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Grand Challenges Coordinator

UCL

Location: London, Hybrid
Salary: £42,099 to £50,585
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 18th June 2024
Closes: 30th June 2024
Job Ref: B09-01119

About us

Led by the Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation & Global Engagement), RIGE brings together over 300 staff delivering a diverse portfolio of functions, services and resources for the UCL community and external partners, including: Research; Innovation & Enterprise; Research & Innovation Services; Global Engagement; and Pan-RIGE Strategy, Policy & Delivery. The UCL Grand Challenges (GC) programme stimulates cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange on some the most important issues facing the world today. It enables collaboration between experts in different disciplines, through funding, network building, events and commissions.

As part of the UCL Strategic Plan, the GC programme will be expanding over the next eight years, with:

  • Five new GC Themes: ‘Mental Health & Wellbeing’ and ‘Climate Crisis’, launching in 2023-24, while ‘Data-Empowered Societies’, ‘Inequalities’ and ‘Intercultural Communication’ will be launched in subsequent years; while closing existing themes (i.e. ‘Transformative Technology’, ‘Justice & ‘Equality’, ‘Cultural Understanding’).
  • An expanded remit, covering not only research and innovation but now also integrating GC Themes across UCL’s education mission and institutional operations
  • New strategic academic leadership (Pro-Vice-Provosts for each theme) and a revised programme of activities for each GC Theme
  • Significantly expanded funding over each GC Theme’s five-year lifespan. In its evolved form, the GC programme aims to apply the collective expertise of our community and its partners to areas of pressing societal concern, as well as to influence the university's educational offering and institutional operations.

The GC programme works closely with UCL’s UN Sustainable Development Goals initiative, particularly around embedding Education for Sustainable Development across the institution.

About the role

We are recruiting for several Coordinator positions (3.5 FTE) to join our dynamic team. The roles, based on the expertise and preferences of the successful candidates, are as follows: Coordinator (Justice & Equality and Cultural Understanding) - Full time, Coordinator (Climate Crisis and Data-Empowered Societies) - Full time, Coordinator (Mental Health & Wellbeing) - Part time, and Coordinator (Education & Student Experience and Sustainable Development Goals Initiative) - Full time.

As a Coordinator, you will contribute to the development of strategic activities for one or two themes, support Pro Provosts & Executive Groups or theme Working Groups, develop and deliver Grand Challenges (GC) activities such as funding calls and events, monitor budgets, record outputs, and develop impact measures. Your responsibilities will include facilitating knowledge exchange inquiries, managing part-time postgraduate research assistants, producing outputs like reports and podcasts, promoting opportunities with communications colleagues, representing the GC programme, building collaborative networks, and working on educational and SDG-related initiatives.

About you

The Coordinators will contribute to the development of strategic activities for new or existing themes, support theme Pro Provosts & Executive Groups or theme Working Groups, and deliver Grand Challenges (GC) activities such as funding calls, workshops, events, and roundtables. Responsibilities include budget monitoring, recording outputs, developing impact measures, facilitating knowledge exchange, managing part-time postgraduate research assistants, and producing outputs like reports and podcasts. Coordinators will also collaborate with communications and events colleagues to promote GC activities, represent the GC programme internally and externally, build collaborative networks, develop educational opportunities, and support UCL's UN Sustainable Development Goals Initiative. Ideal candidates will have strong administrative, organisational, and project management skills, experience in cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the ability to influence change within a research-in tensive organisation.

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