Policy Fellow Career Track

LSE is launching a new Policy Fellow career track available to research staff at the LSE.  This will open up a new career progression route for staff whose user-focused and policy-oriented work and engagement activities make contributions to policy making, public debate and impact.

Until 1 October 2018, a migration process will be open to research staff (and relevant professional services staff) who wish to express an interest in moving to one of the new role profiles.  Interested staff should discuss with their Head of Department, Research Centre Director or Institute Director (as appropriate) in the first instance. 

After 1 October 2018 the role profiles will be able to be accessed for existing staff through the research promotion processes.

The new roles are:

Policy Officer (Band 6)

Policy Officer Role Profile (Band 6)

Roles at this level are held by individuals who have some but not extensive experience in user-focused and policy-orientated analysis and engagement or have the appropriate skill set. While the balance of activities will vary, roles at this level are held by individuals who undertake sustained, rigorous, user-focused and policy-oriented analysis and write up research-based policy-relevant outputs, which may or may not be published in academic outlets, seek to achieve excellence in engagement and impact, and make contributions to centre/departmental/ institute administrative and collegial activities.

Range of Activities and Responsibilities

Knowledge engagement, impact, user-focused and policy-oriented work

  • Conducting rigorous, research-based user-focused and policy-oriented analysis in collaboration with research and academic staff
  • Writing up research-based policy-relevant outputs, which may or may not be published in academic outlets, including but not restricted to policy briefs, working papers, presentations or blogs, in a timely manner which contribute to the overall research programme of the Department/Centre/Institute
  • Helping in the organising and conducting of engagement activities, including building networks, presenting at conferences, seminars and workshops, and making submissions to public inquiries or evidence sessions, to ensure that research outputs have demonstrable impact and inform the public debate
  • Contributing to the organisation of engagement activities with policy audiences in the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally
  • Interacting with research programme funders or sponsors, including contributing to funding proposals and deputising for the Principal Investigator or equivalent in their absence as appropriate
  • Contributing to initiating,  developing and sustaining links with contacts and networks inside and outside LSE including those in other educational institutions, businesses, policy networks, and professional organisations to actively foster collaboration

Activities relating to departmental /School management and administration may include:

  • Managing the work of research assistants on a day to day basis
  • Contributing to the development of teams, through supervision and supporting team members to achieve common goals
  • Fostering collegiality and fulfilling responsibilities as set out by the Head of Department or Centre/Institute Director
  • Attending and participating in Centre/Department/Institute meetings and contributing towards the intellectual life of the unit
  • Contributing to the development of individuals, through mentoring of research assistants

Other responsibilities may include:

  • Teaching and other aspects of student experience

Precise duties are subject to the opportunities available, the contractual obligations imposed by the external funding agency and with the agreement of the grant-holder, Principal Investigator, Centre/Institute Director and/or Head of Department, in accordance with established line management arrangements and commensurate with the post.

Policy Fellow (Salary Band 7)

Policy Fellow Role Profile (Band 7)

 

Roles at this level are held by individuals who either already have experience in user-focused and policy-orientated analysis and engagement or have clearly demonstrated that they have the appropriate skill set. While the balance of activities will vary, roles at this level are held by individuals who undertake sustained, rigorous, user-focused and policy-oriented analysis and produce research-based policy-relevant outputs of high quality, which may or may not be published in academic outlets, seek to achieve excellence in engagement and impact, and make contributions to centre/departmental/ institute administrative and collegial activities. 

Range of Activities and Responsibilities

Knowledge engagement, impact, user-focused and policy-oriented work

  • Conducting rigorous, research-based user-focused and policy-oriented analysis in collaboration with research and academic staff
  • Producing research-based policy-relevant outputs of high quality, which may or may not be published in academic outlets, including but not restricted to policy briefs, working papers, presentations or blogs, in a timely manner which contribute to the overall research programme of the Department/Centre/Institute
  • Conducting engagement activities, including building networks, presenting at conferences, seminars and workshops, and making submissions to public inquiries or evidence sessions, to ensure that research outputs have demonstrable impact and inform the public debate
  • Contributing to the intellectual shape and design of the research programme of the Department/Centre/Institute by identifying topical, policy-relevant research questions
  • Contributing to or leading the organisation of engagement activities with policy audiences in the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally
  • Contributing to or leading on attracting external funding for rigorous user-focused, policy related and / or consultancy work
  • Interacting with research programme funders or sponsors, including contributing to funding proposals and deputising for the Principal Investigator or equivalent in their absence as appropriate
  • Initiating and developing links with contacts and networks  inside and outside LSE including those in other educational institutions, businesses, policy networks, and professional organisations to actively foster collaboration

