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Office for Students Non-Executive Director – Student Experience

  • £9,180 per annum with an expected time commitment of 20 days a year

This is a Non-Executive position with an expected time commitment of 20 days a year and remuneration of £9,180 a year.

Location - London and Bristol

Exciting opportunity to join the Board of Office for Students

The creation of the Office for Students (OfS) through the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 represents one of the most significant reforms to the regulation and oversight of higher education in England. The OfS will have responsibility for operating a new regulatory framework that puts the interests of students at the heart of the system, with a strong focus on promoting choice and competition in the provision of higher education. The role of the OfS is set out in more detail in the government’s White Paper, ‘Success as a Knowledge Economy’.

Student interests are at the heart of the reforms and it is essential that the student perspective is represented in the governance of the OfS. With this in mind, the primary legislation sets out the requirement for OfS’s members to have (between them) experience of representing or promoting the interests of individual students, or students generally, on higher education courses.

We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants who have the right skills and experience to help strengthen the overall ability of the OfS Board to discharge this duty. This person will have experience of representing or promoting the interests of students and will take a lead responsibility for ensuring that the OfS Board oversees the embedding of student engagement within the culture and structure of the organisation. It is crucial that the Board member appointed can reach out to and act on behalf of the England’s diverse student population.

The Board will be integral to the success of this new organisation, having overall responsibility for a multi-faceted organisation with an annual budget in excess of £1 billion. Board members will be involved in, and responsible for, developing policies, projects, programmes and activities led by the OfS that are consistent with the reforms in the Higher Education and Research Act.

For further details and to apply, please visit the Centre for Public Appointments website via:

How to apply

Applicants should submit a CV and a separate personal statement (each to be no more than three sides of A4 in length) demonstrating how they meet the key requirements for the role. We also ask that applicants complete a diversity monitoring form and form relating to declaration of interests, convictions and political activity and submit these along with your application.

Closing date is 23:00 on 02 August 2017.

We will rely on the information you provide on your CV and supporting statement to assess whether you have the experience required at the appropriate level. Please ensure that you provide written evidence to support how you meet all of the relevant criteria, which are identified in the role profile.

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