Lecturer Researcher Development

University of the West of Scotland – Research Services

Paisley Campus, with hybrid working available and travel to other UWS campuses as required

We have an exciting opportunity to appoint an outstanding candidate with a high degree of professionalism to the Research Development Team, within Research Services.

Working collaboratively across academic and professional service departments, you will help us to meet our goal of delivering high quality support to our research staff through enhanced personal and professional development opportunities.

You will work with the senior leadership team and key stakeholders to develop and implement initiatives and innovative projects relating to researcher development and research culture change, including a framework of opportunity for researchers personal and professional development, coaching and career progression.

A passion to support and drive forward equality, diversity and inclusion matters, and for continuous evolution and improvement of the University’s professional researcher development programme for staff and PGR students. You will:

  • Have an in-depth knowledge and experience of research staff development, preferably within Higher Education and/or a research environment.
  • Experience of developing and delivering professional development programmes/courses/activities for Postgraduate Researchers, Post-Graduate Research Students and/or their supervisors.
  • Knowledge of developing online teaching resources and modules.
  • Be able to demonstrate ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Have excellent interpersonal and influencing skills to deliver results

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact the Head of Research, Helen Kennedy (

The University of the West of Scotland has retained the HR Excellence in Research Award since 2016, and signed the revised (2019) Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (Researcher Development Concordat) in January 2020. This highlights our commitment to implementing fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures, making our university more attractive to international and national research talent. 

About us

UWS was named Higher Educational Institution of the Year in The Herald Higher Education Awards 2022 and is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 600 universities worldwide (2022 World University Rankings) as well as in the top 150 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2022 Young University Rankings). University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic modern universities. Our reach across the country, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that set them up for global success in world-leading sectors, industries and businesses.

With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to experience the joy of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and apply their knowledge for the benefit of others.

Our professional services teams are the backbone of UWS, providing robust and innovative solutions to support the vast range of work across learning and teaching, and research and innovation. You will join a supportive and dedicated team, playing a key role in a range of work that will help drive forward our ambition to deliver world-leading research, and graduates who will design, shape and build a new future. Find out more about our Professional Services teams.

We offer our staff a caring and supportive environment, across five campuses, and a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • 35 days of annual leave, plus a further 12 days for public/university holidays
  • 23% employer’s pension contribution, including death in service benefits on joining the pension scheme
  • A flexible approach to working pattern and work-life balance
  • Employee discount scheme across 3,500 retailers
  • Fitness facilities across our campuses
  • Free gym membership
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing resources, including occupational health, physiotherapy and access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Professional, career and research development opportunities

Further Information, including details of how to apply is available at

Closing date: Tuesday, 25th April 2023

Interview date: Week beginning 8th May 2023

The University reserves the right to shorten/extend the closing date of any position where a high/low volume of suitable applications are received. Therefore, if you are interested in this role, an early application would be encouraged.

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.