University of Bath

University of Bath

Solicitor (CH11399)

Job title Solicitor

Department Research and Innovation Services (RIS)

Salary Starting from £45,585, rising to £54,395

Grade Grade 8

Contract Type Part Time, Fixed Term

Placed on Friday 02 February 2024

Closing date Sunday 18 February 2024

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CH11399


We are offering an exciting opportunity for a Solicitor working within the Research and Commercialisation Contracts Team of Research & Innovation Services (RIS).

About the role

You will be working within a fast-paced environment in support of the University's ambitious research and enterprise ambitions. You will be working with colleagues at all levels of the University as well as with our external, commercial partners and stakeholders on a range of complex, high-value contractual matters. You will provide legal guidance and oversight for these, ensuring timely communication with stakeholders and co-ordination with faculties and senior academics, in each case ensuring the right balance between timely completion and risk.

You will have an advisory role within the team, and you may manage your own portfolio of contractual matters where and when your legal duties allow.

This role is offered on a part time (14.6 hour per week) fixed term basis with a duration of 6 months.

Our ideal candidate will be able to:
  • Provide legal advice and negotiation position/strategy as required on all aspects of University legal activity for research and commercialisation arrangements
  • Advise other members of the team on particular points of law in respect of research (related) contracts/structuring a proposed research collaboration/negotiation strategy
  • Provide legal advice and services to senior colleagues regarding research and policy issues relating to innovation/enterprise and research
  • Ensure timely progression of contractual negotiations, ensuring sensitive and appropriate communication with all stakeholders
  • Manage, mitigate and inform the relevant stakeholders of the risks attendant on their contracts in an appropriate fashion; signposting methods of mitigation or management in line with University policy
  • Undertake and maintain responsibility for a workload of contracts throughout the contracts process, liaising with and undertaking negotiations with and undertaking negotiations with external stakeholders at all levels
  • Deputise for the Head of Team as necessary, including attending meetings inside and outside the University
  • 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.
  • Find out more about our benefits.

    We consider ourselves 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


    Solicitor (CH11399)


    University of Bath


    United Kingdom


    February 03, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 18, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Law

    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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