Policy and Research Officer

Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester, Greater Manchester
Grade 8 (£36,382 to £42,149)
Closing date
8 Feb 2022

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Full Time
Public Affairs / Policy, Research
Executive, Specialist
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Policy and Research Officer 


Grade 8 (£36,382 to £42,149)

Ref: 4365

The Role:

This is an exciting opportunity to join Manchester Metropolitan's Public Affairs team, which is responsible for engaging with external stakeholders and opinion formers as part of the University's communications strategy.

The Policy and Research Officer will have specific responsibility for policy monitoring, analysis and research support for the Director of Public Affairs and other senior staff within the Communications Directorate on current issues and developments in Government and the higher education sector.

You will also be responsible for identifying opportunities for engagement and risks for the University arising from the policy environment, especially those arising from national government policy in Westminster.

About you:

You will have strong written, presentational and oral communication skills and the ability to summarise and communicate complex issues in prompt, high quality analyses of relevant topics.

Your knowledge of government policy and policy trends at national, regional and local level and in the higher education sector will be detailed and you should have a track record of successfully delivering policy and research projects.

You must be able to work with a high degree of independence in teams with different backgrounds and skill sets.

About the Public Affairs team:

The Public Affairs team maintains an effective interface between the University and key external stakeholders at community, local, regional and national level.

The emphasis of that interface is to:

  • enhance the profile of the University with key stakeholders
  • increase its influence with those stakeholders on strategic issues
  • ensure that engagement contributes to the University's reputation
  • identify new opportunities for engagement
  • provide advice, analysis and thought leadership on current issues, andhelp the University deal with external risks

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible and remote working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring and particularly encourage applications from groups which are underrepresented in the University workforce.

Hybrid working is offered for this role.  The nature of the role requires presence on campus at certain times of year, but at other times you will be able to complete some work remotely. We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations throughout the application process.

Closing date: 8th February 2022

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