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Faculty Operating Service (FOS)

Key activities

What the FOS does

The FOS undertakes a wide range of activities whilst avoiding duplication of effort of work that is more suitably covered by other professional service teams (where local knowledge of the Faculty isn’t required). The FOS acts as a key interface with other Professional Services to help deliver an integrated and coordinated customer experience.

Types of activities that we cover

Below are some examples of the type of work that we get involved with on a regular basis. See your Faculty specific intranet for work covered by your local team.

Overview of the Faculty Operating Service team roles

The Faculty Operating Service provides admin support to the Faculties and their organisational structures to enable them to be well-organised and productive, coherent and professionally-managed.

Associate Director of Faculty Operations

Responsible for:

Faculty Executive Officer and Team Leader

Responsible for:

Senior Administrative Officer

Responsible for:

Administrative Officer

Responsible for:

Secretariat Team

Dean's Executive Assistant

Responsible for:

Deanery Administrator

Responsible for:


The Faculty Operating Service includes a number of MSA staff members who are funded (wholly, or for a proportion of their time) directly from research grants and contracts, and whose role is dedicated to administering that activity. Their roles and contact details are well understood by those involved in the activity, and they are not listed here for the sake of brevity.

Faculty specific FOS team structure charts are available on the individual Faculty teams’ intranets.

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