Head of Policy (Higher Education & Skills)

London (Greater) (GB)
£54,000 per annum, plus excellent benefits
13 May 2021
End of advertisement period
01 Jun 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Policy (Higher Education & Skills)
Salary: £54,000 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 higher education and skills 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, 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 team sits within the Academy’s Policy Directorate and there are opportunities to work across our portfolio of policy activities.

The job holder will lead this small team and guide the Academy’s work on higher education, skills and research policy. We work in an integrated, cross cutting and interdisciplinary way, not only across the British Academy, but also working with other Academies and relevant policy, research, third sector and civil society bodies in the United Kingdom. The Academy has good links with a range of government departments and other stakeholders which the job holder will be expected to develop and expand. 

The Academy offers 34 days of annual holiday + 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, and welcome applications from people able to commit to work part time (28 hours per week or more) . 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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Closing date: 12 noon, Tuesday 1 June 2021.

Interview date: Week commencing Monday, 14 June 2021.