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How to help students wanting careers advice

Tutors, Fellows, Faculty Heads and all academics are occasionally asked by their students or researchers for careers advice. Many feel well qualified to advise on academic careers but may have limited knowledge about non-academic careers.

Here are some ways you can help:

  • Remind students of the Careers Service – to register their interests on the web site (such as where they want to work, what type of work, what languages they speak), and to look for vacancies on the web site.
  • Suggest the student contact a Careers Adviser – there’s an adviser from the Careers Service looking after each college who will be involved in events such as drop-in sessions.
  • Include a link to the Careers Service web site in the faculty/college homepage and some information about us in student handbooks.
  • Suggest the student contacts alumni of the college – which can also be done through the Careers Service’s web site – for advice and introductions. Many colleges organise alumni events for careers purposes.
  • Involve the Careers Service in faculty and college activities – pre-entry events, open days, inductions, etc.

If you would like any brochures or flyers to be able to hand to your students, just let us know on the feedback form.

Filling a vacancy with an Oxford student

If you have a vacancy in your department or college, you can reach all the undergraduate, postgraduate and research staff on the password protected area of our website, CareerConnect. Advertising with us is:

  • Free
  • Accessible – it is easy for you to write and post the vacancy yourself (we can help too)
  • Flexible – vacancies can be for temporary and permanent work

If you have not posted a vacancy since September 2015, you’ll need to first register as an organisation on our site.

If you’re posting a vacancy for a department, then you may need to add the department information as well.

Log in using the link on the right hand side of this page; if you have any problems or if would like some advice, please contact our Employer Relations Team on 2-74663.

Hiring students for part-time or casual work

Before engaging a casual worker please ensure you have familiarised yourself with the University’s policy on such engagements. A summary of the key matters you ought to consider are set out below. In order to avoid potential disputes over employment status, it is recommended that the maximum period of continuous engagement for casual workers should be eight weeks. For appointments for a longer period please follow the guidance set out at Recruitment and Selection.

Casual workers can be paid through the casual payroll and, although tax and national insurance is deducted from their pay, they are not considered to be university employees. When taking on a casual worker, you will need to complete these steps:

Pre-employment checks

Immigration

You MUST check the right to work of ALL individuals undertaking work in your department and take a copy of the relevant documentation. The Work Permits Desk can advise on who is entitled to work in the UK and what documentation is required.

High level checks

It is possible the nature of the casual work necessitates high level checks, such as CRB checks. More information can be found on the Personnel Services website.

Letter of engagement

You will need to prepare a letter of engagement (using the pro forma template [Note – this is password protected]) to be signed by the individual. This letter sets out the terms of the arrangement.

Pay

When setting the pay rate for the casual worker, you should set a rate that equates directly to an appropriate grade. It is not necessary to have the temporary vacancy formally graded, although if you are unsure of an appropriate rate of pay, the Reward team can advise. In all cases it is important to ensure that the rates are equal to, or in excess of, the National Minimum Wage.

Period

Arrangements for casual work should not normally extend beyond eight weeks. If the arrangement is likely to extend beyond eight weeks, you should contact Personnel Services as soon as possible.

Payroll

Casual workers can be paid on a weekly basis through the casual payroll. To arrange payment you will need to complete and submit a casual payroll form.

Holiday

Casual workers are entitled to 28 days of leave per year, including public holidays and any departmental closure days. Guidance on the calculation and payment of holiday entitlement for casual workers is available from the Personnel Services website.

Statutory sick pay

Casual workers are entitled to statutory sick pay. Information on payment and exclusions is available from the Personnel Services website.

This information was last updated on 12 November 2015.
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  • For information on copyright and usage permission, please see the terms and conditions.
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And finally, if you need some inspiration, have a look at some of our favourite entries from previous competitions:

2015 Slideshow

2016 Slideshow

2017 Slideshow

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