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Assistant Research

Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS)
£22,659-£25,482 - depending on qualifications and experience
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Permanent - Full Time
Closing Date: 
20 August, 2019 - 12:00

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The role

We are looking for an enthusiastic and adaptable person to provide secretarial support to the Faculty Research Office in the FASS Deanery, working closely with colleagues to ensure the smooth and efficient support of Faculty research activity.

You will have general administrative experience and a willingness to keep up-to-date with specialist knowledge and skills. You will have excellent organisational skills and be able to work on your own initiative and as part of a team.  You will need excellent written and verbal communication skills and have high level IT skills.  Experience of taking and producing accurate typed minutes, monitoring budgets and organising events are important aspects of this role.

Skills and Experience

  • Effectiveness as a team member.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work.
  • Ability to work under pressure to agreed timescales and within delivery standards.
  • Experience of providing service to internal and external customers such as when dealing with student enquiries.
  • Commitment to principles of improving diversity and equal opportunities within the work environment
  • Possessing a working knowledge of The Open University and its objectives.

What you get in return

Benefits include a supportive and friendly working environment, 30 days holiday per annum pro rata plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days and an attractive pension proposition.

How to apply

To apply, please complete a short application form and include your CV together with a covering letter, no more than 2 sides of A4, detailing how you meet the criteria in the person specification, and email to quoting the vacancy reference number 16398

For detailed information about how to apply go to or email

Closing date: Noon 20th August  2019

Interview Dates: TBC

Panel: TBC

The full summary of duties and person specification can be found within the Job Related Information here

Please note: If you have not heard from us within 10 working days of the application closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have not been selected for interview, however we thank you for your interest in The Open University and encourage you to apply for future positions.

An application form and job related information are available from the links located below.  Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub on 01908 (6) 55544 or by email, quoting the reference number 16398.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community

Equal Opportunity is University policy

Job related information: 

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Posting Date: 
22 July, 2019 - 12:00