University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Deputy Head of Student Assessments

United Kingdom

Closing in 4 days

Deputy Head of Student Assessments

AAD, Student Registry, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford

Fixed term until 1 August 2025

The University of Oxford is a stimulating work environment, which enjoys an international reputation as a world-class centre of excellence. Our research plays a key role in tackling many global challenges, from reducing our carbon emissions to developing vaccines during a pandemic.


We are seeking to recruit maternity leave cover for the Deputy Head of Student Assessments, taking on a management role within the Student Assessments section of Student Registry. The section undertakes all elements of assessment planning, such as exam timetabling, invigilation planning, exam paper management, and implementation of exam adjustments. It also manages research and taught degree submissions throughout the year.

The Deputy Head of Student Assessments fulfils a key leadership role in the team, and is crucial to providing support to the Head of Student Assessments, and to the management of operational exams processes.

For the right candidate we would consider underfilling the role at grade 7 (£36,024-£44,263 per annum) with an appropriate reduction in duties. This post may also be consider a secondment opportunity.

What We Offer

As an employer, we genuinely care about our employees' wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that we offer including:

• An excellent contributory pension scheme

• 38 days annual leave

• A comprehensive range of childcare services

• Family leave schemes

• Cycle loan scheme

• Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans

• Membership to a variety of social and sports clubs

This role also offers the opportunity for hybrid working, within the requirements of the post.

About the Role

The Deputy Head of Student Assessments is a leadership role with Student Assessments, and Student Registry more widely, and the successful candidate will work with colleagues from right across the University.

This role is a highly visible one within the University, and the appointee will be responsible for making operational decisions in emergent situations. Central to the role is maintaining efficient processes and accurate application of University policy, through management of the section's resources.

Specific expertise in customer service, and detailed policy and process knowledge will be required, as well as the ability to work on process improvement and change management. A willingness to learn and develop on the job is crucial.

About You

The successful candidate will have a track record of management and leadership, ideally in a higher education environment. You will have experience of managing a diverse team, and of change management.

You will be open-minded and proactive, willing to take on the ideas of others and to carry them forward as an important element of process renewal. You will be experienced in report writing, and in presenting data to audiences to advance the goals of the team.

You will have a good understanding of education policy and practice, and a willingness to develop that knowledge. You will stay up to date with developments in assessment practice across the higher education sector, and seek to balance these innovations with institutional practice.

Application Process

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement and CV in pdf format as well as the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12noon on 3 June 2024.

Contact Person : Max Evans Vacancy ID : 172893 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 03-Jun-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 8 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 45585 - 54395

Job details


Deputy Head of Student Assessments


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


May 14, 2024

Application deadline

June 03, 2024

Job type



Business and Economics,Education,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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