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Current Vacancies (External)

ACADEMIC 

Chair in Criminology

Faculty of Social Sciences,Department of Social Policy and Criminology

Salary range: 63,441 - 71,035 per annum; Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 11/02/2016

closing date : 11/03/2016

We are seeking to appoint a new Chair in Criminology who will play a leading role in developing intellectually innovative work in the discipline at the Open University (OU). We welcome applications from specialists in any area of criminology.

You will have a compelling research agenda, an international research reputation and a strong record of publication, with a commitment to the development of criminology as a critical social science discipline. You will also have a proven track record in securing external research funding. The successful candidate will be expected to play an active role in further developing a strong research culture, in particular providing intellectual leadership as well as helping to generate external funding applications, undertaking societal engagement, fostering the recruitment and support of research students, undertaking effective research mentoring of new and career-young staff and developing clear research objectives for colleagues.

You will also be expected to take a major role in teaching and curriculum development in criminology to ensure we continue to deliver modules and qualifications of the highest quality, as well as contributing to other social science courses from a criminological perspective.

A significant new initiative is under way to expand the criminology curriculum at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Chair will play a key leadership role in the planning and development of new Criminology curriculum. This includes all aspects of curriculum design, authoring and developing teaching materials, developing multi-media resources, and enhancing teaching and learning through a Virtual Learning Environment in ways suitable for students from a wide range of backgrounds.

If you would like to discuss this post, please contact Professor Steve Tombs, Head of Department of Social Policy and Criminology via Carol Fuller, on the email below or +44 (0)1908 654435

Closing date: 11 March 2016

Interview date: Interviews will take place on 4 May 2016, at Walton Hall


email: socsci-recruitment@open.ac.uk 
email: carol.fuller@open.ac.uk For enquiries

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 11496



ACADEMIC RELATED 

Academic Faculty Lead

The Open University, Faculty of Business and Law, Based in Milton Keynes

49,230 - 55,389, Temporary contract for 3 years

circulation date : 12/02/2016

closing date : 11/03/2016

The Open University, Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) is seeking to appoint an Academic Faculty Lead to join the Student Experience and Leadership Team. You will be responsible for the effective delivery of the teaching and learning elements of all the Faculty sub-strategies through the effective academic leadership and management of the Student Support Team (SST).

You will manage all aspects of line management and performance of academic staff within the SST, including effective management of input into qualification learning design and pedagogy. You will ensure systems and processes are in place to enable comprehensive monitoring of student retention, progression and completion and, where appropriate, develop and implement action plans to address areas of concern. You will be responsible for regular and ad hoc reporting on the progress and performance of the SST and for ensuring that the SST delivers strategic priorities and operational activities aligned to the Faculty's strategic plan and the Unit Business Plan.

You will also work with the Associate Dean - Student Experience to ensure the consistent quality enhancement approach is embedded within your SST through collaboration with key stakeholders.

We want to hear from you if you have excellent interpersonal skills, proven experience of successfully leading and managing change in a complex environment, proven ability to lead and manage multi-disciplinary teams and evidence of embedding quality assurance and enhancement practices at operational and strategic levels.

Closing date for electronic applications: Midday, 11 March 2016

Presentation and Interview date: 4 April 2016


email: fbl-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 12048



Careers & Employability Adviser

Access, Careers and Teaching Support; Based in Milton Keynes

31,656 - 37,768; Temporary contract until end 31 July 2017

circulation date : 11/02/2016

closing date : 03/03/2016

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced careers guidance professional to join the Careers and Employability Services team.

You will work in collaboration with the Faculties of Maths, Computing & Technology and Science in the delivery of employability strategies, including advising on curriculum development and delivering specialist online forums and webinars to students.

You should have a first degree, or equivalent, a professional careers qualification and proven experience in delivering careers advice and guidance preferably within higher education and in delivering services through online media.

An understanding of the needs of adult or distance learners would be an advantage.


Closing date: 3 March 2016 5pm

Interview date: Week beginning 14 March 2016



email: ss-sts-recruitment@open.ac.uk 

For detailed information and how to apply go to http://www3.open.ac.uk/employment or email the Recruitment Co-ordinator at ss-sts-recruitment@open.ac.uk quoting the relevant reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community



Please quote reference 12009



Head of Student Support Operations

Student Support, Academic Services, Based in Milton Keynes

49,230 to 55,389

circulation date : 09/02/2016

closing date : 01/03/2016

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent outcome-focussed operational expertise, team management and leadership in a customer support service, delivering to key performance indicators and relevant systems knowledge.

