Policy Analyst


26th November 2020

Are you a self-starter with experience/knowledge of the policy making process, preferably within a Higher Education Institution or similar type of complex organisation? Do you have excellent research and analysis skills? Experience of identifying the strategic implications of policy and clarifying these succinctly and concisely?  Can you communicate detailed (sometimes complex) information to colleagues at all levels to inform, advise, influence, and achieve results?  Do you have the flexibility to adapt this in light of a fast-moving policy environment?

Birmingham City University is looking to appoint a Policy Analyst to assist the Policy and Strategy Advisor in analysis of policy and practice; reading and synthesising a range of evidence; working with data professionals and other stakeholders to develop ‘think pieces’ as well as briefings and reports that contribute to policy advice and recommendations; and project managing policy implementation projects and special assignments.

Still a relatively new profession, this is an exciting time for a Policy Analyst to join the team and support the University’s policy engagement to respond to a rapidly changing political and policy environment. Working closely with senior colleagues across the organisation, you will be expected to:

  • Horizon-scan the policy environment to identify ways in which the University can position itself well for emerging and future HE demand.
  • Research emergent themes, policies and other changes in the external environment relating to the potential future development of Higher Education; summarising implications for the University.
  • Precis government reports, regulatory guidance documents and other relevant sector reports, including an assessment of their relevance to the University.
  • Project manage small (in scope, not importance) university-wide policy implementation projects and special assignments.
  • Undertake policy impact assessments, working with data analysts and other stakeholders, to ensure institutional quantitative data informs the University’s strategic response to new Government policy.
  • Contribute to the writing of reports, critiques, briefings and ‘think pieces’ that develop policy advice.

You will need the following experience and skills:


  • Educated to degree or equivalent (Essential)
  • A self-starter with experience/knowledge of the policy making process, preferably within a Higher Education Institution or similar type of complex organisation (Essential)
  • Experience of identifying the strategic implications of research and analysis and clarifying these succinctly and concisely (Essential)
  • Experience of drafting formal documents for external submission (Essential)
  • Experiencing of administering effective external relationships with significant partner organisations  (Essential)
  • Experience of working with (or for) regional or national policy organisation(s) (Desirable)
  • Experience of drawing conclusions and making recommendations which withstand detailed scrutiny (Desirable)
  • Experience of writing complex responses to government inquiries or similar calls (Desirable)


  • Excellent research skills (Essential)
  • Ability to understand the political sensitives of the work (Essential)
  • Ability to assimilate complex and detailed information from a variety of sources and digest into clear and concise summaries and actions (Essential)
  • Skilled in the interpretation, use and presentation of information (qualitative and quantitative) (Essential)
  • Project management skills (Essential)
  • Resilience and ability to handle ambiguity and complexity (Essential)
  • Experience of stakeholder management (Desirable)
  • Prince2 qualification or equivalent experience (Desirable)

Interpersonal skills

  • Excellent writing ability, including producing summaries of reports and collating information from a number of sources (qualitative and quantitative) (Essential)
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to build relationships across a wide range of departments and roles (Essential)
  • Ability to prioritise, to multi-task and to work to strict deadlines (Essential)
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as effectively as part of a team (Essential)
  • Developed negotiating and influencing skills (Desirable)

Working closely with the Office of the Vice-Chancellor (VCO), the Policy Team is based in the University’s Planning and Performance Department and supports the achievement of key performance metrics, regulatory compliance, and the successful delivery of the corporate strategy by informing the Vice Chancellor’s Office and Executive Leaders of key policy drivers and their implications for University practice. The Policy Team work with Senior Leaders on influencing and informing relevant politicians, policy makers and enabling organisations of the strengths of the University; and have responsibility for shaping the policy input into the planning of major University-wide projects and initiatives.

BCU is a great professional and technical university, in a great global city. We have a driving ambition to make higher education accessible and beneficial to all those with the passion and ability to succeed. With a high degree of influence locally and engaging globally,  our academic experts and specialist staff work with hundreds of businesses and organisations regionally, nationally and internationally to shape our students’ futures by creating knowledge that provides practical solutions to real world challenges. As a university of, and for, the region our commitment to transfer good ideas, research results and skills from the University to business and the wider community has resulted in a strong track record of promoting and enabling innovation and business growth in the West Midlands region, with University strategy closely aligned with the Strategic Economic Plans of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).


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Interview Date: Friday 11 December 2020