The central administrative sections of the University are collectively called University Administration and Services (UAS). UAS comprises structures to:
- Support the University’s core academic purposes of teaching, learning and research
- Ensure the University can meet the requirements of government, funding bodies and other external agencies
- Facilitate the attainment of the objectives set out in the University’s Strategic Plan.
UAS comprises University-wide functions, encompassing the key areas of academic administration, research services, finance, personnel, estates, IT services and external affairs as well as a number of other functions, whose collective headcount is c1,600. Further information about the work of each section, together with contact details and the profiles of the head of each section, can be found on the UAS sections page. The heads of UAS sections report directly to the Registrar, with the exception of the Director of Finance, who reports to the Vice-Chancellor, and the Directors of Development, Alumni Relations, and Public Affairs, who report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Affairs).
Role of the Registrar
The Registrar, Professor Ewan McKendrick, is the senior administrator within the University.
The formal responsibilities of the Registrar, who is appointed by Council, are set out in the University’s Statutes and Regulations. This legislation defines the Registrar as the principal adviser on strategic policy to the Vice-Chancellor and to Council. The Registrar is also secretary to both Congregation and Council, and is responsible, under the Vice-Chancellor, for leading the management and administration of the University’s affairs.
Profile of the Registrar
Ewan McKendrick holds law degrees from the University of
Edinburgh and the University of Oxford. He has been Lecturer in Law at
Lancashire Polytechnic (now the University of Central Lancashire), the
University of Essex, the London School of Economics and Political
Science (LSE) and the University of Oxford. He was Professor of English
Law at University College London from 1995 to 2000, when he returned to
Oxford to take up the Herbert Smith Chair of English Private Law. He
served as Chair of the Board of the Law Faculty from 2004 to 2006 and
was Oxford’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 2006 to 2008 and then Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education, Academic Services and University Collections) until 2010. He took up the appointment of Registrar on 1 January 2011, succeeding Dr Julie Maxton.
Ewan McKendrick was called to the Bar in 1998. He is a barrister at 3 Verulam Buildings and a Master of the Bench at Gray's Inn. His teaching and research interests are in commercial law, contract law and tort law. He is a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall.
Evaluating our services
A Professional Services Survey was conducted across the collegiate University for the first time in Trinity term 2015 in order to canvass the views of staff about the quality of services provided by UAS. By reputation and rankings, the University of Oxford is by any measure one of the best universities in the world and we believe that the quality of the administrative services we provide is essential in supporting that excellence. However, the University has not until recently gathered data that would enable analysis on whether its administrative services are improving, and how they compare to other universities in key areas of academic or professional services activity. The Professional Services Survey results will be used to identify areas of good practice which may be shared, and areas for improvement which need to be addressed.