The Constitution Unit


Job opportunity: Constitution Unit Impact Research Fellow

9 December 2021

We're seeking a communications specialist to help us maximise the impact of our research.

The Constitution Unit, Tavistock Square
The Constitution Unit prioritises influencing policymakers and producing materials for wide public dissemination, as well as publishing academic outputs such as reports, articles and books. Areas of interest include parliament, government, referendums, electoral systems, the judiciary, monarchy and devolution, and broader questions about the health of the democratic system.
The successful candidate for the role of Impact Research Fellow will work with our small team of researchers, our office manager, our part-time blog editor, UCL Media Relations, and the Unit’s external associates, to build up communications about our work through a variety of channels. The post holder will work across all of our research topics, with a particular focus on influencing real-world political developments as they occur. They will help draft outputs such as committee evidence, policy briefings, blog posts and media articles, and support shorter interventions through social media. They will work closely with all Unit staff, and support collaborations with other research organisations and academics on policy matters. The appointee will generally contribute to the Constitution Unit’s strategy and plans, as a central member of the team.
The Constitution Unit already has substantial real-world ‘impact’. This 80% FTE post will help us to maintain and build such impact, and is funded to the end of July 2024 in the first instance. The possibility exists to develop this into a full-time role, but that would depend on raising additional funding. The post is available from 1 March 2022. 

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelor’s degree in politics, law or a closely related field, at at least 2.1 level. They will have clear and demonstrable knowledge of the key institutions and policy actors in British politics and of key issues and arguments concerning the constitution and democracy in the UK.

They will have significant experience working in a policy or communications role, have experience of writing briefings aimed at policy makers and of working with websites and/or social media.

The successful candidate will be able to gather and systematically organise complex material from a range of sources, have excellent written communication skills, interpersonal skills and organisational skills. They will also have excellent strategic planning skills and sound judgement, with a well-developed ability to understand and balance political evidence.

It is also essential that the candidate is able and willing to demonstrate professional political neutrality, both in partisan terms and on key topics such as Brexit.

The ideal candidate would also have experience of fundraising, working with journalists and the media, specialist knowledge in one or more of the Constitution Unit's current research areas, and experience of working in a political environment, academic research centre or think tank.

How to apply 

Please apply online via the UCL jobs page.

Further details are available here:


Closing date: 09 January 2022, 23:59
Interview date: 25 January 2022
Salary: UCL Grade 7, £36,770 pro rata per annum

For queries regarding the vacancy or application process, please contact Rachel Cronkshaw, Constitution Unit Office Manager (email: r.cronkshaw@ucl.ac.uk, Tel: 020 7679 4977).