 Management and leadership of projects

  • Leading small projects that may involve co-ordinating the work of others
  • Training and supervising the work of research assistants and of research officers
  • Contributing to the development of teams, through supervision and supporting team members to achieve common goals

 Activities relating to departmental /School management and administration may include:

  • Fostering collegiality and fulfilling responsibilities as set out by the Head of Department or Centre/Institute Director
  • Attending and participating in Centre/Department/Institute meetings and contributing towards the intellectual life of the unit
  • Contributing to the development of individuals, through mentoring of research assistants and research officers.
  • Support centre/institute/department recruitment activity of staff, including membership of relevant search committees.

Other responsibilities may include:

  • Contributing to strategic deliberations and making decisions at Institutional level, e.g. through membership of School committees
  • Teaching and other aspects of student experience

 Precise duties are subject to the opportunities available, the contractual obligations imposed by the external funding agency and with the agreement of the grant-holder, Principal Investigator, Centre/Institute Director and/or Head of Department, in accordance with established line management arrangements and commensurate with the post.

Senior Policy Fellow (Salary Band 8)

Senior Policy Fellow Role Profile (Band 8)

Roles at this level are held by individuals with considerable experience in user-focused and policy-orientated analysis and engagement. While the balance of activities will vary, roles at this level are held by individuals who undertake sustained, rigorous, user-focused and policy-oriented analysis and produce research-based policy-relevant outputs of very high quality, which may or may not be published in academic outlets, achieve excellence in impact and engagement at a senior level, and make substantial contributions to centre/departmental/ institute administrative and collegial activities. A distinguishing factor from Policy Fellow level is a proven reputation for rigorous, user-focused analysis and policy-orientated work and related activities and engagement also at a senior level.  

Range of Activities and Responsibilities

Knowledge engagement, impact, user-focused and policy-oriented work

  • Conducting rigorous, research-based, user-focused and policy-oriented analysis in collaboration with research and academic staff
  • Producing research-based policy-relevant outputs of very high quality, which may or may not be published in academic outlets, including but not restricted to policy briefs, working papers, presentations or blogs, in a timely manner which contribute to the overall research programme of the Department/Centre/Institute
  • Conducting engagement activities at all levels, such as providing expert opinion and commentary to external audiences and bodies, including building networks, giving invited presentations to national and international conferences, seminars and workshops, and making submissions to public inquiries or evidence sessions, to ensure that research outputs have demonstrable impact and inform the public debate
  • Impacting on non-academic users, for example informing and influencing policy making or public debate
  • Leading and contributing to the organisation of engagement activities with policy audiences in the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally
  • Contributing to and leading others to contribute to the intellectual shape and design of the research programme by identifying topical, policy-relevant research questions and effective engagement and impact activities and opportunities
  • Developing and extending their own programme of policy-related analysis which relate to the work of the host unit
  • Achieving success in attracting external funding for rigorous user-focused, policy related and / or consultancy work

Management and leadership of projects 

  • Having responsibility for the operational planning and organisation of larger projects or an area of work
  • Leading a large project team or assisting with the running of a number of project teams
  • Co-ordinating teams or projects on a longer term basis
  • Training and supervising the work of more junior colleagues including policy fellows

Activities relating to departmental /School management and administration may include:

  • Fostering collegiality and fulfilling responsibilities as set out by the Head of Department or Centre/Institute Director
  • Initiating and sustaining links with research programme funders or sponsors under the guidance of the Institute / Departmental or Centre Director, and deputising for the Director  or equivalent in their absence
  • Contributing to the overall management of the centre/institute/department in areas such as budget management and business planning and contributing to departmental level strategic planning
  • Attending and participating in Centre/Department/Institute meetings and contributing towards the intellectual life of the unit
  • Mentoring and appraising junior research staff and policy fellows and providing advice on their career development
  • Support and, where appropriate, lead on centre/institute/department recruitment activity of staff, including membership of relevant search committees

Other responsibilities may include:

  • Contributing to strategic deliberations and making decisions at Institutional level, e.g. through membership of School committees
  • Teaching and other aspects of student experience

Precise duties are subject to the opportunities available, the contractual obligations imposed by the external funding agency and with the agreement of the grant-holder, Principal Investigator, Centre/Institute Director and/or Head of Department, in accordance with established line management arrangements and commensurate with the post.

