IHBC’s opportunity spotlight: DCMS seeks Expert Adviser applications for ‘College of Experts’, closing 14 September

logoThe Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) seeks 20 people for its College of Experts (unpaid roles) with priority areas including Art, Culture and the Creative Industries, and applications closing 14/09.

… Establishing a College of Experts will allow our policy teams to engage with leading researchers across a range of disciplines and domains…

DCMS writes:

DCMS is looking to recruit 20 individuals for our College of Experts. It is vital that the Department’s work is informed by the most up to date research and expertise across the breadth of our sectors. Establishing a College of Experts will allow our policy teams to engage with leading researchers across a range of disciplines and domains and to draw upon expertise to ensure that the work of the Department is effective. As a member of our College of Experts you will have the opportunity to directly inform and influence our work in these domains and ensure your research has a real-world impact and helps shape Government policy.

Job description

DCMS is recruiting members for its College of Experts, to provide independent, impartial, strategic and technical advice on departmental research, policy and programmes for a period of up to 3 years.

The college will act as a source of expert input focusing on providing evidence and knowledge of research to inform policy developed by the department. The DCMS College of Experts reports to the department’s Chief Scientific Adviser and is devised as a flexible resource, enabling the Department to obtain the expert input it needs in a timely manner, drawing on a range of perspectives and disciplines.

We are recruiting across our policy portfolio with a focus on priority areas (Digital Technology and Infrastructure; Internet Safety and Security; Art, Culture and the Creative Industries).

The role will be voluntary with reasonable expenses reimbursed. We hope that the college will become a network of expertise, allowing members to share research and experience among their peers. Ultimately, members will form advisory groups, independent advice mechanisms and support DCMS with its priorities across its broad portfolio.


The successful candidate will:

  • Bring a broad interdisciplinary view to bear and to act both as ‘generous generalists’, providing input to inform the Department’s research strategy and focused expert input on detailed challenges facing departmental teams.
  • Provide expert input in developing new broad strategies and policies;
  • Provide input into explorations into the consequences and challenges arising from emerging technologies and novel policies
  •  Provide a means of two-way dialogue with the research and scientific communities on topical issues central to the department’s remit.
  • Provide approx 3 – 5 days of their time per year, with final working patterns dependent on policy needs. Members are unpaid though reasonable travel costs will be met by the department. Members are not required to act as representatives of their own organisation, research area or sector, and are expected to adhere to the Seven Principles of Public Life.
  • Applicants in full time/paid employment must seek permission from their employer to undertake this unpaid role.

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