Migration Advisory Committee Members

Body: Migration Advisory Committee
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Communities, Education, Health and Social Care, International
Location: Central London
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: £275 per day
Time Requirements: An initial term of three years


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Their appointments follow a rigorous recruitment process that was regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The Chair of the MAC, Professor Brian Bell said:

I’m delighted to welcome Dina and Sergi to the MAC. I look forward to working with them, knowing the wealth of experience and talent they bring.

Dina Kiwan
A Professor of Comparative Education at the University of Birmingham, Professor Kiwan has an interdisciplinary background in psychology, sociology and education. Her broad research programme focuses on citizenship, inclusion and is interdisciplinary and comparative in scope. Her interests centre around sociological and politico-philosophical examinations of inclusive citizenship through the lens of education policy, naturalisation policy and migration policy, in particular in the context of pluralist / multicultural societies, and also societies in conflict.

Professor Kiwan has extensive and long-standing experience and networks in the UK and internationally, in the field of citizenship and currently leads the GCRF Network Plus Disability Under Siege programme (2020-2024) working with partners in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine to address the challenge that most children with disabilities never go to school. Her policy and consulting experience includes co-authoring the UNESCO curriculum framework for global citizenship education (2015), co-authoring the Diversity and Citizenship review for UK government’s Department of Education (2007), and appointment by the Home Secretary to the Home Office ‘Life in the UK’ Advisory Group (2002).

Sergi Pardos-Prado
Sergi Pardos-Prado is Professor of Comparative Politics and Research Director of the Politics and International Relations department at the University of Glasgow. He was previously Associate Professor in Politics at Merton College, University of Oxford, and Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford. He received his PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence.

Professor Pardos-Prado’s research expertise lies at the intersection between comparative politics, comparative political economy, and political behaviour. His work focuses on how labour market structures, welfare state designs, and immigration policy regimes affect migrant integration and inter-ethnic conflict. Professor Pardos-Prado’s research has been published in leading political science journals and gained external funding from prestigious funders.

Date: 10/05/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    6 July 2020

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Please note, the Government has adapted the recruitment process around the UK’s coronavirus restrictions while ensuring a fair and open competition. This includes planning for remote interviews.

Vacancy Description

Do you want to play a key role in helping to shape the future of migration issues and support the interests of UK residents?

If so, you can do this by becoming a Member of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC). The MAC advises the government on a range of migration policy issues, offering independent evidence-based advice, and its core statement of purpose is to:

  • deliver high quality evidence-based, economics focused, reports and policy advice in accordance with the work plan set by the Government; and
  • help ensure that Government policy and strategy in relation to migration and employment is based on the best possible evidence and analysis.

To date the advice of the Committee has included impacts of migration; annual limits on, and the design of, Tiers 1 and 2 of the Points-Based System; and transitional labour market access for nationals of new EU member states. The MAC’s advice also informs the compilation of the shortage occupation list for Tier 2.

The MAC is looking for three Members whose responsibilities will include attending  and contributing at MAC meetings; examining and challenging the assumptions on which advice is formulated (where required); and ensuring that the MAC has the opportunity to consider the available evidence on a given issue; contrary views and the concerns and values of corporate partners before a decision is taken.

We are looking for candidates with a proven track record of delivering success, outstanding communication skills, and excellent political awareness.

Person Specification

Part one – Essential skills and Experience

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

  • a proven track record of knowledge of, or experience in dealing with, the issues with which the Migration Advisory Committee is concerned;
  • a track record of achievement of research and publication about migration
  • strong interpersonal skills and the ability to represent the MAC in public forums, such as in engagement events;
  • able to contribute to the work of the committee and to the consideration of statements and conclusions of the committee; and
  • qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

For one of the roles the successful candidate must also demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the issues affecting the devolved nations and regions of the UK, with a clear understanding of the concerns of key stakeholders within them and the ability to articulate those issues and ensure they are considered in the work of the MAC.

Part two – Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Personal qualities

All applicants must also possess the expertise to provide independent scrutiny and credible advice on the issues that fall within the remit of the MAC and must:

  • Be able to provide specific advice, independent of government or industry.
  • Be a good communicator with sound judgement.
  • Be able to demonstrate an ability to contribute effectively to the work of the MAC.
  • Have successful experience of committee membership.
  • Have contributed to national or international fora whose work is within the remit of the MAC.
  • Uphold and adhere to the seven quality of Nolan principles of Public Life.


Additional Information

The successful candidates will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Security Check (SC) level. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions. It usually takes between 4-5 weeks to obtain the security clearance. The role will be offered on a conditional basis until the successful candidates have passed all checks.

How to Apply

Please submit the following 4 documents, clearly labelled, by email to:


  1. A comprehensive CV (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.
  2. A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the experience, qualities and skill areas identified in the person specification.
  3. Please complete and return via email the forms at Annex B, relating to referees, conflicts of interest and nationality.


  1. In addition, please complete the Diversity Form at Annex C. Please click on the link to the Public Appointments website for further information on recording whether or not you have a disability.


Please include the heading (Member of the Migration Advisory Committee) in the subject box.


Please submit your application documents as 4 separate attachments.


Please note the following:

  • We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date.
  • Applications will be assessed on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation We will assess it based solely on documentation provided.
  • Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
  • Feedback will only be given to unsuccessful candidates following interview.
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