HE Research lead – disabled students inquiry, Education and Skills Policy Team


18th August 2019

Six months, part time, fixed, 21 hours per week

Borough, London

Policy Connect is looking for an experienced researcher to deliver the HE Commission’s new research inquiry into the experience of disabled students in higher education.

This is an exciting role that will involve leading the project through the research life cycle. This will involve leading quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, including organising parliamentary evidence sessions, writing a major report and designing recommendations.

Ensuring the Commission’s findings have demonstrable impact will be an important part of this position and will include impact planning, media engagement, and meetings with senior stakeholders across Parliament, Whitehall and the wider HE sector to deliver positive change for students.

The researcher will work closely with the Head of Education and Skills and the Chairs of the HE Commission.

About Policy Connect

Our Mission
Leading the development of new policy ideas through evidence and collaboration.

Who we are
We are a membership-based, not-for-profit, cross-party think tank. We bring together parliamentarians and government in collaboration with academia, business and civil society to inform, influence and improve UK public policy through debate, research and innovative thinking, so as to improve peoples’ lives.
We lead and manage an extensive network of parliamentary groups, research commissions, forums and campaigns. We are a London living wage employer and a Member of Social Enterprise UK, and have been operating since 1995.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of race, gender, sex, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, marital status or civil partnership or pregnancy/parental leave.

How to apply
Please read the job description and candidate specification, and send your CV of no more than 2 A4 pages, a covering letter of no more than one A4 page, links to at least two examples of published research
and a completed equal opportunities monitoring form to careers@policyconnect.org.uk

Please include “Researcher and Consultant, Higher Education” in the application email subject line. Please ensure that your covering letter refers specifically to how your experience relates to the main duties and person specifications required for this role. Expertise and prior experience in further and higher education or policy work is essential.

In order to ensure equal opportunities during our recruitment processes we are carrying out blind recruitment. Therefore please send your documents as a word file if possible or include a second copy of your cover letter and CV with your name erased.

Please contact Simon Kelleher at simon.kelleher@policyconnect.org.uk or on 0207 202 8575 if you have any questions regarding the role or Policy Connect.

For the job description and how to apply please click here