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Undergraduate Secretary

The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) has around 12 administrators supporting its teaching programmes. Your role will be to administer the Department's undergraduate programme. The role also has Departmental responsibility for a committee and for developing our undergraduate outreach activities.

The undergraduate secretary is primarily responsible for the Politics and International Relations papers and the POLIS tracks of Part IIA and B of the Human, Social and Political Science Tripos, as well as for the POLIS papers shared with the History and Politics Tripos. There are around 350 students taking these papers and this is a very busy role. Duties range from timetabling to entering final examination marks and there is a great deal of variety throughout the course of the year.

You can expect lots of interaction with academics, students, and administrative colleagues from across the Faculties. There will be days where you will need to prioritise and re-prioritise as requirements quickly change. At some times of the year you will potentially need to stay late to ensure deadlines are met.

Educated to at least A-level standard (or equivalent) you will have relevant administrative experience in a role which has required you to prioritise, multi-task and pay close attention to detail. You must be organised and able to work autonomously, possess a lot of common sense, an unflappable nature, and a pro-active approach to challenges.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Helen Williams, Department Teaching Administrator (e-mail:

Please quote reference UE11468 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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