Knowledge Exchange Manager Ref 5913

School/department: School of Life Sciences
Hours: Full-time, though part-time hours may also be considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will also be considered (subject to business need). 
Contract: Fixed term until 30 Sept 2022
Reference: 5913
Salary: Starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 22 July 2021
Closing date: 11 August 2021. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: ASAP

Job description

The purpose of this post, which is part-funded by the Wellcome Trust, is to take forward the School’s Knowledge Exchange (KE) priorities, including the continuation of the School’s excellent public and community engagement programme.  The post will enable the University to maximise its results in the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF); to diversify and grow its income streams; to increase its HEIF (Higher Education Innovation Fund) and improve its reputation for external engagement in a way that drives economic growth, innovation and social development.

The KE Manger will work with the School’s faculty to develop knowledge exchange activities across the scope of those defined under the Knowledge Exchange Framework  (these are: public and community engagement, research partnerships, working with business, working with the public and third sector, skills, enterprise and entrepreneurship, local growth and regeneration, IP and commercialisation).  The KE Manager will maintain oversight of key external relationships across the School and will work closely with the central Innovation & Business Partnerships team to ensure a coherent approach to project development, external relationships and the KEF is embedded across the University.

Job Context

The importance of University-led innovation to economic growth and global competitiveness has been a key plank of UK Government policy over the last decade.  It has featured heavily in R&D funding programmes and now underpins the latest assessment regime for higher education - the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF).  The KEF will benchmark university performance in working with businesses and the public sector to enhance its societal impact and grow the economic and entrepreneurial base of their regions. Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) allocations to universities will in future be predicated on a university’s relative successes in these areas.  Sussex has responded by prioritising Knowledge Exchange and business engagement in its strategic programme Sussex 2025.

This role forms part of the strategic priorities of the Sussex 2025 suite of policies, programmes and plans.  It is aimed at preparing the University for the Knowledge Exchange Framework - including the establishment and embedding of measures to grow and diversify income from the University’s knowledge base, increase its Higher Education Innovation Fund receipts and improve its reputation as a strong regional player in business and economic development.   These will deliver the solutions to achieve the best possible KE outcomes for the University.

EDI statement:

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds

The School of Life Sciences is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff and providing an inclusive working environment. The School currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award, has developed a Race Equity Action Plan and hosts an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion working group.

Applications are particularly welcomed from Black and minority ethnic candidates, and women, trans and non-binary candidates, who are under-represented in the School of Life Sciences.

Applications to posts from candidates who wish to work part-time or as job-sharers are welcome.

The University offers various schemes to provide real benefits to parents, these can be found at Family Friendly Policies

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to make informal contact with Sarah Guthrie ( and Marc Williams ( before applying.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Download job description and person specification Ref 5913 [PDF 117.32KB]

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 110.00KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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