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Research England


Senior Analyst
Open Ended
Full time/part time/flexible 

You will assist in the processes for allocating £2.0 billion of recurrent research, knowledge exchange and formulaic research capital funding to higher education institutions in England. You will need a sound understanding of the data and algorithms used for allocating funding and excellent data processing skills in order to provide effective and timely analytical support in this work area.


  • To support the formula-driven allocation of public funds to universities by:
    • Developing a sound knowledge of the data used by the analyst team, including data from the Research Excellence Framework and the data collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
    • Developing a sound knowledge of the formula-driven funding methods used by Research England
    • Contributing to the work of the analyst team, by working with colleagues to develop, maintain and implement funding models, and engage with quality assurance and publication processes for disseminating the funding outcomes.
  • To conduct an independent check of the following annual formula-driven funding allocations, by operating a second funding model to provide assurance on the accuracy of the allocations:
    • Research funding
    • Capital funding
  • To incorporate data and grant adjustments for research funding into the main funding datasets by performing initial calculations of grant adjustments in preparation for formal authorisation and then, once formally authorised, incorporating data and grant adjustments into the main funding datasets using software tools
  • To operate the software system for monitoring knowledge exchange allocations to 
    • Produce workbooks to be completed by institutions as part of the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) monitoring survey
    • Validate the information within the completed workbooks.
  • As part of the analytical software transition programme, lead on re-writing SAS code into Python for the implementation of formula-driven funding models and other necessary code
  • To answer queries, prepare analyses, and collate data on research funding by providing accurate and timely responses to queries and requests for summary analyses and database extracts, as required
  • To undertake other equivalent work as required
  • Providing line management for more junior staff, as the need arises.

Other key information

Research England is based in Bristol, co-located with the Office for Students. UK Research and Innovation’s head office is in Swindon, with a further administrative office in London. You will be required to attend meetings in London, Swindon and Cheltenham (travel expenses will be paid if you are required to work at a location other than Bristol)


Shortlisting and interview criteria


  • Significant experience of analysing data and presenting findings
  • Significant experience of coding, and manipulating large complex datasets, and identifying relevant data sources
  • Has a sound understanding of their own work area, demonstrating excellent numerical skills and paying attention to detail
  • Able to lead established work areas, with responsibility for sizable or high-profile processes or projects (typically including supervising the work of others)
  • Able to develop and present analysis, challenge, negotiate and influence people, including clarifying policy questions and providing sound advice to policy colleagues
  • Able to provide significant input into technical or process development
  • Strong written communication skills, and able to write high-quality documents including internal briefing documents or published reports
  • Strong verbal communication skills, and able to explain technical details clearly, concisely, and tailored to the audience.
  • Able to manage a varied and demanding workload and respond to changing priorities
  • Able to manage risks in own work area, and identify and assess risks in other work areas
  • Able to work independently and within a team
  • Approachable with an ability to learn from and assist others
  • Able to build good working relationships with colleagues at all levels, including those in the wider higher education community.


  • Knowledge and understanding of the higher education sector in England
  • Knowledge and understanding of university research funding policy in England
  • Knowledge and understanding of the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Experience of using data collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).


  • Degree in mathematics or another subject with significant numerical content.

About Research England 

Research England is one of the nine Councils within UK Research and Innovation. As a key component of the research funding system, Research England will oversee UKRI’s England-only functions in relation to university research and knowledge exchange (KE). This includes providing grant funding to English universities for related activities; developing and implementing the Research Excellence Framework in partnership with the UK Higher Education funding bodies; supervising the sustainability of the Higher Education research base in England; guide the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund; and coordinate the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). Research England will build and sustain the conditions for a healthy and dynamic research and KE system in English universities. They also work closely with their counterparts in the Devolved Administrations. 

For more information about Research England, click here

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

More information can be found at  

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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