UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON

Founding Chair for the Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD)

Location
Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Posted
23 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
23 Mar 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

University of Wolverhampton

Faculty of Social Sciences

Founding Chair for the Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD)

Competitive Salary

The University of Wolverhampton is the University of Opportunity and is continuing to invest significantly (£6m) in its research infrastructure to promote a research active environment, with innovative research, focussing on discovery, informed teaching and scholastic excellence as a means of promoting academic excellence and business and community engagement.  As Bronze Athena Swan Institutional Award holders we are committed to ensure that gender equality is embedded within our research.

Our vibrant and successful multidisciplinary Faculties of Social Sciences and of Education, Health and Wellbeing offer the opportunity to build on success through research leadership of our dynamic community. Our strategy is ambitious. We are committed to growing high quality education and research that informs and contributes to transformational change and excellence, working with our expanding network of partners and employers locally, nationally and internationally.

We are making a significant new investment in our research community and welcome applications from outstanding candidates who can contribute to our ambitious plans.  You will lead a newly established Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD).

The University has a long and distinguished history of providing applied research that drives policy developments, of delivering effective community-based transformational projects and of promoting social mobility. It has a unique and unrivalled reputation for working collaboratively with public and private sector agencies to provide social regeneration platforms and for using its partnership networks to champion for change.

Whilst academic interests have directed part of the University’s research and community development activities, the majority has been driven by the needs of its local communities.

The West Midlands regional agenda gives the University the opportunity to extend its community research and development work, and increase its level of community engagement, through the creation of a new Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD).

By developing the ICRD, the University will be able to consolidate its considerable experience of delivering evidence-based research-relevant projects and achieve its strategic ambition of having significant regional and national influence. It will be able to facilitate cross-Faculty collaboration and use the resulting interdisciplinary approaches to undertake pioneering community development studies, to improve its research outputs and to transfer those outputs into activities that will improve the life chance of individuals in the region. It will be able to continue enhancing graduate employability by developing new academic routes through PhDs and Masters Degrees, by developing practitioner-relevant continuous professional development (CPD) and by highlighting the employment and volunteering opportunities that exist within community development. It will also be able to secure sustainable income streams through the acquisition of grant monies from the public sector, charities and philanthropic organisations and through the provision of short courses and skills-enhancement workshops, to individuals and public sector agencies.

In the ICRD, community development will span a range of themes including social policy, sociology, economic regeneration, public policy, public sector reform, social welfare, community health and wellbeing, mental health and criminal justice.

As a result of research investment funding granted by the University the new ICRD is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, people-centred research professional to lead a dynamic, multidisciplinary research team.
To be considered for this post you will have a deep understanding and extensive experience of community research and development work and be prepared to live and work in the local area.  You will have a significant profile and reputation gained through a body of work that can be demonstrated to have had an impact in your field. You will be qualified to PhD level or equivalent in one or more of the following academic disciplines: social policy, sociology, public policy, public sector reform, social welfare, community health and wellbeing, mental health and criminal justice. 

You will have a proven track record of applied research, with relevant and appropriate research methodologies and extensive experience and networks. You will have a proven track record in accessing external funding and growing research funding streams and in facilitating participatory development processes, as well as strong flexible teamwork skills.

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Closing date: 23 March 2017.

For more information about and to apply online, visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/jobs

The University of Wolverhampton values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community