Policy Adviser (Public)

The closing date for applications is 12:00pm Monday 5 September 2022.

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 Academy’s public policy work aims to raise the profile and demonstrate the value of the humanities and social sciences, giving voice to Fellow’s and wider research in our disciplines, by maximising opportunities to contribute to the public policy process. The team’s work programme consists of a mixture of pro-active public policy projects and more responsive policy work and covers a wide range of potential policy topics.

The current public policy work programme is focused on four core themes. These themes are: social and cultural infrastructure; sustainability of people and planet; governance, trust and voice; and digital society. Alongside these four themes there is an ongoing programme of small projects, engagement activities, policy seminars, debates, and other public events.

It is an exciting time to join the team as it works on a range of programmes and projects within the four core themes set out above, aiming to bring fresh thinking, insight and thought-leadership to complex, cross-cutting societal challenges. The role will include an initial focus on social and cultural infrastructure, and the postholder will work on a range of activities within this theme. This includes a collaborative research programme in partnership with Power to Change, the Institute for Community Studies (ICS) and the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. The programme is exploring international policy interventions that aim to strengthen social infrastructure in order to draw out learning or inspiration that would be useful for UK policymakers, alongside peer research into community definitions and understandings of social infrastructure in the UK.  The research project sits alongside a series of roundtables aimed at exploring the importance of social infrastructure with key government departments including DCMS and DLUHC, and the postholder would have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a thematic policy briefing series on intersections between social infrastructure and key policy areas such as health, crime, the environment, youth provision, and education. Additionally, the Understanding Communities collaboration between the British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation focuses on informing policy and practice on how communities can improve well-being across the UK.

There will also be opportunity to work in some of the other core public policy themes.

The postholder will also support the delivery of the Innovation Fellowships scheme, which offers funding and support for researchers in the humanities and social sciences to partner with organisations and business in the creative and cultural, public, private, and policy sectors to address challenges that require innovative approaches and solutions.

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.

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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 emailed to: recruitment@thebritishacademy.ac.uk.

Important to note

The closing date for applications is 12:00pm (GMT) Monday, 5 September 2022.

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

Candidates who are shortlisted will be notified by Thursday, 15 September 2022.

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 w/c Monday, 19 September 2022.

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