The Bonavero Institute would like to recruit an Events Assistant to provide support for conferences and academic events. The post holder will have the opportunity to get involved with a variety of conferences and seminars and become an integral member of the institute team. With this in mind, the successful candidate would be offered a dedicated desk to work in the Helena Kennedy Reading Room at the Bonavero Institute.

This role would suit a student who is highly organised, motivated and willing to work flexibly. We expect that the post holder would be present at key events including some outside normal working hours and weekends. The postholder will be expected to be based in Oxford and/or at the Institute during term time. Some events will continue to run throughout the vacation period, however, with prior agreement from the Institute’s Director and Administrator, the postholder could work remotely when project work allows.

Once appointed, the Events Assistant would be expected to attend the bi-monthly admin, programmes and events meetings. The precise nature of the work will vary but the Events Assistant will have responsibility for working with the Academic Lead for each event and programme and will assist with defining the event programme and agenda, liaising with speakers, welcoming participants posting via social media, and recording events for podcasts. The Events Assistant will ensure that outputs from each event are recorded or written and disseminated in a timely manner, which might include writing up, editing and proof reading of academic reports/outputs, and reviewing transcriptions and recordings.

We expect the Events Assistant to be present at events including those outside normal working hours and weekend events, workshops and conferences. The post holder will also be the main point of contact on the day if the admin team are unavailable (e.g. speakers, college services etc.). This role will support the Institute administrative team, including other research assistants employed by the Bonavero, and will report directly to the Institute Director.

Duration and hours

The role will be a fixed hours contract, for 8 hours a week (both during and outside of term time).

The position will be a 12-month post, in the first instance, and will start as soon as possible following the interview date.

You will not be required to work for more than 8 hours in any given week.



The post will report to the Institute’s Director.


  • A primary law degree.

  • A solid understanding and strong interest in the broad field of human rights law.

  • Excellent writing, editing and proof-reading skills.

  • Demonstrable social media, communications and IT skills.

  • Demonstrable Events Planning skills.

  • The capacity to work well in a team.


This post is open only to current graduate students at the University of Oxford or to those who have a current association as a graduate student resident at the Bonavero Institute. The post holder should have a strong interest in the broad field of Human Rights and the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students.

Rate of Pay

This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £15.37/hour plus holiday pay of £2.63 = total of £18.00/hour



This post is funded by the Bonavero Institute.


How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) along with a brief writing sample should be sent by email to by midday on Thursday 23 January 2020. Please explain briefly how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability over summer. Interviews, will be held Monday, 27 January 2020, from 9 to 11am.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to