Domestic Bursar

University of Oxford - St Edmund Hall

St Edmund Hall is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford and currently has approximately 70 academic staff (Fellows and Lecturers), 400 undergraduate students, 300 postgraduate students and 35 visiting students.  Students are admitted in a range of subjects.  

The Domestic Bursar is responsible for the delivery of the facilities and domestic services of the College to its Fellows, students, staff and visitors, in support of its core academic purpose.  He or she is also responsible for maximising opportunities to generate income from the College’s facilities and services, as far as is possible without impeding the academic activities of the College.

Crucial to fulfilling these responsibilities is a combination of strategic planning, effective execution, and a well-judged collaborative approach – all underpinned by the need to achieve results.  

The College is a complex institution, with academic, religious, residential, catering, commercial and historic buildings issues all overlapping within a limited space.  The Domestic Bursar should be able to manage a large number of diverse problems, quickly be able to grasp the underlying issues and negotiate solutions sensitively, taking account of a variety of views, policies and interests that may sometimes conflict. However, this makes for an interesting, rewarding and stimulating experience that provides the opportunity to drive improvements and deliver excellence in a world-class yet friendly educational institution.

He or she will work closely with Fellows, senior staff and student representatives from both Junior and Middle Common Rooms (for undergraduates and postgraduates, respectively).  Much of the College’s business is conducted through committees, and the Domestic Bursar serves on several of these.  

The successful candidate will possess advance strategic and operational experience in the service sector, with both a creative and a practical approach to management. The ability to establish relationships with individuals at all levels, both within and outside the College environment is essential as is a proven record of delivering results.  

The full Job Description and Further Particulars may be found here.  

Application Procedure

Candidates should send the following items in PDF format by email to with DOMESTIC BURSAR APPLICATION in the subject line:

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  • A written statement of no more than 500 words stating how the candidate’s skills, experience and interests equip them to undertake the role of Domestic Bursar;
  • Personal Information Statement (which includes the names and contact details of three work or work-related referees, one being the current or most recent employer).  Please indicate whether these referees may be contacted prior to interview.

The closing date for applications is 18:00 (UK time) on Sunday, September 17, 2017.  Applications received after this time will not be accepted.

Interviews will be held during the afternoon and evening of Sunday, October 1, 2017 and on Monday, October 2, 2017 at the College and candidates should be available for both days.

Informal discussions are welcomed by the Principal (Professor Keith Gull, CBE, FRS, FMedSci) or the Senior Bursar (Estates and Finance - Mr Simon Costa), who may be contacted by email at or, respectively.

Please also consider completing an Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form.  Submission of this form is voluntary and does not form part of the selection process, but we would be grateful if you are willing to return it with your application to assist us with our equal opportunity monitoring.

St Edmund Hall is an equal opportunities employer

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