Research Impact and Engagement Officer

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7089659 (Ref.No. LUBSC1570)
Posted: November 24, 2021

Job Description

Do you have experience of providing research impact support to academic staff?  Have you experience of the Research Excellence Framework in Higher Education?  Do you have excellent organisation and communication skills?  Would you like to work in a research support environment?

As a member of the Faculty Research and Innovation Office you will work with the Faculty Impact Manager to provide support for and implement activities that relate to the impact of our research in organisations outside higher education, such as government, public and private sector organisations.  You will play a key role in co-ordinating our research impact activities and supporting training initiatives for members of academic staff.  You will act as the secretariat for the faculty’s Research Impact and Engagement Panel.   The role includes providing individual support for impact at various stages of the research cycle, e.g. from grant application stage through to project delivery or completion.  You will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining a number of systems that record our impact and engagement activities, including providing support to manage the portfolio of impact cases under development.   The role has significant relevance to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and you will support processes related to this including liaising with the University’s central Research and Innovation Service.  You will support various aspects of the faculty’s research impact strategy which will vary from time to time but will include external collaboration, impact culture and impact metrics.  

Your focus will be on supporting colleagues on matters related both to the REF and the broader impact agenda in higher education. Your responsibilities will vary from time to time depending on where support is required and strategic priorities.   You will work as part of a team, collaborating with colleagues in the Research & Innovation Office and liaising with other functions in the business school (e.g. Faculty Office, HR, marketing) as appropriate.  You will represent the Faculty Research & Innovation Office, working closely with professional staff in the office and other areas of the faculty and university.   

Educated to degree level (or equivalent) you will have excellent project management skills, alongside excellent communication skills and the proven ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Kathryn Watson, Research Impact Manager

Email: K.J.Watson@leeds.ac.uk 


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Business
School/Institute:  Leeds University Business School
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £27,924 to £33,309 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 31 December 2022)
Release Date:  Tuesday 23 November 2021
Closing Date:  Tuesday 04 January 2022
Reference:  LUBSC1570


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