Programme Head, Post-14 Education and Skills

We're London based, with the ability to work from home for part of the week
Starting from £59,019 - £61,800 per annum based on experience.
27 May 2022
End of advertisement period
16 Jun 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

Programme Head, Post-14 Education and Skills - Nuffield Foundation

  • Salary: Starting from £59,019 - £61,800 pa (dependent upon experience).
  • Contract: Full time (35 hours per week), permanent
  • Location: London, with the ability to work from home for part of the week
  • Closing: 09:00am, Thursday 16th June 2022

We are looking for an experienced researcher or research manager (with knowledge of substantive research and policy areas in post-14 education and training) to develop and manage a portfolio of research projects and other initiatives that will improve understanding of education and training for young people.

The Role

The Programme Head is a vital role within the Foundation, responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of research grants and other initiatives that will improve understanding of education and training for young people (broadly speaking aged 14 and above) which encompasses the full range of academic, vocational, technical, further and higher education routes.  

In particular, the work of this Programme Head will explore how pathways are accessed and navigated by different types of young people; key transition points and the causes and consequences of different trajectories; respective outcomes in terms of the employability, opportunities and broader life chances of young people; and how policy and practice can deliver improvements for young people. This area is central to the Foundation’s interests in socio-economic and geographical inequalities, and in how the education system might respond to changing forces in the economy, in technology and in society.  We also have a particular interest in adverse circumstances and vulnerabilities faced by young people such as developmental disadvantages, mental health issues, and poor access to educational choices and guidance.   

The Programme Head will be responsible for advising Trustees on applications, the award of new grants, and for managing a portfolio of live grants (as an indicator, they might handle 60-80 outline applications and 6-10 full applications a year; with the value of the portfolio of live grants around £7m).  They will also form part of a wider team of Programme Heads, working across our core interests in education, welfare and justice.

About You

The ideal candidate will have strong analytical and quantitative skills, be experienced in carrying out or using mixed methods research and have excellent project and relationship management abilities. You will have substantive professional experience of drawing policy and practice implications from research and of working with institutions to communicate and apply the findings.

For this position, we are looking for candidates with knowledge of substantive research and policy areas in post-14 education and training, with particular knowledge of one or more of the following topics: secondary education; further and higher education; vocational and technical education; skills and employability; adolescence.

You will have a degree in a social science subject with strong formal quantitative training, and ideally a post graduate qualification in the social sciences, with a strong research methods component. You should also be able to demonstrate a breadth of interest across the Foundation’s broader programmes of work.

Further information and how to apply 

For further information and to apply, please click through to our recruitment platform. The closing date for applications is 09:00am (GMT) on Thursday 16th June 2022, with interviews taking place week of the 27th June 2022.

The Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation is an independent charitable trust with a mission to advance educational opportunity and social well-being.

We fund research that informs social policy, primarily in EducationWelfare and Justice. We also provide opportunities for young people to develop skills and confidence in science and research.

We are the founder and co-funder of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory and the Ada Lovelace Institute.