More than a year after the Office for Students was established, England’s higher education regulator is still trying to fill almost 100 vacancies—with short-term contract staff currently covering some positions.
In recently published papers from a January board meeting, OfS chief executive Nicola Dandridge revealed that despite completing a planned staff restructure, the organisation was still looking to fill 90 positions.
These 90 vacancies make up almost a quarter (23 per cent) of the regulator’s headcount; when at full capacity the OfS will employ 391 members of staff. The regulator says there is no set deadline to reach that figure. Several “open evenings” for potential applicants have taken place at the OfS’s Bristol headquarters in recent weeks, attended by Dandridge. The OfS confirmed to HE that most of the vacancies were in Bristol, not at its London office.