Be ambitious for our research
As Director of our Research and Enterprise Office (REO) you will need to be as ambitious as our researchers, so you can build on our long record of research excellence and success.
The goals in our Research Strategy are bold and their delivery requires innovation, creativity and tenacity from our academic and professional teams. So as our new Director, you will need the vision, understanding and leadership skills to unlock new potential within the University.
You will build constructive and mutually beneficial relationships with new collaborators and new funders, realise the potential for the University of a science and research park that is an integral part of our main campus and lead our professional team of research and knowledge exchange staff in making their distinctive, and equally important, contribution to our success.
Working in close partnership with the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), who provides academic leadership of our work in this area, you will lead a well-established team of 70 staff working collaboratively with the academic community to deliver our Research Strategy.
In this strategic leadership role, you will bring a track record of success that will add to the expertise and capacity already available within our team. In particular, you will have the ability to contribute evidence-based insights and judgments on how to drive forward our research and enterprise ambitions, and the confidence to assert your professional expertise as we challenge ourselves to think and act differently and to deliver an even greater impact.
You will be reporting directly to the University’s Registrar & Secretary, and a member of the University’s Professional Services Group and you will work closely with all other Heads of Section in leading the professional contribution to the University’s work.
Your team in the Research and Enterprise Office will be responsible for providing dynamic professional leadership of all activities in the areas of research planning and governance, pre- and post-award management, knowledge exchange and business engagement. The team already leads the delivery of circa £10 million of projects in support of our innovation, enterprise, international and impact agendas.
In the coming period, the strategic objectives for the Research and Enterprise Office will include supporting our submission for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF); preparing for a potential Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF), increasing our citation counts and international research reputation; further enhancing processes to support the achievement of research impact; the further development of strategic business partnerships to promote the University’s research and impact priorities and to achieve a step-change in the level and impact of our business engagement; and the development of new and more diverse external funding streams. You will directly contribute to our plan to secure significantly greater income and impact from partnerships, drawing on the University’s education, research and physical assets.
We know that the traditional ways of pursuing these goals are unlikely to give us an edge. You will need to bring your own innovation and creativity to this role, inspiring these characteristics in others, so together we can develop fresh approaches to achieve the objectives we have set for ourselves.
If this sounds like you, we hope you'll want to pursue your interest in this exciting role.