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REF Impact Officer

London (Central), London (Greater)
£37,332 - £42,099 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
28 Apr 2024

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Building on the success of its Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 submission, which saw King’s College London ranked 3rd on impact amongst multi-faculty universities and the maintenance of the power ranking of 6th, we are recruiting a REF Impact Officer to join our team to support the development of the Engagement and Impact submission to REF2029.

About the role

The successful candidate will work with the three REF Impact Officers already in post (who support Main Panels B-D) and with the Research Impact Lead team. They will support the units of assessments aligned with REF Main Panel A (Health Sciences and Medicine). They will provide professional services support for all aspects of the planning and delivery of the Engagement and Impact submission. This includes supporting the processes for identifying and preparing impact case studies, and collating evidence of impact. They will maintain internal resources for impact (including internal communication channels) and will provide support as required to impact-related groups and events.

This is a full time post and you will be offered an indefinite contract.

The opportunity is available to work in a hybrid way, with an expectation of a minimum of five days per month on campus but attending campus as and when required to perform the role effectively.

About You

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential Criteria

  1. Educated to degree level or comparable work experience
  2. Administrative, research support experience in the Higher Education sector, ideally in an impact, knowledge exchange, communications or research area
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and appropriately to stakeholders at all levels – both academic and Professional Services colleagues
  4. Experience of balancing competing, shifting priorities under pressure of deadlines and workload
  5. Experience of desk-based research, analysis and synthesis of information

Desirable Criteria

  1. Familiarity with the Research Excellence Framework
  2. Familiarity with the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  3. Familiarity with the disciplinary areas represented within the Main Panel area

Full details of the role and the skills and experience required, can be found in the attached job description which is provided on the next page.

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.

Interviews are due to be held in the week of 13 May.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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