The Office for Students (OfS) is the regulator for higher education in England. Our 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):
1.Are supported to access, succeed in, and progress from, higher education
2.Receive high quality academic experience and their interests are protected while they study or in the event of provider, campus or course closure
3.Are able to progress into employment or further study, and their qualifications hold their value over time.
4.Receive value for money.
The Access Inclusion and Skills Directorate (AIS) supports the Director for Fair Access and Participation (DFAP) who leads on the OfS` work to promote equality of opportunity in access and participation in higher education and supports technical pathways through higher education and progression into postgraduate education and research.
Our approach to regulation states that, `our regulatory framework enables the Director for Fair Access and Participation to develop a bold new approach to supporting social mobility, and equality and diversity, through higher education. We will be radical and ambitious to make sure we deliver on the promise of higher education as an engine for social mobility, and a gateway to a better life for those who undertake it`.
As a Directorate, our goal is to ensure 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. This is achieved through:
- Developing and implementing access and participation policy and strategy
- Issuing guidance on, assessing and monitoring access and participation plans
- Identifying and promoting effective practice in relation to access and participation, equality and diversity, and diverse pathways into and through all levels of higher education, and for employability, skills and the industrial strategy
- Development and delivering funding in support of these activities
We are recruiting for an AIS Manager. Whilst the role will be assigned to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team, you may be asked to be involved in the delivery of activities across AIS and OfS.
Responsibilities may include the design and delivery of clearly defined outputs and outcomes in support of the OfS business plan such as: continuing to fund, support and evaluate projects that tackle sexual violence, hate crime and online harassment; develop and deliver a mental health strategy in collaboration with key partners; and develop the OfS position in relation to freedom of speech
For the posts you will need to be able to demonstrate how you are able to: develop, lead and evaluate projects; act autonomously and exercise judgement in work and people management; deal with complexity and ambiguity in the design and delivery of policy; understand the data and information landscape for complex policy and practice areas relating to equality, diversity and inclusion; ability to synthesize complex information and link this to OfS strategic; and strong communication skills whether used in management, with stakeholders or to provide advice.
The OfS regulates the higher education sector on behalf of all students. We value diversity and the wealth of perspectives, experience and ideas that it brings to our work and we strive to embed equality of opportunity in everything we do.
We recruit based on fair and open competition and welcome applications from candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic background. To attract the widest possible field of qualified applicants, flexible working, for example job share and part time working, apply to this role.
Interviews will be held week beginning 3rd May
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