You will be co-ordinating service delivery within Student Support Teams (SSTs), National Centres and central Academic Services (Milton Keynes), ensuring both qualitative and quantitative key business targets and KPIs are met. You will lead and manage the workload of both operational staff and management information support staff.

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent and have the ability to operate at a strategic level and display a high degree of integrity and confidentiality, with proven experience of management, administration and operations planning. Your flexible, pro-active approach, excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills and the ability to influence at all levels are essential to succeed in this role.

Although you will be based in Milton Keynes, travel to other offices will be required regularly.

Closing date: 1 March 2016

Shortlisted candidates will be notified of interview date


email: SS-STS-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 11944



Business Change Project Manager

Business Change Team, I.T. Delivery; Based in Milton Keynes

38,896 - 46,414

circulation date : 11/02/2016

closing date : 03/03/2016

We are seeking a highly skilled, hands-on Project Manager with a genuine track record of successful project delivery to work on a broad range of complex and varied project assignments.

You will be equally as comfortable liaising with business and operational managers as with infrastructure, systems and IT development professionals in the pursuit of common objectives and excellence in delivery.

You will be a self-motivated individual who relishes the challenge presented by change projects to deliver real and tangible bottom-line value which enhances the experience of students. Working within a team of Business Change professionals, you will deliver projects through their full lifecycle. You will be a strong team player and compelling communicator who can confidently drive projects forward.

You will have experience of successful project delivery. Experience of using both Agile and waterfall methods will be highly advantageous. Of equal relevance will be your drive and determination to enhance your Project Management skills and to develop flexibility/range in your approach. You will need to demonstrate strong influencing, negotiation and relationship-building skills and have a positive, delivery-focussed can-do attitude.

Closing date: Midday 3 March 2016
Interview date: To be agreed


email: IT-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 12070



SUPPORT STAFF 

Accounting Assistant

Finance Division; Based in Milton Keynes; 18.5 hours per week

25,769 - 30,738 Pro Rata

circulation date : 04/02/2016

closing date : 18/02/2016

The Open University is one of the UK's most respected national institutions and the market leader in distance higher education. Since 1971, it has been inspiring learning and creating opportunities for all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential, whatever their previous academic attainments. It has demonstrated excellence in research and teaching and confirmed its enormous reach through its use of open educational resources.

You will be part of a team providing financial support to various University Units. You will work closely with one or more Unit Accountants and Budget Holders providing dedicated support to a number of units. You will assist in the provision of accurate and timely financial information, advice on financial plans and business appraisals for new activity. You will also contribute to the general financial work of the office.

You should have relevant finance related work experience, including costing and budget monitoring. In addition you should have excellent communication and organisational skills. You should also have excellent IT skills and be competent in creating and using complex Excel spreadsheets. You will be required to work with minimal supervision; the ability to manage a varied work load and work to deadlines is essential. You should be at least at the intermediate level of AAT (or equivalent). The University is AAT accredited for CPD purposes.


Closing date: 18 February 2016

Interview date: 25 February 2016


email: Finance-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 12052



EXECUTIVE 

Director of Library Services

Library Services, Based in Milton Keynes

Salary up to 76K depending on expertise and experience

circulation date : 11/02/2016

closing date : 03/03/2016

The Open University (OU) is one of the most important innovations in higher education since its foundation in 1969. It is the leading distance learning provider in Europe and with over 170,000 students it is by far the largest university in the UK. People of all ages and backgrounds study with the Open University; its mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

The OU promotes educational opportunity and social justice through its provision of high-quality learning; through academic research, pedagogic innovation and collaborative partnership, the OU aims to be a global leader in the design, content and delivery of supported open learning.

Library Services supports students in getting the most from their studies with the Open University.

