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Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Manager - Environment and Engineering

University of the West of England, Bristol

About us: Research, Business and Innovation (RBI) supports, develops and enhances the University's ambitions for research, professional development and business engagement. This dynamic service supports the university in its ambitions to deliver excellent research with real-world impact, building on our strengths, prioritising challenge-based research and enhancing the student experience.

The Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) Development Manager will support development of research and knowledge exchange projects and processes for the University’s key thematic areas. We are recruiting three posts, each with specialist expertise, with this post focused on Environment and Engineering, including robotics, sustainable planning and environment, sustainable food production, smart manufacturing, air and water quality, and transport and society (please refer to the UWE website to find a summary of all our research strengths in these areas). We are seeking individuals with experience of working with funders such as EPSRC, Innovate UK, NERC and the EU. Links to the other two thematic RKE development roles can be found at the bottom of this page.

The RKE Development Manager will be responsible for increasing external income through the identification, preparation, submission, and on occasion delivery, of significant funding proposals. They will work closely with UWE’s Research Centre Directors and Group Leaders to support them in achieving their strategic ambitions and objectives in relation to research and knowledge exchange, through the development, support and delivery of activities that foster the research environment needed to increase research and knowledge exchange income activity.

About you: We are seeking to appoint a person, who is alert and responsive to new and emerging challenges and calls, seeks opportunities and brings together networks within the university, whilst developing external relationships to support strategic grant applications.

They will sit within RBI’s Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) Team, reporting to a Senior Research and Knowledge Exchange Manager and line managing Bid Developers and Writers. They will coordinate the work of others, including other RBI colleagues, academics and external partners as appropriate. They will exhibit leadership and take responsibility for the successful completion of significant proposals in this area, steering the direction of their team to do so.

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give both our staff and students access to everything they need to succeed – £300m has been invested recently on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation while we continue to develop incredible new facilities to enhance our offer even further.

Frenchay campus has excellent transport links; as well as being located near the motorway network we are within walking distance of two train stations, our bus terminus connects us to the local bus and metrobus network and we also have a range of cycling and changing facilities.

Why UWE Bristol?

We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with 32,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 4,000 staff from across the globe. We are both globally connected and regionally embedded, with a strong network of employer and partner connections.

We have a lot to be proud of at UWE, our achievements include scoring above sector average for student satisfaction, we are ranked 36th in The Guardian Best UK Universities 2022 and 39th in the latest Times Higher Education 'Table of Tables'.

We are an ambitious and values led university. We're focused on solving future global challenges through outstanding learning, world-leading research and a culture of enterprise and we are looking for people who share our core values to help us achieve those aims. 

With inclusivity as a core value, UWE Bristol recognises the power of a truly diverse university community. We support and celebrate the diversity of our staff and students as a key driver for innovation and success, promoting pathways and achievements to inspire and generate confidence and ambition.

In addition to progressive pay rates, we offer a wide range of employee benefits including:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 27 days pro rata
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year
  • hybrid working
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes
  • access to employee assistance programme
  • ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • family friendly policies and wellbeing initiatives
  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus.
  • Retail savings via the Wider Wallet scheme
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme

Further information

If you would like an informal discussion, please contact Nicola Temple on 0117 3283257 or email: until the closing date.

This is a full -time, permanent post, working 37 hours per week.

There are two other Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Manager posts

This post is available on a job share basis for applicants wishing to work part time.

The University will be implementing a hybrid way of working once restrictions from Covid 19 end therefore you will be expected to work on campus for part of your working week. Exact days will be agreed with your line manager.

The University’s normal practice is that new appointments will be made at the starting point of the grade.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Multiple Heritage or Other Minority Ethnic candidates as we are currently under-represented in these areas within UWE Bristol however all appointments are made on merit.

Proud to be part of a vibrant, multicultural city that celebrates diversity, we’re always on the lookout for talented people from all backgrounds to join us. Our people are our strength, and diversity enhances our creativity and leads to better decision-making and problem-solving. Bring your talent and ambition to our growing staff community of over 4,000 individuals and find yourself in a stimulating and supportive environment where you’ll thrive. Add your individuality to ours to help set us apart.

We are able to sponsor qualifying candidates for this role under the Home Office Skilled Worker visa route. Please read our Skilled Worker Guidance to assess if you will be eligible to be sponsored under the criteria.

Please also refer to the Home Office Right to Work Checklist which provides details of which documents are acceptable to prove your right to work in the UK. Should you be shortlisted you will be asked to produce your right to work documents at your interview.

Location: Bristol
Salary: £40,927 to £44,706
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 19th November 2021
Closes: 14th December 2021
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