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Research and Impact Facilitator

Requisition ID:  5242

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  18-Nov-2020


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 


Closing Date: 3 December 2020

The Role


This is an opportunity to join a dynamic and diverse team at the heart of delivering our research strategy. Our operating model is to provide an integrated service for researchers across the SAgE Faculty and to provide disciplinary specific support for research in each of the Faculty’s four Schools: Computing, Maths, Statistics and Physics, Natural and Environmental Sciences and Engineering.  


You will work alongside the Director of Research for the School of Engineering as part of the Faculty Research and Innovation Team providing support, analyses and advice to inform decision-making on research and engagement.  You will have excellent interpersonal skills and be a natural collaborator. Skills and experience in one or more areas of facilitation, strategic planning or policy analysis would be an advantage.  You should have, above all, a passion for research and innovation. An understanding of the HE sector and research environment in Universities is helpful but we welcome applications from those with experience from other sectors and other skills that would complement our team.

We are committed to creating and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment. The role is offered on a full-time basis and we would be happy to discuss arrangements for part-time, flexible working, job-shares etc. If it works for our service, we will do our best to make it work for you.


We particularly welcome applications from a range of diversity groups that are currently underrepresented in professional services such as members of the LGBTQ+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.


If you would like an informal discussion please contact Matthew McCallum, Faculty Research Manager via email: Matthew.McCallum@Newcastle.ac.uk


This position is available immediately and is offered on a full time and open-ended basis.


For more information about the SAgE Faculty and our work, please click here


For more information about the cutting edge Research and Innovation at Newcastle University, please click here


Key Accountabilities


  1. To support the development of an enabling and high quality research environment which equips researchers with the skills and tools which they need to work optimally, and empowers them to deliver high quality research and impact. Supporting the School Executive Board to develop and deliver research and engagement strategy, you will play a key role preparing for submissions to external assessment frameworks and developing and supporting impact. You will support the dissemination and implementation of research-related policies, support the effective use and continued development of research-related IT systems, and champion the University’s civic mission
  2. To develop research and engagement strategy for an academic unit alongside the Senior Team e.g. Head of School, Director(s) of Expertise & School Manager and support its implementation
  3. To support researchers to understand funder requirements in relation to impact and to utilise opportunities for research dissemination, public engagement and commercialisation effectively
  4. To identify projects with high impact case study potential and proactively support their development. This includes capturing and recording high quality evidence and supporting the development of compelling impact narratives for a variety of audiences including funding partners
  5. To support preparations for external research assessment exercises
  6. To work proactively and in partnership with the School’s Senior Team to develop and implement new initiatives that will enhance the research culture and environment for all staff
  7. To contibute to training, information dissemination and briefings in relation to impact, engagement and research policy. This will involve (a) tailoring content and style to suit a range of different audiences e.g academics, researchers, postgraduate researchers and professional service staff and (b) working in partnership with relevant colleagues across the institution to plan and deliver this training e.g. Policy and Information, Planning and Performance, Library and Research and Impact Coordinators.
  8. To represent and promote the research work of the academic unit to internal and external audiences working closely with the Faculty Marketing and Communications Team to develop and implement a strong communications strategy
  9. In partnership with the Planning and Performance Team, to analyse research data and performance to identify key trends, risks and opportunities and use this data to improve research performance and visibility
  10. To provide advice, information and assistance that enables research staff and other colleagues to undertake their research in line with internal and external research policies and procedures. E.g. those governing ethics, Open Access publishing, managing research data and others
  11. Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required.


The Person 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • An appreciation of the research lifecyle, including the conduct or research, its translation into policy, practice or product, and the role of different stakeholders in this process
  • Demonstrable experience of developing objectives and successfully delivering work streams that support a strategic vision and direction
  • Experience of working within a complex matrix organisation and of influencing others to achieve desired outcomes  
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and contribute to the development of effective and mutually supportive working relationships and practices
  • Experience of developing and delivering training (Desirable)
  • Experience of interrogating large and complex data sets to understand trends and opportunities
  • Ability to build rapport with and influence others 
  • Excellent and demonstrable IT literacy, including the use of Microsoft Office packages  
  • Ability to demonstrate a strong customer ethos, including ability to provide specialist advice to a range of audiences and take responsibility for improving processes and procedures 
  • Demonstrable evidence of continuting professional development (CPD)
  • Experience of gathering and organising qualitative and quantiative data and using this as an evidence base (Desirable)
  • Sound knowledge of the higher education policy environment
  • Passion and commitment in engendering an inclusive working environment




  • Degree awarded or equivalent level qualification plus experience in a similar role or significant vocational experience, demonstrating development through progressively more demanding, relevant roles 
  • A PhD in a subject of relevance to the Faculty or equivalent experience in industry (Desirable)



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.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


Requisition ID: 5242