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Policy Manager / Analyst

The Russell Group - Higher Education Policy Team

Location: London
Salary: £36,000 to £50,000
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 2nd September 2021
Closes: 29th September 2021

The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading universities in the UK, is seeking a Policy professional to work within their Higher Education Policy team. This is a permanent full-time post – the opportunity is available at Policy Manager or at Policy Analyst level.

The role involves: 

  • Taking ownership of the development of Russell Group policy positions within a number of policy areas including:
    • Higher education funding including student finance
    • University finances, pensions and sector sustainability
    • Skills agenda, including lifelong learning
  • Carrying out analysis and research, including complex data analysis
  • Managing research projects and outputs
  • Writing and contributing to high quality, persuasive and evidence-based papers for a variety of audiences including government, member universities, and policymakers

There are different competencies for the Policy Manager / Analyst levels but all applicants should be able to demonstrate: 

  • Experience of working in policy analysis and development
  • Project management skills and experience of owning projects and policy areas
  • Ability to pick up and manage new policy areas quickly
  • Capability to respond effectively to rapidly changing policy environments including by showing sound judgement in re-prioritising workplans.
  • Ability to analyse policy issues and propose solutions - demonstrating political awareness and sensitivity to different viewpoints
  • A high degree of attention to detail in producing persuasive, evidence-based conclusions across complex policy issues and addressed to a range of audiences
  • Experience of using a range of data/information sources to inform evidence-based policy development
  • Experience of networking and influencing diverse and senior groups of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of the higher education funding environment and/or experience of working in higher education policy is desirable

A full vacancy description for the role at Policy Manager or Policy Analyst level (including a detailed list of key competencies for each level) and our Equal Opportunities Monitoring form are available at 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 starting salary will be:

  • Policy Analyst - £36,000-£41,000
  • Policy Manager - £45,000-£50,000

This is dependent on skills and experience and a higher salary may be available for an exceptional candidate. The post is based in Central London (subject to national and local Covid-19 restrictions). Benefits include a generous career average pension, enhanced parental leave/pay and flexible working polices, an interest-free travelcard loan and a cycle scheme.

Closing date for all applications: 5pm, Wednesday 29th September 2021

To apply, please specify if you are applying for the Policy Analyst or Policy Manager level and submit the following to by the application deadline:

1) An up-to-date CV (max. 2 sides of A4) including:

  1. details of your current and past employment
  2. your degree qualifications including subjects and grades
  3. two references (your current/most recent employer and a former line manager)

2) A cover letter (max. 2 sides of A4) addressing the following:

  1. how your knowledge, skills and experience meet the requirements of the role
  2. why you are interested in working for the Russell Group

3) We ask all applicants to complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form which you can download from:

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

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