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Communications & Impact Manager

Requisition ID:  5084

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date: 


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £30,942.00 - £44,045.00 per annum

Closing Date: 31 October 2020


The Role


This is an exciting opportunity for a Communications and Impact Manager to take forward the development and delivery of external communications, press and social media for the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE), funded by Research England and led by Newcastle University. 


We are looking for a creative individual to join the coordinating team of NICRE and manage all aspects of its communications. You will support the Centre’s impact and reputation for excellence in research and innovation and wider recognition of its achievements and outcomes. 

NICRE will undertake research and knowledge exchange to inform policy, foster the innovation and resilience of rural businesses, and unlock the potential of rural economies across the UK. NICRE builds on three leading centres of expertise: Centre for Rural Economy and Newcastle University Business School, the Enterprise Research Centre at Warwick and the Countryside and Community Research Institute at Gloucestershire/Royal Agricultural University. It involves a partnership between Universities, Government departments, local authorities and enterprise partnerships, businesses organisations, rural stakeholders and enterprises. Baldwins Accountants and Strutt & Parker Property consultants are its founding national professional business service partners.


This position is full-time, fixed-term until 31.08.2023. 


For any informal enquiries, please contact Prof. Jeremy Phillipson, Professor of Rural Economy via email: jeremy.phillipson@newcastle.ac.uk OR Prof. Matthew Gorton, Professor of Marketing via email: matthew.gorton@ncl.ac.uk 

For further information about NICRE please visit the following website: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/cre/nationalinnovationcentreforruralenterprise/  


Previous applicants need not apply.


Key Accountabilities

  • To develop, maintain and implement NICRE’s Communication and Impact Strategy and monitor progress against objectives
  • To effectively and creatively communicate the work and outcomes of NICRE to external audiences via a range of media, to maximise its impact and profile
  • To work with NICRE staff and partners to understand and distil the key messages of NICRE outputs, identify key recipients of these outputs, and provide guidance on appropriate strategies to add value and best communicate these key messages
  • To write and prepare publications that summarise NICRE evidence and outputs in a format suitable for a range of policy, business, stakeholder and popular audiences, using all relevant communication media: newsletters, briefing papers, news releases, websites, etc.
  • To produce and manage research-based content for NICRE’s communications platforms and to support and coordinate communication activities of NICRE’s HEIs (Newcastle, Warwick, Gloucester, RAU) and other partners
  • To liaise with the University Marketing Team and external specialists on the development of NICRE branding
  • To help identify opportunities for NICRE research and innovation to input into local and national policy formation, and work with NICRE staff to respond to these opportunities by helping produce appropriate written and oral submissions
  • To support the organisation and delivery of national events and workshops, forums and Centre activities targeted at NICRE’s key audiences: Central government policy makers, Regional and local policy makers, Rural firms and communities, Business and innovation support bodies and networks, and Researchers at other HEIs & Innovation Centres
  • To work with the NICRE management team in co-ordinating inward and outward visits and engagement events as required.
  • To develop and maintain NICRE’s social media presence, website and Rural Innovation Portal
  • To manage NICRE’s press and publicity, supported by the University’s Senior Media Relations Manager, and work effectively with the press offices across NICRE HEI’s and partners
  • To ensure NICRE’s research and innovation portfolio is represented and networked at national and international levels, including representation in key conferences and events
  • To develop and lead on content for internal communication channels to keep partners informed of NICRE developments and opportunities and to develop and maintain external mailing lists
  • Any other duties commensurate with the role and grade, as required


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Experience of working in a media or communications environment with an excellent news sense and a demonstrable high level of achievement (cuttings, recordings, online content etc)    
  • Experience of working in or dealing with print, broadcast and digital/online media and writing to tight deadlines    
  • Familiar with relevant legislation and codes of practice affecting media and wider communications practitioners ie, FOI, libel, data protection and press complaints
  • Ability to use own initiative and work effectively without supervision, whilst able to work collaboratively and play a positive role in teams.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to adapt skills for online and offline activities, and to distil technical material into clear and palatable forms for a variety of audiences;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with  ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues and others at all levels
  • Ability to guide, influence and motivate others, including immediate team members, other colleagues and stakeholders
  • Tact and discretion in dealing with matters of a sensitive or confidential nature 
  • Experience of planning/designing events or workshops    
  • Willingness to travel throughout the UK and beyond (the post is based at Newcastle but the role will involve work across NICRE HEIs and partners)


  • Experience of website development/upkeep and video production
  • Familiar with issues around the rural economy and experience of communications applied to rural development    
  • Experience of working with specialist and mass media, with associated network of contacts 


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Communication – has ability to communicate and build relationships with businesses, policy makers, professional audiences or other non-academic users of research;
  • Thinking strategically – has the ability to see the big picture, to think strategically and to manage complex problems and issues;
  • Influencing – persuades, convinces and influences others in order to achieve results and gain support;
  • Planning and organising – manages time and resources by prioritising and organising complex workloads effectively;
  • Creativity – has the ability to develop creative ideas and transform them into practical reality 



  • A relevant degree or equivalent educational qualification and/or relevant work experience


  • Marketing or communications qualification


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 5084