The University is seeking an exceptional, innovative and inspirational leader who will provide strategic direction, a compelling vision for Library Services and advance the University's research and scholarship agenda. The teaching and learning agenda as outlined in the Learning and Teaching sub-strategy, 'Learning Now for the Future' can be found here:- http://www.open.ac.uk/about/main/strategy/teaching-learning-ou

You will build on the well-established digital library service which has a reputation for developing innovative services to students and staff. You will ensure that Library Services plays its part in delivering an outstanding and successful study experience to the University's students. You must be student-centred, with a good understanding of trends in higher education, a knowledge of emerging technologies, scholarly information and the challenges facing academic libraries.

An empowering, collegiate leader you will have experience of leading and implementing change and will bring a personal passion for the distinctive character of the Open University.

Closing date: 12 noon, 3 March 2016

Interviews will be held on 22 March 2016


email: LT-Centre-Recruitment@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Please quote reference 12057



OTHER 

The impact of participating in British counterinsurgency campaigns on British armed forces personnel, 1945-1975

AHRC PhD Studentship in collaboration with Imperial War Museums (IWM) and The Open University

circulation date : 11/02/2016

closing date : 02/03/2016

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at The Open University under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme. This full-time studentship, which is funded for three years at standard AHRC rates, begins 1 October 2016.

The Studentship
This project provides a unique opportunity to use the rich resources of the Imperial War Museums to understand the experience and impact of participation in post-war counterinsurgencies on British armed forces personnel. Applicants have the opportunity to frame the project in consultation with the supervisors: you could take a limited number of case-studies, or pursue one or two key questions across the period. There is scope to vary the approach according to personal interest, for instance towards more military, social, literary or psychological approaches.

The award pays fees up to the value of the full time home/EU rate for PhD degrees as well as maintenance (UK citizens and residents only). For more information see http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/Student-Funding-Guide.pdf). The student is eligible to receive up to £1,000 a year from IWM and £1,000 a year from The Open University towards research expenses.

How to Apply
Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in history, medicine or another relevant discipline and Masters-level training or equivalent.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages), a sample of writing, a brief letter outlining qualifications for the studentship, and the names and contact details of two academic referees by email (please see link below) to arrive no later than 5pm on 2 March 2016. All documents should be submitted in either a MS Word or PDF format. The subject line should indicate 'surname, first name - IWM/Open University studentship.'

Interviews are scheduled in London on 30 March 2016.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete an application for a place in History at The Open University. For further information see http://www.iwm.org.uk/sites/default/files/public-document/CDA-Advert-counterinsurgency-Jan-2016_0.pdf or contact Emily Peirson-Webber, please see email link below or 020 7416 5461.

email: research@iwm.org.uk Applications only

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.


Please quote reference 9328



Postgraduate Research Funding

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; Based in Milton Keynes Campus

circulation date : 04/02/2016

closing date : 09/03/2016

Full-time studentships £14,057 per annum (2016) Ref: RD/SS/23
Full-time or part-time fee waivers Ref: RD/SS/24



The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences invites applications for four full-time PhD studentships (three years) and two PhD fee waivers, full-time (three years) or part-time (six years), commencing October 2016.

The Faculty has a thriving research culture and is engaged in world-class, critical and agenda setting research that has a strong focus on social justice, impact and public engagement. We are committed to the enhancement and development of this culture as a priority in our mission.

To this end, we are looking to fund studentships in Geography, International Development and Sociology. Each of these areas is broadly defined, and we welcome applications which can be supervised with or across the Faculty's six departments: Economics, Geography, Politics and International Studies, Psychology, Social Policy and Criminology, and Sociology.

Further details of our PhD programmes and information on how to apply can be found on the following site http://www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/research/students/index.php

You will have at least a 2:1 as a first degree, a relevant master's degree and be interested in conducting research at a doctorate level in one of the following broad research areas:

- Geography including: Space and power; Culture and practice; and Environment and politics.

- International Development including: Agrarian and environmental innovation; Human Capabilities and/or happiness; Strengthening health and education systems; Migration and human rights; Regional and global governance; Inequality and Politics; and Economics of development.

- Sociology including: Culture, economy and the social; Citizenship and governance; The psycho-social; Intimacy and sexuality; and Crime, harm, policing and regulation.

Please see Further Particulars for more information on research environment within the Faculty.

Applicants must normally reside in the UK for the duration of the full-time studentship.


For pre-submission enquiries, prospective applicants may write to Dr Shonil Bhagwat, Director of Research Degrees, Faculty of Social Sciences on the email below.


