Graduate Programme for University Leadership: Ambitious Futures

University of Oxford - University Administration and Services

University Offices (and other University locations), Oxford

(this is a 15 month initial trainee contract)

The University of Oxford is recruiting two graduates to join the Graduate Programme for University Leadership, commencing September 2017.

Over the 15 month programme graduates will work in three different professional areas within Higher Education, two at Oxford and one at a partner University, probably in London. The type of work you will be involved in will be project-based and wide-ranging, offering many diverse and challenging opportunities.

Oxford is working in partnership with Ambitious Futures which co-ordinates the Universities graduate scheme across the UK. Oxford trainees will attend the Ambitious Futures Induction Programme and take part in group learning events in the London region throughout the 15 month programme. They will also obtain an ILM level 3 qualification.

You will be strongly motivated by the opportunity to shape the future of the Higher Education Sector and gain experience in a variety of roles such as student and research administration, Finance, HR and communications. Excellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skills are vital, as you will be working with and influencing a variety of the brightest people both whilst on the graduate programme and as your career in Higher Education progresses.

You will relish the opportunity to work on a number of challenging projects, both nationally and internationally, and will be passionate about driving forward your own development so that you can become a first-class future leader in a truly vibrant and exciting sector.

Our previous trainees have said the scheme was “an amazing opportunity to explore a career in Higher Education. Ambitious Futures has allowed me to work in three areas of professional services, including a secondment to UCL, and work out my career path” and “Higher Education administration is a career path which is not well-known, but if you are interested in working for the public or charities sector, this scheme is one of the best accelerated routes into a career which is interesting, diverse, and rewarding“.

For more information on how to apply, please visit:

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 21 December 2016.

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