Information Analyst

The Open University

Unit : 
Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS)
Salary : 
£37,099 to £44,263 pro-rata (£30,080.27 to £35,888.92)
Location : 
Milton Keynes
Please quote reference : 
Fixed term contract until September 2024, Part Time 30 Hours, Full time hours will be considered.
Closing Date : 
4 September, 2023 – 12:00

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

About the role

The Information Analyst will play a key role in the delivery of insight, management information (MI) and reporting within the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS), to support the monitoring, reporting and management of the Faculty’s strategic, commercial and business-as-usual performance. This role will report to the Senior Manager – Planning & Insight.

The Planning and Operations Team aim to increase the use of data visualisations and other reporting tools to enable us to meet the unit objectives and understand progress against those objectives, as part of managing business planning and performance monitoring more broadly.

The post-holder will look at all aspects of faculty data (student, staff, research, finance and other strategic measures) and contribute to the design of reports; data visualisations; and analysis of existing/new data sources to create insight into Faculty performance across key projects and strategic activities.  The post-holder will ensure that these outputs guide recipients of the data through the insight and add contextual information where appropriate, to support decision making. Outputs will include regular reporting, ad hoc queries, and deep dive analysis. 

The Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences is the largest and most diverse at The Open University, with almost 50,000 students studying 37 different qualifications across 14 disciplines. We are home to more than 1,700 members of staff, from academics and associate lecturers to support staff and full-time research students.

Skills and Experience

Do you have strong data manipulation and analysis skills – can you analyse large complex datasets to create clear business insight?

Are you comfortable engaging with stakeholders to understand, translate, and refine their data and analysis needs to help create coherent analytical frameworks which deliver insight into performance?

Can you tell simple and persuasive stories with data, presenting complex data in an impactful and accessible way for non-technical audiences?

Can you adapt to an ever-changing environment, correctly identify and quickly assimilate key information, and enthusiastically learn new skills and techniques?

If the answer to these questions is yes – we want to hear from you! Full details of the roles and person specifications can be found HERE .

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this post before making an application, please email resou[email protected] quoting the reference number for the role.

We are ideally looking for someone to start in this role in December.

What you get in return

We have a strong commitment to providing training and development in and beyond your current role. This includes thorough induction into the organisation and regular reviews of your training and development needs.

We also offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term. Benefits include an attractive pension proposition and 33 days holiday per annum pro rata, plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days.

How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Job’s page and following the instructions below and clicking the “APPLY NOW” link below. Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be considered.

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the vacancy reference above.

To apply for this role please submit the following:

  • CV
  • Personal statement, up to 1,000 words, you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

To ensure your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for: reference, surname, first initial.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.


You will receive updates regarding your application from [email protected] . Please ensure this email address is added to your list of trusted senders. Please also keep an eye on your junk folder to ensure you do not miss any important updates regarding this role.

You can view your application communications on the Candidate portal .

Please note: If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the application closing date, please assume that on this occasion you have not been selected for interview, however we thank you for your interest in The Open University and encourage you to apply for future positions. 

Find out more about us and our mission by watching this short video (you will be taken to YouTube by clicking this link).

Flexible working patterns will be considered.

Interviews: w/c 2nd  October 2023

Closing date: Monday 4th September 2023 – 12:00 noon

The Open University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion which is reflected in our mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. We aim to foster a diverse and inclusive environment so that all in our OU community can reach their potential. We recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge, and culture, and that this difference brings great strength. We strive to recruit, retain and develop the careers of a diverse pool of students and staff, and particularly encourage applications from all underrepresented groups. We also aspire to make The Open University a supportive workplace for all through our policies, services and staff networks.

Job related information : 

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Posting Date : 
7 August, 2023 – 10:15

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