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The University of Edinburgh


The Opportunity:
Governance and Strategic Planning are looking to recruit a Data and Insights Analyst to assist our small, high impact team. The postholder will help deliver key annual reporting and planning for the University, as well as competitor analysis such as league table evaluation and student fee benchmarking. This role will therefore enable the postholder to utilise and develop their analytical skills across central functions of the University.

This post is open ended (permanent) and full-time (35 hours per week). We are open to considering a flexible working pattern. We are also open to considering requests for hybrid working (on a non-contractual basis) that combines a mix of remote and regular on-campus working.

Your skills and attributes for success:
•   Analytical and inquisitive mind-set and the ability to identify key trends and insights from a complex dataset 
•   Strong numeracy skills, demonstrating accuracy and attention to detail, and a commitment to data quality
•   Confidence in working both independently, showing initiative, and as part of a team in pursuit of shared objectives
•   Experienced user of Microsoft Office suite or similar software packages, especially as an advanced user of Excel

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As a valued member of our team you can expect:
•   A competitive salary of Grade UE06 £32,982 to £38,205 per annum
•   An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. 
•   To be part of a diverse and vibrant international community
•   Comprehensive Staff Benefits, such as a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family-friendly initiatives, and flexible work options. Check out the full list on our staff benefits page (opens in a new tab) and use our reward calculator to discover the total value of your pay and benefits

Championing equality, diversity and inclusion
The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

Prior to any employment commencing with the University you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages (opens new browser tab).

On this occasion the University will not consider applicants requiring sponsorship for this role. International workers will therefore only be able to take up this role if they can demonstrate an alternative right to work in the UK.

Key dates to note
The closing date for applications is 24th May 2024.

Unless stated otherwise the closing time for applications is 11:59pm GMT. If you are applying outside the UK the closing time on our adverts automatically adjusts to your browsers local time zone.

Interviews will be held the week commencing 24th June 2024.


As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.


Governance and Strategic Planning is comprised of the three teams of Court Services, Strategic Planning and Business Intelligence. All teams work closely together in partnership with others right across the University and engage with a range of external organisations, acting as a key point of contact for the Scottish Funding Council and Government agencies. We provide expert advice and guidance, produce insightful strategic analysis, research and commentary; and help to optimise the University’s profile and reputation. We manage responses to public consultations and advise on policy to support the Principal and senior team in engagements with ministers and officials. We deliver information, business intelligence and analysis to enhance the University’s approach to strategic and annual planning through evidence-based decision-making.

We lead the development of the University’s strategic planning framework, and we support Colleges, Schools and Support Groups with their plans, to ensure Strategy 2030 (Opens in new browser) is delivered through cohesive business planning and carefully selected strategic performance measures. Through horizon scanning and awareness of our changing context, we are well-positioned to provide advice and insight internally and to represent the University externally.

We aim to provide a clear, concise and influential voice – underpinned by robust data and analytics – on areas of interest and strategic importance, and we play a lead role in ensuring the continued development of the University’s approach to Business Intelligence.

We provide professional support, governance advice and secretariat services to the University’s governing body, the University Court, and many of its Committees and the University’s main management body, the University Executive, contributing directly to the effective governance of the University.

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