Research Impact and Engagement Manager

University of the West of Scotland – Research Services

The Role

Are you a higher education professional with a strong understanding of research impact in its widest context? Do you have a passion for facilitating the different ways in which academic knowledge can contribute to society, the economy and the environment?

The University of the West of Scotland is seeking to appoint a Research Impact and Engagement manager who will establish a small team to work collaboratively across the four UWS Schools to provide expert support and leadership to the development of research impact and research public engagement across the University.

We are seeking a candidate who will support members of academic staff across the Schools in recognising and accelerating the outcomes of their research, and will make an important contribution to the UWS ambitions for research and to future Research Excellence Framework (REF) submissions. The role is also responsible for managing internal impact funding opportunities and providing advice to applicants.

You will develop processes and procedures to support academic staff to capture, record and communicate impactful research, including the development of impact case study narratives.

The successful candidate should have the following:

  • Educated to degree level, plus relevant professional experience.
  • Designing, delivering, and evaluating impact and public engagement activities.
  • Ability to manage a complex and diverse workload, identifying priorities and being flexible when they shift, whilst still meeting key targets.
  • Experience of initiating collaborative working with a broad range of stakeholders, identifying and pursuing opportunities to work in partnership and generate results.


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. 

UWS is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 200 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2023 Young University Rankings).

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.

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

  • 24 days of annual leave, plus a further 12 days for public/university holidays
  • An additional day’s leave to celebrate your birthday
  • 19.3% 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.

For further information, including details of how to apply please visit our website.

Interview date: Friday, 16 February 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.