REF Support Officer

University of Kent - Research Services

Do you have experience of research policy and the funding landscape within the HE Sector? Do you want to work for a UK leading University with a strong history of world-leading research?

The Ref Support Officer will play a key role providing advice and practical support to academics in planning, supporting and increasing impact and public engagement with research (PER), resulting in increased external awareness of the University's research and a strong impact submission to the next Research Excellence Framework (REF).

In this fixed term role, you will work closely with colleagues in Research Services, Kent Innovation and Enterprise, individual schools and professional services to maximise the benefits and impacts of research

As a Ref Support Officer you will:

  • Evaluate research impact opportunities and impact case studies for the Research Excellence Framework Exercise 2021.
  • Advise researchers and specialist staff on appropriate routes for impact and engagement.
  • Take forward the Public Engagement with Research (PER) agenda coordinating activities associated with PER.

To succeed in this role you will:

  • Be educated to Degree level.
  • Have experience of facilitating knowledge exchange and collaboration.
  • Experience of communicating with specialists to understand their ideas and information, translating to appropriate language and format to communicate to non-specialised external and internal audiences.
  • Excellent written communication skills and an ability to produce papers and other documents for committees and external audiences, tailored to those audiences with excellent skills in critical analysis, drafting and attention to detail.

The Research Services office consists of 26 staff whose work covers the development of grant winning capacity, advice and support for staff preparing and submitting applications, the management of research contracts and accounts, development and maintenance of data bases and information systems to support and report on research activities, oversight of research governance and ethics procedures, and management of preparations for submissions to the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

It’s an exciting time to be working at the University of Kent – we are a leading UK university producing world-class research and excellent teaching. Our reputation as a good place to work is reflected in our top ranking in the THE Best University Workplace Survey for two years running. We are a major employer with around 3,000 staff from over 120 countries, including more than 900 academic and research staff, and a full range of commercial services and administration staff

Closing date for applications: 10 April 2017

Interviews are to be held: 18 April 2017.

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact Michelle McCartney, Resourcing Adviser on

Please note - applications must be made via the University’s online application system. CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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