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
What's the role?: The VP Graduates represents Graduate students, to the University, and external audiences as appropriate. They lead in policy-making, campaigning and lobbying work, in conjunction with other Officers,on graduate issues at the University of Oxford, and act as focal point for organising Oxford SU's work for Graduates. They are a Sabbatical Trustee and play a key role in relationship between Student Council and the Trustee Board.
Areas of Responsibility
- To be a Sabbatical Trustee and play a key role in the relationship between Student Council and the Trustee Board.
- Support the committees of Oxford SU Campaigns
- To represent students, in particular graduate students, to the University, and external audiences as appropriate.
- To represent the following subgroups of students at all levels of study: international students; mature students; part-time students; student parents and carers.
- To work with postgraduate course and Divisional Board representatives.
- To support graduate Common Room presidents, including by coordinating Graduate Presidents’ Committee (twice a term), and maintaining the relevant mailing lists.
- To facilitate the International Students’ and Mature Students’ Orientation events.
- To campaign, lobby, and make policy on graduate issues at the University of Oxford, particularly in the areas of: graduate academic affairs; research and innovation; graduate accommodation; graduate admissions and funding.
- To run and deliver projects arising from manifesto pledges and team priorities.
Key University Stakeholders
- Education Policy Support, including Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)
- Research Services, including Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation)
- Education Committee (EdC)
- Quality Assurance Working Group (QAWG)
- Curators of the University Libraries
- Joint Student Number Planning Sub-Committee
- Joint Subcommittee of the Education Committee with Student Members
- Student Wellbeing Subcommittee
- Research and Innovation Committee
- Graduate Admissions Committee
- Graduate Student Administration & Procedures Group
- Quality Assurance Subcommittee
- Research Degrees Panel
- Taught Degrees Panel
- Intellectual Property Advisory Group (IPAG)
- Graduate Committee
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 understanding of issues and barriers facing non-traditional and underrepresented groups of students in Higher Education
- In-depth understanding of issues and barriers facing non-UK students.
- Project planning
- 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