University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Communications Officer

United Kingdom

Closing soon

Communications Officer

Social Sciences Divisional Office, Hayes House, 75 George Street, Oxford

Grade 7: £36,024 - £44,263 per annum (pro rata)

The Social Sciences Division is one of four academic Divisions in the University, comprising fifteen departments, faculties and schools. The Division represents one of the largest groupings of social scientists in the world and the University of Oxford was ranked as number one in the world for Social Sciences in 2022, 2019 and 2018 by the Times Higher Education.

This role is an exciting opportunity to join the Connected Communications Service (CCS) in the Social Sciences Division as we have a 3-year client buy in. The CCS is a shared service communications team and the only team of its kind at the University of Oxford. Essentially, we act as an internal communications consultancy for the departments in the Social Sciences Division who have signed up to our services.

The CCS are looking for an all rounded communications professional who can work independently in a busy environment, taking initiative when necessary and prioritising effectively to meet deadlines, is vital. The successful candidate will display excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and the ability to inspire the confidence of colleagues. The post holder will be comfortable with supporting stakeholders from across the University, as well as providing support to other members of the CCS team.

The post holder will have extensive communications experience in print, digital and social media. Mixing strategic and operational responsibilities, you will work closely with departments, build relationships with stakeholders throughout the University and provide effective support that helps facilitate the fulfilment of departmental objectives.

The successful candidate will display an understanding of how important communication is in higher education, and how effective communication is crucial in helping the Division and its departments achieve their strategic aims.

This role can be based in the divisional office and departmental offices as necessary – as well as having the opportunity to work remotely. Flexible working hours will be considered. This post is 0.7FTE and fixed term until 31/07/26, in the first instance.

As part of your online application you will be required to upload a supporting statement demonstrating with evidence how you meet each of the selection criteria.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Bev Cousins, CCS Manger (email: [email protected]).

The closing date for applications is 12pm on Friday 26 April 2024. Interviews are anticipated to take place w/c 6 May 2024.

Contact Person : HR Team Vacancy ID : 172021 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 26-Apr-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 36024 - 44263

Job details


Communications Officer


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


March 28, 2024

Application deadline

April 26, 2024

Job type



Social Science

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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