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Academic Engagement Manager

The Alan Turing Institute - Academic Engagement Team

Location: London
Salary: £35,000 to £40,000 plus excellent benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th September 2021
Closes: 28th September 2021

The Alan Turing Institute

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence whose mission is to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence research in order to change the world for the better.


The Academic Engagement team coordinate the Institute’s internal and external fellowship schemes, the university network of thirteen university partners, the university liaison function (Turing University Leads and University Liaison Managers at Turing university partners), researcher engagement schemes such as Interest Groups and Theory and Method Challenge Fortnights, and broader engagement with universities across the UK. All of these areas are anticipated to expand further as the Institute matures.

Reporting to the Senior Academic Engagement Manager, this new role will principally manage and coordinate the Institute’s Interest Groups and Theory and Method Challenge Fortnights (TMCF) initiatives, both of which are anticipated to grow and develop further as the Institute matures.

The postholder will work closely with various teams across the Institute to develop both initiatives. This includes, but is not limited to, Communications and Engagement, Programme Management, Finance, Legal and the University Liaison teams. They will work closely with the Theory and Method Challenge Fortnights Lead for the delivery of TMCF.

The role is an excellent opportunity for someone excited by the prospect of developing and shaping Institute processes and schemes, building academic communities, working collaboratively with colleagues across multiple Institute teams and acting as an Institute representative to external partners and researchers across the UK.


Interest Groups

  • Manage all elements of the Turing’s Interest Groups (IG) initiative: provide updates and oversee all communication to IG organisers, ensure the website remains up to date, monitor budgets and expenditure, provide guidance and advice to IG organisers, respond to general queries from in- and outside the Institute and lead on other processes as they arise.

Theory and Method Challenge Fortnights

  • Oversee the planning and delivery of Theory and Method Challenge Fortnights (TMCF) events, ensuring they are managed to business requirements, specification, time and budget. Work with local organisers and university partners as required.

Other Academic Engagement responsibilities

Ensure both initiatives and wider Academic Engagement activity complies with all Institute policies

Person Specification


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional qualifications and / or experience
  • Experience of research/academic administration and an understanding of the research environment in Higher Education
  • Experience of working co-operatively and effectively with academics

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Terms and Conditions

This full time post is initially offered on a one year fixed term basis. The annual salary is £35,000-£40,000 plus excellent benefits, including flexible working and family friendly policies,

Application procedure

Please see our jobs portal for full details on how to apply and the interview process.

Equality Diversity and Inclusion

The Alan Turing Institute is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and everyone is treated fairly.  In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.  Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.

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