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The Divisional Registrar and Chief Operating Officer provides administrative leadership for the Division, and works closely with the Academic Leadership team and with senior administrative team leaders in MPLS Division.
Academic leadership is provided by the Head of Division, a Deputy Head of Division, several Associate Heads, and other academics who lead on key priority areas for the Division.
Responsible for the management and day-to-day running of the Divisional Office, and provides Executive Assistant support to senior team members.
This team is responsible for supporting researchers to think about, plan and do high quality public engagement. We look after Oxford Sparks (the University's digital science engagement platform), run training and a number of different activities that contribute to a positive and supportive environment for public engagement as part of research culture.
Includes the Head of Division, Divisional Registrar, Deputy Head and Associate Heads.
Responsible for development of the MPLS Enterprise Programme; supports MPLS departments and CDTs to develop and deliver their Enterprise and commercialisation training and activities.
The Development Office leads fundraising efforts across the departments, from student support and faculty posts to building projects and equipment costs.
The Industrial Research Partnerships team focuses on building strong research collaborations between industry and the University, facilitating both enduring strategic partnerships with companies and funding for collaborative research. The team liaises with companies to understand research needs and works with departments to assemble bespoke, multi-disciplinary, research propositions that match Oxford’s strengths to company needs.
Responsible for the MPLS website and Twitter, the Division's e-newsletter, the Division's involvement with The Conversation, information fliers about research projects, liaison with industry and partnerships, and liaison with communications staff in the departments and the University's Public Affairs Directorate.
Responsible for the Division’s training programme for DPhil students and research staff, and supporting departments in developing researcher training.
Oversight of Divisional Research Strategy, coordination of cross-cutting research themes and Divisional research initiatives, and relationships with funding bodies.
Management of financial planning activity across departments, notably the preparation of the annual divisional budget. Day-to-day guidance to departments.
The MPLS HR Team is responsible for supporting the Division and its departments with regard to HR policy, including recruitment and selection.
This team develops divisional strategy in all areas of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in relation to staff and students.
Responsible for learning and teaching policy; cross-departmental outreach; divisional-level graduate administration; public engagement; entrepreneurship education; and personal and professional training for doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. Includes the Graduate Office, Training team and Enterprise team.
Responsible for the management of all aspects of on-course graduate student administration, support for the Graduate Supervision System, the maintenance of graduate student records on the University’s Student System, supporting the administration of new Centres for Doctoral Training and Doctoral Training Partnerships, and administering postgraduate student funding for RCUK doctoral training grants/partnerships, including any associated funding streams, and various University postgraduate scholarships requiring a divisional competition (e.g. the Clarendon Scholarships).
Management of administrative procedures and processes relating to all academic appointments in the Division.