Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Evaluation and Impact Officer (maternity cover)

United Kingdom

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Evaluation and Impact Officer (maternity cover)

Social Mobility and Student Success Salary: £29,605 to £36,024 Closing Date: Friday 29 September 2023 Interview Date: Monday 23 October 2023 Reference: 1025-23

Social Mobility and Student Success, External Relations

We are looking for a highly motivated, professional and knowledgeable candidate to join the Evaluation and Impact Team to support its goal of building evaluation capacity and embedding high-quality, robust evaluation among individuals and teams delivering widening access and success initiatives across Lancaster University.

The Evaluation and Impact team is based in the Department of Social Mobility and Student Success, an ambitious department which supports the University's strategic priorities relating to social mobility and widening participation. This work has been recognised nationally, achieving awards such as ‘NEON Higher Education Institution of the Year' in 2021 and upReach ‘Student Success Initiative of the Year' in 2023 for the Lancaster Success Programme. This year we have been shortlisted for ‘University of the Year' with the UK Social Mobility Awards.

The post holder will be responsible for supporting the design, development and implementation of robust, standardised and creative forms of evaluation that will support the University in evidencing the impact of its award-winning widening participation and student success initiatives. Working with the wider Evaluation and Impact Team, the position holder will work closely with colleagues from a broad range of academic and professional service departments at Lancaster University to support the implementation of an evaluation framework, contribute to all stages of the development and use of evaluation, provide training and one-to-one guidance, and ensure consistency and excellence in the standard of evaluation being delivered across a range of projects.

This is a key strategic role which will require the post holder to demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, enabling them to work closely with a wide range of colleagues and stakeholders in divisions and departments, prospective and current students as well as external organisations. You will have a commitment to evidence-based practice, including experience of leading on the design and delivery of evaluation projects as well as a strong understanding of robust data analysis methodologies and a high standard of written communication.

The role is full-time and for the duration of 10 months to provide maternity cover and would be suitable for secondment applications.

Informal enquiries about the role can be made to Matthew Pawelski, Evaluation and Impact Manager – [email protected]

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    Evaluation and Impact Officer (maternity cover)


    Lancaster University


    United Kingdom


    September 19, 2023

    Application deadline

    September 29, 2023

    Job type



    Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    Established in 1964 by the Royal Charter, Lancaster University is amongst the leading research-intensive universities in the UK. It is among the only 6 collegiate universities in the country and has collaborations with NHS, GCHQ, LEP, CEH, EA, Sunway University, and UFLA, Brazil. Initially, the university was based at St. Leonard's Gate. The campus was moved to Bailrigg in South Lancaster in 1968. The university formerly had four colleges namely Cartmel, County, Lonsdale, and Bowland. Grizedale, Fylde, Furness, Pendle, and Graduate colleges were set up after 1990. Currently, it has 9 colleges that offer a total of 18 research programs.

    The Lancaster University campus occupies a beautiful 560-acre parkland site at Bailrigg, just three miles from Lancaster city center. The Bailrigg campus is home to Lancaster Arts, bringing together our own theatre, art gallery, and concert series. The Nuffield Theatre is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe. It hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art from some of the best-known and respected companies from the UK and abroad. Each of the 9 colleges has its private residence blocks, administration staff, halls, bars, and Wi-Fi enabled common areas. There are two banks, a bakery, an ice-cream parlor, general stores and supermarkets, a beauty salon, and a post office on the university campus. Lancaster also has Chaplaincy Centre which houses prayer rooms with facilities for different faiths such as Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islam, and Baha'i. Lancaster University provides university bus services making it convenient for the students and employees to commute. Further, the M6 motorway is only a five minutes' drive from the campus. It takes 10 minutes to drive to the West Coast Main Line that connects the city to London, Scotland, and Manchester.

    The academic structure of the university consists of undergraduate degree programs, postgraduate courses, research, and doctoral level programs. The acclaimed staff of the university guides the students into international level research centered on humanities, business subjects, natural sciences, modern languages, social sciences, and technology. Presently, the university has over 13,000 full-time students enrolled for first and higher degrees. There are 3,027 employees on the university campus including 1,323 faculty members.

    Lancaster University has over 148,000 alumni in more than 180 countries. The university has a notable list of alumni who have gained recognition in their respective disciplines. Emily Fleeshman is a Hollywood actress, famous for her role of Nikki in popular TV show Still Open All Hours. Also, she is the founder of an acting school named ‘The Actors' Lab’ based in Salford. Satnam Rana is a news presenter on BBC. Some other noble laureates of the university are Roger Ashton-Griffiths (actor), Andrew Brooke Miller (Novelist), Catherine Jane Smith (a member of British Labour Party), Lucy Jane Briers (actor), Andy Serkis (actor and director), Bruce Sewell (former counsel of Apple).

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