University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Senior Policy Officer

United Kingdom

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Senior Policy Officer

University Offices in Wellington Square

Senior Policy Officer

Education Policy Support

Grade 8

Full time, Permanent

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.

The Education Policy Support Section supports the PVC Education in the development of education policy and the management of quality assurance and enhancement across the collegiate University. The section services Education Committee and its subcommittees, provides advice and guidance to departments, faculties and colleges within Oxford, and handles certain types of student cases.

This Senior Policy Officer role will work on taught-degree policy issues as well as student casework.

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 though you will be expected to be in the office at least 2-3 days a week.

About the Role

You will be responsible for the development and review of University policies, procedures and practices relating to taught degrees and the student experience. You will lead, manage and advise on development and delivery of policies and initiatives to achieve the goals and priorities for enhancing taught-degree provision and the student experience, as set out in the University's Strategic Plan.

You will act as secretary to specific University committees, as well as attending the Taught Degrees and Awards Panel. You will present papers to these and other groups as required to steer the development and implementation of policies relating to taught degree provision, working in close consultation with faculties, departments and colleges.

You will also be responsible for managing a range of student cases, making decisions on some cases, and providing advice to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) on the most serious cases.

About You

The post-holder will have experience of working in the higher education sector or comparable environment. You will have excellent organisational, analytical and communication skills in order to engage effectively with a broad range of stakeholders. You will be able to produce clear and accurate papers for consideration at University committees, and be able to present those papers clearly and effectively.

You will be able to work flexibly both as part of a team and on your own initiative, and be able to manage your own workload.

You will need to act with diplomacy when handling confidential tasks, understanding when discretion is required in sensitive work.

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 Thursday 30 May.

Interviews will take place in w/c 13 June, and will be in person in Oxford.

Contact Person : Max Evans Vacancy ID : 172690 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 30-May-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 8 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 45585 - 54395

Job details


Senior Policy Officer


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


May 02, 2024

Application deadline

May 30, 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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