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Oxford Bridging Programme Coordinator (internal only)
The Division is seeking to appoint a highly motivated individual to the role of Opportunity Oxford Bridging Programme Coordinator. The role is available with immediate effect and is tenable for three years in the first instance.
Background to the role
In the Access and Participation Plan submitted to the Office for Students in May 2019 the University committed to offering a bridging programme called Opportunity Oxford starting in 2020 and a one-year Foundation programme starting in 2022 as part of its additional provision for widening participation. All divisions will be involved and the Opportunity Oxford scheme will be rolled out over three years, with 60 participants in the first year (2020), 140 in the second and 200 in the third and subsequent years. The target audience will be WP flagged candidates who meet or exceed our standard offer and who would not be considered a safe risk without additional support. The numbers will be taken from existing subject quotas and do not represent an expansion. The overall programme plan will consist (most probably) of a residential orientation weekend in July, some online-directed home study over the summer, followed by a two-week residential programme in September.
MSD will take part in the Opportunity Oxford programme and has proposed to develop a single divisional offering with an eventual intake at steady state of 30, with modest course-specific components, that will be suitable for incoming UGs entering courses in medicine, BMS, biochemistry and experimental psychology. A proportion of the teaching (orientation, libraries etc) will be centrally provided, but the division will have to organize the remainder. There will be an opportunity for each UG course to decide on any course-specific content it would wish to see in the programme. The residential programme will consist of a ‘UNIQ-like’ programme, including support from paid residential student volunteers, with wet lab experimental and computer-based elements, discussions, tours, workshops and opportunities to practise critical analysis and writing skills.
MSD proposes to appoint a programme coordinator to oversee the design, implementation and assessment of the divisional Opportunity Oxford bridging programme. The duties of the Bridging Programme Coordinator for the Medical Sciences Division will be to:
(i) Convene and chair a working group with representation from each MSD undergraduate course to design and deliver the division’s joint bridging programme;
(ii) Liaise with UAO in organisation and delivery of the bridging programme, including the introductory visit, the online component and the residential course;
(iii) Liaise closely with the Deputy DPS and the Admissions Coordinators for BMS, EP and biochemistry on matters of undergraduate admissions and selection for participation in the bridging programme;
(iv) Present reports concerning the design, content, delivery and outcome of the divisional bridging programme to the MSD Undergraduate Studies Committee and, when required, to MSD’s Education Policy and Standards Committee.
The Person specification for the appointee will include:
- Tenured University post within MSD;
- Current role in undergraduate teaching;
- Experience of undergraduate admissions in Oxford;
- Experience of UNIQ summer school organisation/delivery;
- Commitment to widening participation efforts aligned with the University’s Access and Participation Plan;
- The appointment will be for three years in the first instance. A responsibility allowance will be payable to the holder of this post in recognition of the additional duties attached to this position.
How to apply The role is available to internal applicants only. The Programme Co-ordinator is accountable to the Deputy Head of Division (Education) for the performance of his/her duties. The terms of the appointment will be agreed between the Head of Division and the appointee, after discussion with the appointee’s Head of Department.
Queries about the role may be addressed to Jane Dale (tel. 01865 289540). All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence; they will not form part of the selection decision.
Expressions of interest (including a short CV and contact details of two referees), should be emailed to Gillian Morris not later than 12.00 noon on Friday 8 November 2019. It is expected that interviews will take place in November. Applicants should seek the support of their Head of Department before they apply.