Skip to content

Toggle service links

Head of External Communications

Salary: highly competitive + benefits
Please quote reference: 
Closing Date: 
26 July, 2018 - 12:00

The Open University is looking for an experienced professional to lead on external communications.

Operating across all UK nations as well as internationally, the OU currently has almost 174,000 students, making it the UK’s most popular university.

Having changed the lives of millions of people who have studied with us over the years, alongside a world-leading research portfolio, the OU has many powerful and exciting stories to tell.

The last decade has seen significant changes to the way universities are supported and funded, which gives the University a huge opportunity to make a positive impact on lifelong learning.

We are looking for an individual with first-class news judgement, an eye for a story, and the capacity to develop a compelling narrative across multiple channels to promote our work and create maximum impact among influencers and opinion formers.

Reporting directly to Lucian Hudson, Director of Communications, you will work closely with colleagues at the highest level across the university, as well as externally.  You must therefore have proven experience of managing complex issues within a large organisation, excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, and the drive and passion to place the OU at the centre of the debate on the issues facing higher education today.

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 Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number

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


Job related information: 
PDF icon VRF 14763 Job Related Information.pdf264.64 KB

Standard Application form with CV

Which file-type best suits my needs?

Microsoft Word

Standard Application form with CV (Microsoft Word)

If you prefer to complete your form on computer, or you'd like to save your completed form for subsequent applications, the file-type best suited to your needs is Microsoft Word.  If you need to undo the form file protection please see instructions under "completing the application form" section here:

Screen Reader Compatible (Microsoft Word)

Standard Application form with CV (Microsoft Word /Screen Reader Compatible)

We also provide a screen reader compatible version of this file. For the screen reader version to function correctly the file must be downloaded to your computer and opened using Microsoft Word.  To save the file on your computer right click on the link and choose "save link as" or "save target as".

Adobe Acrobat *

Standard Application form with CV (Adobe Acrobat)

If you don't have Microsoft Word on your computer, or you prefer to complete your application form by hand, the file-type best suited to your needs is Adobe Acrobat (pdf).

* You can download Adobe Acrobat from here:  Download Adobe Acrobat Reader (free)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 09:00