Distinguished Policy Fellow (Band 9)

Distinguished Policy Fellow Role Profile (Band 9)

Roles at this level will typically reflect outstanding contributions to policy making and public debate through user-focused and policy-oriented work and engagement activities.   Individuals will have a substantial body of rigorous, research-based, user-focused and policy-relevant outputs of outstanding quality, which may or may not be published in academic outlets.     A distinguishing factor from Senior Policy Fellow will be a strong reputation among decision makers: They will be recognised policy commentators and advisors with a demonstrable impact on policy and public debate.  They will have a proven record of leading policy-oriented research projects and managing teams.  

Range of Activities and Responsibilities

Knowledge engagement, impact, user-focused and policy-oriented work

  •  Conducting rigorous, research-based, user-focused and policy-oriented analysis in collaboration with research and academic staff
  • Producing outstanding quality research-based policy-relevant outputs, which may or may not be published in academic outlets, including but not restricted to policy briefs, working papers, presentations or blogs, in a timely manner which contribute to the overall research programme of the Department/Centre/Institute
  • Leading and contributing to the organisation of engagement activities with policy audiences in the public and private sectors, nationally and internationally
  • Conducting engagement activities at the highest level, such as serving on advisory bodies, providing expert opinion and commentary to external audiences and bodies, including building senior-level networks, giving invited presentations to national and international conferences, seminars and workshops, and making submissions to public inquiries or evidence sessions, to ensure that research outputs have demonstrable impact and inform the public debate
  • Impacting on non-academic users, for example informing and influencing policy making or public debate
  • Playing a leading role in the development of the host unit’s research agenda by identifying topical, policy-relevant research questions and effective engagement and impact activities and opportunities
  • Leading the enhancement of quality in rigorous, user-orientated research, engagement and impact activities within the Centre / Department / Institute
  • Generating and implementing creative approaches to significant research and policy challenges
  • Identifying opportunities for and generating and implementing innovative approaches to engagement and impact activities
  • Liaising with potential funders to identify future research requirements
  • Initiating and co-ordinating funding bids which develop and sustain user-focused research for the specialist area in the medium / longer term
  • Achieving substantial success in attracting external funding for rigorous user-focused, policy related and / or consultancy work
  • Advancing the profession or subject through liaison with external bodies, influencing external developments and generating benefits for the institution as a whole

Management and leadership of projects

  • Determining the overall direction of and being responsible for the operational planning and organisation of major projects and programmes.
  • Leading a large project team or assisting with the running of a number of project teams
  • Co-ordinating a number of teams or projects on a longer term basis

Activities relating to departmental /School management and administration may include 

  • Initiating and sustaining links with research programme funders or sponsors under the guidance of the Institute / Departmental or Centre Director, and deputising for the Director or equivalent in their absence
  • Contributing to the overall management of the Centre/Department/Institute in areas such as budget management and business planning and contributing to Centre/Institute/Departmental level strategic planning
  • Contributing to the development of teams and individuals and providing advice on career development, assessing performance and providing feedback.
  • Mentoring and appraising junior research staff, policy fellows and senior policy fellows and providing advice on their career development
  • Support and, where appropriate, lead on centre/institute/department recruitment activity of staff, including membership of relevant search committees

Other responsibilities may include:

  • Contributing to strategic deliberations and making decisions at Institutional level, e.g. through membership of School committees
  • Teaching and other aspects of student experience

Precise duties are subject to the opportunities available, the contractual obligations imposed by the external funding agency and with the agreement of the grant-holder, Principal Investigator, Centre/Institute Director and/or Head of Department, in accordance with established line management arrangements and commensurate with the post.

The Policy Fellow Promotion Guidance can be found here

Information about the School’s salary scales can be found here