University of Birmingham

Lead Data Analyst - Registry - 53591

Job description

- (220001H1)

Position Details

Registry - Academic Services

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £43,434.

Grade 7

Full Time, Permanent

Closing date: 14th August

Our offer to you

People are at the heart of what we are and do.

The University of Birmingham is proud to have been a part of the City of Birmingham and the wider region for over 100 years, and we are equally proud to be recognised as a leading global university. We want to attract talented people from across the city and beyond, support them to succeed, and celebrate their success.

We are committed to helping the people who work here to develop through our sector-leading Birmingham Professional programme which provides all professional services staff with development opportunities and the encouragement to reach their full potential. With almost 5,000 professional services jobs in a wide-range of functions in Edgbaston and in our campus in Dubai, there are plenty of opportunities for you to be able to develop your career at the University.

We believe there is no such thing as a typical member of staff and that diversity is a source of strength that underpins the exchange of ideas, innovation, and debate. We warmly welcome people from all backgrounds and are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where diversity is at the heart of who and what we are, and how we work.

Supporting our people to achieve a healthy work/life balance is important both to our employees and to the success of the University and, depending on the role, we offer a variety of flexible working arrangements. We therefore welcome discussions on all forms of flexible working. In addition, you will receive a generous package of benefits including 40 days paid holiday a year, one paid day a year for volunteering, occupational sick pay, and a pension scheme. We also have three high quality subsidised day nurseries.

The University is situated in leafy Edgbaston and there are excellent transport links to our beautiful campus, including main bus routes and a train station on site. On campus we have a state-of-the-art sports centre with pool, shops, places to eat and drink, our own art gallery, museum and botanical gardens.

Find out more about the benefits of working for the University of Birmingham.


The University of Birmingham is a global institution working within a diverse and vibrant City, offering an inspiring education to our students, and undertaking critically important research. We are a place of open, critical thinking, and the creation, sharing and dissemination of knowledge. Professional Services play a crucial role in this by providing outstanding support to our researchers, enable an exceptional educational experience for our students, and help the University to grow its influence regionally, nationally, and globally. They ensure the University’s resources are used wisely, manage and improve the infrastructure which sits at the heart of the institution, and support decision to be made quickly and based on sound evidence. Our Birmingham Professional programme operates across the University, supporting colleagues to network and collaborate, offering opportunities to learn and develop, contributing to the delivery of the University’s objectives, and helping everyone to understand the broader context within which we work.

Department overview

Registry: a major division within Academic Services at the University of Birmingham, with responsibility for a key service at a leading global university. Registry and Academic Affairs is at the heart of Academic activity at the University, leading solutions for a successful student journey. The administration of teaching, learning, and assessment events enables academic endeavour while striving to improve the student experience

Role Summary

The Lead Data Analyst plays a key role in the Registry function of statutory data reporting, and the role will involve developing a robust understanding of student and curricula data and how this should be reported to complex and evolving external requirements. Additionally, the Lead Data Analyst will be expected to use their expertise to support other stakeholders across the institution by making best use of these data, providing advice, analytics and insight as required.

Main Duties

  • To compile, validate and submit student data to statutory bodies, including: the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student and Aggregate Offshore Record (AOR) returns, UniStats, Initial Teacher Training (ITT), and the Individual Learner Record (ILR)

  • To rapidly develop detailed and expert knowledge of the complex requirements of student data returns (detailed above) and the systems and processes through which they are drawn, keeping abreast of sector-wide changes to data requirements.

  • To use and develop specialist software, systems and processes, in order to meet the changing data requirements within the sector.

  • To act as an authoritative and specialist point of contact within the institution regarding these data returns, able to respond to internal and external queries and audits.

  • To lead projects contributing to statutory returns, devising project plans and working with colleagues from IT Services, Schools and within Academic Services to collate, analyse, and submit student data; negotiating with and influencing key stakeholders when necessary to achieve project goals.

  • Assist in planning the running and development of the service, including using expert knowledge to provide training and advice to colleagues when required.

  • To use specialist skills and software to support the efficient and valuable use of student data across the university

  • Line management of staff may be required.

  • Promotes equality and values diversity, acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

  • Supports the University’s sustainability agenda through resource efficient working.

  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade.

Person Specification

  • Educated to Degree level (or equivalent qualifications) within a technical subject area, or relevant technical qualification and considerable relevant experience. Where no equivalent qualification is held, significant practical relevant experience and expertise in a series of more demanding roles will be required demonstrating the conceptual understanding required.

  • Experience in data analysis and data visualisation software (or relevant programming knowledge), e.g., Alteryx, SQL, VBA, R, Tableau, Power BI, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel (advanced).

  • Experience of working with large/complex datasets.

  • In depth up to date specialist understanding and experience in a relevant scientific, technical or IT specialism

  • Evidence of literacy and numeracy.

  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.

Informal enquires to Martin Gallagher ( or Matt Wildig (

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment

We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.

Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham
Work Locations Student Hub C Block Aston Webb University of BirminghamEdgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT
Job Clerical/Administrative
Organization Academic Services
Schedule Regular
Job Posting 25.07.2022, 6:00:00 PM
Grade (for job description) Grade 7
Salary (Pay Basis) 31,406.00
Maximum Salary 43,434.00
Advert Close Date 15.08.2022, 5:59:00 PM

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