Policy and Research Assistant

Closed 11/06/2019

We're looking for someone who is passionate about empowering students to join our friendly Campaigns and Representation Department

This role is perfect for anyone who has great communication skills and is interested in learning more about themes and issues that affect students, from mental health to the BAME attainment gap. You will gain experience in policy writing, data analysis, report writing and primary research, across a wide range of different topics. If you would like to work alongside a supportive team of staff and volunteers in the Students’ Union to help improve the student experience, then this could be the job for you!

A day in the life of this role:

“This job is great for anyone who loves variety, as the type of work I am doing can vary greatly from day to day.

A day at work may begin with researching any upcoming policy or sector developments relevant to students, so I am ready report on these in team meetings, via written reports, or online to students on our website or social media channels. I may then have a meeting with a Full-Time Elected Officer about a new project they would like to launch, where my input could vary from doing a small piece of desk-based research, to working together to plan, advertise and analyse a research project aimed at all students. A lot of my job involves reacting to local and national developments as they arise, so I am often unable to predict what I will be working on from one week to the next!”

Our graduate placements provide support and training to help you gain experience and develop your skills.

We welcome applications from everyone, including but not exclusive to; postgraduates, people with an ethnic minority or Chinese background, people with a disability, people with dependents, and people who identify as LGBTQ+. We conduct anonymous shortlisting and all of our interview panels have Unconscious Bias Training in order to support the above. We also consider flexible working for those with care commitments. If you have any suggestions as to how we could improve our language or application process please let us know.


Job Title:  Policy and Research Assistant   

Responsible to: Student Voice Manager

Salary: £18,421 full-time equivalent, per annum, pro rata

Contract: Fixed term until 29th May 2020

Hours of work: Up to full-time (36.5 hours per week),  but will likely include some evening and weekend work during term time

Applicants: University of Sussex or BSMS graduates (graduated in 2017, 2018 and 2019), and Sussex students requiring a work placement year, or Sussex Students’ Union staff. The Union looks to employ these students, graduates and SU staff in order to provide valuable skills and experience to them, increasing their employability and personal development

For more details please see the full job description and person specification.


We really welcome applications from abroad for all of our vacancies.

Due to legal regulations we have to ensure that everyone is eligible to work in the UK and this would be done by us checking and making a copy of the correct original identification/documentation before your first day of work. You may also be limited in the number of hours you would be allowed to work.

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In any case, we would encourage anyone to apply for a job in one of our friendly departments to give yourself the chance of being selected, and we would look to see the appropriate original documents before your first day of work






Application Deadline: Tuesday June 11th  9am

Interviews: 20th/21st June (Skype/telephone interview available upon request)

Expected start date: Monday July 15th