Head of Global Policy Impact

University of Nottingham - Public Affairs

Location: University Park
Salary: £38,833 per annum (pro rata if offered a job share)
Interview Date: To be confirmed

The impact of research amongst policy communities is now a priority for research intensive universities, with this agenda a significant driver of increased academic engagement with Government, think-tanks and NGOs. Researchers at the University of Nottingham work extensively with policymakers and governments across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. Our overseas campuses in China and Malaysia provide our researchers with a unique footprint to explore evidence-based policymaking from a truly global perspective. Nottingham research also informs the policies and practice of transnational organisations and the international NGO community – with academics from all five our faculties engaged in the development of interdisciplinary research solutions to intractable global problems.

The University of Nottingham is looking to make a step-change in its current approach to supporting the reputation and reach of its research amongst UK and international policy communities. It is establishing a new University of Nottingham Institute for Policy and Engagement that will have a remit for driving improvements in this space across its five Faculties and three international campuses in the UK and Asia. 

We are looking to recruit a talented, dynamic and entrepreneurial individual with either experience of working in policy and Government, or with experience of supporting and developing the public impact of university research. The Head of Global Policy Impact will lead the development and delivery of an ambitious new programme that will support more impactful engagement between the University’s research and policymakers across the world. 

The post will be expected to lead the development of this pillar of activity and then manage and deliver this programme. The programme will be developed in conjunction with the University’s Department of External Relations, Department for Research and Innovation, and senior academics from all five Faculties. It will build on award-winning policy impact initiatives such as the 2016 Nottingham in Parliament Day and will be expected to launch in Q2 2018. Regular travel to London and overseas will be required as part of this role.

The role holder will have good experience of working either with, or within the UK and international policy communities, a clear understanding of both the policymaking and research impact processes and track-record of outcome-focused delivery across the event management, communications, networking and stakeholder engagement spectrum. They will be expected to deliver a programme of externally-facing events, communications and engagement; as well as internally-facing pedagogical development and networks that will support Nottingham researchers in engaging and work with policymakers. 

The role holder will report jointly to the Deputy Director of Communications, Advocacy and Global Affairs in the Department of External Relations and the Director of The Institute

This full time post will be offered on a permanent contract. The post is open to a job share.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Alex Miles, tel: 07917115197 or email Alex.Miles@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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