Job Info
Salary: £22,000-£31,999
Job Type: Full-time
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date:03 January 2022 05:00 pm
Location: Central London / Working remotely
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Job Contact: Helen McGlade

Researcher

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) is a leading public policy research institute. For over five years we’ve produced high quality, authoritative research that has proven both timely and influential to policy-makers, practitioners and the public.  

 

Our research team is expanding – we’re looking to recruit two Researchers to new roles in the School System and Performance team. 

 

As a Researcher at EPI, you will have the opportunity to:  

 

  • Deliver impactful research on schools in England, often with a focus on the outcomes of the most disadvantaged pupils 
  • Build relationships with influential leaders of schools and academy trusts, and be part of an organisation of leading experts in education research 
  • Further develop your skills in quantitative analysis and statistical research 
  • Contribute to research for a range of projects across the whole organisation, including writing blogs and helping to present EPI research findings 
  • Work towards leading your own research projects 
  • Support the development of a growing organisation 

 

About EPI 

 

The Education Policy Institute is an independent, impartial and evidence-based research institute that aims to promote high quality education outcomes for all children and young people, regardless of social background. We’re known for producing research that both informs and influences public debate and policy-making. 

We believe that public services should be designed using the best available evidence. Our research aims to improve outcomes throughout the education system, in the early years, in schools and colleges and through technical, vocational and academic pathways. Because we believe that young people’s wellbeing is crucial to their achievement and outcomes, we also conduct research into mental health and inclusion. 

We employ a team of dedicated statisticians, economists and communication experts who produce high quality research and ensure that it reaches a wide range of audiences, including the top level of government and the national media.  

 

The Position 

 

We’re looking for a quantitative analyst to join our School System and Performance team.  

Our team’s work helps shape the national policy discussion around how the school system is structured and funded, and how that can translate into pupil outcomes including for the most vulnerable. Our work is increasingly being used by school leaders to help set priorities for individual schools and academy trusts. 

The Researcher will support on delivering the team’s work programme by drawing together data from a range of sources, analysing it, drafting reports, and monitoring impact. There will also be opportunities to contribute to other research projects across the organisation. 

The position is suitable to a graduate or entry-level candidate, or to a candidate with relevant skills who is looking to develop a new career in quantitative research. We pay Researchers on a scale between £22,000-£31,999. We also offer: 

  • 30 days annual leave (not including bank holidays or the period of closure between Christmas and New Year). 
  • 8% employer pension contributions. 
  • The opportunity to work flexibly, including part-time, on secondment or in addition to academic roles within universities. 
  • Access to Education Support’s Employee Assistance Programme for confidential support and guidance 
  • Cycle-to-work and season travel ticket schemes 

We welcome applications from all under-represented communities and groups. As part of our commitment to increasing diversity within both our own workforce and the policy-making sector in general, we offer pre-application discussions to all candidates, including Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic candidates and all candidates with disabilities, who would like to speak to someone about the role in advance. Please contact helen.mcglade@epi.org.uk for more details. 

 

Requirements 

 

  • Excellent quantitative analytical skills with the potential to develop knowledge across a range of statistical and/or econometric techniques. You will have either completed a strong numerate degree or be able to demonstrate equivalent relevant experience. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as being an enthusiastic team player who is keen to help build a small but growing research institute. 
  • Strong motivation for learning and self-development, particularly for mastering new software, programming languages and other technical skills. 
  • Confident and professional communication skills, both for drafting reports and for supporting engagement with external partners. 
  • Knowledge of the education system in England is desirable 
  • Experience using data processing software such as R or Stata, and any Git platform, is also desirable. 

 

    The Location 

     

    EPI is based in central London, on Buckingham Palace Road. Our offices are very well connected – situated just 5 minutes away from Victoria Station.  

     

    Why Should You Apply?  

     

    • The opportunity to work in one of the most influential education research institutes 
    • Competitive pay, with generous holidays and benefits 
    • Flexible working hours 
    • Opportunities for professional development and working within a highly motivated organisation. 

     

    How to Apply 

     

    To apply please complete the following application form. Applications close at 17:00 on Monday 3rd January 2022

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