Curriculum Assistant

The Open University

Unit : 
Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS)
Salary : 
£25,742 – £28,759 pro-rata (actual £17,393.24 – £19,431.75)
Location : 
Milton Keynes
Please quote reference : 
Permanent contract part-time, 25 hours per week
Closing Date : 
25 September, 2023 – 12:00

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 are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our friendly and supportive group of curriculum assistants, working flexibly under the direction of the Curriculum Support Coordinator to help ensure deadlines are met and effective cover is provided to meet changing priorities.

You will be required to work on a number of modules in production and presentation, performing alongside curriculum managers and academic staff.

Skills and experience

Your administrative and secretarial experience will be utilised for routine office tasks, and you will benefit from strong IT skills and an understanding of in-house systems.  The ability to pay attention to detail, use your initiative, prioritise effectively and to work collaboratively within a team is essential.

It is important that you operate in a proactive manner and deliver work to a high standard using the appropriate templates and house styles provided.

More information can be found in the Job Description below.

If you would like to discuss the application or recruitment process before making an application, please contact Donna Elstob at Resourcing Hub on 01908 655544 or email [email protected] quoting the reference 21161.

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 800 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 below key competencies for this role:
    • Experience of planning and organising one’s own work, demonstrating initiative and dealing with multiple tasks in parallel.
    • Good written and oral communication skills, and experience of using a variety of communication methods.
    • Excellent organisation skills, ability to prioritise, work under pressure and meet deadlines in a busy environment.
    • High level of accuracy and attention to detail in presentation of work.

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.


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 .

Find out more about us and our mission by watching this short video (you will be taken to YouTube by clicking this link).

The Open University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion which is reflected in our mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. We aim to foster a diverse and inclusive environment so that all in our OU community can reach their potential.  We recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge, and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.  We strive to recruit, retain and develop the careers of a diverse pool of students and staff, and particularly encourage applications from all underrepresented groups. We also aspire to make The Open University a supportive workplace for all through our policies, services and staff networks.

Email :

Resourcing Hub  

Job related information : 

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Posting Date : 
11 September, 2023 – 16:45

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