Medical Sciences Divisional Office (Education)
University of Oxford
The Fleming Suite
Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford OX3 9DU
Graduate School Officer
Tessa Finlayson-Gray is currently on secondment, with duties being covered by Chris Higham.
My main responsibilities include:
- Graduate School Studentship competition
- Maintaining the Graduate School website
- Management of the Graduate School Assistants
- Managing Graduate School events
- Marketing & recruitment for the Graduate School
I work closely with the Assistant Registrar (Graduate School) and the Director of the Graduate School on various discreet initiatives which have included the creation of the Graduate School website, a pilot scheme for applications by theme and the introduction of an aggregated funding scheme (now the annual Graduate School Studentship competition).
As Secretary to the Divisional Funding panel, I am responsible for delivering the Studentship Competition and, as of 2015, I will have support with this from our Graduate Schools Support Officer.
I manage the content of the Graduate School website – this site gives an overview of all the opportunities available in the Medical Sciences Division by theme. Each summer I contact all the departments for details of any amendments required to their supervisors’ profiles, although I am happy to receive updates at any time of the year!
The Graduate School WebLearn site is a repository of information for on-course students which staff will also find useful. As an online source, I keep the site as up to date as possible with information on milestones, dispensation applications and any other information that may be useful to students. I am currently working on a complementary site for Directors of Graduate Studies and Departmental Graduate Studies Administrators.
Responsibility for the day to day quality of service that is delivered in respect of graduate studies processes falls to me although the work itself is completed by the three very capable Graduate School Assistants whom I line manage.
Each year, I arrange the Graduate School Welcome Event, informally knows as the Red Carpet Event (despite the general lack of carpet!). This event is held in early October every year and offers new postgraduate students the opportunity to learn more about the Graduate School and to meet some of us in person.
Along with officers in the other divisions, I am responsible for monitoring, reviewing and suggesting improvements to the administrative processes for on-course graduate studies, admissions and the Graduate Supervision System.