Strategic Insight and
Analysis Team

University of York

Why We're Recruiting

The University of York has set out its vision for public good.

We’re building a strong central team to support the University as it works towards that commitment, establishing the fundamental pillars of well-governed, robust and timely data and bringing that data to life in the wider university (and beyond). We believe in data as a shared resource, and together we are developing the skills, approaches and sense of community to make this happen.

Universities are filled with people who really do want to change the world - and are in the process of changing it. I joined the sector three years ago, and it’s been a real privilege to bring my experience of the transformative power of data and insight to support an organisation with such a clear moral purpose. It’s a hugely exciting and rewarding sector to work in, and the genuine flexibility and support it offers is different from anywhere else I’ve worked.

If you’re starting a career in data and insight, thinking about moving sectors, or are already established and thinking about your next move I’d encourage you to get in touch to see if one of our current or future roles is a good fit for you. We’re looking for people who are curious and collaborative, and whose technical, analytical or communication skills are matched by a willingness to develop others and to learn.

Everyone in this team has the potential to grow. I’m excited to see what we can do next.

Bethan Ellis
Head of Strategic Insight and Analysis

About Us

The Strategic Insight & Analysis team helps the University of York to make sense of its data. Part of the Directorate of Planning and Risk, the team has strong links into every part of the university, bringing an independent eye to data and insight in support of the University’s vision for public good.

We draw on best practice from across Higher Education and bring innovative approaches from external partners and from other sectors to deliver high-quality dashboards and insightful analysis, landing messages with impact. We engage with senior decision-makers to ensure that our data and analysis meets their needs, and supports the strategic direction of the University. We use surveys and qualitative and quantitative insight to understand the ‘why’ as well as the ‘what’. 

The team has a wide remit within teaching and learning, covering the student journey from application through to graduate outcomes. We design and report against institutional KPIs, explore internal and external benchmarking, and support a diverse and inclusive community through Athena SWAN and Access and Participation data. Areas of focus range from portfolio management to student surveys, as well as the breadth of internal and external reporting as we increasingly use data to support decision makers.  

But our focus isn’t only on insights and end users. We are working in partnership with systems owners and teams responsible for IT and infrastructure to build the strong foundations of data quality, data definitions and data governance that are needed for use of data to thrive here. We were early adopters of Tableau reporting, and now, through shared training and collaboration, are adding Alteryx to our standard toolkit. 

Our team has a broad base of expertise, and a strong emphasis on personal development, looking to build rounded analysts equipped with the right range of skills for a satisfying career in insight and data. We’re a warm, friendly and supportive bunch, excited for the future, and delighted to be using data in meaningful ways, with a shared sense of purpose, delivering insights that support actions towards the public good.

Why we work here

“The team has a culture of encouraging personal development and I have been able to learn a lot both through my job and more formal training. It allows people to specialise in both technical and soft skills that interest them and brings a lot of value to the team."

“The data we work with is great for highlighting university strengths but it also uncovers areas that may need improvement. It cannot tell us specifically how to achieve that but it leads us to the right people and facilitates evidence based discussions in order to reveal the true story behind the data so that we can influence change where needed.”

“The team has so much experience and deals with a wide variety of data and stakeholders, so there's always lots of interesting work going on. I've been able to meaningfully contribute as well as learn and develop my skills.”

“I'm really glad to be able to work on an area that can make a difference to students and the university culture as a whole."

What We Offer

We offer a supportive and inclusive environment for colleagues. Our new flexible hybrid working enables staff to find the right work-life balance, with colleagues working between home and the office.

Everyone at York has access to a range of excellent benefits including:
- Competitive starting salaries
- 30 Days Annual Leave (38 days with bank holidays)
- Generous Pension Scheme
- Annual salary increments within your pay grade
- Cycle to Work Scheme
- Hybrid working (see our Remote working policy)
- Flexible working arrangements
- Onsite Gym with discounted membership
- Staff training and development courses
- Access to a range of savings on childcare, transport and healthcare, plus shopping discounts and other offers.

The above are a selection of benefits available to members of staff at the University. For a full details of all out benefits, please see our HR website.

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A University for Public Good

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. In 2023 it is the home of more than 21,000 students across more than 30 academic departments and research centres.

Our vision is to be a university for public good and our strategy is built around our commitment to meeting four strategic objectives which are:

- Deliver curiosity-driven and action orientated research
- Provide education that empowers
- Create a community without limits
- Demonstrate local commitment on a global scale

For further information on the University of York and our Vision of a University for Public Good, please see:

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Our Vision
Our university emerged from a campaign in this city in the 1940s and 1950s to ‘contribute to the amelioration of human life and conditions.’ Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is more important - and urgent - than ever, and so is at the heart of our 2030 Strategy.

Our Commitments
As a university that exists for public good, through purposeful action we are committed to equality of opportunity. Engendering inclusivity, and nurturing an environment where our students and staff can study, work and live in a community which fosters a sense of belonging, reflects our values and drive for demonstrable change.

What we gain from diversity is immeasurable. Our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy, which  we developed in partnership with our staff and student communities, describes our commitment to create an inclusive environment where everyone can make a positive contribution to university life, the city, region and beyond.

We are committed to recruit and retain a more ethnically diverse staff and student community; to create an accessible and inclusive campus, and embed the values and behaviours of  inclusive responsibility and leadership.

Will you join us on this journey?

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York and Yorkshire

The City
People fall in love with York the moment they visit. Internationally acclaimed for its rich heritage and historic architecture, York’s bustling streets are filled with visitors from all over the world. Within its medieval walls you will find the iconic gothic Minster, Clifford’s Tower and the Shambles just a few of the many attractions. But it’s not all about our past.

But York isn't just a great place to visit - it's also a great place to live and work. It’s regularly been ranked as one of the best places to live in the UK. While nourishing a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere, York still maintains the safe, friendly sense of community unique to a small city.

Shopping, culture and entertainment
York boasts specialist and unique boutiques but also all the high street stores on its busy shopping streets. Alongside them you will find cinemas, theatres, an opera house, art galleries, a vast range of restaurants, live music venues and clubs. York is particularly renowned for its multitude of pubs and bars, from the modern to the medieval.

Living in York
York is an ideal place to raise a family, with a great range of high-performing schools, both state and independent. We are also rated the safest city-based university in the UK (Complete University Guide Top 15 Universities in England and Wales with Low Crime Levels 2022). Whether you choose to live close to the city, in one of the  surrounding villages or further afield, you will find a wide range of housing within a comfortable distance of York and the University.

Great location
Great rail and transport networks also connect you with other major cities in the UK. York is only a short train ride away from Leeds (20 minutes), Manchester (1.5 hours), London (2 hours) and Edinburgh (2.5 hours). We are also close to major road links including the M1 and M62.

For more information on the city, please visit

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Current Jobs

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