Research & Impact Manager (Impact Performance)  

Exeter, Devon (GB)
25 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
21 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job details

Research & Impact Manager (Impact Performance)  

Job reference R49782

Date posted 23/04/2019

Application closing date 21/05/2019

Location Exeter

Salary The starting salary will be from £35,211 up to £39,609 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.

Package Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

Job category/type Admin, Professional, Managerial

Job description   Research Services 

This full time (1 FTE) post is available from 1 June 2019 on a fixed-term basis until 28 February 2021.  We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time (0.8 FTE) hours. 

About the role

This role is within the Research and Impact (Policy and Performance) team of our Research Services (RS) Directorate working closely with the Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB) Directorate, in partnership with academic colleges and other professional services to jointly meet our global research ambitions. 

This is an important role in supporting the University's submission to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and in being the University's impact and knowledge exchange policy lead. The role provides a key interface between Colleges, RS and IIB for impact and knowledge exchange policies. This role also plays a leading role in supporting the preparation and review of impact case studies as well as the University's research monitoring exercises in preparation for the REF2021 submission.

About you

  • You will be interested in developing and implementing impact and knowledge exchange policies;
  • Have a strong understanding of impact and knowledge exchange evaluation approaches and the range of impact which research effects;
  • Have a good understanding of the UK's research and impact landscape;
  • Have a deep interest in systems and approaches to collecting the evidence of impact and knowledge exchange;
  • Be a strong and enthusiastic communicator of the benefits and impact of research with the ability to weave a compelling and evidence-based impact story and to help others to do the same;
  • Be able to influence and be an effective negotiator;
  • Have experience of supporting assessments or review processes within the HE sector;
  • Have excellent attention to detail.

What we can offer you

  • Significant insight into the implementation of REF2021 policies and the development and implementation of impact and knowledge exchange policies
  • Exposure to senior decision making within a research-intensive university
  • Opportunity to work closely with a wide range of academics, disciplines and professional services staff to deliver our submission to REF2021
  • Access to ground-breaking examples of research impact cutting across different disciplines and sectors.
  • A good overview of how a research community and culture is fostered and shaped.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please CLICK HERE. We kindly request that you include a short covering letter at the beginning of your CV prior to uploading this document as part of your application. 

Further information

For further information, please contact Sumi David, or (01392) 722322. 

We expect to hold interviews on Friday 7 June 2019.

University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we're fastest growing UK Research University and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and we encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business, public-sector and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus' and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England 

With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.