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Senior Policy Officer (Research and innovation)

Universities Scotland

Location:   Edinburgh
Salary:   £33,251 to £38,054 per annum
  Permanent
Post Type:   Full Time
Closing Date:   Tuesday 12 February 2019
Interview Date:   Wednesday 27 February 2019
Reference:   US00419

Universities Scotland is the representative organisation for Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions (HEIs). We are highly influential in ensuring that politicians, government and its agencies make decisions that promote higher education and its contribution to our economy, culture and society. 

Working with the leaders of Scotland’s HEIs, we are a team of 15 staff. We aim to be a confident, creative organisation, with an emphasis on learning and integrity. In developing evidence-based policy proposals and the promotion of our messages, we aim to achieve a positive and significant impact for our members. 

We have a vacancy in our team for a Senior Policy Officer, leading on Research, Innovation and Health. As the successful applicant, you will work in an exciting role at the heart of higher education policy and across multiple areas of expertise, with a strong focus on universities' research, innovation and knowledge exchange and health policy issues. 

The role is a rare opportunity to work at the heart of Scottish higher education, working closely with Principals and senior colleagues in universities, government, other representative bodies and in industry. 

You will have a strong ability for assimilating and summarising large amounts of evidence, understanding members' and stakeholders' priorities, and developing policy proposals that can influence our key audiences. You will have the capacity to be authoritative and persuasive in your presentation to senior audiences within and outside Universities Scotland. 

The successful applicant will have the flexibility to understand diverse issues quickly; build connections between diverse policies; and work with our specialist public affairs and communications team to turn evidence into persuasive stories. You will also work more broadly across our team to deliver on key policy and advocacy issues across our responsibilities. 

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 27 February 2019.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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Universities UK is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.


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