Organisation RE
Organisation Detail Research England
Reference Number IRC245348
Location Bristol See on Map
Salary £30357
Date Posted 17 May 2018
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 May 2018
Interview Date 25 June 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357 per annum
Grade: D
Contract Type: Fixed Term until May 2019
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (minimum 0.7fte will be considered)
Closing Date: 31st May 2018
Interview Date: 25th June 2018

Purpose of the role

This post 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. 

You will be located within the research directorate and will have the opportunity to support a wide programme of work relating to policy development and delivery in order to develop and sustain a dynamic and internationally competitive research sector within English universities. You will sit within the core UKRPIF team but may also cover other areas of research policy activity as priorities emerge.

You will be well-organised and self-motivated, ideally with a background in higher education, research or policy. Working under the guidance of your line-manager, you will contribute to the development and delivery of projects. You will be a confident communicator with people at all levels.


You will support work in the following areas:

The development, implementation and delivery of a UKRPIF communications strategy

  • working closely with the UKRPIF Portfolio and Project Managers and the Research England Communications manager, you will support the development and implementation of a communications strategy for UKRPIF projects
  • establish a web presence for the UKRPIF scheme, sourcing information from relevant stakeholders
  • co-ordinate activities across stakeholders (including UK Research and Innovation and the devolved funding bodies) in order for Research England to share key messages effectively and raise awareness of the scheme
  • identify opportunities to effectively achieve positive media coverage.

Develop a business case for the further funding of the UKRPIF programme at the 2019 Spending Review

  • mining existing evidence to identify key messages, facts and figures to identify key messages
  • identify gaps in the evidence and support colleagues to develop channels to efficiently fill these gaps
  • map stakeholders across the UKRPIF programme, identifying ways in which evidence from key figures in the sector may contribute to the development of the business case
  • identify key risks and challenges for future funding, gathering further evidence on how such risks might be addressed.

Support monitoring of the UKRPIF portfolio

  • working under the guidance of the UKRPIF Portfolio Manager, you will support the monitoring and oversight of UKRPIF funded projects. This includes monitoring progress, ensuring that projects are progressing in line with the original objectives and identifying risks as they arise
  • conduct analysis of monitoring information in order to inform the delivery of the UKRPIF communications strategy
  • liaising directly with project leads to obtain key information as part of the monitoring process and on an ad-hoc basis.

Provide support to wider UKRPIF programme

  • provide secretariat support to the UKRPIF independent assessment panel
  • support the delivery of Round 6 of the UKRPIF competition
  • act as a first point of contact for UKRPIF enquiries to support correspondence and communications with a wide range of stakeholders, including managing the UKRPIF mail box.

Supporting wider areas of policy

  • you may also be asked to lead or support other discrete areas of work within the directorate as priorities evolve. 

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
  • supporting discussions and providing advice on Research England issues 
  • networking, intelligence gathering and sharing.

Policy Development and Implementation

  • supporting the development and/or implementation of Research England policy
  • internal project management (possibly including managing consultants).

Communication and Representation

  • developing effective internal relationships 
  • initial preparation of panel meeting papers, minutes and other documents
  • excellent written communication skills. Ability to communicate in a succinct, engaging and convincing way, producing communications that are straightforward and clearly articulated for external and internal audiences as appropriate.

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


  • knowledge of/interest in  higher education; or research; or developing and implementing policy
  • ability to write clear and accurate correspondence, including minutes, papers and reports
  • a proven ability to work in project teams/policy areas and a knowledge of project management tools
  • ability to build positive relationships with colleagues, recognising the diversity of others
  • a degree of other similar qualifications (e.g. an HND or Foundation Degree) plus relevant experience.


  • an understanding of a policy organisation
  • interest and understanding of research and knowledge exchange policy 
  • flexibility to travel to meetings, including sometimes working outside of office hours and staying away overnight.

Interview criteria

  • ability to evaluate and interpret data to form judgements and make appropriate recommendations
  • experience of delivering or supporting the delivery of  internal and external communications activities 
  • ability to understand new issues and to contribute to the policy development process
  • 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
  • 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.