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Impact and Engagement Officer

27 Aug 2021 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

We have an exciting vacancy for an Impact and Engagement Officer to join our team at Northumbria University. The Impact Team is positioned within Research and Innovation Services.

As an Impact and Engagement Officer, you will work proactively and in partnership with professional and academic colleagues to catalyse, stimulate and support impact activities, including increased public and policy engagement, impact integration and evaluation in grant applications and funded projects, and impact into teaching/education – thereby maximising the impact of Northumbria University's research.

The role holder will have a thorough knowledge of research impact within funding and assessment exercises and will use this to develop and deliver training, provide one-to-one support and proactively identify opportunities. The post will support Northumbria's impact culture, assisting academics to extend the reach and significance of their impact through activities such as knowledge mobilisation and exchange, IP, commercialisation, and other relevant mechanisms.

As a member of the Impact Team, you will make a significant contribution to future research assessment exercises and manage a portfolio of impact case studies, working with senior department and faculty colleagues to proactively plan and support their development.

The post holder will also be required to engage with external stakeholders professionally and will be expected to develop and maintain their own networks for impact development, including local, regional, and national networks for policy and public engagement.

You will have: 

  • A strong understanding of research impact in its widest context
  • Knowledge of research management in HE, including an excellent understanding of impact requirements in research assessment (REF).
  • Ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with academic and professional colleagues, and external stakeholders, with credibility to engage and influence.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex, highly detailed, technical or specialist information, including experience of writing for different audiences and different media.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Alisha Peart, Research Impact Manager,

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now’ and submit a Covering Letter and your CV and where relevant any documents specifically request in the Role Description and Person Specification.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN (Bronze)award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world. Visit our web pages for details about the Information and Support for International Colleagues.

Our team is currently working remotely and in future we anticipate a blended approach incorporating remote working with some campus-based engagements.

Please note this vacancy will close on 26/09/2021

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