Senior Researcher & Head of Assessment Research Group - English and Exams
Country / Territory
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
English & Exams
Job Category
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Pay Band: SMP Location: UK Contract: Indefinite Closing date:23.59 (UK time) on the 1st January 2019 Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK

Please note that in December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters: International Quarter, Stratford, and London E20.


The British Council is looking for an experienced Senior Researcher & Head of Assessment Research Group to join the English & Exams team based in our offices in the UK (London, Manchester or Edinburgh). 

The Organisation

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries.  We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

English and Examinations

Through our English and Exams work we aim to achieve more widespread and better quality teaching and learning of English worldwide and offer access to professional qualifications.  Working with policymakers, government ministers, teachers and learners across the world we help millions of people to access English by supporting the teaching and learning of English in public education systems, and through self-access materials and courses. We teach learners and teachers of English face-to-face in dedicated teaching centres and online through a range of courses. Every year three million people take international exams with help from the British Council, gaining qualifications that can open doors at leading academic institutions and improve employment prospects.  

The Opportunity

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Researcher and Head of Assessment Research to offer leadership, expertise and focus on the development and implementation of an operational strategy for our research and development activities through management of the Assessment Research Group (ARG). 



Responsibilities will include:


  • Providing academic and strategic leadership to the Assessment Research Group, contributing to the development of new and innovative British Council assessment initiatives by providing research-driven theoretical support to the development teams
  • To develop a strategic applied research agenda in consultation with the Senior Advisor, English Language Assessment and the Assessment Research Group in the area of language assessment which contributes to the operational effectiveness and reputation of BC-Tests
  • Building relationships within the British Council and with assessment research centres in the UK and overseas
  • To disseminate research and development findings while representing the British Council at appropriate internal and external events and through published works
  • To manage the British Council Assessment Research Awards and Grants schemes and the Research Effectiveness Framework input from the Assessment Research Group



What you will receive:

  • Attractive salary and benefits


For more information and a complete list of responsibilities, please see below:

Role Profile

British Council skills 

British Council Behaviours


If you feel that you are suitable and would like to be considered for this role, please apply before 23:59 UK time on the 1st January 2019

Our Equality Commitment: 

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.     

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.