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Head of Policy & Public Affairs

Unit :  Open University Students Association
Salary :  £34,304 to £40,927 pa
Location :  Milton Keynes
Please quote reference :  13640
Full time, permanent position
Closing Date :  4 October, 2021 - 12:00

Based in Milton Keynes (working from home until at least October 2021)

The Organisation

The Open University Students Association serves the interests of around 170,000 part-time and distance-learning students spread across the UK, Europe and beyond. Our role is to represent and support the interests of this vast and extremely diverse community of students. The OU Students Association is an independent registered charity, governed by elected student leaders. Our small team of dedicated, professional staff provide the vital support needed to deliver excellent services across the breadth of our student population.

The Job

The OU Students Association has a strategic aim to ‘influence and transform’ by empowering students to take a leading role in influencing the decisions that impact their study journey and their student experience. This role will take forward our work to deliver on this strategic aim. This is no ordinary public affairs and policy role, it provides the post-holder with real scope to make the role their own and make a significant impact on behalf of OU students. In addition to the main responsibilities of the post, the post-holder will take forward a series of exciting and important projects in collaboration with our students and with the Open University. Further information can be found in the Job-Related Information.

The Person

You will offer motivation, enthusiasm, energy, tenacity and resilience and a real drive to make an impact. This will be combined with relevant professional experience in policy and political affairs. You will need experience in collaboration and partnership working; delivering successful projects and events; writing engaging copy and presenting to senior level audiences. You will be a team player with a professional approach and a high degree of integrity and diplomacy. If this sounds like you, we’d welcome your application. A full person specification can be found in the Job Related Information.

How to apply

No CVs will be accepted. The full the role description and person specification and details to apply can be found in the attachments below. Please forward your completed applications to

Closing date for applications: Monday 4th October 2021, 12noon.



The Open University Students Association is committed to equal opportunities in education and employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Job related information : 

PDF icon Head of P&PA - Job Description.pdf323.58 KB

Application form (OUSA)

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.

These roles are covered by various terms and conditions and will be made available to successful candidates

Posting Date :  2 August, 2021 - 09:00

Contact us

If you have any queries or questions about the recruitment process, or regarding your application, please contact:

If you have any feedback regarding the recruitment process, please contact the Senior Resourcing Account Manager who will look into the matter.

Senior Resourcing Account Manager,
Resourcing Hub,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes,