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Planning a career in a university – administration and management

the thelmasYou may wish to work in higher education in an administration and management role, ensuring the university is effectively led, managed and supported. There is a huge variety in the number and type of roles available in areas such as:

  • Research support – advising academics on applications for research funding, supporting the management of live grants, facilitating public engagement with research, supporting research and academic staff to develop their careers, etc.
  • Marketing and communications – deals with how the university is perceived externally, student recruitment and outreach, marketing campaigns, PR and press, etc.
  • International office – supports the recruitment, induction and support of international students.
  • Student services – co-ordinates aspects of welfare support, careers guidance, placement service, educational resources (such as libraries, etc.), etc.
  • Development and alumni relations – develops relationships with external partners and alumni, and encourages financial sponsorship and donations.

 

Case study

Dr Corrina Osborne is Head of Academic Operations at BU, working in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. She spent a number of years working as a researcher before making the transition to a career in university administration and management. Read Corrina’s case study for information on her career progression.

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