Project Communications Officer
Graduate Admissions and Outreach, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford
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.
Close the Gap is an equal partnership between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and is one of several initiatives that support access and widening participation in graduate admissions at the University of Oxford. It is one of thirteen projects partially funded by the Office for Students and Research England, and other contributors, to improve access to doctoral study for UK Black, Asian and minority ethnic students. The project aims to transform doctoral student selection to develop a socially just and inclusive environment for world leading research and is based in the University's Department for Graduate Admissions and Recruitment (GAR).
Communications play an important operational role within the project, both in terms of raising awareness and supporting organisational change within the Universities, and in sharing good practice and communicating project achievements externally across the Higher Education Sector.
For more details, see the Close the Gap website: https: // www. closethegap.ox.ac.uk/home.
The role of part-time, fixed-term Project Communications Officer has been created by GAR to provide creative communications support to the Close the Gap project across a range of media, as it enters the second half of its delivery timeframe.
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.
About the Role
The role of part-time, fixed-term Project Communications Officer has been created by Graduate Admissions and Recruitment to provide creative communications support to the Close the Gap project, as it enters the second half of its delivery timeframe. Close the Gap is a joint partnership with the University of Cambridge and is one of thirteen projects partially funded by the Office for Students and Research England, and other contributors, to improve access to doctoral study for UK Black, Asian and minority ethnic students. For more details, see the Close the Gap website: https: // www. closethegap.ox.ac.uk/home.
Communications play an important operational role within the project, both in terms of raising awareness and supporting organisational change within the Universities, and in sharing good practice and communicating project achievements externally across the Higher Education Sector. The role will include, amongst other tasks: further developing and professionally delivering aspects of the project's communication and dissemination strategy and action plan; writing, editing and / or proofreading a range of communications materials; planning and organising events; identifying and engaging with a range of stakeholders and audiences; developing and updating online communications for the project, including the website and (if developed) social media channels; delivering communications training and advice sessions to subject matter experts in the project; ensuring that departmental communications follow the University and project funder guidelines on branding; and being an active member of the University's Communication Officers network and/or other relevant networks/groups in order to share information and promote best practice.
The post-holder will work with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and partners (including academics, students, departments, colleges and external consultants).
You will be educated to degree level, or with equivalent professional experience and have extensive communications experience in print, audio-visual and digital media, as well as in producing effective web content. You will have excellent writing skills and attention to detail, and with a proven ability to communicate complex concepts to a non-specialist audience.
With excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and the ability to inspire the confidence of senior colleagues, you will also be comfortable working independently in a complex environment, taking initiative when necessary and prioritising effectively to meet deadlines. The role will also require good knowledge of key aspects of web management including writing for the web, usability, accessibility, search optimisation, copyright and a general understanding of content management and HTML, and with experience of evaluating the impact of communication methods and adapting practice in line with evaluation outcomes.
Given the focus of Close the Gap, you will also have a strong interest in working in the access and widening participation agenda in postgraduate education.
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 Thursday 29 February 2024.
Interviews are expected to take place during week commencing 4 March and will be face to face or online.
Contact Person : Max Evans Vacancy ID : 170888 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 29-Feb-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 36024 - 44263
Project Communications Officer
University of Oxford
February 03, 2024
February 29, 2024
Computer Science,Business and Economics,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.