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The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading universities in the UK, are currently seeking a Higher Education Policy Analyst or Higher Education Senior Policy Analyst to strengthen their Policy team. This is a permanent full-time post.

The successful candidate will:

  • Lead and manage research projects, carrying out analysis and research relating to policy development, collaborating with Russell Group colleagues at our universities;
  • Write and contribute to high-quality, persuasive and evidence-based briefing papers, consultation inputs, and reports and publications on relevant issues for a variety of audiences including Government, member universities, and policy-makers;
  • Pro-actively monitor relevant policy developments to identify potential issues, opportunities, and challenges to inform the development of the Russell Group work programme;
  • Maintain information about key activities and developments within Russell Group institutions which relate to UK Government and EU policy priorities;
  • Represent Russell Group interests externally at events and meetings with stakeholders and policy makers. 

Candidates will need to demonstrate that they can manage and prioritise a challenging and varied portfolio of work, meet tight deadlines, pick up a range of topics quickly and with authority, and work cooperatively and flexibly as part of a team.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Experience of working in policy analysis and development;
  • A good understanding of HE policy issues in the UK;
  • Project management skills and experience of leading and owning projects and policy areas;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to write in clear, concise English for different audiences;
  • Critical analysis skills and an ability to think creatively about policy issues;
  • Ability to process and manage new information and policy areas rapidly and with authority;
  • A good level of numeracy and data handling skills;
  • Political sensitivity and diplomacy.

For the HE Senior Policy Analyst role we expect candidates to be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of higher education policy.

Candidates should:

  • Have a good track record in policy analysis and development, strong project management skills;
  • Require less oversight;
  • Have direct experience of networking and influencing diverse groups of stakeholders as they will directly engage with Vice-Chancellors and senior academics, parliamentarians, business leaders, and policy makers;
  • Be able to communicate diplomatically in person as well as in writing.

The starting salary will be £36,000-£46,000 depending on which post you are applying for and on your knowledge and skills – a higher starting salary may be available for an exceptional candidate.

The post is based in Central London. Benefits include a generous career average pension, a subsidised canteen, a cycle scheme and an interest-free travelcard loan scheme.

Closing date

Applications for this post closed 5:00pm on Monday 23rd October 2017