Research Manager - Research Office

Farnham, Surrey (GB)
May 24, 2019
End of advertisement period
Jun 23, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

UCA is The Times / Sunday Times ‘Modern University of the Year 2019’ and the No.1 Specialist Creative University, ranking in the Top 35 of all UK Universities in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. 

As the UK’s No.1 specialist creative university for employment of graduates* and the second largest provider of creative education in Europe, the University has been producing exceptional graduates for the global creative sector for over 150 years. 96.9% of UCA’s graduates were either in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation in the most recent DLHE* survey released in 2018. We have more than 7,500 students studying on 120 creative arts, business and technology courses at campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Rochester, Hampton Court and Maidstone as well as by distance learning. Our exceptional team of world-class teaching and research academics are equipping the next generation of creators, innovators and leaders with the skills they need to thrive in the creative industries.

* Destinations of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) July 2018

Research Manager 
Full Time Post: 36.25 hours per week  

Salary: £42,036 - £48,676 per annum
Ref: 19-RESE069-0219-1 

UCA prepares its students for employment and leadership in the creative industries through the provision of an intensive, studio- based education across all areas of the creative arts, business and technology. Key to our success is our research culture, which spans the university’s creative arts disciplines (Crafts and Design; Fine Art and Photography; Fashion; Film, Media and Performing Arts; Communication Design; Architecture; Business for the Creative Industries). The university is home to research centres including the Crafts Study Centre, the International Textiles Research Centre, and the Centre for Sustainable Design, and to a community of staff researchers and nearly 50 research degree students. REF 2014 noted a strong, collaborative, sustainable and vital research environment, with over 50 per cent of submitted outputs being judged to be internationally excellent, with world-leading impact in the areas of photography and textile art.

UCA is recruiting for a Research Manager to manage and support the development of staff research, including internal and external funding applications, research ethics processes, researcher development events and, crucially, our submission for REF 2021. The Research Manager will lead a small team in the Research Office, ensuring that internal and external stakeholders are provided with expert and professional support in the development of UCA’s research culture and activities.

This post is an opportunity for applicants with a strong track record of success in research management. Applicants may come from an academic research or research management background, and will have the ability to understand and support our creative arts disciplines, have an excellent grasp of current UK research policy and frameworks, and have the ability to lead complex projects and manage systems across a range of research activities. Experience of REF processes is highly desirable.  

For an informal discussion, please contact Professor Victoria Kelley, Director of Research and Education ( 

For further details and to apply for this post please visit our website

The closing date for receipt of applications is 23rd June 2019.

Interviews will be held on 3rd July 2019.

We value the diversity of our organisation and welcome applicants from all sections of the community.