Completed application forms, together with a Research Proposal and a covering letter indicating your suitability and reasons for applying must be sent to the email address below.


Please mark clearly which funding scheme you are applying for, although one application to both schemes is permissible.



Closing date: 9 March 2016 at 5 pm

email: socsci-research-degrees@open.ac.uk Dr Shonil Bhagwat - for pre-submission enquiries
email: Research-Degrees-Socsci@open.ac.uk. For completed application forms

Full application forms are available from http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/how-to-apply.

Equal opportunity is University policy.


Please quote reference 9301



Open Technology Enhanced Learning (OpenTEL) PhD Studentships

Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET), Based in Milton Keynes, UK

Technology Enhanced Learning Priority Research Area:Open Technology Enhanced Learning (OpenTEL)

circulation date : 08/02/2016

closing date : 31/03/2016

The Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology at the Open University has an international reputation for the quality of its research. At the Open University research students are provided with a supportive environment and excellent research facilities to ensure a future supply of first class researchers. We are recruiting PhD students in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) who study under guidance from world-class experts in the field. Open Technology Enhanced Learning (OpenTEL) brings together CREET researchers in the Institute of Educational Technology and Faculty of Education and Language Studies with those from Faculty of Business and Law, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, the Knowledge Media Institute, Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Social Sciences. We encourage interdisciplinary research. If you feel that the challenge of research in this exciting and interesting area is for you and you have the drive and intellectual curiosity to pursue postgraduate research, then we look forward to hearing from you!

We are offering up to 4 fully funded full-time studentships for a 1+3 programme (MRes and PhD) or +3 programme (3-year PhD).

You will have, or expect, a 2:1 or above in an undergraduate degree or a Master's degree in education (or equivalent), psychology, computer science or another appropriate discipline. For direct entry to PhD you will need to have completed postgraduate study that includes appropriate research methods.

The Open University is one of the UK's leading research Institutions. In the 2014 REF 72% of its research was rated as "world leading" or "internationally excellent", in Education we were ranked 2nd for research power, a measure that combines quality and scale.

There is a vibrant international community of students studying our MRes and PhD programmes. The Open University provides excellent support for students and offers a full range of training in computer, library and presentation skills. The studentships are full time at the Milton Keynes campus and students are normally expected to live within commuting distance of Milton Keynes.

Funding is available for UK, EU and International students. Full funding for studentships will include fees and maintenance (£14,057 in 2016/17) for either four years (1+3) or three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Further information, including more details of CREET research, can be found at http://www.open.ac.uk/creet/main/

Closing date: 31 March 2016

Interviews will commence in early May


email: CREET-student-enquiries@open.ac.uk 

An application form and further particulars are available from the links located above.

Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from Anne Foward, Student Coordinator, on 01908 655364 or by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number.

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.


Please quote reference 9312



PhD Studentships 2016

The Open University Business School

Based in Milton Keynes

circulation date : 08/02/2016

closing date : 07/04/2016

The Open University Business School invites applications for full-time PhD studentships starting in October 2016. Studentships are attached to specific research projects which are described at http://www.open.ac.uk/business-school-phd. The studentships cover tuition fees, a research training support grant and a starting stipend of circa £14,000 per year. This is a full-time three-year studentship and you would be required to live in the UK and usually within commuting distance of the Milton Keynes campus.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who have a good honours degree at a minimum of 2:1 or equivalent in a related subject, plus around 120 credits of advanced research methods skills or ideally a Masters in research methods. Candidates, who do not have sufficient research methods training may be offered a place on our one-year full time Masters in Research Methods course.

Your application should comprise a 1000-word research proposal and a covering letter outlining your suitability for your chosen project. We must also receive a completed application form, copies of relevant degree certificates and transcripts and a copy of your SELTS test results (if applicable), before we can consider your application.
Further details of the individual projects and how to apply can be found via the Business School link above.
Interviews will form part of the selection process and are to be held in April/May 2016 in person (or via web conference if required). PhD applicants are expected to give a 15 minute PowerPoint presentation about their proposal, followed by a question and answer session.

The closing date for applications is midday GMT on Thursday, 7 April 2016


email: oubs-research@open.ac.uk For enquiries email:

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.

Please quote reference 9320