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Community Renewal Fund Innovation Fellow x2

Lancaster University - Research & Enterprise Services

Location: Lancaster
Salary: £35,326 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 11th January 2022
Closes: 20th January 2022
Job Ref: A3640

Fixed term until 30/06/2022 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to appoint two individuals to the role of Innovation Fellows to support the delivery of a number of Community Renewal Fund (CRF) projects across the Lancashire Region. The CRF is a £220m fund provided for 2021-22 to help support local areas to pilot imaginative new programmes to prepare them to take full advantage of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UK SPF) when it launches in 2022 and is seen as the long-term successor to European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

Lancaster University has been awarded two complementary projects worth nearly £450k from Blackpool Council and Lancashire County Council focused on creating clusters of organisations (from across private and public sector, HE and FE), stimulating entrepreneurial leadership and behaviours and enabling the identification of innovation challenges (using the Innovation Catalyst approach developed by our Management School - LUMS) that can then be tackled by multi-disciplinary student teams. Clusters will be multi-sectoral but utilise underpinning research expertise from our Centre for Global Eco-Innovation and Security Lancaster Research Institute, given the economic growth opportunities, increased productivity and opportunities for skills development enabled through adoption of clean technologies and secure digitalisation.

The role of the Innovation Fellow will be to take an active part of Innovation Catalysts and act as a key contact and liaison between the multiple stakeholders within the university, as well as the numerous cross-sectoral external partners that will be engaged throughout the projects. Key to the role is the ability to identify innovation challenges from our partners that can be supported by university research expertise, working across multiple faculties within the university in doing so. The project will deliver a number of Innovation Catalysts to support organisations in Lancashire to achieve growth and productivity through new and improved innovation and sustained collaboration.

The successful applicant will need to hit the ground running to support project delivery, in particular rapidly gaining an understanding with areas of research specialisms within the university and regional issues that impact research and innovation. The successful candidate must be able to present and communicate information to a wide range of groups (researchers, students, external organisation including large and small businesses) and possess the ability to work autonomously and manage their own workload to support delivery of project outputs.

Please note, this is a temporary, fixed-term opportunity with time limited funding until 30th June 2022. This position is available for an immediate start.

This post could be offered to existing Lancaster University staff on a secondment basis. If you are applying on a secondment basis, please discuss this with your line manager in the first instance before applying.

Informal enquiries can be made to Mark Rushforth m.rushforth@lancaster.ac.uk or Chris Lowerson c.lowerson@lancaster.ac.uk

This post is funded by the UK Government’s Community Renewal Fund, and administered by Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Council.

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