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King's Policy Translation Intern


Job Description

King’s Policy Translation Intern

Reference: KPRI23

Department: King’s Careers & Employability/The Policy Institute 

Role Structure: Part-time (0.4 FTE) alongside your studies / Flexible hours / Fixed-term Contract 

Start Date: October 2023 for 9 months 

Role Location: Hybrid, working remotely and also on the Parliamentary Estate, Westminster 

Deadline: Midnight, 21 August 2023 

Contact Details: Miss Maria Sanz Taberner – Work-based Learning Senior Support Officer via    


Restriction: Open to current PhD students and Post-doctoral staff only. We encourage applicants to discuss their interest in the Programme with their Academic Supervisor to both support their application and determine whether such an application is achievable alongside the academic and research commitment of their studies. 

About the Internship

The King's Parliamentary Research Internships programme is a unique opportunity for King's PhD and post-doc researchers to engage directly with the inner workings of government and policy, alongside their academic studies.

Alongside our interns who are partnered with individual Peers, this distinct post of a Policy Translation Intern will have a broader role, helping to explore how the university and its academic community could maximise engagement with policy discussions and legislative debates, focused on the House of Lords.

It is an exceptional opportunity for candidates interested in broadening their awareness and understanding of the policymaking process - heightening their knowledge of the work of Parliament, developing new skills and gaining experience and networks to help build future career success.

The successful candidate will work up to 14 hours per week (0.4 FTE) for 9 months, alongside their academic studies or existing role, though there may be the opportunity to fulfil the role with a lower time commitment, at a minimum of 7 hours per week. You must liaise with your academic supervisor or line manager to confirm that you are able to undertake this role based on your research funding and other responsibilities.

About the Role

Academics across King’s College London regularly produce important research that could usefully inform topical questions, policy discussions and legislative debates. In order to achieve this type of impact, this research must be effectively ‘translated’, presented in an immediately accessible format and made available to (busy) policymakers in a timeframe appropriate to the business of the House. Identifying relevant research, synthesising and effecting this level of translation to create briefings that are both useful and timely for policy makers presents a challenge to universities; and neither is it immediately obvious how to ensure that these briefings reach the right people, at the right time.

This role is intended to help King’s explore how the university might meet this challenge in a cost-effective, light touch way, taking account of existing routes through which Parliamentarians can access academic research while adding something that is distinctive to King’s. This is the second year of this post. The previous post-holder developed a draft handbook for researchers, which provides guidance on identifying topics that are a priority for Parliament, communicating research findings for a policy audience and engaging with parliamentarians to drive impact. In the next phase of this role, we are aiming to

  • further refine this through a consultative process

  • identify and utilise communication routes to disseminate it among academics at King’s, with the aim of building stronger institutional awareness and capabilities for timely policy engagement

  • further explore institutional opportunities to systematise and maximise the impact of academic research among Parliamentarians.

This is an exciting opportunity for candidates looking to develop their knowledge, attributes and skills through new experiences which help bring academic research to life. It would be especially appropriate to a candidate with an existing interest in or knowledge of Parliament and the legislative process, enabling them to expand that interest through connections into the House of Lords.

We encourage applicants to discuss their interest in the Programme with their Academic Supervisor or line manager to both support their application and determine whether such an application is achievable alongside the academic and research commitment of their studies/work.

Core tasks will include:

  • Building on the work completed in the first year of this role, in which a draft handbook was developed, by refining and iterating through desk research and consultation.

  • Supporting dissemination of the handbook’s content within King’s, including identifying existing examples of effective engagement and ways to begin to embed more widely the principles it sets out

  • Working with the Policy Institute and agreed contacts in the Lords to explore additional institutional opportunities for systematic engagement between the university and Parliament, including reviewing approaches taken by groups within Parliament, such as POST and the Library as well as other HEIs; and recommending mechanisms through which King’s could seize these opportunities.

    • As appropriate, piloting new approaches, on a small scale or with a small cohort of Peers

  • Liaising as appropriate with the cohort of Peer-hosted interns in order to capture learning from their experiences and/or test ideas.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post




Applicants from other programmes or individuals who do not meet this criteria will be automatically rejected as ineligible. 

Desirable criteria only 

  • Current King’s College London PhD student or post-doc in a related discipline to the role specific tasks outlined above. 


Experience / Skills Essential criteria


  • Knowledge and/or awareness of the UK policy landscape

  • Demonstratable interest and understanding of the Parliamentary and legislative processes


Skills and Attributes

  • Familiarity with a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods

  • Excellent and concise writing skills, including reports and message-led briefings

  • Ability to review documentation, policy and reports and clearly articulate salient points to different audiences

  • Ability to confidently present findings to a range of audiences

  • Confidence and ability to work flexibly, coping with multiple tasks, projects and reports and competing demands in an agile fashion

  • A collaborative working approach

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate complex information clearly and concisely to people from a range of backgrounds

  • Ability to work independently and pro-actively where needed



  • Experience working in a policy-related research field

  • Experience synthesising large amounts of complex evidence for a non-academic audience


Application & Assessment 

Your application should consist of a CV and cover letter, clearly setting out how you meet the essential criteria as this is how we shortlist applications. 

Find tips on writing your application and supporting statement on our website:

Successful candidates will be shortlisted by King’s Careers & Employability and invited to interview with a King’s panel. Interviews will take place 12 and 13 September 2023. 


