University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Project Manager, Yorkshire Policy Innovation Partnership (YPIP) project

Project Manager, Yorkshire Policy Innovation Partnership (YPIP) project

Salary Grade 7 (£ 37,099 – £ 44,263 p.a. depending on experience)

This role will be based on the university campus , with scope for it to be undertaken in a hybrid manner. We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

Are you an ambitious and experienced project manager looking for your next challenge – in a regional policy project that will have a major impact on economic vibrancy, community resilience and sustainability, and well-being? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK's leading research-intensive Universities?

The role will manage and provide program leadership for the Yorkshire and Humber ‘Local Policy Innovation Partnerships' (YPIP) Phase-2 programme. YPIP has two innovative features that provide an exciting managerial challenge. First, it brings diverse policy stake-holders – the business, public, voluntary, and community sectors – together with university researchers who are dedicated to helping meet these stakeholders' goals for a fairer, more sustainable economy and society. Second, YPIP will unfold at an expansive scale: it will encompass an entire region of the UK, Yorkshire and the Humber, that is larger than some independent nations; and it will include, as participants, representatives of all 12 universities in this region.

The YPIP project will unfold via one cross-cutting theme – communities in their places – and three distinct, multi-part work packages that will co- produce responses to urgent challenges of inclusive growth and sustainable living. The project will have a special focus on bringing members of socially and economically marginalized and spatially isolated communities into the policy equation. The project, which officially began on 1 January 2024, will terminate on 31 December 2026. You will work directly with PI Gary Dymski in overseeing and coordinating YPIP activities. You will, in turn, coordinate with the Y-PERN project of these same 12 universities, helping to create a new model for university-region-community cooperation in linking these universities' research impact ambitions with the region's need for locally supported policy plans and actions aimed at achieving inclusive growth and sustainable living for all residents, present and future.

You will play a key role in managing and co-ordinating this project and will be expected to have proven developed organisational skills. Excellent organisational skills and the ability to work to deadlines are essential – as is the ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. Intellectual initiative, creativity and curiosity are also essential.

What we offer in return

  • 26 days holiday plus approx.16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That's 42 days a year!
  • Generous pension scheme plus life assurance– the University contributes 14.5% of salary
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.
  • And much more!

    To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

    Professor Gary Dymski, Economics Department

    Email:[email protected]


    Rachel Mays, Departmental Administration Manager, Economics Department

    Email:[email protected]

    Location: Leeds - Main Campus

    Faculty/Service: Faculty of Business School/Institute: Economics Department Category: Professional & Managerial Grade: Grade 7 Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 per annum Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (31 December 2026) Release Date: Monday 29 April 2024 Closing Date: Friday 17 May 2024 Reference: BUSEC1007 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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    Project Manager, Yorkshire Policy Innovation Partnership (YPIP) project


    University of Leeds


    United Kingdom


    April 30, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 17, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics

    About the employer

    The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

    The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

    Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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