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York Policy Institute Manager

Faculty of the Social Sciences
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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39,609 - 48,677 a year
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Role Description


You will support the Director of the newly established York Policy Institute (YPI), assisting University of York researchers in the development and long-term sustainability of public policy activities, acting as a conduit for policymakers to locate expertise they require across our three faculties, and assisting in the delivery of the YPI's communications and engagement activity. The post will be initially based within the Research Centre for Social Sciences.


You will play a key role in generating visibility for the YPI internally and externally, working closely with the faculty Impact Managers and UKRI Impact Accelerator account managers, and acting as a trusted advisor on policy engagement to senior staff across the institution. You will also operate as the primary point of contact for the University's three year partnership agreement with the Cabinet Office Open Innovation Team. Initial activities will include developing a strategy and delivery plan, and undertaking an audit of existing activity. You will work with (and across) existing teams, building joint programmes of activity, as well as forming and supporting specialist networks both within the institution and with other policy professionals across the sector. The postholder will line manage the YPI administrator.

Skills, Experience & Qualification

You will be educated to degree level, with current knowledge of higher education funding, knowledge exchange, and policy related research impact. You will have experience of policy engagement (within the higher education sector or similar research environment), alongside experience of translating and communicating academic research to key stakeholders. You will have a successful track record overseeing the planning and delivery of engagement campaigns and activities, alongside excellent project management, communication and analytical skills.

The post is available full time, on a fixed term contract for 3 years and the salary range will be £39,609 - £48,677 a year. For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Matthew Festenstein via email at

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