Vice President Access and Academic Affairs

Salary: £21,236

Term in office: 27/06/21 - 26/06/22 (Please see FAQs regarding having coursework to complete after this start date)

Holiday: 24 days, + 6 fixed closure days, + 8 public holidays

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What's the role?: The Vice-President Access and Academic Affairs represents students to the University, and external audiences. They lead on work including policy-making, campaigning and lobbying work, in conjunction with other Officers, by using such vehicles as are appropriate to improve the educational experience of all Student Members at the University of Oxford. They work to ensure that, regardless of background, the best and brightest students apply to study at the University of Oxford. They are a Sabbatical Trustee and play a key role in the relationship between Student Council and the Trustee Board.

Areas of Responsibility

  • To be a Sabbatical Trustee and play a key role in relationship between Student Council and the Trustee Board.
  • To represent the interests of current and prospective students on decision-making bodies relating to access, outreach, education, and academic affairs.
  • Support the committees of Oxford SU Campaigns
  • To liaise with Student Advice on key academic related issues affecting Students at the University of Oxford.
  • To take a lead on discussion of UK Wide Higher Education Policy issues and lobbying.
  • To support common rooms, Academic Affairs Officers, and Access and Admissions Reps.
  • To work with course/department and Divisional Board Reps.
  • To oversee implementation of the Oxford SU Education Vision.
  • To run and deliver projects arising from manifesto pledges and team priorities.

Key University Stakeholders

  • The Academic Registrar
  • Education Policy Support
  • Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach


University Committees

  • Council
  • Education Committee (EdC)
  • Curators of the University Libraries
  • Joint Fees & Student Support Advisory Group
  • Student Attainment Gap Working Group
  • Quality Assurance Working Group (QAWG)
  • Museums Board
  • Quality Assurance Subcommittee
  • Taught Degrees Panel
  • Admissions Committee
  • Admissions Executive
  • Senior Tutors’ Committee (STC)

Key SU staff support

  • Policy & Change Coordinator
  • Student Engagement Coordinators
  • Student Engagement Manager
  • Communications Manager


Key skills you will develop in your role

  • In-depth knowledge of university structures, the UK Higher Education sector, and government educational policy
  • In-depth knowledge of issues facing underrepresented applicants and barriers to fair access to Higher Education
  • Project planning
  • Management
  • Campaign management
  • Being an effective representative (on committees and to various stakeholders with tools such as consultation and data collection)
  • Negotiation and assertiveness
  • Organisation and time management skills
  • Presentation and public speaking skills
  • Effective use of social media
  • Engagement with the press
  • Working independently or as part of a team.