University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Head of Education Policy Support

Head of Education Policy Support

University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD

Head of Education Policy Support

Education Policy Support, Academic Administration Division

Grade 10 (£61,198 - £70,918 per annum), full time, permanent

The University of Oxford is a stimulating work environment, which enjoys an international reputation as a world-class centre of excellence. Through a commitment to the personal education of each student, we provide a quality of education and experience which equips students with the values, skills and intellectual discipline that enable them to make a positive contribution to society.

Education Policy Support is a small central team with the following core functions:

§ Providing secretariat services for Council's Education Committee, its panels and sub-committees

§ Developing and reviewing University education policy and guidance

§ Managing and reviewing the University's quality assurance processes, including the approval of new programmes and Examination Regulations

§ Handling individual student applications for adjustments to programmes of study and arrangements for assessment.

The Head of Eduction Policy Support (EPS) plays a vital and senior role in leading educational policy development and supporting the planning, implementation and prioritisation in delivery of the University's strategic educational objectives, providing relevant advice to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education).

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 and various other services and benefits. This role also offers the opportunity for hybrid working.

About the Role

The Head of EPS leads a team of educational policy and quality assurance specialists engaged in the management and governance of the education brief for the University. The work of the EPS team ensures the effective management and operation of the University's Education Committee and its panels and sub- committees. The Head is also a member of the senior team reporting to the Director for Learning and Teaching, enabling a collaborative approach to the delivery of educational strategy and policy that informs teaching, learning and assessment practices.

Alongside education strategy and policy, and related risk management, the Head of EPS also oversees a student casework function in conjunction with the Proctors' Office (a separate small team with responsibility for handling aspects of student complaints and appeals and non-academic misconduct). There are around 2,000 cases per annum and the Head should have an understanding of relevant guidelines of the OIA.

The Head of EPS will also work in partnership and collaboration with others across AAD to deliver a joined-up and coherent model for delivery of educational priorities, and work closely with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and other senior academic and professional services colleagues in the University's central administration, academic divisions and all Oxford colleges.

About You

Your proven experience of working at a senior level in higher education or equivalent environment, ideally within the context of educational policy and quality assurance regimes, will be vital in delivering the demands of this senior role. You will have excellent analytical skills and clear, consistent judgement, as well as the ability to act tactfully and sensitively in complex situations. Your ability to contribute effectively and creatively to the development, communication and implementation of strategy and policy will be vital to your success in post.

You must have the staff management, leadership abilities and excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to act with tact and discretion, to inspire confidence. An ability to motivate staff and to co-operate with colleagues in a team spirit will be essential. You will give leadership to how the team can handle and prioritise its complex portfolio in a challenging and ever-evolving environment, demonstrating high effectiveness in contributing to strategic thinking.

Your ability to communicate effectively and gain the trust and confidence of a wide range of people, including senior University officers and the academic community, will be vital. You will be called upon to deploy highly developed influencing and negotiating skills, and an ability to demonstrate a diplomatic and consensual approach to problem-resolution.

Application Process

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

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 20 May 2024.

Interviews will take place during week commencing 27 May 2024, and will be face to face/online

Contact Person : Max Evans Vacancy ID : 172603 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 20-May-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 10 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 61198 - 70918

Job details


Head of Education Policy Support


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


April 30, 2024

Application deadline

May 20, 2024

Job type



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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