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Research and Enterprise

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The current research and knowledge exchange policy and funding environment is both vibrant and challenging, with the creation of UKRI, the publication of the Industrial Strategy, major funding pots such as the Global Challenges Research Fund and Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund that require new partnerships and approaches to conducting research, the need for active international collaboration, and a complex regulatory and assessment environment.

To be successful, the University needs to deliver:

  • High quality fundamental and applied research
  • Engaging, accessible and useful expertise, new knowledge, and intellectual property and maximising the impact of the University’s research.
  • State-of-the-art facilities and research infrastructure, including physical, human and digital resources.
  • Strong partnerships with academic and non-academic organisations and develop productive relationships for our researchers.
  • An environment, culture, ambition and freedom to enable academics to maximise funding for research and innovation.
  • An environment reflecting high standards of research integrity.
  • The University is committed to maintaining and improving its research and enterprise performance across its broad span of disciplines. This requires high quality, professional management and administration, delivered in an integrated fashion across the whole research and enterprise lifecycle.

The University is recruiting to a new role of Director of Research and Enterprise to create a new, integrated single office supporting this endeavour. The Director will play a key role in shaping and delivering the University’s research and enterprise activities, as well as being responsible for the management of a first-class service for our researchers. In doing so, the Director will work closely with the Pro-Vice-Chancellors for Research and for Enterprise (Professors Rothberg and Bhamra) to create the right institutional environment, to represent and promote the University, and to support the University’s researchers in undertaking excellent research and innovative enterprise.

A key task for the Director is to create a unified team, working with and drawing in professionals in other services, such as Careers, Communications, Philanthropy, Finance and HR, as well as those in the academic Schools, such as Deans and relevant Associate Deans. The University is committed to the researcher experience and to individual professional development, and it expects the Director to embody this commitment.

The University is looking for a leading professional, who is seen as a leader within their peer group who can galvanise their team across the full range of responsibilities and who can gain the respect and trust of the research community and of our external partners, collaborators, funders, alumni and customers.