Data Analyst (Higher Education Insight)


2nd January 2024

Position: Data Analyst (Higher Education Insight)

Location: We offer employees the opportunity to work flexibly from home, providing it is within the UK.

Job type: Full-time

Hours: 35 hours per week, flexible working available

Salary: £37,792 – £47,574 per annum, dependent upon knowledge, skills and experience, plus excellent benefits

Closing date: 2 January 2024

This is an exciting time to join an organisation with an essential role in the UK’s tertiary education sector.

We are a world-leading quality agency with unmatched experience of providing impartial regulatory and collaborative quality assurance and enhancement. We support universities and colleges in working with students and learners, governments, funders and regulatory bodies to evidence and enhance the excellent quality and high standards of the education they provide.

We work towards a greater public understanding – domestically and internationally – of how excellent quality is demonstrated in UK higher education, and how autonomous providers both assure its delivery and address weaknesses. Our work safeguards the value of qualifications for students and learners, and protects and promotes the reputation of higher education.

About the role

Responsible for developing and delivering QAA’s approach to sector intelligence through analysis of external data, increasing data capabilities, and supporting the growth and success of the agency through the use of data. This includes gathering, analysing and transforming sector-wide data into actionable intelligence, including in response to demand from operational teams in QAA. Your strategic use of data insight will help QAA work smarter, support innovative thinking and drive evidence-based decision-making across the Agency.

As this is a new role, the responsibilities are expected to evolve over time, and the role holder will be involved in growing and shaping these.

This role is within our Public Affairs team.

About you

You will be an experienced data analyst, familiar with the higher education sector and its data landscape, with a flair for analysing and presenting data in a user-friendly and compelling way. You will have strong written and verbal communication skills, and a positive approach to applying data-driven insight to inform smarter decision-making and delivery. You will be joining a lively and highly effective public affairs team in a sector agency with a crucial role and a forward-looking strategy for its work across the UK and internationally.

More information can be found in the job description. If you would like an informal conversation about this role with Eve Alcock, Director of Public Affairs, please contact

The closing date for applications is 2 January 2024. This role may close earlier if it is deemed we have a suitable amount of applications, so please do not hesitate to apply.

To apply, please create a profile on our recruitment portal and submit your CV with a covering letter outlining your experience and interest in the role. Once you have done this you will receive an email asking you to complete the registration process and a questionnaire. Only applications with completed questionnaires, CV’s and cover letters will be considered for the role.

QAA is fully committed to everyday flexibility and has adopted a culture based on trust and fairness that genuinely encourages QAA and individuals to thrive. Providing that business needs are met, employees should normally be able to work where and when they want. Many of our employees work flexibly in different ways, including part-time and compressed hours. Please let us know about the flexibility you need in your application.

QAA recognises the positive benefits of equality, diversity and inclusion. Our aim is to be truly representative of all sections of society, and for employees to feel respected, free to be themselves no matter what their identity or background, and able to give their best. We value the differences that a variety of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and skills brings and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants to apply and join us.

If you have not heard from QAA within three weeks of the closing date for this vacancy, then your application has not been successful. Please be aware that we are unable to provide feedback on individual job applications.


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