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Policy Adviser (Higher Education & Skills)

Policy Adviser (HE & Skills)
Salary: c. £30k (per annum)

The British Academy – the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences – is seeking a Policy Adviser (HE & Skills) to provide policy expertise and skills to support the development of the Academy’s HE and skills programme, with specific responsibility for certain themes and activities.

The post holder will play a key role in the development, design and delivery of HE and skills policy outputs, activities and communications, including organising events, preparing briefings, consultation responses, statements, speeches, programmes and promotional copy, undertaking analysis and background research as necessary.

The role involves identifying and pursuing opportunities for engagement with external organisations and stakeholders, forging new relationships and maximising established ones, in pursuit of the Academy’s strategic objectives, with a view to cultivating and maintaining relationships with academic experts within and outside the Academy and ensuring the effective use of expertise necessary for the delivery of activities.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable understanding of the landscape of UK higher education, be a creative and strategic thinker, with experience of policy analysis, development and/or implementation, and the ability to pick up new projects and themes quickly. They will have an understanding of the broader policy environment as it relates to HE and research, and can utilise this when engaging with stakeholders and experts who influence and shape policy.


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, Monday 17th September 2018.

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

Candidates who are shortlisted will be notified by Friday 21th September 2018.  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 27th September 2018.