University of Bath

University of Bath

Head of Research Excellence & Impact (CH11153R)

United Kingdom

Closing in 5 days

Job title Head of Research Excellence & Impact

Department Research and Innovation Services (RIS)

Salary Starting from £56,021, rising to £64,914

Grade Grade 9

Contract Type Full Time, Open Ended

Placed on Tuesday 02 April 2024

Closing date Tuesday 30 April 2024

Interview date Thursday 30 May 2024

Reference CH11153R


We are seeking an outstanding and appropriately experienced individual with exemplary management and communication skills to lead our University REF submissions, in order that we achieve a high quality, compliant and successful outcome.

About the role

You will be working with academic colleagues at all levels and on an ongoing basis to ensure that we create the maximum positive impact in all that we do.

Working closely with the Deputy Director of Research & Innovation Services (RIS), you will shape strategy and enhance the preparation processes for submissions. You will have a clear understanding of REF policy, guidelines and requirements, and you will appreciate the importance of engaging with and building strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders in order to deliver on the University's ambitious research and impact targets.

We ask you to:

  • be curious, collaborative and collegiate in your work
  • take forward University strategy, participating effectively and engaging with national networks with knowledge and passion
  • have outstanding organisational and time management skills, and the ability to work independently
  • be able to demonstrate a good use of initiative and of driving forward positive change
  • be an expert in all matters REF
  • Further information

    RIS supports the research activity of staff and student researchers with professional development, collaboration and funding opportunities, ethics and responsible conduct compliance, contract development, project management and intellectual property. You will join a dedicated, expert professional team of colleagues committed to the continual development of services to support the implementation of the University of Bath's strategic research priorities and the management of research systems and reporting requirements.

    This position is full-time (36.5 hours per week), but we're flexible and open to discussing reduced hours or job-sharing arrangements to ensure continuous full-time coverage. If you're interested in this role on a part- time or job-share basis, please indicate so on your application form. Additionally, feel free to discuss your preferences during the interview. We value flexibility and are open to exploring potential opportunities with you.

    For an informal discussion about the role please contact Kirsty Grainger, Deputy Director of RIS at [email protected]

    What we can offer you:
  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance
  • we are a family-friendly University and with an increasingly agile workforce, are open to flexible working arrangements
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for: Relocation allowance, Visa Reimbursement, Interest-Free Loan.
  • We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams.

    We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

    Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

    Further details:
  • Job Description & Person Specification

  • Terms and Conditions of Employment

  • We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.

    Job details


    Head of Research Excellence & Impact (CH11153R)


    University of Bath


    United Kingdom


    April 02, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 30, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics

    About the employer

    Situated in Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom, University of Bath is a public university that received its royal charter in 1966. The University of Bath has been consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the UK and is known for its expertise in research and teaching. In 2004, the university launched the SET squared Partnership with the universities of Bristol, Southampton, and Surrey. This is the largest partnership ever, comprises of a combined staff of 6,400 researchers, and has a research budget of £266 million.

    The university is known for its four faculties: management, science, humanities and social science, and engineering and design. The university has been recognized for its excellence in research facilities and according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 87 percent of the university's research has been defined as world-leading. Notably, the university's research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people won a Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2011. The university's research grants and contracts portfolio is worth around £150 million.

    The university constantly finishes at the top of student satisfaction rankings and excelling in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Psychology. It was also awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Because of its high-quality teaching, Bath's graduates are highly sought after by the UK's top employers.

    In 2004, Bath University invested in creating a sports training village, which has emerged as one of the best training centers for athletes in Europe. In 2013, the University became a founder member of GW4, an alliance of universities sharing intellectual and physical resources. Also, in the same year, the university opened a block of 75 flats for students living on campus. In 2012, the university began a three-year campus improvement project to improvise and expand student accommodation, teaching space, and a £10million arts centre. The university has invested over £450 million on its campus over the last decade.

    In 2015, the university inaugurated a specialized area for arts, education, and events. The University of Bath has a well-built infrastructure with all the essential facilities and amenities a student will require. The university gives equal focus on sports and offers one of the best sports facilities in the UK. The university-based athletes won six medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Almost one-fourth of the students enrolled are from outside the UK, so, the university offers a perfect internationally diverse experience. Airbus, World Bank, Nike, Ford, and Rolls Royce are some of the industry leaders, which collaborate with the university.

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