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University of Oxford sparks outrage after website advertises lecture role with low salary by mistake

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The University of Oxford has been criticised after mistakingly advertising a full time lectureship with with a salary of £13,415. 

Mansfield College is advertising a fixed twelve month contract to cover for the sabbatical leave of Politics Fellow David Leopold.

As part of the role, the successful candidate will be expected to 'organise all Politics teaching for Mansfield PPE and Modern History and Politics students, take part in undergraduate admissions at Mansfield, and act as college advisor to Mansfield graduate students in Politics,' in addition to giving six hours of tutorials per week.

According to the university, the job was mistakenly advertised as full-time. It has now been amended to part-time. 

Before the amendment, the role was listed as 'full-time' with a £13k salary which is around £7,500 lower than the £21,000 average starting salary for university graduates, despite wanting the applicant to have 'completed (or be about to complete) their doctoral studies.'

Although the contract includes “full dining rights” and a £500 research allowance, the low pay has been criticised on Twitter by other academics:

Historian Andrew Seaton highlighted the irony given the college’s history of supporting state educated students.

Wider concerns have previously been raised about low salaries at both Oxford and Cambridge universities compared to the average across UK institutions.

In 2015, an anonymous Oxbridge academic wrote that working in Oxbridge was only for the rich. They did not believe early-career positions in arguably the country’s most prestigious universities were viable without further “independent financial means”, due to a combination of lower than average salaries and the high cost of living in both Oxford and Cambridge.

This article was edited after publication to reflect the mistake made by the college.

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