Impact Officer

Falmouth University

Fixed term to 30 April 2019

Falmouth University is changing the way Higher Education is delivered. Our “doing-it-for-real” ethos means that we are planning for the needs of the future economy, ensuring our students and staff have the skills they need to stay relevant in a changing world. For more than 100 years, Falmouth has been at the forefront of using creative thinking as a force for positive economic impact in Cornwall and beyond. Today, our courses represent the entirety of the creative industries, from art and design to gaming and film, while our post-graduate programmes and research and innovation are aligned to defined market needs in high-growth sectors.

Research and Innovation at Falmouth University is built on the principle of Open Innovation – the idea that the grand challenges of our age can be addressed most effectively when tackled collaboratively, across disciplinary boundaries. Researchers at Falmouth University apply ideas and methodologies derived from the Creative Industries to tackle real-world challenges. 

Falmouth University has ten Research and Innovation Programmes, each of which brings together different combinations of challenge, methodology and discipline: (1) Creative Industries Futures, (2) Digital Creativity, (3) Digital Entrepreneurship and Financial Innovation, (4) Design for Mental Health, (5) Inequality and Storytelling, (6) Innovation in Rural Environments, (7) Metamakers, (8) Multigenerational Living and Learning, (9) Technology-Enabled Health and Wellbeing, and (10) Telematics (see falmouth.ac.uk/research for details on each programme).

The Games Research opportunities and Research Excellence in Cornwall and the EU (GRO) is a major European funded project established in 2014 which has enabled the development of a world class hub for Digital Games in Cornwall. The GRO project has been utilised to establish the MetaMakers Research Programme which investigates computational creativity approaches to digital game design and beyond.

The aim of the Impact Officer role which is part funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research and innovation under grant agreement no 621403, is to identify how the GRO project has contributed to the development of Games Research opportunities at Falmouth University and to maximise the University’s potential to increase the impact of its research and innovation activities on the regional and national economy, and the games industry. This will include undertaking a comprehensive evaluative study of the GRO project and its contribution towards smart specialisation sectors of the Cornish economy (e.g. Healthcare, Creative Industries, Digital Economy) in addition to maintaining an awareness of the national research impact agenda, providing strategic and practical advice to a wide range of stakeholders and developing a robust evidence base in preparation for the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

The role holder will be responsible for implementing systems to record, monitor and evaluate impact activities in addition to supporting the development of impact case studies for REF 2021. The emphasis is on this being an outward facing role, actively engaging with researchers and identifying collaborative opportunities both across the institution and with industry partners.

We offer excellent facilities and benefits to our staff. These include generous holiday entitlements, pension scheme, childcare vouchers and training and development courses.

For more information and to apply for this position please visit www.falmouth.ac.uk/jobs.  Please take a look at our welcome pack.