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All applications for our vacancies are made online through the University of Oxford jobs website and only in very exceptional circumstances can we receive applications via other means. 

If you have a disability or other compelling reason that prevents you submitting an application online please email the divisional HR team at for advice. 

Vacancies for committees and other internal positions are listed below with information on how to apply.

Apprentice Laboratory Technician

BioEscalator, Medical Sciences Divisional Office, Medical Sciences Division

Innovation Building, University of Oxford, Old Road Campus, Oxford

Apprentice Grade 01A £23,706 per annum

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for you to join the University of Oxford as an Apprentice Laboratory Technician in BioEscalator, Medical Sciences Division.

This is an unusual and varied role, where you will develop and learn technical skills and provide a professional, high-quality customer focused service. The BioEscalator Apprentice Laboratory Technician will be a key member of the BioEscalator team, assisting and learning from our experienced Laboratory & Facilities Manager and the other members of the team. You will assist the Laboratory & Facilities Manager with smooth running of the core laboratory facilities in the BioEscalator. We have commercial tenants, and this is a customer-focused role, so we are looking for a mature and practical person who communicates well and is keen and quick to learn with a can-do attitude.

About the apprenticeship

As part of this role, you will undertake an Apprenticeship with the training provider CSR Group, where you will complete a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Applied Science.

During your apprenticeship, you will work full-time (36.5 hours per week) at the Innovation Building – BioEscalator (part of the Medical Sciences Division) at the Old Road Campus, Headington.  The 2-year training programme will include in-house training as well as day-release or other distance learning methods delivered by CSR group.   

In total, it will take 2 years to complete all elements of the apprenticeship, with support from the department, University, and training provider throughout.

Becoming an apprentice at the University of Oxford is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience and training. For more information, please visit the Apprenticeships Oxford website

About you

You will be passionate about starting your career in biomedical sciences and excited about the opportunity of becoming an apprentice at the University of Oxford. You may be starting your career, or you may be looking for a career change.

To complete the Level 3 apprenticeship, you will need to evidence passes at 9 - 4 or A*- C in GCSE Maths and English. If you did not achieve these grades, do not let that put you off from applying as you can study Functional Skills as part of the apprenticeship giving you the equivalent qualifications needed.

To help check that you have the potential to achieve these, CSR Group will ask you to complete a short initial assessment during the application process. There are also government residency requirements for Apprenticeship funding which the training provider will be able to advise on.

What we offer

Our apprentices are never on their own, you will benefit from a supportive environment working in collaboration with the rest of our committed team. You will also be supported by the central apprenticeship team, and you will join our growing network of apprentices within the University. You will have the opportunity to become an apprenticeship ambassador for the University and region.

We will provide you with a welcoming and inclusive workplace, offering support and development opportunities that will enable you to progress and do your best work. We recognise diversity as our strength, vital for innovation and creativity, and we aspire to build a truly diverse community, which values and respects every individual’s unique contribution.

You will receive 38 days’ annual leave inclusive of Bank Holiday and fixed closure dates, discounted travel, access to our Employee Assistant Programme (EAP), an excellent contributory pension scheme, and student discount. You will also be part of the University’s annual apprenticeship awards.

Please note, by applying for an apprenticeship with the University of Oxford, you are giving permission for the application to be shared with the relevant training provider for the programme.

Contact us and apply

If you would like further information or support in your application, please contact:

For further details and to apply for this apprenticeship, please refer to the generic apprenticeship job vacancy here Apprenticeship Talent Pool Vacancy ID 170010

Interviews are due to take place on Thursday 27 June 2024.

Interviews will be taking place in our offices in the BioEscalator Innovation building, Old Road Campus, Headington.  If you have concerns about travel or accessibility please do not hesitate to contact us.

