Planning officer

University of Sussex - Planning, Information Management and Compliance

The University of Sussex is a dynamic, innovative university. With a campus based in the South Downs National Park but just a few minutes from the city of Brighton and Hove, it provides an excellent working environment in a remarkable setting, combined with all that the city has to offer.

Creative thinking and collaborative working are fundamental to a Sussex education and that is reflected in our workplace too. So this is an exciting chance to join a team working at the centre of the University at a time of significant strategic change. The role provides a genuine opportunity to make a difference to long-term institutional policy and planning, and to influence and support strategic development, working alongside the University’s Executive.

The role sits within the Planning, Information management and Compliance Directorate which provides planning and project management support services, as well as overseeing a number of areas of compliance.

Within that, the Planning team plays a key role in supporting strategy and policy setting, and facilitating decision making through expert analysis, data modelling and business intelligence. In recognition of its important role, the Planning team has been expanded and this is a further additional role in the team.

Working with the Head of Planning and alongside colleagues in the Widening Participation team, in particular, you will provide high quality information, analysis and insight to improve equality of opportunity in access to, and participation in, study at the University of Sussex, particularly for those from disadvantaged backgrounds and groups under-represented in higher education. You will also contribute towards the development of strategy in the widening participation area.

Experience of data analysis and interpretation and a good understanding of the Higher Education sector is essential and we are most interested in candidates who are able to provide logical analysis and interpretation of data, presented in clear, high quality reports.

This is an excellent opportunity to bring a range of skills and experience to bear in an exciting time of growth and strategic development, at one of the UK’s top universities.

If you would like to discuss the role in further detail, please contact Emma Dawson, Head of Planning at

Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.  

For full details and how to apply see our vacancies page

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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