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Specialist Policy Officer (Web Science Institute)

Public Engagement

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £34,314 to £41,931
Full Time Fixed Term (until 01/08/2024)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 07 June 2023
Reference:  2275923TW

This role is an opportunity to join a diverse, creative and agile team at the heart of a research intensive, Russell Group university. Our mission is to enhance the 'local, sub-national, national and international public policy  impact of research conducted at the University of Southampton'. In practice this means building connections and capacity for academics and policymakers to engage in mutually beneficial dialogue to address the challenges our communities face. Our work spans across all faculties and disciplines at the University of Southampton and includes engaging with policy actors ranging from local councillors through to the United Nations.  

This role has been designed to meet increased demand for policy engagement support from our globally  renowned researchers in the interdisciplinary Web Science Institute. The successful candidate will be capable of moving between a broad range of subject areas to support colleagues a diverse range of disciplines. They will be adept at influencing senior decision makers within government with a track record of engaging with parliamentarians in their role of scrutinising the executive. Candidates with knowledge of the intersection of AI, web science and social sciences and how governments can harness knowledge from these areas to enhance the social, cultural and economic value will excel in this role.  Candidates with a background in public affairs (particularly for third sector organisations), local or national government or parliamentary support roles (i.e. MP staffers, POST or Select Committee support staff) will be well suited to this opportunity. This role will work closely with senior leadership within the Institute and across the University. As a hybrid team we have an expectation of part time team members being on campus at least one day a week. 

We strongly encourage applicants from groups traditionally under-represented in the UK higher education sector (you can find out more about our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion action plan here). We actively encourage applicants seeking flexible working/job share employment to accommodate caring/volunteering/educational commitments. The role is offered as full time (35 hours a week) on a fixed term basis with pension auto-enrolment to the Universities Superannuation Scheme and generous holiday allocation of 30 days (pro rata) plus 14 University closure/public holidays. This role is initially offered as a fixed term basis until August 2024 with an ambition that, should funding be agreed, the position would be extended.

If you have questions about the public policy 'impact agenda', the PPS team or the role - please contact Gareth Giles, Head of PPS via to arrange a time to speak.

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We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial backgrounds, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. 

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated on the job. 

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