The Head of RKE is a key role providing both strategic and operational leadership for research and knowledge exchange support in the Faculty of Social Science. Working closely with the Faculty Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor (RKE) and the Faculty Operations Director, the role holder will lead on the development and implementation of the Faculty’s research strategy and on the enhancement of the Faculty’s research environment and culture.
The Head of RKE leads and directs a distributed team of professional services staff supporting research and knowledge exchange activity ensuring the continuing success and future development of the Faculty’s research and knowledge exchange activities. In particular, the role holder will lead the team to bring about innovation and improvements in interdisciplinary and collaborative practices and the provision of expert advice and guidance on a wide range of research funding and engagement opportunities. The role holder will also play a proactive role in developing the Faculty’s interdisciplinary networks, research centres and institutes and capability to operate at a level of international excellence.
Although based in the Faculty Office, the Head of RKE is expected to work in partnership with a range of senior colleagues across the Faculty, including Heads of Schools, School Directors of Research, and Heads of Operations/ Operations Managers, across the University, including Heads of RKE in other Faculties and senior colleagues in Research & Innovation, and external partners and bodies, e.g. senior colleagues at collaboration partner universities, UKRI, ESRC, AHRC etc.
This role reports formally to the Faculty Operations Director, with responsibility to the Faculty APVC (RKE) for research strategy, and core elements of the role will include:
Developing and implementing the Faculty’s research and knowledge exchange strategy;
Monitoring and proactively responding to changes in the research environment internationally, nationally and locally;
Leading, directing and managing a distributed team of professional services staff supporting research and knowledge exchange activity;
Liaising with Schools and the University’s Research and Innovation team to ensure a seamless customer experience which supports the delivery of research projects; and,
Overseeing RKE development activities leading to grant capture and/or impact.
As a world-leading research intensive University with an impressive reputation, we are looking for an experienced and highly motivated research professional, with excellent leadership and management skills, a track-record in research operations/development and with the desire to make a difference, to join our newly created research team in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced and varied environment, blend strategic thinking with operational delivery, and possess high-level interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
This is a full time, permanent position. However, applications are welcome for part time working minimum 29h per week.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dave Lewis, Faculty Operations Director, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to Prof John Gathergood, Faculty APVC (RKE) (email@example.com). Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.
Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe.