Senior REF Partner

Paisley, Renfrewshire (GB)
Grade 6 : £36,914 to £44,045 per annum
17 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
25 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior REF Partner

Paisley Campus
Full-time, 35 Hours per Week
Grade 6 : £36,914 to £44,045 per annum

UWS is ranked by THE in the top 500 category in their assessment of the world’s top universities (source: The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). Our research covers an enormous breadth of interests, our activities fall into three key strategic areas of Health, Society and Sustainability. Across these themes, the majority of our activities fall into multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary working.  

Research Services office is part of the university’s Research and Business Innovation division and provides expert advice, guidance and administrative support on externally funded research and the administration of successfully awarded grants and contracts. The team also delivers a range of research support activities linked to the preparation of the university’s submission to the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (known as REF). 

We are seeking a motivated and well-organised individual to support the University’s preparations for the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021). The Senior REF Partner will support the preparation of the University’s REF 2021 submission, ensuring close alignment with University’s research and REF strategies. The role will require strong analytical and communication skills. Deploying the PURE research management system, you will work to operationalise the REF guidance and criteria, data collection processes, analyse data and produce reports, and assist in the delivery of all internal REF processes.  

As a focal contact point for key staff within the REF governance structure the post holder will work closely with senior academics and professional services staff at all levels to assist with the preparation and checking of all elements of the REF submission. You will also assist with the development of research impact strategies, by providing input, advice, support and analysis to researchers. 

For further information or an informal discussion please contact Helen Kennedy Tel 0141 848 3746 or by email to

Further information, including full description of the job and person specification and details of how to apply, is available at

Closing Date:  Wednesday 25th September 2019
Interview Date:  Friday 11th October 2019

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups. 
UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.
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