Organisation RE
Organisation Detail Research England
Reference Number IRC245343
Location Bristol See on Map
Salary £37789
Date Posted 17 May 2018
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 May 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £37,789
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 31st May 2018
Interview Date: 21st June 2018

Purpose of the role

The role will sit within the research directorate of Research England. The directorate is responsible for Research England’s policy development, evaluation and implementation aimed at maximising the excellence and impact of research in universities in England. This role will bridge the directorate’s work on both funding and international policy. 

You will be located within the Research Policy directorate, leading and/or support work across both RE’s international policy and broader funding interests. The role will involve working with colleagues and independently to develop and/or implement RE policy with considerable levels of engagement with colleagues across UKRI and government, universities and other external organisations.

You will be well-organised and self-motivated, ideally with a background in higher education, research or policy. Capable of working to your own initiative, you will contribute substantially to the development and delivery of projects. You will have an analytical approach and be a confident communicator with people at all levels.


You will lead and/or support work across both RE’s international policy and broader funding interests, including:

RE international research policy

  • lead on EU research policy working with senior colleagues, including the provision of advice in issues pertaining to leaving the EU, engagement in relevant groups and liaison with UUKi on relevant areas
  • supporting senior colleagues in areas of activity related to the UKRI international work stream
  • supporting delivery of Research England’s GCRF accountability process, including working closely with colleagues to support the assessment of GCRF institutional strategies and delivery of future monitoring process
  • lead the procurement and programme management of external consultancy contributing to work in the international policy arena
  • lead elements of Research England’s programme of work to support the balanced funding and health of the research base work streams
  • scope and develop programmes of analytical activity that sit within these work streams
  • collaborate closely with the central team in UKRI and other members of the working evidence for sub work streams within these programmes. This may also include group leading the procurement and programme management of external consultancy
  • analysis and interpretation of evidence leading to the drafting of papers, evidence and supporting business cases for the 2019 Spending Review and beyond.

Supporting wider areas of policy

  • contributing to activity to prepare for Research England’s case for funding at the 2019 Spending Review
  • working closely with other colleagues, you may also be asked to lead on discrete areas of the funding portfolio and other areas within the directorate as priorities evolve. 


  • positively and proactively engage across UK Research and Innovation to support the delivery of collective activities and objectives, including representing Research England on UK Research and Innovation groups
  • represent Research England across a variety of fora including events with internal and external stakeholders and customers and across government.  

Other key information

  • Research England will be based in Bristol until at least 2022, co-located with the office for students. UK Research and Innovation’s head office is in Swindon, with a further administrative office in London. Leaders in Research England will need to be sensitive to the geographical challenge of being located separately to the main headquarters, adding a further complexity to Research England becoming fully embedded as part of UK Research and Innovation
  • you may be required to attend meetings in London and Swindon.

Key Skills

External Engagement

  • managing and developing effective relations with universities, UKRI colleagues, other research funders and other external organisations
  • leading discussions and providing advice on Research England issues 
  • networking, intelligence gathering and sharing
  • policy development and implementation
  • playing a lead role in the development and/or implementation of Research England policy
  • internal project management (including managing consultants).

Communication and Representation

  • representing Research England at external meetings and presenting to external groups
  • initial preparation of Research England Council and UKRI Executive Committee papers and other documents
  • developing effective internal relationships.

People Management

  • delegating work to colleagues and supporting junior staff as required.

Information management and analysis of data 

  • assessing and using accurate information in policy development
  • analysis and interpretation of data and evidence.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at UK Research and Innovation is an organisation whose purpose is to support Research and Innovation in the UK.

Research England is a new council within UK Research and Innovation, operating from April 2018. As a key component of the research funding system, Research England will oversee UK Research and Innovation’s England-only functions in relation to university research and knowledge exchange. This includes providing grant funding to English universities for research and knowledge exchange activities; developing and implementing the Research Excellence Framework in partnership with the UK Higher Education funding bodies; overseeing the sustainability of the Higher Education research base in England; overseeing the £900 million UK Research Partnership Investment Fund; and the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF)

Shortlisting criteria


  • experience of working in higher education; or research; or developing and implementing policy
  • a proven ability to work in and lead project teams/policy areas and a knowledge of project management tools
  • ability to write clear and accurate correspondence, including minutes, papers and reports
  • ability to build positive relationships with colleagues, recognising the diversity of others
  • flexibility to travel to meetings, including sometimes working outside of office hours and staying away overnight
  • graduate or equivalent qualifications.


  • an understanding of a policy organisation
  • interest and understanding of research and knowledge exchange policy.

Interview criteria:

  • ability to understand new issues and to contribute to the policy development process
  • strong analytical skills. Ability to evaluate and interpret data to form judgements and make appropriate recommendations
  • ability to manage own workload, resolve competing demands and cope with changing priorities in a flexible and proactive way
  • ability to appropriately tailor communications in style and content according to audience
  • ability to represent the views of the council to external stakeholders and to negotiate with and influence stakeholders
  • a confident, assertive and co-operative style with an ability to deal effectively with people at all levels.
RE recognises and value employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Further information regarding working for RE can be found on our website.

Only online applications will be accepted and should be submitted in the form of an up-to-date c.v. and covering letter (ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded), which clearly outlines why you are applying for this post and how you meet the criteria described in this advertisement. Please note that applications submitted without a covering letter, or which fail to address these points, may not be considered further.

If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact UK Shared Business Services Ltd by telephone on 01793 867000.