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Organisation RE
Organisation Detail Research England
Reference Number IRC245595
Location Bristol See on Map
Salary £48202
Date Posted 14 June 2018
Grade UKRI-Band F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 10 July 2018
Interview Date 19 July 2018




Brief Description


Salary: £48,202
Grade: F
Contract Type: Open-Ended (Permanent)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 10th July 2018
Interview Date: 19th July 2018


Context:

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a new, independent, non-departmental public body created in April 2018 with government investment in research and innovation of over £6bn per year. We are a new unified voice bringing together nine executive council partners (the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK, and Research England) with a shared vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

As a new council, Research England is establishing new functions. This role is a key part of the new Insight and Engagement team, which supports Research England in engaging with the higher education sector to understand institutional strategy, capacity and capability. Through its insight and engagement work, Research England builds evidence to support policy, enhances UKRI's understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the HE sector and individual institutions and articulates UKRI's vision and aims to universities while supporting them to tackle the priorities set by UKRI's overarching research and innovation strategy.

Purpose of the role:

The Institution Engagement Manager will collaborate with colleagues across Research England to develop and implement an institutional engagement strategy, which encompasses both engaging with higher education institutions across England, and the development of Research England’s insight and knowledge of institutions and cross-sector trends. 

The role will involve engaging with English higher education providers, at all levels including the most senior levels, to build intelligence and understanding of their strategy, behaviour, capability and capacity in relation to their research and knowledge exchange. This will involve building strong trust-based relationships with senior stakeholders in institutions, visiting institutions to discuss their research and knowledge exchange strategies, promoting funding opportunities and advising colleagues across UK Research and Innovation to help inform policy development and delivery. The Institution Engagement Manager will need to be cognisant of the institutional interactions on research and knowledge exchange issues that happen through Research England’s policy teams, coordinating activities and drawing up working methods to enable the sharing and capturing of key information relevant to Research England’s priorities. 

The role will work closely with senior leaders across Research England, as well as the UK Research and Innovation Corporate Communications and Engagement function and policy and engagement professionals across the eight other Councils.

You will have a strong understanding of the higher education sector, be able to work with considerable autonomy and be effective at working across the organisation to improve the outcomes of the work of their colleagues. You will be confident in your dealings with internal and external stakeholders, be capable of keeping a cool head in challenging, fast-changing situations and be able to prioritise well to meet deadlines.

Responsibilities:

Developing insights and Research England’s knowledge base:

  • as part of a small team of Institution Engagement Managers covering different institutions, you will develop and implement Research England’s institutional engagement strategy to enhance understanding of institution-level research and knowledge exchange and to identify common issues and opportunities in line with Research England priorities
  • define and develop process, policies and protocols to systematically capture insights and intelligence that might inform institutional engagement and policy delivery, in consultation with colleagues across the organisation
  • proactively undertake regular horizon scanning with colleagues internally and key external stakeholders to anticipate potential issues and opportunities for insight and engagement ensuring the best outcome for Research England.

Engagement with institutions:

  • build vital relationships, credibility and respect with key partners and stakeholders in institutions that Research England funds, liaising with individuals at the level of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Pro Vice Chancellor and Directors to promote the relevance and maximise the impact of Research England’s activities and to influence institutions’ strategic responses to UKRI and Research England priorities
  • deliver high-quality presentations to key stakeholders, drawing on policy, analysis and insights from across Research England and attend key external events on behalf of Research England to engage and build relationships with stakeholders in higher education institutions
  • with the other Institution Engagement Managers, define, develop and implement a programme of strategic engagement activity with the aim of ensuring Research England is abreast of contextual issues and has access to high-quality and relevant university and other audience insight. This will enable Research England to engage in discussions which affect the health of the English and (working with the devolved nations) UK Research and Innovation Base
  • act as a source of expert advice for colleagues across Research England to develop and refine their engagement activities, working to identify and highlight opportunities
  • acting as the first point of contact for a set of higher education institutions and ensure that this team provides a high quality, timely and resilient service.

Corporate:

  • 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 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
  • you may be required to attend occasional meetings in London and Swindon. In addition there will be a requirement to undertake regular institutional visits across England
  • this role will require a lot of engagement with stakeholders at a variety of institutions including, engaging with Deputy Vice Chancellors, Pro Vice Chancellors and Directors. The role will be critical to building relationships with these institutions and ties between the institutions and Research England. It will be crucial in developing the reputation of Research England with these institutions, establishing trust and fostering effective working relationships
  • you may be required, especially initially, to undertake short-term projects in support of Research England’s or UKRI’s broader policy aims. This is to develop your working knowledge of the policy landscape, and to develop strong links and close working relationships between the policy and engagement functions
  • this post reports to the Head of Insight and Engagement.

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 www.ukri.org. 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:

Essential:

  • successful track record in building effective trust-based relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and at all levels
  • evidence of successfully influencing stakeholders
  • credibly representing an organisation, including being an excellent communicator to a range of audiences and individuals
  • strong understanding of the higher education environment, including knowledge of the funding and management of higher education institutions.

Desirable:

  • understanding of higher education policy, either from experience working in a relevant policy organisation or working in a higher education institution
  • interest and understanding of research and knowledge exchange policy.

Qualifications:

  • graduate or equivalent qualifications.

Interview criteria:

Essential:

  • successful track record in building effective trust-based relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and at all levels
  • evidence of successfully influencing stakeholders
  • credibly representing an organisation, including being an excellent communicator to a range of audiences and individuals
  • strong understanding of the higher education environment, including knowledge of the funding and management of higher education institutions
  • problem-solving: Analyses issues and breaks them down into their component parts in order to makes decisions, take the initiative and originate action
  • experience of working effectively to deliver their own tasks, to contribute to the success of other teams and contributing to corporate goals.

Desirable:

  • understanding of higher education policy, either from experience working in a relevant policy organisation or working in a higher education institution
  • personal resilience and the ability to remain focused on the bigger picture, responding to challenges in a calm and measured manner
  • interest and understanding of research and knowledge exchange policy
  • experience of organisational change.

Research England recognises and values employees as individuals and aims 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.

Please note: candidates must have the right to work in the UK as Research England does not hold a sponsorship licence.

Further information regarding working for Research England 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. (with salary information) 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.

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