Director of Research Strategy, Funding and Impact

Birmingham, United Kingdom
05 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Aston University is looking for a new Director of Research Strategy, Funding and Impact. The appointee will lead a capable team overseeing REF preparations, strategy implementation, funding grants and impact. For the coming REF, the University plans to build on its performance in 2014, and intends to submit to seven units of assessment, covering over 400 FTE staff. Its research funding comes from a broad range of sources, including research councils, EU and business. Impact is central to the University’s research strategy, and a core part of its positioning as a leading university for business and the professions.

Aston is a long-established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and applied research. It was recently awarded gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and is consistently recognised for its contribution to students’ employment and entrepreneurship. Its 40 acre campus in central Birmingham is welcoming and inclusive. For more information, visit

We are looking for candidates who are experienced in managing research strategy, funding and/or impact, either at University or faculty level. They will be capable managers, with a track record of building collaborative relationships with colleagues across the University. They will be strategic thinkers, with a broad understanding of research policy and how it is developing at national level.

For more information, please visit Applications in the form of a CV and cover letter should be sent to and the closing date is 7 August 2018.

Interviews will take place on the 9th October 2018