Research Fellow/Project Co-ordinator

University of Exeter - University of Exeter Business School

The above full time fixed term post is available for 18 months and ideally starts in January 2017 but may be flexible depending on successful candidate. It is based in the University of Exeter Business School and at Libraries Unlimited’s offices at Exeter Library.

We wish to recruit a Research Fellow to participate in high profile national research looking at the value and impact of public libraries as part of an Arts Council England funded research initiative.

The project brings together academics from the Business School, Senior Managers from Libraries Unlimited and other partners including the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) and Open Data Devon. It seeks to create learning and impact by addressing the following questions:

  • What social value do libraries create, and how do they do so?
  • How can libraries connect social value to financial value in ways that amplify the essence of what makes them ‘special’ in the eyes of the public?
  • How can library leaders best respond to this challenge of needing to work in more ‘socially enterprising’ ways?

Reporting to Dr Beverley Hawkins, the Research Fellow will initiate, lead and co-ordinate research and impact activities in support of these goals, in dialogue with the lead project partners, Libraries Unlimited. Libraries Unlimited is a new staff and community owned mutual providing library services across Devon, committed to developing socially enterprising ways of working that have impact for the sector and for local communities. Whilst the research is specific to Libraries Unlimited’s new context as a social enterprise, this project has significance for library services nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate should have experience in mixed methods research, project management and public engagement. The role also requires experience of working with non-academic stakeholders as part of their research and excellent written and verbal communication skills. The candidate will have a proven ability to work independently and follow projects through from initiation to completion.

For further information please contact Dr Beverley Hawkins, University of Exeter Business School, email:; or Ciara Eastell, CEO of Libraries Unlimited, email:

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm on Thursday 5th January 2017.

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number P55115 in any correspondence.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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