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Curriculum Assistant (part time)

The Open University
Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes
Up to £13.38 per hour
Closing date
22 Apr 2024

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Discover the unique opportunity to work with our client at The Open University, a distinguished public Distance Learning and Research University. As one of the largest universities in the UK for undergraduate education, they are at the forefront of innovation and education excellence.

They are looking to recruit a Curriculum Assistant to start ASAP; the end date will be 31/07/2024. The position will be working part time (25 hours per week - either 08:00 - 13:00 or 09:00 - 14:00 - preferable over 5 days but there may be the possibility of working these hours over 4 days) and is paying £13.38ph. This role will be hybrid working however, the client will accommodate office working on a daily basis if this is preferred.

About the role

In this varied and important role, you will be required to:

  • Book module teams meetings via Outlook or MS Teams, data logging via Excel.
  • Monitor shared inboxes to ensure that enquires are passed to the relevant person and responded to accordingly.
  • Provide administrative support to Curriculum Managers and module-teams during presentation, maintenance and production cycles, as well as programme-wide activities, with the ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Become familiar with and use University systems and processes relating to presentation, maintenance and production activities.
  • Work independently and collaboratively within a team.

Skills required:

  • Experience in a secretarial, clerical, or administrative role.
  • Excellent information and communication technology skills including the ability to use Microsoft applications, particularly Word, Excel, Outlook and MS Teams, and experience of using databases, spreadsheets, and templates.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work efficiently and to work pro-actively, co-operatively, and responsively.
  • Working effectively in a team.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work flexibly and in an adaptable way, sometimes under pressure.
  • Shows initiative.

The client promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

If you feel this role is of interest, please apply online.


Manpower are working with The Open University as their strategic partner for all temporary, contingent and permanent requirements across their various locations.

How would you like to help someone change their life?

The Open University is the UK's largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. Our research underpins the teaching we deliver to some 200,000 students as the UK's largest university. Nearly three quarters (72%) of Open University research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Uniquely we operate within the four nations of the UK, with nation offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as regional offices in England and our head office in Milton Keynes.

All of our roles play a key part in our students' journey. The Open University helps anyone in the UK better themselves, whatever their age, background or circumstances. Dip into our series of Open Diaries and discover what it's like for our students to take that life-changing step that you could be a part of.



Jo Priddey
I started working with the OU as temporary staff through Manpower during the pandemic. I thought the initial training was fantastic and felt well prepared to start working. When I was offered a permanent position it was great that the OU took my personal needs into consideration so that I am able to complete my degree and work 4 days a week.

Charles White
The recruitment process was smooth from start to finish. As an applicant, it was useful to have the selection process made clear to you from the outset. Communication from Manpower was, and remains, good. Excellent candidate care continues to be provided, they are both responsive and proactive.

So far the Open University has been the best job I have ever had, a very relaxed environment, everyone open to helping one another, no pressure and all trainers prioritise the quality of calls rather than the quantity.

Sarah George
Whilst working at the Open University, the support I have received has been outstanding; from colleagues at advisor level, to the senior management team, there is not a question or query that has not been resolved without a swift and appropriate response.

Thecla Chakunte
Working with the Open University has opened me to a lot. There are a lot of trainings to improve your skills and open you to other possibilities. There is room for growth. A lot of it. And did you know you can study for FREE as permanent staff? Wow! There are other juicy perks too.

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