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Innovation and Research

Responsible to

Head of Research and Innovation Services


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


£38,034 to £51,430 per annum

Closing date

Monday 5 September 2022

Contract type


Post type




About the role

Challenging, interesting and constantly changing, the University of Derby is an extraordinary place to learn and an incredibly rewarding place to work.

Here at the University of Derby we have committed to nurture and encourage research excellence across all our disciplines and career stages, recognising the strong link between excellent research and an excellent student experience. Our research makes a difference by making an impact on our students, industry (locally, regionally and internationally), policy makers, our international research partners and the wider community.

We have entered a new and exciting era for research and knowledge exchange at the University, making investments in our students, staff and infrastructure to help us achieve our overall aim of producing research that is high-impact and high-profile and that is beneficial to our stakeholder groups. Building upon our success in REF 2021, we continue to invest in research and knowledge exchange, supporting our College plans, providing doctoral bursaries and grants and staffing of the central professional services team; the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Office (URKEO).

The University Research and Knowledge Exchange Office are seeking to appoint a Knowledge Exchange Manager to specialise in the development and growth of consultancy activity. We are looking for an individual with demonstrable experience who is extremely motivated to lead the development of the University’s consultancy portfolio and to fully implement a growth plan, delivering new income streams and incremental research opportunities. Beyond this area of focus, as a Knowledge Exchange professional we also expect the post-holder to identify and develop additional opportunities such as contract research, collaborative research and development, as the opportunities arise to maximise our impact to our external partners.

You will be a pro-active self-starter who is confidently able to readily build collaborative partnerships within business, public sector and third sector whilst developing strong working relationships with internal partners and academic colleagues to deliver against contract.

You will be responsible for developing and establishing the necessary infrastructure to prepare for growth in consultancy, undertaking proactive identification and monitoring of current consultancy activity. 

Principal accountabilities

  1. Working to deliver key strategies and initiatives pursuant to the role. For example, the Innovation and Research Strategy (2020-2026).
  2. Understand the opportunities and sectors aligned to the University of Derby’s Academic Themes, converting into clear plans for engagement and growth of new opportunities.
  3. Increase the number of collaborative Research and Development projects being delivered by the University of Derby in partnership with industry. Your role will be to promote suitable funding options to the business community and work closely with the University's research and innovation structures to deliver growth.
  4. Support colleagues in Colleges to identify and liaise with potential clients across the public, private and third sector. Taking a multidisciplinary approach to engage Institutes and Centres to achieve an increase in the level of the University's knowledge exchange activities.
  5. Deputise for the Head of Research and Innovation Services as required.
  6. Work dynamically within collaborative teams to lead/support the preparation of proposals and applications relating to collaborative research and innovation activities
  7. Support the development of contractual agreements for the successful management of approved projects.
  8. Be responsible for the overall management, monitoring, evaluating and closure of a project portfolio.
  9. Support the creation of new revenue streams through identification of commercial opportunities, including liaison with the Intellectual Property and Commercialisation Manager to ensure the best protection and exploitation of intellectual property.
  10. Promote the University's activities in support of income generation, academic enterprise, innovation and applied research when working internally and externally.
  11. Maintain close links with strategic business groups such as sector-based alliances.
  12. Co-ordinate the University's engagement and participation in regional and national award schemes which will raise the profile of the University both within the Higher Education sector and to industry.
  13. Work with colleagues in marketing and press to develop materials suitable for internal and external promotion of the achievement and activities of the University in relation to knowledge exchange and innovation.
  14. Promote knowledge exchange and appropriate funding schemes to work with industry and their benefits to relevant academic and support staff across the University by participating in appropriate activities.
  15. Play an active role in staff development to support capacity building in the area of knowledge exchange.
  16. Take a pro-active role in the development, preparation and submission of proposals, grant applications and competitive tenders across a range of income generating activities. With an entrepreneurial mindset seeking out new opportunities for the university.
  17. Provide a holistic approach to collaboration and partnership management, assessing needs and opportunities and creating propositions which integrate solutions across the full business engagement portfolio including student engagement, apprenticeships, research, innovation, knowledge exchange and continuous education.
  18. Attendance at meetings and document writing as appropriate to drive delivery of plans and income targets.

Person specification

Essential Criteria



Skills, knowledge and abilities

Business requirements

Desirable Criteria



Skills, knowledge and abilities


As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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How to apply

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Important information

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

Whilst this role is eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route, we recommend that you assess your individual eligibility before applying for this position.

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