Enterprise Fellow – Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Adapting (MERLA)

Southampton, United Kingdom
£32,348 to £39,745 Per annum
28 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
11 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Healthcare, Enterprise & Innovation

Location:  Southampton Science Park, Chilworth
Salary:   £32,348 to £39,745 Per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Tuesday 11 October 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1929922VB-R

What are we looking for?

We are looking for skilled and experienced evaluation and policy research staff to join our team. It is an exciting and challenging time to join our emergent enterprise ‘Hatch Consulting’ here at the School of Healthcare Enterprise and Innovation, University of Southampton. We are investing for growth and are looking for one full-time equivalent Enterprise Fellows with evaluation and policy research experience to join our team. We are very happy to discuss flexible working arrangements including job shares and part-time working.

We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse culture at the School and creating an environment where people can balance successful careers with their commitments and interests outside of work.   Our flexible working practices, including a hybrid working model, where employees can split their working time between the office and another suitable working environment, support our belief that this balance brings long-lasting benefits for our institution as well as our people.

About you

Do you enjoy...

  • Designing and delivering mixed-method research and evaluation focused on answering stakeholder’s questions and supporting client needs?
  • Developing and embedding Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Adapting (MERLA) approaches?
  • Building and maintaining effective working relationships with clients and other stakeholders to deliver meaningful outcomes?
  • Creating engaging evidence briefs, infographics, reports and papers?
  • Making the connection between policy and practice?

If so, then this might be the opportunity you have been looking for! We are looking for passionate and adaptable individuals to apply core evaluation and research skills in a variety of different contexts and sectors. Work is fast-paced and stakeholder driven so you need to be great at multi-tasking and playing to your strengths within a dynamic team.

About Hatch

We are a team of highly skilled professionals, with a proven track record in research, evaluation, analysis and insight, who bring the rigour and independence of academic roots together with agile innovative thinking to support our clients create and utilise robust evidence for their learning and decision making. Our relationships with our clients are key, we always aim to build strong productive relationships and work in partnership with them from inception to delivery. This enables us to fully understand their needs and to deliver the best possible evidence and data they need for their purpose, whatever it is.

As a team, we pride ourselves in working in a socially responsible way. We use our extensive network of researchers and partners to access the best minds and the latest thinking, and seek new opportunities to grow and nurture talent. We believe in knowledge exchange through open sharing of methods and approaches, ensuring materials are accessible to diverse audiences.

About the School

The School of Healthcare Enterprise and Innovation was established within the Faculty of Medicine in February 2022. Its creation builds on the notable success of the former Wessex Institute and is the home of several high-profile government contracts, such as the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) and the Southampton Health Technology Assessment Centre (SHTAC), as well as other consultancy services and strategic new business.

The School of Healthcare Enterprise and Innovation, led by Professor Cheryl Metcalf, delivers nationally important, internationally recognised work. We are pioneering excellence in healthcare enterprise and innovation, directly benefiting our economy and society through significant knowledge exchange, partnerships and quality performance. Equality, Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the school a vibrant, proud and successful organisation. We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect, and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly be our best if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, with the belief that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect, and equality of opportunity. We select candidates based on merit and ability and aspire to thrive in the diversity of our workforce. We welcome applications from all candidates with an interest in the role and those who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment. We encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities.

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification for more detail about the roles. For more information or for an informal chat about the roles please contact Dr Sarah Thomas (

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sian Gale (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Please quote reference 1929922VB-R on all correspondence.

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