The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. It is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering and medicine. Providing scientific advice to shape policy is one of our strategic priorities. The Society’s reputation for excellence in science policy is founded on the expertise of its Fellows, its wider convening power, and the quality, rigour and timeliness of all its work.
We produce authoritative analysis and advice to UK, European and International decision makers across a broad spectrum of issues. This covers work across Education and Skills (ensuring that the education system supplies the STEM skills needed by citizens and future STEM employees), the Research Landscape (the conditions that enable excellent research to flourish, including funding, EU Exit, Industrial Strategy and Research Culture). Wellbeing (the future of genetic technologies and their potential implications for food security, health, culture and security, Resilient Futures (developing solutions to energy, climate change and natural hazards), Data (safely and rapidly realising the benefits of data and digital technologies).
This permanent role offers an experienced policy professional an exciting opportunity to lead the Society’s programme of work on curriculum breadth. The current focus of the programme is to investigate how to broaden the 16-18 academic curriculum. Working with influential stakeholders and commissioning original research, you will explore how to address barriers in the system, the role of assessment, ways to incorporate interdisciplinary study. You will need to engage teachers, employers, government and parents in the programme.
You will also help take forward the Society’s objectives on evidence-informed policy, which are to stimulate new research in relevant priority areas and to enable better harnessing of education-related research.
The Society works in partnership with businesses, National Academies, learned societies, charities and government; deploys a wide range of channels and approaches, from the delivery of major reports to rapid shorter statements; the creation of influential networks; skilful use of the Society’s digital and media channels; and well-founded programmes of events. The Society continues to develop and look for innovative approaches that will increase its influence in national and international policy debates.
The team is comprised of Senior Policy Advisers and Policy Advisers, supported by project and programme coordinators. Senior Policy Advisers gain experience of corporate activities by leading aspects of the learning and development programme and other cross-cutting corporate activities such as finance, digital and business planning.
This position will suite a committed individual with significant experience of education policy who shares our belief in the value evidence informed policy making, enjoys variety in their work and has lead and managed projects.
You will enjoy exceptional visibility and will have experience of working with and influencing people at all levels of seniority. The ability to assess and report on technical information in a clear and concise manner is essential for this role. A creative thinker and effective problem solver, you will be adept at networking, motivating colleagues, building interdisciplinary relationships and working with committees, and you will bring a flexible approach to hours and working locations.
Standard hours: Full time, 35 hours per week
The work of the Senior Policy Adviser, Education will include:
A degree (or equivalent) Essential
Expertise in education policy Essential
Expertise in science, computing or mathematics education Desirable
Skilled oral and written communication for technical and non-technical audiences Essential
Assessment and reporting of technical information in a clear and concise manner Essential
Self-organisation and management of several tasks simultaneously Essential
Highly motivated and an ability to generate similar motivation in others Essential
An enthusiastic team player, with experience of collaborative working Essential
Creative thinking and problem solving Essential.
To have worked on a variety of policy programmes at the national and/or international
Delivering complex projects on time, on budget and on scope Essential
Writing, editing and disseminating reports Essential
Establishing and maintaining a network of contacts Essential
Effective interaction with people at all levels of seniority Essential
Managing staff or virtual teams, either formally or informally Desirable
Working with committees Desirable
Able to be flexible about working hours on occasions Desirable
Able to undertake national and / or international travel on occasions Desirable
1. Self Management (Advanced)
Managing stress/ effective & efficient/ self motivated/ enthusiastic/ confident/ self awareness
2. Working with others (Advanced)
Collaborative/ shares knowledge/ giving & receiving feedback/ engaging & networking/ negotiation/ influencing/ presentation skills/ public speaking/ situational & organisational awareness
3. Resource management (Intermediate)
Budget management/ organisation/ prioritising/ results focus/ quality focus
4. Critical thinking (Advanced)
Accuracy/ attention to detail/ analytical/ decision making/ judgement/ problem solving/ creativity/ innovative
5. Adaptability (Advanced)
Adaptable/ flexible/ dealing with new situations
6. Managing people and relationships (Intermediate)
Delegation/ empowerment/ motivates others/ develops staff/ builds rapport/ customer focus & stakeholder engagement/ discreet/ empathetic/ diplomatic/ managing conflict
7. Leadership (Emerging leader)
Vision & strategic direction/ inspires others/ manages change/ develops team/ entrepreneurships/ analytical & problem solving/ self belief