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Home Bursar

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is incorporated by Royal Charter. It is registered as a charity (number 293072).  The Patron of the Centre is HRH the Prince of Wales. The Centre was founded in 1985 with the aim of encouraging a better understanding of Islam and contemporary Muslim societies through learning and scholarship. To this end, the Centre supports students and post-doctoral researchers, hosts lectures and seminars, and maintains a well-equipped library.

The Centre’s Premises

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies is based in purpose-built premises in Oxford. This building combines on a single site the academic, social, and residential functions of the Centre, and is a physical symbol of partnership, tolerance, and friendship between the Islamic and Western worlds of learning. The Centre’s new premises, which combine traditional Oxford and Islamic architectural styles, occupy a 3.25 acre site on the Marston Road.

The Bursary

There are currently eight major operational areas under the Home Bursar’s remit:

  • Estates (including Maintenance and Capital Programme)
  • Management of off-site properties
  • Accommodation management including Housekeeping
  • Daily catering and internal events
  • Conferencing and external events
  • Grounds and Gardens
  • Portering and Security
  • Health, Safety and Safeguarding

As the Centre continues to grow / develop it is expected that the Home Bursar will have a wider area of responsibility, within in the scope of this role.

The Home Bursar serves as the strategic lead, overseeing and agreeing future strategy and budgets for these departments, and is responsible for managing, developing, motivating and monitoring the performance of the Heads of each department.

He/she is responsible for all the Centre’s residential accommodation as well as catering, ranging from daily meals through to special events and dinners. The Centre runs an ambitious programme of internal events which requires coordinated support from many departments, under the direction of the Home Bursar. The Centre is keen to expand its commercial catering and conference business in the future.

He/she is expected to use his/her position to influence and gain the confidence of Fellows, staff and students in the interactions he/she has within the Centre. The Home Bursar must show sympathy with the educational focus of the Centre, while looking to control costs and to develop and exploit commercial opportunities.

The Centre is keen to develop and grow from its opening in 2017 including further capital development on adjacent land. The Home Bursar will play a key part in assisting with these projects and developing robust policies and procedures to support the growth.

Working at the Centre

This is an exciting time for the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and a great time to join our team. As we are expanding this is an excellent opportunity to contribute to a significant new development in Oxford academic life.

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