REF Impact Officer Ref 1332

School/department: Research and Enterprise Services
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed term until 30 November 2020
Reference: 1332
Salary: starting at £33,199 and rising to £39,609 per annum
Placed on: 7 June 2019
Closing date:  27 June 2019.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: TBC

Job description

We are seeking to recruit a REF Impact Officer to lead on the development of impact case studies for the University’s submission to the next Research Excellence Framework, REF2021.

The REF is an exercise of critical importance for the University’s academic reputation and financial position, and the impact case studies are worth 25% of the total outcome for the submission.

The postholder will work closely with researchers to write, collate and refine a set of compelling and well-evidenced narratives for submission, whilst working effectively within a closely-integrated institutional team responsible for delivery of the REF2021 submission.

The postholder will also support the gathering of underpinning evidence to demonstrate the claims made in the case studies, co-ordinate and deliver training for the academic community on how to create and successfully demonstrate the impact of research, and act as the University’s expert advisor on the REF2021 rules as they relate to impact.

The successful candidate will have excellent professional skills in communication and editorial work, with a track record of producing effective material for both generalist and specialist audiences, and with a detailed understanding of REF policy.

Download job description and person specification Ref 1332 [PDF 128.43KB]

How to apply

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