Public Policy Officer


30th March 2020

You will work at the heart of the University helping to take the public policy function from good to excellent. The role will involve a variety of activities including policy briefings, horizon scanning, meeting MPs, organizing VIP visits, as well maintaining databases, and writing regular updates to stakeholders.

The role is an ideal development role for anyone who has a strong interest in working in public affairs and public policy. No prior experience of the Higher Education sector is required nor is it expected that, long-term, you will see yourself working in the Higher Education sector.

You will be comfortable with rapidly changing work priorities, using your initiative, making judgements, defending them, and giving advice with incomplete information, and working across the university with people of different seniority. You will get the support you need to develop your public policy skills and to give you the confidence necessary for the role.

Given the increasing public and political focus on universities, their public policy function is becoming increasingly important. You will report directly to the Strategic Policy Adviser who reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor.

Now is an exciting time to join the University as well as to work in the Higher Education sector. The University has just launched an ambitious 2030 vision and the sector has gone through, and is expecting more, politically-driven change. Whether it is debates around ‘low value’ courses, unconditional offers, universities’ civic role, free speech, or fees there will be plenty to get your teeth into.

If you are interested please email Dean Machin, Strategic Policy Adviser ( to arrange an informal conversation.

To apply click here, reference – ZZ005215

Please note that Non-EEA applicants can be considered for positions that have been advertised for less than 28 days unless they are currently living outside of the UK or a current Tier 2 visa holder in a different profession or at a different employer.  The post must meet the minimum skills and salary requirements as set out in the UKVI immigration rules.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and all appointments will be made on merit. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area.

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