University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Research Excellence Framework (REF) Officer

United Kingdom

Closing in 9 days

Research Excellence Framework (REF) Officer

Medical Sciences Divisional Office, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford

Would you like to help showcase the ground-breaking research happening at the University of Oxford? We're seeking a dynamic individual to join us as a Research Excellence Framework (REF) Officer, playing a pivotal role in our preparations for REF2029.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK's system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. As REF Officer, you will provide specialist administrative support for the Main Panel A submission, spanning across the Medical Sciences Division and one department in the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division.

In this role, you'll develop insight into the wide breadth of research activities undertaken across the departments and how they are supported and communicated. This experience will be of great value to those individuals wishing to develop a career in research management.

Working closely with academic and administrative colleagues' university-wide, you will directly contribute to the accuracy, completeness and quality of our REF2029 submission. Your tasks will include managing distributed processes as well as directly undertaking key REF actions. You'll propose and implement flexible solutions that meet both local need and central university requirements within a tight timetable, while respecting the constraints of other teams.

You'll be required to build specialist knowledge of REF-related tasks, processes, and procedures, from which you can provide advice and guidance on best practice, and share learnings and process improvements across the Division and with colleagues in similar roles across the University.

You'll work across the various elements of REF, from collating output data to supporting the drafting of narrative elements for submission. This will involve identifying relevant data from multiple sources, accurately manipulating it to address complex questions, and presenting results clearly.

Applicants should be educated to degree level, with previous experience of administering projects or processes. Strong organisation skills and a proven ability to meet multiple work deadlines are essential. You should also possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, collaborating effectively with staff at all levels, including senior academics and administrative staff. With keen attention to detail, you'll also demonstrate excellent numerical skills and the ability to manipulate complex data.

The post is a fixed-term, full-time position, but we welcome discussions regarding flexible working arrangements. The post holder will be required to be in office at least one day a week with the team.

The University as an employer genuinely cares about 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

• EAP (Employee Assistance Programme)

• Cycle loan scheme

• Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans

The University also runs many social groups and sports clubs for those looking for more than just a great place to work.

All applications must include a CV and a Supporting Statement clearly stating how you meet the essential criteria.

Closing date for this position is 12 noon: Monday 10 June 2024. Interviews will be held on Thursday 4 July 2024

Contact Person : Alison Ding Vacancy ID : 172795 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 10-Jun-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £36,024 - £44,263 p.a. (pro-rata for part time)

Job details


Research Excellence Framework (REF) Officer


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


May 14, 2024

Application deadline

June 10, 2024

Job type



Medicine,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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