Editorial Assistant


31st May 2019

About Wonkhe

Founded in 2011, Wonkhe is the home of higher education policy, bringing the sector together through expert, trusted and essential analysis. Our mission is to improve higher education by leading the national conversation about higher education policy and universities in the UK.

We work with a wide range of organisations that share our goals and support our work. We build connections through our public and private events such as Wonkfest, supply critical intelligence and information services to the sector through our daily briefings and publish a diverse range of voices on Wonkhe.com.

Wonkhe in numbers

1.6m visits to Wonkhe.com each year
c.36,000 Wonkhe Mondays briefing subscribers
c.60,000 listens to our podcast
500+ people attended Wonkfest18
27,000 Twitter followers
c.400 authors and counting have written for Wonkhe.com

Working at Wonkhe

Wonkhe is a small, dynamic and driven team. All the team benefit from flexible working, with a focus on getting tasks done to the highest standard. We are committed to ongoing professional development at Wonkhe and we support individuals to lead their own development plan depending on their needs and interests.

Our values are encapsulated in The Wonkhe Way:

We want to make higher education better for everyone and believe that we can.

Life is too short to do work you don’t enjoy.

Don’t let anyone tell you something is impossible.

Open your mind and do things differently.

If it’s broken, fix it. If it’s not broken, improve it.

Make it interesting. Everyone likes to have a good time.

Quality is our non-compromising obligation.

The role

Our Editorial Assistant is central to the smooth operation and delivery of Wonkhe’s wide range of editorial work and is a crucial part of the team, ensuring efficient flow of work for the editorial team and the publication of amazing editorial outputs every single day – from our leading email briefings, to Wonkhe.com to our podcast platform.

Working in small, dynamic organisation, this role has scope for significant development depending on the interests and performance of the postholder.

Person specification

We are looking for someone who is highly organised, with strong attention to detail, comfortable working without close supervision, and looking for a varied and diverse role in a high performing team. If you are keen to learn and thrive in a fast-paced environment where standards are high, we want to hear from you.


  • Ability to manage a diverse workload including prioritising and reprioritising tasks;
  • A self-starter, comfortable working remotely with an organised and methodical approach to work and excellent attention to detail;
  • Collaborative, with the ability to forge and build successful working relationships;
  • A focus on customer service and delivery;
  • Happy in a supporting role and willing to work outside the standard 9-5 working day to meet our tight publishing deadlines and briefing cycle
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Reliability and integrity;
  • Positive attitude and professional manner;
  • High level of IT competence and ability and desire to learn new systems;
  • A keen interest in higher education, politics and media.


  • An interest in one or more of the following: social media, design and content production, data analysis
  • Experience of supporting the delivery of high-quality events

Job description

Running and maintaining Wonkhe’s intelligence grid. You will speak to people in the sector and around it, keep a close eye on happenings in the UK Parliament, government and devolved administrations and hunt down numerous sources to find out what’s going on in higher education to help keep us ahead of the curve. This information is continuously updated on a central grid for all team members to add to and use.

A leading role in Wonkhe’s email briefings. You will lead on the inclusion of vital content in the Wonkhe Daily Tuesday-Friday, especially Parliamentary content (including written questions), news and media roundup and the day’s agenda. You will also provide assistance in the production of our flagship email briefing, Wonkhe Mondays.

Supporting all Wonkhe editorial activity. You will support the commissioning, editing and writing of Wonkhe articles, liaising with contributors, undertaking research and managing the publication of content to the website.

Podcast. You will support the production of the weekly podcast, briefing panel members on the issues of the week and lining up other content as required.

Driving our social media presence. You will work with the team on maintaining and growing our social media channels and use these to engage our community, extend our reach and connect wonks to our leading content.

Contributing to Wonkfest and other Wonkhe events. Wonkhe has a programme of events throughout the year and you will need to work on these in several ways – from supporting their development to helping the delivery e.g. liaising with speakers and helping promotion. You will also be part of Team Wonkfest helping run and deliver our flagship event before, during and after the day itself.

Liaising with our subscribers. In collaboration with the team, you will liaise with subscribers of the Wonkhe Daily and other services through our email management system.

Other activity as required… Wonkhe is small and growing fast so there will be opportunities to get involved in everything we do.

The details

  • Starting salary – £24,000 p.a.
  • Probable start date: Summer 2019.
  • Based in Wonkhe’s central London office.

To apply email debbie@wonkhe.com with a CV and covering letter or get in touch for an informal conversation.

Don’t delay in applying – we may make an appointment as soon as we find the right candidate.