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Research and Knowledge Exchange Policy and Impact Officer

Enterprise & Innovation - Research Support Office

Location:  Sunderland Campus
Salary:  £34,304 to £40,927 per annum
By annual incremental progression
Hours per Week:  37
Closing Date:  Sunday 23 January 2022
Reference:  0534-21
Further details:    Job Description    

The University of Sunderland is in an exciting phase of its development with a new vision and redefined strategic ambitions designed to take advantage of the ever-changing Higher Education landscape at home and internationally. Our strategic plan which capitalises on our long and successful track-record of ‘life changing’ is ambitious and relevant for a 21st century global University.

The Enterprise and Innovation directorate supports the University's "society shaping" mission. We develop projects, secure funding and engage externally to maximise the impact of all aspects of the University's activities. 

A major part of this is research and knowledge exchange activities in support of the REF and KEF frameworks, through which we connect academic expertise to our communities in Sunderland London and further afield. This new post forms part of a small team focused on making connections, catalysing collaborations and fulfilling the potential of the University to make a real difference in the communities we serve.

The successful candidate is likely to have:

  • Understanding of research and knowledge exchange policy issues in a higher education environment gained by working with or in the sector;
  • The ability to understand and explain complex subjects in a way that is easily understood by non-specialists.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the research and knowledge exchange assessment frameworks and in particular, what is meant more broadly by the impact of research.

For a discussion about the role or to make informal enquiries, please contact Tim Pain on 07713645976.

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The University of Sunderland has been awarded the Time/ Sunday Times University of the Year for Social Inclusion for 2021, follow the link below to see why!

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The University of Sunderland is proud to be an equal opportunities employer, treating all applicants equally and ensuring recruitment is based on merit. However we particularly welcome applications from the following groups as they are underrepresented within the University of Sunderland at this level/in this area: Women, LGBT+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as well as candidates with disabilities, whether hidden or otherwise. In addition, we are ‘happy to talk flexible working’.


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