Information Rights Manager

The Open University

Unit : 
University Secretary’s Office
Salary : 
£36,333 to £43,155
Location : 
Milton Keynes
Please quote reference : 
Fixed Term until 31 December 2023, Full Time post
Closing Date : 
29 May, 2023 – 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 University secretary is responsible for the effective governance of the University and for its professional services. The University Secretary’s Office supports the University Secretary to enable the smooth running of the administration of the university, engaging with all areas of the University. The University Secretary’s Office manages the University’s governance and ensures that the regulatory conditions required by the Office for Students in England, and other regulators in the UK nations and beyond are met.

The role

The Information Rights Manager is responsible for carrying out  a range of duties to improve the University’s compliance with Data Protection legislation following the implementation of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The successful candidate will have an excellent opportunity to experience data compliance activities across a University in an evolving regulatory environment.

Skills and experience

  • Qualifications in information compliance/ records management/data protection long with recent relevant experience in the area of data protection
  • Experience of applying the key concepts and principles of data protection and compliance legislation in a practical context
  • Experience and ability to carry out training in an engaging, accessible and clear manner to stakeholders with varying degrees of understanding
  • Practical experience of providing data protection guidance to staff with differing levels of understanding

For further information about the role including a full person specification, please see the Job Description linked below.

If you would like to discuss the application or recruitment process before making an application, please contact Paula Haycock at Resourcing Hub on 01908 655544 or [email protected] quoting the reference VRF 20921

What you get in return

We have a strong commitment to providing training and development in and beyond your current role. This includes thorough induction into the organisation and regular reviews of your training and development needs.

We also offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term. Staff Benefits include an attractive pension proposition and 33 days holiday per annum pro rata, plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days.

Email :

[email protected]  

How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the instructions on The OU Job’s page. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be received.

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the vacancy reference above.

To apply for this role please submit the following as one document;

  • CV
  • Personal statement, up to 1,000 words, you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

Please save your document with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for: reference, surname, forename.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.


You will receive updates regarding your application from [email protected] . Please ensure this email address is added to your list of trusted senders so it does not go to your junk folder.

You can view your application communications on the Candidate portal .

Find out more about us and our mission by watching this short video (you will be taken to YouTube by clicking this link).

The Open University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion which is reflected in our mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. We aim to foster a diverse and inclusive environment so that all in our OU community can reach their potential.  We recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge, and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.  We strive to recruit, retain and develop the careers of a diverse pool of students and staff, and particularly encourage applications from all underrepresented groups. We also aspire to make The Open University a supportive workplace for all through our policies, services and staff networks.

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  • Terms and Conditions – Academic Related Staff  (PDF)
  • Terms and Conditions – Academic Related Staff  (Word document)

Posting Date : 
22 May, 2023 – 12:30

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