Programme Administrator and Curriculum Assistant

The Open University

Unit : 
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Salary : 
£25,285 to £28,131
Location : 
Milton Keynes
Please quote reference : 
Full Time, Permanent
Closing Date : 
8 June, 2023 – 12:00

Flexible working patterns will be considered.

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 role

We wish to appoint a Programme Administrator / Curriculum Assistant within the Faculty of Business and Law.

Have you got a keen interest in higher education, and would you like to make a real difference? This is an exciting role covering a wide variety of administrative tasks and responsibilities.

You will provide personal secretarial support to the Teaching Director, Programme Manager and Head of Curriculum Management; ensuring that all contacts and correspondence are dealt with efficiently and dealing with members of staff and external organisations using your initiative, judgement and tact.

You will also support Qualifications Managers and academic team members in the development and delivery of curriculum, particularly in respect of the development of module materials and websites, together with supporting the management of copyrights applications for your allocated modules.

You will organise relevant qualification and module team meetings, and other events such as workshops and staff development events, plus where appropriate, attend meetings, take minutes and generally facilitate meetings as required.

Skills and experience

You will have a good general secondary education at least to A-Level or equivalent, and successful previous experience in a secretarial, clerical or administrative role. To be successful in this role you will need to have a keen eye for detail and an ability to work effectively as part of a team and using your own initiative.

If you would like to discuss the application or recruitment process before making an application, please contact Jo Beach at Resourcing Hub on 01908 655544 or [email protected] quoting the reference VRF 20927.

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 30 days holiday per annum pro rata, plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days.

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.

Please apply following the ‘Apply Now’ link below:


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 .

Assessment – as part of the interview process you will be required to undertake some activities in Word and Excel.

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Posting Date : 
25 May, 2023 – 09:45

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