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Analyst - Foresight and Insight

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Recruiter: Office for Students
Listed on: 13th October
Location: Bristol
Salary/Rate: £26,925 - £34,462
Salary Notes: Pay Band 6: £26,925 - £28,034 / Pay Band 7: £31,177 - £32,462. Plus generous civil service defined benefit pension
Type: Contract
Start Date: ASAP

We are the independent regulator of higher education in England. 

We aim to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. We also care about supporting and developing our staff, working together to achieve more than each of us can do alone.   

We're proud of our people, our culture and the benefits we offer. At the OfS we want to create a welcoming and engaging working environment which is free from discrimination. We particularly welcome applications from people with a disability or impairment, those who identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay or transgender, and those from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background, as these groups are under-represented within our workforce. 

We're looking for skilled, committed people who care about students and their experience of higher education. Join us and you'll be part of an energetic, forward-looking organisation with high ambitions and big opportunities for our people

This is a fixed term contract for a period of 10 months.

This is a dual banded role at grade 6/7. In some specific roles the OfS operates a system of dual pay banding. This enables candidates to be appointed to an appropriate pay band depending on their skills and experience, as demonstrated and assessed through the selection process.

Our Data, Foresight and Analysis directorate (DFA) provides a range of data collection, analysis and research activities that underpin the regulatory functions of the OfS. We are seeking an analyst to join our supportive, enthusiastic, and high performing team.

This role is part of the Foresight and Insight team contributing to work that supports the OfS's work through robust and innovative analysis. You will contribute to projects that research the current state of the English higher education sector, and those that anticipate changes based on current trends. Some examples of the work of the team are:

  • Identifying groups who are underrepresented in higher education.
  • Developing new measures to understand how graduate outcomes vary across the UK.
  • Textual analysis of historical data and projections to examine potential future profiles of higher education in England.

In the role you will use Python and/or SAS to apply a range of analytical and statistical techniques to a set of unique data and sources. You will also communicate your research findings to colleagues and externally through publications, to ensure that it can be used effectively in regulation. We operate flexibly within the team, running a mix of short- and longer-term projects concurrently so you will have the opportunity to work on a range of projects and with several colleagues over the 10-month contract.

You could be asked to support wider organisational projects from time to time.

Job Description

Responsibilities of the role are:

  • Delivering and working in a team
  • Contributing to the function of the team so that projects help deliver effective and efficient regulation of English higher education providers.
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues and ensuring that work can be picked up by others.
  • Sharing knowledge effectively with the team, including new insights and knowledge of analytical programming (such as Python).?
  • Contributing to data analysis of the current and future state and function of the higher education in England
  • Contributing to producing analysis and insights that support the strategic objectives of OfS.
  • Communicating analysis and insights to colleagues and external stakeholders including those who are not data experts.
  • Ensuring that our analytical outputs have public value, are high quality, and are produced in an independent and trustworthy way.
  • Support the translation of analytical work into regulatory interventions and metrics
  • Assess existing and newly emerging data analysis and research methodologies
  • Contributing to the assessment of new and existing analysis techniques.
  • Considering methods that improve our capability to detect changes in the sector.
  • Analysis and guidance for OfS
  • Contributing to analytical advice for colleagues across OfS
  • Supporting analytical evaluation of OfS activities
  • Internal and external stakeholder management
  • Engages in discussions with stakeholders, influencing or negotiating where necessary
  • Explaining policy and process to others and seeking feedback to enable future improvement of our work.

About you

We are looking for candidates who can gain insight from large and complex data, develop and present clear and concise conclusions.

You will:

  • Have strong numerical and logical skills.
  • Have experience of data analysis, statistical and data science techniques
  • Have experience of using analytical programming (such as Python or SAS). While knowledge of programming is essential this is an entry-level role, so we don't require knowledge of any specific language. If you've already got experience of Python or SAS please include this in your application.
  • Work well within a team, sharing knowledge, and working cooperatively and flexibly.
  • Communicate clearly with those who are not data experts, including the ability to present and visualise data in a meaningful way.
  • Have an ability to learn how to use a variety of technologies and analytical programming languages.
  • Be able to work flexibly and manage your own time across a range of tasks.

Professional Qualifications: A degree in a highly numerical subject is essential.

The Office for Students currently uses enablers to evaluate your strengths and ask that your application describes what you've done and how you've done it. The enablers for this role are: 

Knowledge and Learning

  • Experience of computer programming, preferably in an analytical setting
  • Experience of data analysis and presentation
  • Able to apply logical thinking


  • Understanding the OfS priorities
  • Able to plan own workload and work flexibly across a range of areas


  • Able to communicate research findings in a way that is accessible and understood by non-experts - using verbal and written communication.
  • Able to present and visualise data effectively.


  • Able to work as part of a flexible team

Working for us

The OfS regulates the higher education sector on behalf of all students. We value diversity and the wealth of perspectives, experience and ideas that it brings to our work, and we strive to embed equality of opportunity in everything we do.

We recruit based on fair and open competition and welcome applications from candidates regardless of age, disability, race and ethnicity, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic background. To attract the widest possible field of qualified applicants, flexible working, for example job share and part time working, apply to this role.

Closing date for applications: 24 October 2021
Interviews: 15 November 2021

As part of the assessment process, candidates that demonstrate that they meet our minimum requirements will be asked to complete an online programming assessment (no knowledge of any specific programming language is required).

Contact Name: Office for Students
Reference: TJ/8627/R0000064
Job ID: 2990417

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