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Deputy Head of Policy (Higher Education & Skills)

Deputy Head of Policy (HE & Skills)

Salary: £42k - £45k (per annum)

The British Academy – the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences – is seeking a Deputy Head of Policy (HE & Skills) to take a lead role in managing the delivery of the Academy’s wide ranging higher education, skills and research policy activity, with specific responsibility for certain themes and activities.

The post holder will support the Head of Policy (HE and Skills) in managing the operational delivery of the team’s programme, including line management of four policy advisors, as well as supporting the development and implementation of the wider Directorate strategy. They will have a strong understanding of the UK higher education sector and a track record of success in a policy environment, with excellent oral and written communication skills, research experience, and an ability to build and maintain effective relationships at all levels.

The successful candidate will be a creative and strategic thinker, with a positive, open-minded and flexible outlook and an ability to deal with complex issues and ambiguity, and to balance conflicting priorities within tight deadlines. They will have a commitment to the objectives of the British Academy, and to the value of the humanities and social sciences.

The Academy offers 42 days of annual holiday (including bank holidays), excellent benefits (including a defined benefit pension scheme) and one of the best locations in London.


The recruitment pack including the job description and person specification is available to download from the right hand side of this page. 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.

Please also submit a completed equal opportunities form (also available to download from the right hand side of this page), which will be treated confidentially and separated from your application prior to the shortlisting process.

All applications should be e-mailed to:


The closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 21 February 2020.

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

Candidates who are shortlisted will be notified by the week commencing Monday 24 February 2020. 

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

Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 2 March 2020.