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Senior Consultant - Science
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Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Education & Society
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Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Country: UK Department: Education & Society Job Category: Science Location: London or Cardiff Pay Band: 8 (Min £33,904 - Max £41,309) Open to: Internal and external applicants with the right to work in the UK. Contract: Indefinite Contract Closing date; 16th February (UK time) 23:59



The British Council is the world’s leading cultural relations organisation and creates opportunities for people in the UK and worldwide to understand each other, to work together and learn from one another. We see this as crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all. We build trust and understanding between different countries and cultures and develop strong international links that are of benefit to people in Britain and the rest of the world. We call this work – cultural relations.


One of the British Council’s charitable purposes is to encourage scientific, technological, cultural and educational cooperation between the UK and other countries. This is because we see science, the pursuit of knowledge, and innovation, the exploitation of this knowledge, as being integral to culture; and the sharing of scientific knowledge and ideas to be an excellent way of building trust and understanding internationally and creating opportunities for people in the UK and other countries.


Society today is faced with a number of pressing challenges, from how to feed a growing population and give everyone access to affordable clean water and energy, to how to respond to threats (such as climate change) to biodiversity and human health. Science and innovation are vital tools to address these challenges and fuel future prosperity, but they cannot solve these problems alone, or in national isolation.   If we are to achieve sustainable development, reconciling social, economic, and environmental demands, whilst at the same time protecting the rights of future generations, we need to make connections not just between scientists themselves, but also between scientists and the wider community; government, business and civil society.


Our Science work (which covers all disciplines, including social sciences and arts and humanities as well as natural sciences and engineering), focusses on four main areas: linking researchers in the UK with their counterparts around the world; building capacity in UK and international researchers to follow an international career; supporting public engagement of science; and sharing best practice in STEM education. 



Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. 

All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies. 




We have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Consultant -Science to provide professional expertise, high quality advice, analysis of existing programmes and projects, and access to extensive external networks to support the effective development and delivery of the British Council’s global strategy and business plan for Science, aligned to wider corporate and E&S objectives.


The main opportunities/challenges in this role are to:


  • Support the Principal Consultant, Science and the Director HE & Science in finalising and implementing the emerging Higher Education & Science strategy
  • Work with Newton Fund UK Delivery Partners, BEIS and the Global Science Team to ensure all new activities are designed and run in a way that is sensitive to sector requirements and changing priorities
  • Advise on the implementation of the new Newton Fund Impact Grants scheme run jointly with UK Research & Innovation
  • Work with funders, partners and stakeholders to develop programmes for researcher career development and international engagement in a changing political and economic landscape
  • Provide support and guidance to regional and in-country teams to develop and implement science and outreach programmes in geographic areas of responsibility, maintaining alignment with central science strategy
  • Act as contact point and coordinating lead for new and ongoing science programmes and exchanges, as shared within the Science team.



We require the successful candidate to have experience in the following areas:


  • Qualified to PhD level in a natural or social science discipline, or equivalent research experience
  • Demonstrable interest, experience and knowledge of Science, ideally acquired
  • through postdoctoral or equivalent research
  • Deep understanding of the Science education and research ecosystem, including training and career pathways in natural and social sciences
  • Knowledge of the Public Engagement landscape in the UK science sector
  • Understanding and knowledge of the UK and international research systems and policies
  • Understanding of European research policy and mechanisms for supporting researchers
  • Understanding of research in the context of Official Development Assistance (ODA)


For further information please see the documents below:

Role Profile

British Council Behaviours

Core Skills



Competitive Salary

Generous pension

32 days annual leave


If you are interested and feel you are suitable for the role, please apply before 23:59 (UK Time) on 16th February 2020. We aim to interview for this role in the week commencing 24th February 2020.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.