Start date: 12 August 2024

Apprenticeship training start date:  September 2024


Seeking Chairs  for sub-committees of University Education Committee: Call for expressions of interest by Friday 31 May

Education Committee is seeking Chairs for two of its sub-committees from Michaelmas term 2024: the Research Degrees Panel, and the Quality Assurance Subcommittee. This is an opportunity for academic colleagues to bring their experience and passion into the heart of the University’s governance. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is week 6 of this term, Friday 31 May 2024.   

Chair for Research Degrees Panel (RdP) 

A Chair is sought for Research Degrees Panel (RdP) which has a remit for all aspects of the University's strategy and policy for the education, personal and professional development of PGR students. The Panel reports to Education Committee and Research & Innovation Committee. Research Degrees Panel has responsibility for all policies and regulations for PGR students and considers feedback from students and outcomes. The Panel meets once per term, and the Chair is also a member of Education Committee (two meetings per term), and the Graduate Access Working Group (one meeting per term).  This Panel would be a good fit for a former DGS, Tutor for Graduates, CDT Director etc. The standard term of office for the Chair is three years. 

Terms of Reference for Chair for Research Degrees Panel (RdP) 

  1. Advise Education and Research and Innovation Committees, and deliberate as appropriate on their behalf, on all aspects of the University's strategy and policy for the education, personal and professional development of PGR students.
  2. Maintain an overview of the role and contribution of PGR students to research quality and capacity, with reference to relevant metrics.
  3. Maintain an overview of the policies, procedures, codes of practice and regulations governing PGR supervision, progression and assessment, including the conduct of examinations and assessment and the appointment and duties of examiners, within the University.
  4. Monitor relevant performance indicators relating to PGR students, including progression, retention, suspensions and extensions, assessment outcomes, and submission and completion rates.
  5. Consider PGR student feedback.
  6. Oversee the regulatory and administrative framework for higher doctorates, including monitoring the demographic characteristics of candidates and approving local guidance on behalf of Education Committee.
  7. Approve on Education Committee’s behalf, regulation changes, as appropriate, in relation to the above.
  8. Consider other relevant matters relating to PGR students, and draw to the attention of Education Committee and Research and Innovation Committee as appropriate.

The Research Degrees Panel will report jointly to Education Committee and Research and Innovation Committee. 


  • PVC Education, or nominee (chair)
  • PVC Research, or nominee
  • One or more of the Proctors and Assessor as may be agreed between them
  • Associate Head of Division (Education), Humanities Division, or a representative of the division nominated by the Associate Head
  • Associate Head of Division (Education), Medical Sciences Division, or a representative of the division nominated by the Associate Head
  • Associate Head of Division (Education), MPLS Division, or a representative of the division nominated by the Associate Head
  • Associate Head of Division (Education), Social Sciences Division, or a representative of the division nominated by the Associate Head
  • Director of the Department for Continuing Education, or a representative of the Department nominated by the Director
  • Chair of Conference Graduate Committee, or nominee
  • One other representative of the Conference of Colleges
  • Oxford University Student Union Vice-President (Postgraduate Education and Access) 

The panel may also co-opt additional members as required

Chair for Quality Assurance Subcommittee of the Education Committee (QASC)

A Chair is sought for the Quality Assurance Subcommittee of the Education Committee (QASC). This subcommittee will consider all quality assurance matters for Education and in particular the University's institutional responsibility for threshold standards, quality of learning opportunities, enhancement, and public information in the context of the Office for Students’ regulatory framework. The Subcommittee meets twice per term, and the Chair is also a member of Education Committee (two meetings per term). The Terms of Reference are available online. This Subcommittee would be a good fit for colleagues with experience of course regulations or quality assurance within a Department, and who are interested in student engagement and feedback. The standard term of office for the Chair is three years. 

How to apply

Education Committee seeks nominations from academic colleagues with an interest and experience in the above areas. Please send self-nominations (including a statement setting out your experience and interest of max. 250 words) to the Secretary, by Friday 31 May 2024. The Secretary is also happy to answer questions about these roles. 

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