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Working at Exeter


Working at Exeter College isn’t just about a job, it’s about being part of something special. Something different. It’s about shaping the future of students from all over the globe, and enabling world-leading, cutting edge research. Whatever your role here at Exeter College, you can, quite literally, help to change the world.

We may have been founded over 700 years ago, but we are certainly not stuck in the past; instead, we are focused firmly on the present and the future. Our academic staff are among the world’s best in their field of study. Our students come from all over the world, and go on to shape institutions at a national and international level. We have one of the most successful conference and summer school businesses in Oxford, and we have just opened a state-of-the-art new residential complex.

This is a great time to be joining Exeter College. Our plans for the future are ambitious, and we have a passion for what we do and the difference it can make.

We want people who share that passion, people who have the drive to make things happen, people who will actively seek opportunities to improve themselves and the College. People who want to realise their true potential and use their skills to do a great job.

So, whether you’re interested in joining our academic staff, or whether you’re interested in working in one of our many non-academic support functions, we want to hear from you.

Take a look at our current vacancies and if there’s nothing here that matches your skill set right now, do come back and visit us regularly to see if new opportunities have arisen. If you have any queries about working at Exeter College, or would like more information about any of our current vacancies, don’t hesitate to get in touch at

Find out more about what it’s like working at Exeter College.

Equality and diversity

The College is committed to equality of opportunity in recruitment, and we welcome diversity among our staff, students, alumni and visitors, by recognising the particular contributions to the achievement of the College’s mission which can be made by individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

For more information about equality and diversity at Exeter, including our policy and annual report, please visit the equality and diversity section of our website.


At Exeter College we provide our staff with far more than just a financial package. People working here tell us that they like the small and friendly feel of the College, that they enjoy being able to make a difference through what they do, and that they appreciate the College’s emphasis on valuing individual differences.

Of course, we also know that offering competitive pay and motivating benefits is an essential part of our ability to attract and retain talented people to keep taking the College forward. That’s why our reward package has a range of different elements including:

  • Competitive salaries, which are regularly reviewed
  • Generous annual leave allowance, including a 5-day closure over the Christmas period
  • Free meal whilst on duty
  • Contributory pension scheme, with significant employer contributions
  • Access to private health and dental insurance at reduced rates
  • Enhanced sick pay scheme
  • Family-friendly benefits, including flexible working, childcare vouchers, and enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption pay
  •  Access to a wide range of benefits within the wider University of Oxford

Training and development

Education is what the College is all about. We therefore strongly believe in personal development for employees, as well as internal talent management, and leadership development for managers.

Whatever your role and level within the College, we’re keen to help you grow and develop, so that you can make the most of your talents.

Social activities

We want to have fun at work. As well as an annual Christmas party, we also support charity days, host seminars and lectures, and run events and special dinners throughout the year. The College also offers regular Guest Nights in the dining hall, to which College members can invite friends or family.

Our academic staff have a lively community within the SCR, and there is often stimulating discussion and debate as people share the latest aspects of their research. We also have a number of visiting academics each year, who add to this mix.

People say that they like the ‘family’ feel of the College – why not come and try it for yourself?

Why join Exeter?

If you’re considering applying for a job at Exeter College, it may help to know a bit more about what it’s like to work here, and to understand more about the organisational culture.

People join Exeter College for many different reasons, and if you ask the people who work here why it’s such a great place to work you’ll get any number of positive responses. However, many of them will almost certainly reflect the fact that:

  • we’re friendly, and always aim to treat our employees well, help them develop, and give them a rewarding working life
  • we take pride in what we do, and the difference that it makes
  • people look out for each other
  • we’re open-minded, flexible, and always looking to improve.

Don’t just take our word for it, though, read what some of our staff have to say.

Celebrating diversity

At Exeter College, we recognise that everyone is different. We believe that having people from different backgrounds, with different life experiences and different talents, is fundamental to our success and to making the College an interesting and rewarding place to work.

In practice, this means an active commitment to providing training on diversity and equal opportunities, and flexible working and holiday policies that encourage staff to have a good work-life balance, and which support people to take time out when they need it. We promote an environment free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation, and try to ensure that all staff are offered an equal opportunity to reach their full potential.

In short, we aim to be a place where you will be valued for who you are and what you can offer.

Employee insights

Want to know what it’s really like working for Exeter College on a day-to-day basis? Click here to find out what some of our people have to say about their own experiences.

We hope that by asking some of our current employees to tell you all about their roles, their motivations and how they are developing their careers with us, you’ll get a better feel for what it’s like to work here.