Analysts (Analytics/Foresight & Insight teams)

The Office for Students (OfS)

Bristol, UK

Ref: DFA22 & DFA25

PB6 - £24,967 - £26,216 / PB7 - £27,910 - £30,357

Job Ref: 1128


The Office for Students (OfS) regulates English higher education providers on behalf of all students. We aim to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. We want to be driven by evidence so, data and analysis will inform our effective, efficient and intelligent regulation in the student interest.

We are seeking a number of analysts to join our supportive, enthusiastic, and high performing Data, Foresight and Analysis Directorate. Our analysts use a range of data science and analytics techniques, to illuminate trends, solve problems and provide evidence to help us support our world leading higher education providers.

We have roles in both our analytics team and our foresight and insight team.

Roles in the analytics team will support analytical operations within the directorate, working across four exciting areas: funding for higher education providers, performance of our sector, financial analysis and information for students. You`ll deliver duties that are based on the priorities of the organisation, such as the production of metrics for some of our most high profile areas. These may include the Teaching Excellent and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), the National Student Survey, calculating funding allocations for providers and the collection of data.

Roles in the foresight and insight team will conduct research and analysis to understand the higher education sector, including future challenges and opportunities. You will use a range of statistical, econometric and qualitative research techniques to provide evidence to support current and future regulatory functions. This includes helping answer questions such as

-who goes to higher education?
-how do students` experiences of higher education vary ?
-how does higher education impact the lives of graduates?

We are looking for candidates that have the ability to gain insight from large and complex data, develop and present clear and concise conclusions, and enable our business to use data in a smart and progressive way. You need qualifications with a significant numerical or qualitative methods element, and experience in at least one programming language (scripting, statistical etc.).

All of our analyst roles feature an opportunity to undertake a range of responsibilities and use a variety of technology, so a desire and willingness to learn is vital. OfS values knowledge sharing and development; we offer both external and internal training that covers SAS programming, Tableau, SQL, Python, IT, and interpersonal skills.

If you join us, you`ll be working at an organisation that values team work, innovation and creativity.

We welcome and encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and experiences.

These are full time roles but part time and job shares will be considered.

Benefits include 25 days` annual leave, a comprehensive staff development programme, and the opportunity to join the Civil Service Pension scheme. The post holder will be eligible for an additional allowance, subject to performance and a qualifying period.

If you would like further information regarding the role and working for OfS please contact and we can arrange a telephone conversation or for you to visit our offices.

Closing date: 23:55 on 20th November 2018.

Shortlisting: 23rd November 2018.

Interviews: 4th December 2018.

No agencies please.

For further information and to apply (CVs will not be accepted) please visit our website at:

OfS is working towards equal opportunities in employment.

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