This is a 2.5-week role leading online HIIT exercises classes to participants of an ongoing clinical study. You will be provided with the exact program that will be delivered. The classes are every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from (flexible start date for training) Wednesday 22nd March to Monday 10th April on the following schedule:

  • Wednesday 29th March & 5th April: 6:30am, 2pm, 5pm

  • Friday 31st March: 7am, 5pm

  • Monday 3rd April: 7am, 2pm

  • Good Friday 7th April: 1 session time TBC (whatever suits you)

  • Easter Monday 10th April: 1 session TBC (whatever suits you)

+ shadowing classes/training for each session prior to starting independently on Wednesday 29th.

The sessions are delivered online through Microsoft Teams and consist of 1-3 people per session. You are there to demonstrate the movements, ensure everyone’s form is good, and time the intervals for the participants. Also heart rates are collected from each participants before, during and after the sessions.

Each session takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

The time requirement for this role is 15 hours total (12 hours of classes + 3 hours of training).


Qualification in a related field (e.g., physiotherapy).


Prior knowledge of exercise/fitness and proper form preferred (e.g., physiotherapy, PT qualification).

Job purpose

To main focus of the post holder is dedicated to effectively provide confidential, professional administrative support to the Head of Housing Services and to the Housing Services team. To effectively provide a customer focused reception service of excellence for Housing Services. To be the first point of contact for, and to represent the team, both internally and externally, whether in person, by telephone or by email, responding to all generic enquiries or by referral to an appropriate team member when escalating non-routine enquiries.

The post holder will be required to support the Head of Housing Services in delivering a customer focused service of excellence; providing advice and guidance encompassing the broad range of housing options available to students and staff.  The range of this role is not limited to the Queen Mary halls of residence, but includes nominated private providers, private housing as well as homestay or short stay options.


Main duties and responsibilities

  • To provide a customer focused first point of contact to students, staff and private landlords, the public and other external bodies, judging when to pass on or escalate complex queries.

  • To check all applications received for housing eligibility, and issue relevant and timely feedback to applicants.

  • To represent Housing Services at all Queen Mary internal and external events, particularly at main residential arrival and departure days, to provide and sustain a positive image for Residential Services

  • To manage and keep updated the Housing Services team diaries.

  • To check the accuracy and relevance of information and imagery on the Residential Services website..

  • To provide administrative support to the Housing Services team.

  • To advise the Head of Housing Services on noticeable trends in customer enquiries.

  • To be flexible at key times within the university calendar to support the delivery of services that will be outside normal business hours, which will include working in the evenings and at weekends

  • To comply with all Queen Mary and Directorate policies and procedures and demonstrate a commitment to the Directorate purpose statement and values

  • To implement recognised good practice in communication and cohesion, to promote the culture and behavioural change programme that has been embarked upon by the Directorate.


GCSE, NVQ (Level 3) or City and Guilds in English and Maths or equivalent


  • Significant experience working within an HEI or privately built student residential environment

  • Significant experience working in a customer service environment providing exceptional customer service

  • Understanding of the relevant regulations and national codes of practice and the implications of non-compliance

  • Experience managing conflicts, resolving or escalating complaints, with the ability to use own initiative to handle difficult situations with tact and sensitivity

  • Familiarity with budgeting and financial management

  • Knowledge and understanding of HEI Admissions systems, key dates and SITS student record system

  • Knowledge of the private sector housing market


  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with staff and external contacts at all levels

  • Computer literate with a good knowledge of Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel

  • Able to plan, manage and monitor a variety of commitments, balancing workloads to meet service demands

  • Excellent attention to detail and a systematic approach to work

  • Friendly, approachable, diplomatic and able to relate to people

  • Flexible attitude and willing to learn, develop and improve both individually or as part of a team


  • Able to deal with personal, private and confidential issues with appropriate discretion (Data Protection Act)

  • Able to manage job role in line with customer expectation of Equality and Diversity Policy

  • Able to identify resolutions to problems and utilise analytical skills

About us

The Data Governance and Security team with SED develops, maintains, and supports system and process security, data governance, data protection compliance, regulatory reporting, and external and internal audit requirements. The team ensures that strategies and procedures in relation to these areas are fit for purpose and is responsible for providing a ‘gold source’ of all student and course information data to ensure best practice.

About the role

The Senior Student Data Assurance Officer will provide assurance and operational support to colleagues engaged in both internal/external reporting and in business as usual activites that rely on the quality of our student data. This will entail the provision of end-to-end administrative support in triaging enquiries, resolving student data quality issues, supporting the statutory HESA data return (submitted in August and September 2024) by fixing data errors and supporting the generation of HEARs (online transcripts) for students.

This would be an excellent opportunity for a candidate who is interested in gaining experience in working with data, making operational use of IT programmes such as Excel and SQL and who wish to utilise their skills to ensure that the quality of our student data is accurate and of the highest quality.

This is a temporary role, with an end date of 8th November 2024.


We think a wide range of different work and educational experiences could support you to be successful in this role. Relevant work experience might include work in data management or analytics. Relevant educational experiences might include higher education in a related discipline, professional qualifications or other training


The following skills would be essential in the role:

-Excellent IT skills, including experience of Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook email, web etc.) 

-Good communication skills and a willingness to work in a team, with multiple stakeholders

-The ability to deal with competing priorities

Experience of SQL and using a student records system would be desirable