Institute Officer
London Senate House

Job reference: 01137

Location: London Senate House

Closing date: 29/07/2018

Salary: starting from £28,955

Employment type: Other

Department: School of Advanced Study

Sub-Department: Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICwS) - non academic

Hours per week: 21

The role

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, is currently seeking applicants for the post of Institute Officer.

The School of Advanced Study (SAS) holds a unique role in UK higher education with remit to promote and facilitate the research of scholars in the humanities. The offices of SAS are located in the Bloomsbury area of central London. Further information about SAS can be found on its website,

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS ), founded in 1949, is the only postgraduate academic institution in the United Kingdom devoted to the study of the Commonwealth, both historically and in its contemporary forms. The Institute promotes, facilitates and coordinates research on the Commonwealth with particular regard to social and civil society policy in Commonwealth nations, human rights and the history of British decolonisation, as well as exploring the continued relevance of the contemporary Commonwealth.

The work of the Institute focuses particularly on the history of the modern Commonwealth and its member states; the Institute hosts a wide range of events on this theme. The Institute is also a centre of expertise on contemporary Commonwealth policy, and its staff are regularly consulted about matters of current concern by policy-making bodies, NGOs and the media. The Institute is also home to the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, as well as running two distance-learning degrees in collaboration with the University of London Worldwide.

The Institute promotes and facilitates research through an extensive and highly respected programme of academic and policy-relevant events. In any given year, the ICWS organises approximately 100 seminars, roundtable discussions, conferences, symposia, workshops and public lectures.

The Institute’s Library is an international resource holding more than 190,000 volumes, with particularly impressive Caribbean, Southern African and Australian holdings and over 200 archival collections. In recent years the Institute’s attention has moved towards online publications and resources in order to widen the impact of its research and library holdings. To find out more about the Institute, please visit

The post-holder will support the Manager of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies to facilitate the smooth day-to-day running of the institute, including managing institute communications; servicing institute committees, and maintaining the fellowships programme.

This is a part-time, fixed term role for a year in the first instance. The successful candidate will work three days a week (the pattern is flexible).

Further information

To be considered for this role, please submit your CV and covering letter by Sunday 29th July 2018.

Your covering letter should address the competencies required for this role and should provide examples of how you fulfil the criteria on the Person Specification, taking into consideration the Job Description.


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