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Student support opportunities

The information here describes opportunities available for working in a student support role. If you are a disabled student at the University interested in finding out more about support available to you, please contact the Disability Advisory Service.

Support workers

Would you like to support disabled students at Oxford? The Disability Advisory Service (DAS) needs reliable, flexible individuals with appropriate skills to provide students with study support. This type of human support is called non-medical help (NMH). There are several different types of role available. All the roles are part-time and the level of commitment can vary to match your availability in many cases.

Note taker

Take notes on a student’s behalf and produce an accurate record of the content of lectures, seminars, and discussions in the student’s preferred style and format. Job description and person specification.

Practical support assistant (library/laboratory/sighted guide)

Help students to search library catalogues, source and collect materials on a student’s behalf and photocopy and scan resources.

Provide practical and mobility support to assist a student with a physical or sensory impairment in manoeuvring between and around key study venues. This could include carrying books and equipment, helping to manipulate a wheelchair, acting as a sighted guide for a visually-impaired student or supporting a student with practical aspects of their course, eg in the laboratory. Job description and person specification.

Study assistant for students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Provide assistance to students with ASD,  with organisation, social interaction, prioritising workload and understanding ambiguous terminology or instructions. Support is often offered at key periods of transition, such as on the student’s arrival at the university, but in some instances may be required on an ongoing basis throughout their course. Job description and person specification.

Examination support worker (reader or scribe)

Act as an examination reader, scribe and examination prompter. It can include reading out the examination paper, writing down the student’s answers using exactly the words used by the student and giving a prompt as to when it is time to move on to another question. Job description and person specification.

If any specialist student support roles become available, such as 1:1 study skills tuition or specialist mental health mentoring, these will be advertised through the University of Oxford recruitment pages.

All NMH support workers must be able to demonstrate:

  • experience of higher education study;
  • appropriate academic qualifications;
  • reliability, flexibility and accuracy as needed for the role;
  • commitment to supporting disabled students;
  • an understanding of the importance of confidentiality and discretion; and
  • the ability to work with a wide range of people.

NMH workers have diverse backgrounds. The roles are open to on-course University of Oxford graduate students (subject to college or departmental regulations on paid employment), academic staff from Higher Education institutions, librarians, teachers, psychologists and other members of the city of Oxford community with professional and academic backgrounds.

Applying for student support roles

The DAS recruits support workers throughout the year. Job descriptions and an application form can be found on the right hand side of this page; please email completed applications and a CV to nmh@admin.ox.ac.uk.  

If your skills match our requirements you might be invited to an informal interview. Support workers might also be asked to  complete brief  introductory disability awareness training, and undertake any specialist training required.

All the roles will be operated through the University of Oxford Temporary Staffing Service in partnership with the Disability Advisory Service. Applicants should be aware that hours of work are dependent on student need; a fixed amount of work cannot be guaranteed. All roles are part-time.

If you have any questions, contact nmh@admin.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 280459.