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Training Manager

Requisition ID:  1250

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date:  26-Nov-2019


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 - £32,817.00

Closing Date: 10 December 2019


The Role


Established in April 2012, the NIHR School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR) is a partnership between eight leading centres of academic public health research excellence. The member centres are as follows: the Universities of Sheffield, Bristol, Cambridge, Imperial and University College London; The London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM); the LiLaC collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool and Lancaster and Fuse; The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, a collaboration between Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside Universities.


In light of additional investment in the NIHR SPHR from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to fund capacity building in public health, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated individual to plan and manage a range of activity related to training and career development in public health research. The Training Manager under the guidance and direction of the NIHR SPHR Director, SPHR Training Lead and School Manager will coordinate the delivery of a range of training programmes and initiatives nationally to the cohort of SPHR trainees (includes undergraduate summer interns, PhD students, pre- and post-doctoral fellows and early career researchers).


Educated to degree level, you will have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and the ability to build effective relationships with a range of different stakeholders and at different levels.   You will have experience of event organisation and/or workshop development, using your initiative and managing projects to defined deliverables (milestones) and meeting audit requirements. 


Further information can be obtained by contacting Dr Susan Bowett (susan.bowett@ncl.ac.uk).


Ths is is a Fixed Term position until 31st March 2022.


Applications for part time/flexible working are welcome; please state your desired working arrangements in your application.


The Institute holds a silver Athena SWAN award in addition to the University’s silver 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.


Key Accountabilities

You will plan and manage a range of activity related to training and career development in public health research associated with the delivery of the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR). The Training Manager under the guidance and direction of the NIHR SPHR Director, SPHR Training Lead and School Manager will coordinate the delivery of a range of training programmes and initiatives nationally to the cohort of SPHR trainees (includes undergraduate summer interns, PhD students, pre- and post-doctoral fellows and early career researchers).


Public health research is entering a phase of transformation following the publication of the Academy of Medical Sciences report ‘Health of the Public 2040’. There is a drive to build on existing strengths to make the UK the world leader in public health and prevention research, and to meet the substantial public health challenges we face. We want to see more research that is useful, timely and accessible to those responsible for delivering policies and services that ultimately protect and improve the health of the population. We need research that helps answer the most important questions facing policy makers, Local Authorities and service providers. To do this we need to inspire the next generation of academics into public health research with the option to combine academic research with practice as a career pathway.


The Training Manager will coordinate a variety of training opportunities for trainees and researchers at all levels forming an integral part of the NIHR SPHR strategy for research training and career development by the provision of a comprehensive programme to support the next generation of researchers in public health.


The Training Manager will ensure operational aspects of the training programme are delivered in accordance with the NIHR SPHR training strategy and that specific objectives are achieved by monitoring and reporting progress, making suggestions and recommendations to the NIHR SPHR Director, Training Lead and  School Manager.  The Training Manager reports directly to the SPHR School Manager.


  • Act as the main point of contact for all NIHR SPHR-related training enquiries and build up a knowledge base of local and national training priorities and sign-posts.
  • Organise regular project update meetings, maintaining appropriate communication with all stakeholders.
  • Provide a mechanism for the early identification of potential issues and develop solutions along with the School Manager, Training Lead and wider member and research programme and theme leads.
  • Create and manage a database of training activity and project progress monitoring for all NIHR SPHR trainees situated nationally within the NIHR SPHR
  • As directed by the School Manager and SPHR Training Lead plan and coordinate a programme of workshops, seminars and conferences focused on training and career development.
  • Prepare progress reports, success case studies and other performance indicators across the training remit.
  • Work with colleagues in other parts of NIHR infrastructure including the NIHR Academy, NIHR ARCs and the other two NIHR Schools to develop synergy, joint working and shared activity that will support the delivery of the NIHR SPHR business plan and training strategy.
  • Create and manage a network of ‘training’ contacts and actively promote local and national training opportunities.
  • Working with the School Manager and Communication Manager make regular updates to the training section of the NIHR SPHR website and manage associated training communications through social media and publicity material.
  • Take responsibility for identifying own learning needs, including identifying appropriate courses to ensure up to date knowledge of NIHR infrastructure and the associated national public health research agenda.
  • Manage a complex network of relations across the 8 members of NIHR SPHR.
  • Support the wider delivery of the NIHR SPHR as directed by the SPHR Director, Training Lead and School Manager.

The Person

Knowledge Skills and Experience (Essential)

  • Leadership skills and the ability to build effective project teams.
  • Ability to understand public health and research that underpins the objectives of the NIHR School for Public Health Research.
  • Delegation skills, drive and timely/quality decision-making.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent IT skills, including competent use of Microsoft Office including MS Project Office, Excel and Access.
  • Experience of event organisation and/or workshop development.
  • Experience of management large projects in a research environment.
  • Knowledge of research environment.
  • Experience of working on own initiative.
  • Managing projects to defined deliverables (milestones) and meeting audit requirements.
  • Experience of working in a research setting.
  • Able to work independently and use initiative.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • A proven ability to be adaptable, innovative and proactive in project work.
  • Ability to motivate others.
  • Positive and supportive attitude; ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others.
  • Confident and intuitive.
  • Confidentiality.


  • Experience of working with research funders.
  • Experience of training provision.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with academic, professional and managerial staff at a senior level, within healthcare, academic or research setting.
  • Ability to work across boundaries and coordinating communications across complex organisational structures.
  • Knowledge of NIHR infrastructure.



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent qualification; associates/diploma degree in any of the above with appropriate work experience.
  • Knowledge of academic training pathways.

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: 1250