Policy and Research Officer

Part-time or full-time.

Initial fixed term contract of 6 months with opportunity to extend based on performance.

Home based. Travel expenses paid.

Salary: Point 28 on HE Single Pay Spine (c. £33k pro rata incl. 10% contribution to pension)

Engineering is one of the largest disciplines in higher education facing some of the greatest policy challenges. The industrial strategy, Brexit, employability, degree apprenticeships, teaching, research and knowledge transfer – working for the Engineering Professors’ Council, your work will cover them all.

This role is a wide and flexible opportunity for you to flex your policy and research muscles, pursuing not only the issues that matter to our many thousands of members, but also helping to shape what we do and how we do it.

You’ll be a policy wonk, with a deep understanding of the need for evidence and data research. You’ll have good communication skills and be self-reliant. There’s no need to have an engineering background.

Under a new Chief Executive, the EPC is becoming more innovative, hosting a range of new events, conducting new research and forming new networks of academic staff – not just professors, but at every level. This is a fun time to join us.

Purpose of the job

  • To work with the EPC’s Executive Committee to achieve the objectives of the Council.
  • To provide and develop the EPC’s evidence base to an agreed set of strategic priorities.
  • To work with the Executive Director to execute the strategy of the EPC in the furtherance of its objectives.

Main duties and responsibilities

Development of the EPC’s evidence base

  • To develop a network of external advice, evidence and data sources to enhance the ability of the Council to achieve its strategic objectives.
  • To maintain the annual dataset provided via the EPC’s website.
  • To support proactively, the Council’s interaction with its collaborators and other organisations/bodies which have an influence on the operation or future development of the Council and to deputise for the Chief Executive in representing the Council at meetings, where necessary.
  • To support the Chief Executive in delivering a membership communication programme, to include a regular news digest, blog and programme of external events and other activities.
  • To engage, consult and solicit the views of the membership in support of their objectives and ambitions.

Organisational governance

  • To work with the Committee and Directors on the development of their strategic vision for the Council and to support the Chief Executive in ensuring that the appropriate information and reporting is made available to them to allow the monitoring of progress and discharge of their regulatory and legal responsibilities.

Day-to-day management and administration

  • To be proactive in scanning the external environment as it relates to the delivery of engineering higher education and bringing to the Committee’s attention any matters which require its consideration, input or decision.
  • To bring to the attention of the membership via appropriate media, matters relating to the delivery of engineering in higher education which require its consideration, input or attention.
  • To work with the Administration Manager in ensuring that the Committee, sub Committee and working group meetings are appropriately organised and serviced.
  • To work with the Chief Executive to draft policies, consultation responses and position statements for consideration and approval by the Committee or its delegated sub Committees as appropriate.

Person Specification


  • Graduate in a STEM discipline (or demonstrable empathy with and understanding of STEM disciplines).
  • The ability to write good English for a range of purposes, ranging from responses to official consultations, grant proposals, reports, minutes of meetings and correspondence as well as articles for websites, newsletters and journals.
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research and analysis skills. Proven ability to present information in accessible and engaging ways for non expert users.
  • Experience in delivering high-impact research projects.
  • Self-starting and capable of acting with minimal support and supervision, willingness to travel.
  • Unafraid of accurate and detailed, hands-on work. Flexible, ‘can-do’ approach.
  • Skilled user of Microsoft Office, survey software, WordPress and social media.


  • Relevant postgraduate or professional qualification.
  • Skilled user of a range of relevant data sources such as the Higher Education Database for Institutions, UCAS, DLHE, NSS, ONS etc. as these underpin the provision of the Members’ dataset delivered through the EPC website.
  • Experience in marketing and/or business development.

To apply

Please send CV and covering letter to Johnny Rich (, Chief Executive by 12noon, Monday 7th August 2017.