Information Assurance Assistant, Office of the Vice-Chancellor

Office of the Vice-Chancellor



  • Posted on: 11th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £22,847 - £26,341 per annum
  • REF: REQ05560
  • Closes: 23rd January 2022
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description
The Office of the Vice-Chancellor (OVC)

The OVC comprises of staff based on our Colchester and Southend campuses.

Members of the University’s senior management team are based in the OVC, including the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Registrar & Secretary, Pro-Vice-Chancellors for Research and Education, Deputy Registrars, Dean of Partnerships, Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education, Chief of Staff, Deputy University Secretary, Assistant Registrar, and the Campus Manager (Southend).

The OVC is also home to four teams who provide dedicated support to the University’s management and governance functions. These teams:

  • manage the University’s information assurance functions;
  • support Council and its committees;
  • provide high-level PA support for the OVC’s senior management team; and
  • manage the Southend campus.

Duties of the Role

Working with colleagues across the University, the Information Assurance Assistant will ensure accurate and timely responses for queries raised under the Freedom of Information Act and UK GDPR; provide a first port of call for basic enquiries; and ensure that the University’s data protection web pages and publication schemes are kept up to date. The Information Assurance Assistant will also work closely with other teams in the OVC, supporting the team during periods of absence, handling and resolving administration queries, by phone, email and in person.

A full list of duties can be found within the attached jobpack.

Skills and qualifications required

The successful candidate will be qualified to A-Level or equivalent standard and will have experience in working accurately and with attention to detail within a defined framework or set of rules. You will have a good understanding of the meaning and importance of confidentiality and demonstrate excellent personal organisational and time management skills with the ability to prioritise tasks and to work to competing deadlines. You will be a first-rate communicator, with an understanding of how to deliver good customer care.

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

To support this commitment we have our Global Forum, a staff-led network that promotes and celebrates the rich cultural diversity among Essex staff, and our Colchester campus based Faith Centre, which hosts regular services, meetings and events organised by our chaplains and faith representatives.

Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please contact

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