Careers in administration at Oxford

Considering applying for a job in administration at the University? Already here and thinking about your next step?

Through a series of profiles, this page provides an insight into some of the many administrative roles and career progression routes taken by current staff at Oxford. Click on any of the snapshots below to find out what attracts people to come and work at Oxford, what they do here and how they got to these positions.

Working in administration means providing high-quality and responsive support to enable the University to deliver excellence in learning, teaching, and research, and through this to enrich society. Our administrators support the work of academic departments and divisions, colleges, as well underpinning the central University Administration and Services. Oxford employs talented people with generalist administrative skills as well as specialists in areas such as finance and personnel.

The people featured in our profiles exemplify the diversity of what it’s like to work here. Some of the things they do include:

  • Managing a finance team looking after expenditure of £60-£90m a year
  • Supporting the creation of Oxford’s new bursary and fee waiver scheme
  • Enabling the 1,500 disabled students at the University to succeed in their studies
  • Leading the Academic Administration Division, whose 265 staff coordinate student services and administration
  • Developing new projects to engage the public in science at Oxford
  • Coordinating and developing a college's academic and student recruitment strategies

We hope that these insights will demonstrate that a career at Oxford can be far more than just a job.

  Naveen Gupta

Naveen Gupta

Divisional Financial Controller

"I was always likely to pursue a career in accountancy..." Read more

   Jared Hutchings

Jared Hutchings

Head of Student Information & Financial Support

"My interest in educational policy was the starting point..." Read more

  Anne Knowland

Anne Knowland

Senior Tutor

"I like seeing the impact of policies I’ve developed quite rapidly..." Read more

  Sharon Mitchell

Sharon Mitchell

Business Manager

"The role is varied and stimulating and there are always new things to do..." Read more

  Rosie Mortimer 

Rosie Mortimer

Senior Assistant Registrar

"I’ve worked in every grade from grade 4 to grade 10..." Read more

  Pete Quinn

Pete Quinn

Head of the Disability Advisory Service

"Working here can open many doors..." Read more

  Michael Sibly

Michael Sibly

Deputy Registrar

"If you are prepared to move around and gain experience there is the possibility of good career progression..." Read more

  Louise Sumner

Louise Sumner

Assistant Registrar (Education)

"I’m currently doing an MBA in Higher Education Management, sponsored by Oxford..." Read more

  Charlotte Vinnicombe

Charlotte Vinnicombe

Faculty Board Secretary and Administrator

"I am passionate about working so closely with academics..." Read more

  Helen Watson

Helen Watson

Director of Planning and Resources

"You meet interesting people with a wide range of views on a daily basis..." Read more