Office for Students, Student Experience Board Member

Body: Office for Students
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sector: Education
Location: Bi-monthly board meetings usually take place in person in London. Student Panel meetings are currently remote.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £9,180 per annum.
Time Requirements: The role has an expected time commitment of around 20 days per annum.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    13/06/2022 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


UPDATE 15 July. Due to unexpected circumstances a new interview date will need to be arranged. Interviews will not take place on 4 August as advertised. Update 18.11.22 Deliberations regarding this appointment are ongoing.


Assessment Panel

  • Hannah Sheehan Added 10/05/2022

    Panel Chair

    Director, HE Quality, Access and Student Experience Directorate, Department for Education • Departmental Official

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  • Clare Marchant Added 10/05/2022

    Chief Executive, UCAS • Independent Member

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  • Lord James Wharton Added 10/05/2022

    Chair of the Office for Students • Representative of Organisation

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Vacancy Description

The Student Experience board member will provide a student perspective at the heart of the OfS and will bring experience of representing a wide range of student views, as well as excellent stakeholder management skills.

The successful applicant will play a role in delivering government priorities for HE. They will contribute to OfS’s work to raise quality in HE provision, protect free speech and academic freedom, and tackling harassment including antisemitism and sexual misconduct and its causes. They will also ensure prospective students have the right information available to them from providers on the likelihood of completing their course and what they go on to do.

The OfS student experience board will sit on the OfS’s student panel, which comprises 13 current, recent and prospective students. This panel ensures that students’ views inform OfS’s decision-making and acts as an important source of advice to the OfS board.

Non-executive director board members play a key role in shaping the OfS’s strategic direction, contributing to delivery of the OfS’s statutory regulatory duties, with responsibility for a wide range of activities, including:

  • Oversight of the OfS’s corporate strategy.
  • Reviewing risks and benefits, and monitoring outcomes against plans.
  • Being responsible for the stewardship of public funds, managing the risks relating to the OfS’s work.
  • Providing constructive challenge to ensure all functions are carried out efficiently and effectively.


Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • Be a current undergraduate or postgraduate student in HE in England or have graduated from HE in England within the last two years.
  • Demonstrable experience of representing or promoting the interests of students, bringing first-hand knowledge of the many issues faced by past, present and future students. This should include the ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders at different levels.
  • Have a genuine interest in supporting the OfS deliver the Government’s priorities for HE, for example on real social mobility, quality, free speech and academic freedom and improving the student experience including by tackling antisemitism and sexual misconduct, and providing support for student mental health.


Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience and understanding of corporate governance.


Additional Information

You will be expected to demonstrate high standards of corporate and personal conduct.

The successful candidates will be asked to subscribe to a Code of Conduct for members of the board, and must confirm that you have a sound understanding of, and commitment, to the principles of public life.

DFE OFS Student Rep candidate pack
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