University of York

University of York

Programme Manager

Programme Manager


School of Physics, Engineering and Technology


£44,263 - £54,395 per year


Grade 7

Contract status

Fixed term

Hours of work


Based at

XPLOR R&D facility, Production Park, Wakefield

Interview date

To be confirmed

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  • Role Description School

    The School of Physics, Engineering and Technology brings physicists and engineers together to push the frontiers of knowledge, foster innovation and meet the grand challenges facing society. Our aim is to deliver world-leading research in both fundamental and applied areas whilst developing new technologies that work for the public good, in an environment where everyone can thrive.

    As a School, equality, diversity, and inclusion are central to our culture and we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We aim to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff groups and offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds. We are proud to hold Juno Champion and Athena Swan bronze awards, which recognise our commitment to creating an equitable and fully inclusive environment in which staff and students can thrive. We aim to inspire young people to engage with science and engineering through our outreach work.


    We seek a highly experienced, personable and pro-active Programme Manager for CoSTAR LiveLAB, an R&D collaboration for the UK live performance and screen industries, led by the University of York. The lab, based at Production Park in Wakefield, will specialise in the future creative technologies for live performance.

    You will provide the project Directors with high-level assistance in all aspects of the setting-up, management and delivery of this new and complex programme. You will be an effective, inspiring and dynamic leader able to work successfully with a range of stakeholders across the creative industries (e.g., supporting partners, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Opera North), the HEI sector, policy bodies, local authorities and funders.

    Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
  • Project Management qualification or equivalent experience
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and prioritisation skills, demonstrating ability to work through difficult challenges at short notice.
  • Proven knowledge of data management systems for milestone, financial and output reporting
  • Demonstrates team leadership with the ability to organise and coordinate team or project members to execute tasks for publicly funded programs, meeting KPIs and compliance.
  • Experience managing research projects or consortia involving creative industry partners or collaborative networks.
  • Understanding of immersive and interactive technologies.
  • Screen industries knowledge (film, TV, games, digital media)
  • Event organisation.
  • Change management and process improvement.
  • Awareness of local/national support networks and funding bodies (e.g., UKRI, Immerse UK).
  • Working at senior level in creative industries or HE sector.
  • Interview date: to be confirmed

    For informal enquiries: please contact Prof. Gavin Kearney ([email protected]) or Prof. Helena Daffern ([email protected])

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

    Job details


    Programme Manager


    University of York


    United Kingdom


    March 22, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 09, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Engineering,Physics,Space Science

    About the employer

    The University of York was established in 1963 when the University Grants Commission permitted a university in 1960. The university started operating with its first batch of 230 students on Oct. 9, 1963, under the leadership of Lord James as its chancellor. Originally the university only had 28 staff members and six departments; economics, English, education, history, politics, and mathematics. At present, the university includes nine colleges and more than 30 research centers and academic departments. The university is now accredited by the Privy Council.

    Located in Heslington, the University of York has been improving and expanding its campus ever since its establishment. The campus has plenty of landmarks, sculptures, and college buildings. The King's Manor is a historic structure that currently houses the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Department of Archaeology. Located in the center of the campus, Central Hall is a tiered auditorium used for hosting concerts, competitions, conferences, graduations, fashion shows, and other events. The university's archives and library network includes many libraries on the campus and in the nearby area. The JB Morrell library is the campus' main library. Heslington Hall is another significant landmark of the campus.

    The University of York offers a plethora of undergraduate, research, and postgraduate programs in various fields like archaeology, sciences, computer science, law, management, medicine, mathematics, languages, arts, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. The university has 18,930 students. The university has collaborations with reputed research-oriented institutions across the world. It is a part of an alliance of 24 well-established research-intensive universities. Also, the university has great student exchange programs and research links with numerous other universities around the globe. It offers excellent professional training to its students and provides them outstanding employment opportunities in prestigious firms.

    The university has produced several notable and successful alumni. Greg Dyke is a renowned British journalist, media executive, broadcaster, and football administrator. Aníbal Cavaco Silva is Portugal's former president. Mahmoud Mohieldin is the vice-president of the World Bank Group. Jung Chang is a British writer, famous for her award-winning book 'Wild Swans'. Anthony Horowitz is an English screenwriter and novelist, popular for his works such as 'The Diamond Brothers' series, 'The Power of Five' series, and the 'Alex Rider' series. Han Seung-soo is South Korea's former prime minister. Peter Hitchens is an author and journalist who writes for The Mail. His popular works include 'The Abolition of Britain', 'The War We Never Fought', and 'The Rage Against God'. Many other distinguished people are a part of the university's alumni network.

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