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Excel in Science Project Manager (Fixed Term)

University of Nottingham - Life Sciences

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £31,406 to £37,467 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th September 2021
Closes: 27th September 2021
Job Ref: MED362721

Location: UK Other

Applications are invited to the above role to lead the roll out and organisation of the new Excel in Science scheme in the School of Life Sciences and more widely across the University of Nottingham. 

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are under-represented in funded postgraduate research and hence remain under-represented in academia. A step change is needed in the diversity of academia as a whole and this change must begin when potential future leaders start their careers. The University of Nottingham’s (UoN) Excel in Science programme aims to tackle the challenges faced in supporting more BAME students and those from disadvantaged backgrounds to progress into research careers and bring about this much needed, sustained change. 

The programme consists of a Nottingham Advantage Award (NAA) module with associated events throughout the year and an internship programme open to 2nd/3rd year students. The NAA is the University’s employability scheme that helps students prepare for the job market and provides formal recognition (in terms of credits) that are recorded on degree transcripts. The internship programme will operate for the first time in the 2021/22 academic year and is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the University of Nottingham.

We are seeking candidates with a proven understanding of cross-cultural issues and the ability to act in a culturally appropriate/sensitive manner. 

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to people at all levels is essential, including previous experience of working with students from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Candidates must hole a Higher Education qualification at degree level or above or equivalent. 

This full-time (36.25 hours), fixed-term post is available immediately until 31st March 2023. Job share arrangements may be considered.

The role holder must be in post by the 1st February 2022.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Sara Sleigh:
Please note that applications sent directly to this Email address will not be accepted.

The School of Life Sciences holds an Athena Silver SWAN Award, in recognition of our commitment to supporting and advancing women’s careers in the life sciences (STEMM). You can read more about this initiative at

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependants accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see the our webpage on Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge.

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