Policy Adviser (Higher Education and Skills)

The closing date for applications is 12:00pm Monday 1 November 2021.

Salary: £31,350 per annum, plus excellent benefits

As the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences, the British Academy champions the study of peoples, cultures and societies – past, present and future. Bringing independence, authority and objectivity to complex issues, we contribute significantly to public policy, skills, education and research and help to shape both society and the economy.

The Policy Advisor role will work primarily on supporting the development and delivery of a range of policy projects within the Higher Education and Skills policy team, as well as supporting on cross-Directorate projects as appropriate. The Academy’s higher education and skills policy work aims to raise the profile and demonstrate the value of the humanities and social sciences, giving voice to Fellows and wider research in our disciplines, by maximising opportunities to contribute to, react to and inform the place and contributions of our disciplines in the higher education and research ecosystem. The team’s work programme consists of a mixture of pro-active policy projects which inform and establish an evidence base for our disciplines’ contributions within and to the higher education, research, societal and economic landscape, and more responsive policy work which reacts to policy developments in the sector.

The Higher Education and Skills Policy team is undertaking a new programme of work in the coming year and the new postholder will have an exciting opportunity to contribute to the design and delivery of programmes of work under the heading of ‘a vision for SHAPE research and innovation in 2030’, informed by ongoing monitoring and data collection and analysis through the SHAPE Observatory function.

The Academy offers 34 days of annual holiday (not including bank holidays), excellent benefits (including a defined benefit pension scheme) and one of the best locations in London.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion statement

As a key part of our People Strategy, the British Academy is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment, promoting equal opportunity, and addressing under-representation. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. We will make reasonable adjustments to support disabled job applicants and offer an interview to those meeting the minimum selection criteria.

Find out more information on the Academy’s vision and current activities.

How to apply

The recruitment pack including the job description and person specification is available below. Once you have had an opportunity to read through both documents carefully, please send a copy of your CV accompanied by a covering letter, outlining why you are particularly suited to this role and how you fulfil the criteria listed within the person specification.

Equality Data Monitoring

We are asking all applicants to complete our equality data monitoring survey. Completing this form will help us establish a better baseline for future equality, diversity and inclusion action. The information collected will be held securely and handled sensitively in line with the Academy’s data protection policy. We encourage all job applicants to complete this survey; every question has a “Prefer not to say” response option if you would rather not disclose certain details.

Download the recruitment pack

Access to the equality data monitoring survey

All applications should be e-mailed to: recruitment@thebritishacademy.ac.uk.

Important to note

The closing date for applications is 12:00pm (GMT) Monday 1 November 2021.

All applications received after the closing date will not be reviewed.

Candidates who are shortlisted will be notified by Friday 12 November 2021.

If you do not hear from us by this date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Interviews will take place on the week commencing Monday 22 November 2021.

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