Chair, Office for Students

Body: Office for Students
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sector: Education
Location: Bi-monthly board meetings usually take place in London (although they are currently through remote access); the OfS also has an office in Bristol which you will need to visit. Travel to meet stakeholders across England as needed.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £59,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 days per week


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Date: 09/02/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    22/09/2020 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    Interviews maybe in London but are highly likely to be conducted remotely due to ongoing restrictions

  • Announcement

    09/02/2021 at 14:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

  • Work closely with Ministers and government officials to set a new clear strategic direction for the OfS, taking it into the next phase of its critical work.
  • Support and challenge the Chief Executive on the effectiveness and performance of the OfS, monitoring progress against its objectives and ensuring it is discharging its statutory duties in line with government policy, and in a way which minimises bureaucracy wherever possible.
  • Build effective relationships with partners in the provider, research and business community, to engage with them, share data, work together on areas of common interest and promote understanding of the OfS’ role and its activities.
  • Steer and manage the OfS board. Make recommendations to Ministers on the appointment of board members, ensuring that board membership reflects the diversity of the UK, and ensuring high standards of propriety and robust financial management across the OfS.


Person Specification


  • Excellent strategic thinking capability, experience of setting a clear vision and demonstrating strategic leadership in a range of contexts and complex environments.
  • A strong communicator with outstanding ability to influence and build effective relationships with stakeholders across the public, private or voluntary sectors, including the ability to communicate effectively with ministers.
  • Experience and a sound understanding of board management and commitment to the principles of public life.
  • Commitment to the principles of levelling up, championing opportunity for all, and representing or advocating for disadvantaged regions in the UK.



  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the operation of regulatory activity, the strengths and limitations of regulators, and the implication of these matters to the higher education sector.


Additional Information

The preferred candidate for the post  maybe required to appear before a Parliamentary Select Committee prior to appointment.

How to Apply

Please submit the following documents by email to:

  1. A CV.
  2. The Candidate Application Form
  3. Diversity Monitoring Form

Please see candidate pack for further details

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