & Marketing departments are currently at capacity for volunteers – if you’re interested please check in with us again in the springtime.

You’ll find the e-mail address to which you should send your completed application form on the form itself!




Are you a student or recent graduate with an interest in arts, education, culture or heritage?

The Barber Collective’s Peer Panel support the research, planning, marketing and delivery of the Barber’s offer for young people ages 16 – 21.

The commitment is flexible, but includes attending one workshop per month (Wednesdays 5 – 7pm).

This voluntary position will give you experience working with a wide range of professional artists and practitioners in dance, jewellery, sound and more, providing you an insight into how to support young people in interpreting and reimagining collections. One-to-one support with the learning team is available for you to tailor your time with us to get the most out of it for where you’re heading!

Get in touch with Becca Randle to find out more: 0121 414 2261 or

Peer Panel Volunteer Application Form





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