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Interim Head of Policy

Closing date: 06 Oct 2021

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Website The Russell Group if Universities

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities. We provide strategy, policy development, intelligence, communications and advocacy for our member institutions focussing on the following higher education policy areas: sustainable funding, research, innovation, immigration, access, international partnerships, and environment. We are a small team (20 staff) based in central London.

The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading universities in the UK, is seeking an Interim Head of Policy to lead their Higher Education Policy team. This is a 12 month fixed-term contract as maternity leave cover.

The role involves, but is not limited to, the following:

Oversee and lead analysis and policy development in relation to Higher Education policy programmes including:

Higher education funding including student finance

  • University finances, pensions and sector sustainability
  •   Skills agenda, including lifelong learning and technical education
  • Covid regulation and impacts of the pandemic on higher education
  • Quality, standards and student experience
  • Regulation and university autonomy, including free speech issues
  • Admissions (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Access and Participation

Act as an efficient and effective line manager to staff providing coaching and support in their personal and professional development so they reach their full potentialDraft and contribute to high quality, persuasive and evidencebased reports, briefing papers, consultation inputs and board papers on relevant issues for a variety of audiences including government, policymakers and Russell Group members

Build and maintain good working relationships with key individuals in priority stakeholder organisations, including DfE, HMT, Number 10, OfS, UCAS, QAA, OIA and the wider HE stakeholder community to inform policy development and future strategy

Oversee and contribute to relevant Russell Group working groups including the PVC learning and teaching network, Registrars, HR Directors, Finance Directors, Admissions Directors and Quality Network.

Represent Russell Group views and interests at relevant meetings, events and conferences; acting as an ambassador on behalf of the organisation and its members.

Candidates will need to demonstrate that they can manage part of our policy team responsible for policy analysis and development in the areas of higher education funding, university finances, quality and standards, regulation, admissions and widening access. Prior experience of leading policy development within the higher education sector and specific experience of regulatory and/or funding policy is desirable.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Be able to manage, motivate and develop a team
  • Have an excellent track record in policy analysis and development, and strong project management skills
  • Have direct experience of networking and influencing diverse and senior groups of stakeholders as they will directly engage with Vice-Chancellors and senior academics, parliamentarians, business leaders, and policymakers
  • Be able to communicate diplomatically in person as well as in writing
  • Previous line management experience is desirable.

A full vacancy description for the role (including a detailed list of key competencies) and our Equal Opportunities Monitoring form are available to download from the Russell Group website.

We welcome applications from people whatever their race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief, or age. We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion as a core part of our values, which are stated in the vacancy description document.

The salary will be in the range of £64,000-£70,000 dependent on skills and experience, although a higher amount may be available for an exceptional candidate.

To apply for this job please visit russellgroup.ac.uk.

Other benefits

The post is based in Central London (subject to national and local Covid-19 restrictions). Other benefits include a career average pension and generous holiday entitlement.

Any other details

Closing date for all applications: 5pm, Wednesday 6th October 2021.

First and second round interviews will be held remotely and are likely to be scheduled for the last two weeks of October 2021.

How to apply

Please submit the following to [email protected] by the application deadline:

  • An up-to-date CV (max. 2 sides of A4) including:
  • details of your current and past employment
  • your degree qualifications including subjects and grades
  • contact details for two references (your current/most recent employer and a former line manager)
  • A supporting statement (max. 2 sides of A4) addressing the following:
  • how your knowledge, skills and experience meet our requirements
  • specifically, your experience of managing and motivating a team
  • why you are interested in working for the Russell Group

We ask all applicants to complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form which you can download from our Vacancies webpage – http://russellgroup.ac.uk/about/vacancies/

For a confidential discussion, please contact Paul Purcell on 020 3816 1314.

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Job Details

Organisation: The Russell Group if Universities

Location: Central London

Salary: £40,000+ (£64,000-£70,000)

Closing date: 06 Oct 2021 (5 PM)

Contract type: Fixed (12 Months)

Full-time/part-time: Full Time

Remote working: Temporarily due to Covid-19

About the Organisation

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities. We provide strategy, policy development, intelligence, communications and advocacy for our member institutions focussing on the following higher education policy areas: sustainable funding, research, innovation, immigration, access, international partnerships, and environment. We are a small team (20 staff) based in central London.

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