Organisation AHRC
Organisation Detail Arts and Humanities Research Council
Reference Number IRC252073
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £38318
Date Posted 27 November 2019
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 22 December 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (minimum 0.8FTE)
Closing Date: 22nd December 2019

Secondments also considered.


This is an exciting time for the UK arts and humanities with respect to the development of research infrastructure. The creation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) presents unparalleled opportunities for collaboration between AHRC and other UKRI Councils. With the development of the UKRI Infrastructure Roadmap, the arts and humanities have, for the first time, an opportunity to articulate what interventions are needed to drive research and innovation, both within and beyond the arts and humanities.

As a result, the AHRC Infrastructure team was formed in September 2019 to develop and articulate a bold, ambitious strategy to transform national capability in arts and humanities research. The landscape of arts and humanities research infrastructures is broad, diverse and dispersed across a range of different organisations, encompassing disciplines and sectors ranging from the creative economy and heritage to health and wellbeing.  The team will commission new infrastructures and related activities within its remit, and shape the policy and strategy for future investment in this area.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to play a key role in this team, identifying future needs and planning for future investment; working with colleagues across UKRI and with expert communities to define priorities and shape the direction of travel.

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Head of Infrastructure, you will be a key member of the team supporting the development and delivery of a strategy that will transform arts and humanities research capability across the UK. Principally you will lead on the development of the strategic and business cases for a number of major infrastructure proposals. You will also lead and manage the gathering of evidence for new infrastructures, undertaking research, consulting expert communities and presenting findings as necessary.

You will also develop strong working relationships with key individuals and organisations relevant to the role – within AHRC, across UKRI and externally within academic and non-academic sectors. In that capacity you will contribute to a number of cross-UKRI groups and represent the AHRC externally. Key among these will be the development of closer relationships with a range of stakeholders including Independent Research Organisations (IROs), charities and creative studios, which host and are key to the future development of arts and humanities research infrastructure.

As a Strategy and Development Manager within AHRC you will also be required to contribute to other cross-AHRC priorities, including the development of new schemes and policies, representing Infrastructure on cross-cutting working groups.

This is a fast moving area for the AHRC and one in which there are a wide and growing number of stakeholders and opportunities for future investment. The role will therefore need you to be agile, flexible and responsive to new opportunities, as well as able to build and maintain relationships across academia, industry and government, both nationally and internationally. Prior knowledge of research infrastructure governance structures and / or experience of working within an arts and humanities research infrastructure will therefore be valuable, as will knowledge of research strategy and management. 

Duties and Responsibilities

In this role you will:

  • Working to the Head of Infrastructure, develop the strategy for future investment and identify potential collaborations in AHRC’s infrastructure portfolio, conducting scoping work, analysis and interpretation of evidence in order to inform that strategy
  • Lead the development of AHRC’s bids for new funding from UKRI from across the Infrastructure portfolio, including in cross-cutting areas of Artificial Intelligence, Data Visualisation, Imaging,
  • Sensing, Heritage Science, Clean Growth and Advanced Materials
  • Contribute to the development and management of current or planned investments
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key external individuals and organisations, including relevant AHRC Fellows, advisory groups, other funding bodies and national and international centres of expertise
  • Represent AHRC on relevant cross-UKRI groups, including the UKRI Infrastructure Working Group
  • Provide information, briefings, recommendations and specialist input as needed to senior staff, AHRC Council and Advisory Board and cross-UKRI strategy groups and to support communication and reporting within UKRI and BEIS and to wider audiences as appropriate to your remit
  • Lead, manage or support strategic projects and project teams as required across AHRC and UKRI (e.g. change programmes, to support strategy/policy development or for the delivery of new initiatives or partnerships)
  • Lead, motivate and manage staff across AHRC in the Line manage other members of the Infrastructure team.

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.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity. It supports research and postgraduate training in a wide range of subject areas, from ancient history and heritage science to modern dance and digital content. Research into these areas helps us to interpret our experiences, probe our identities, interrogate our cultural assumptions and understand our historical, social, economic and political context. It adds to the economic success of the UK, through its contributions to the knowledge economy and innovation agenda. The research we fund can lead to improvements in social and intellectual capital, community identity, learning skills, technological evolution and the quality of life of the nation.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria



Degree or equivalent relevant experience


  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Formal project management training

Knowledge and Skills.


  • An understanding and appreciation of the arts and humanities, and of their significance for society, economy and culture, as well as of the issues facing research in the UK, particularly in the arts and humanities
  • Proven experience of developing business cases for, and managing both the development and delivery of major projects and investments.


A good understanding of, or background, in creative practice or industries, heritage science and digital humanities research, and understanding of the latest research in these areas
negotiation skills, including the development of collaborative agreements.



  • Ability to represent the AHRC in different forums externally and internally (for example, giving presentations, leading workshops, influencing discussions)
  • Ability to analyse and condense complex information/data in order to present clear, succinct and informed advice, briefings and reports for senior colleagues within the AHRC
  • Workload Management


Ability to prioritise and manage multiple and competing responsibilities, and think creatively about policies, procedures and structures


Ability to initiate and sustain productive working relationships and to develop key strategic partnerships, including with people at all levels of seniority
experience of managing staff - including line management - and the ability to motivate, manage and develop staff


Willing to travel and to work away from the office and on occasion outside normal working hours.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Limited parking subject to waiting list (Polaris House, Swindon only).

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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