Postgraduate (PG) Conversion Course Officer

Office for Students

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Job Ref: 1578
Location: Bristol based however some travel may be required.
Salary: £31,177 - £32,462 plus generous civil service defined benefit pension.
Closing date: 31st January 2021
Interviewing date: 12th February 2021

The Office for Students (OfS) was established by the Higher Education and Research Act in 2017 and became fully operational in April 2018. OfS`s primary aim is to ensure that English higher education is delivering positive outcomes for students - past, present, and future. Our objectives are to ensure that students, from all backgrounds (particularly those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds):

Are supported to access, succeed in, and progress from, higher education

Receive high quality academic experience and their interests are protected while they study or in the event of provider, campus or course closure

Are able to progress into employment or further study, and their qualifications hold their value over time.

Receive value for money.

The Access Inclusion and Skills Directorate (AIS) is responsible for the Office for Students` duties and functions to promote equality of opportunity in relation to access and participation, together with its strategic objectives to support technical pathways through higher education and progression into postgraduate education and research.

It is concerned with delivering our first regulatory objective, which is that all students from all backgrounds, with the ability and potential to benefit from higher education, should be supported to access, succeed in and progress from higher education. It is also concerned with our third regulatory objective, which is that all students are able to progress into employment or further study, and their qualifications hold their value over time.

The AIS Directorate`s work on skills, graduate employability and the sector`s ability to deliver highly skilled graduates to address skills shortages is led by the Head of Skills. This role will work directly with the PG Conversion Course Manager to support delivery of a programme co-developed with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Office for Artificial Intelligence. The programme will deliver £13 million over 3 years and develop new postgraduate conversion courses to accelerate the number of skilled graduates entering data science and AI sectors.

The key person attributes to fulfil this role are:

Ability to effectively manage own workload and to work in an organised way with others in the team

Ability to cope with changing priorities and manage tasks flexibly

Ability to use information appropriately in the effective delivery of work

Ability to engage with internal and external colleagues, deputising for the PG Conversion Course Manager when appropriate

an awareness of policy and practice related to skills shortages and the Industrial Strategy

The OfS embraces and promotes equality, diversity and inclusion. We strive to reflect this in our workforce so that we represent the diversity of those whose interests we promote. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition. We welcome flexible working, and as an organisation which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we are firmly committed to providing learning and development opportunities for all employees.

The role is a full-time, fixed-term 12 month post. We will consider job share
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