Working at the Academy

A welcome from our President, Professor Dame Anne Johnson

The COVID-19 pandemic was without a doubt a demining moment for the Academy. It is for times like this that the Academy was created – and we will be needed more than ever in the coming years to respond effectively to post-pandemic opportunities.

The staff at the Academy excel at bringing together diverse voices to solve complex problems. It is through this approach that we can help solve problems such as limiting the health impacts of climate change, harnessing artificial intelligence to improve health and reducing health inequalities.

With science at the forefront of the UK’s aspirations to improve health, international reputation and economy, there couldn’t be a better time to join the dedicated staff team working at the Academy.

Our staff

We have grown rapidly in recent years and continue to expand our team and the work they do. We currently have a staff of 70 people, all are guided by the following values:
•    We strive for excellence 
•    We act on evidence
•    We behave with integrity
•    We collaborate widely 
•    We are inclusive and actively seek diversity in all forms

We support our staff to be agile, kind and resilient in everything they do. Our talented and committed staff team who embody our values are one of our key strengths. We put physical and mental wellbeing at the heart of our organisational culture and the way we work. 

What you can expect working with us

We are committed to working towards full equality of opportunity in our own organisation, practices and activities, and in the wider academic workforce. You can see more information on our EDI values, principles, and behaviours here

We want to ensure diversity of thought and experience in all we do and for our staff to be able to bring every part of themselves to work. We actively encourage and welcome applicants from all backgrounds to help us engage with the diverse community we serve. 

We will happily make reasonable adjustments for applicants as needed. Please do specify these at the time of applying. We also welcome discussion of different working arrangements and locations with any successful applicant. 

Our staff culture is shaped by the message of our MedSCiLife campaign which states that a life outside work is not an extra, but an integral part of who we are. We encourage different working styles and practices to enable passions and achievements outside work to support individuals’ careers. 

To enable all staff to find a working pattern that best suits them and the needs of their role, we have agile working principles in place and are investing in hybrid and digital technologies. For those who want it, we provide daily access to desks in our London office Monday to Friday. To support connections in the office, our onsite venue team regularly provide free lunches for staff in our lounge and hot drinks are available in our small staff café. 

Salary progression

We have recently introduced a new salary progression framework.

The framework offers opportunities for salary increases at 6 and 12 months. Further increments are available as staff progress through our role and competency framework. We are also committed to regular cost of living and/or benchmarking reviews.

Location

Hybrid – both remote and in person time in our offices at 41 Portland Place, London, W1B 1QH

We do not operate a set number of days, however many work towards one day a week in the office or attending face-to-face meetings and events.

We welcome discussion of different working arrangements and locations with any successful applicant. 

Annual leave

29 days per annum; including Christmas closure dates, plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time staff)

Pension

The Academy contributes 7.5% of gross salary to a Legal & General salary sacrifice pension scheme, with an employee contribution of 3%.

Life assurance

3 x annual gross salary

Season ticket travel loan interest free

Available to all staff after completion of probationary period

Family friendly benefits

We offer enhanced maternity and paternity leave and provide coaching for parents returning to work.

We are a family friendly employer and support staff to be present for their families and those they care for through our agile working policy.

Agile working

We empower individuals and teams to identify work practices and patterns that enable the organisation to maximise its potential and the individual to achieve the best possible work/life balance.

Our agile working approach operates on the following principles:
1.             Open
2.             Timely
3.             Experimental
4.             Connected
5.             Respectful
6.             Empowered

These principles allow staff to determine how, when and where they work to do their job well and support their wellbeing.

Wellbeing and mental health

Subscription to Headspace and Class pass.

Regular individual, team and organisation wide wellbeing days.

Seasonal staff connection days

Employee assistance programme including financial and wellbeing advice.

Access to free online counselling and CBT

Cross organisation staff group dedicated to wellbeing that runs activities to support social connection and mental and physical health.

Team of staff mental health first aiders

Equity, diversity and inclusion

Regular EDI learning sessions and events connected to religious holidays, social awareness days and cultural celebrations.

Access to EDI training and development sessions.

Opportunity to join a cross organisation staff EDI Forum, with leads for Disability and Neurodiversity, gender, LGBTQ+ and race.

EDI SharePoint with resources including current affairs, podcasts, campaigns, blogs and reports.

We are also a member of EDIS (the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Science and Health Research Network), the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion and the Proud Science Alliance, a collective of healthcare and life sciences sector LGBTQ+ networks.

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