Job details


Innovation and Research

Responsible to

Head of Research and Innovation Services


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


£38,034 to £51,430 per annum

Closing date

Sunday 6 February 2022

Contract type


Post type




This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund

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About the role

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.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the University Research and Knowledge Exchange office (URKEO) to strengthen and grow Knowledge Exchange (KE) activity across the University. The successful candidate will enable and support academics to develop collaborative partnerships with relevant non-academic partners. Identifying income generation opportunities which may include consultancy, contract research, collaborative research and development, private/public sector tender opportunities to maximise our impact for local and national partners.

You will have experience of collaborative partnership development within Higher Education. Knowledge of UK Research and Innovation, alongside other funding stream to support knowledge exchange and their impact both regionally and nationally is expected.

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 grants being delivered by the University of Derby in partnership with industry. With a particular focus on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) 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 grant 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 that 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 bids, grant applications and competitive tenders across a range of income generating activities. With an entrepreneurial mind set 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 & abilities

Business requirements


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

You can apply by submitting an online application. Once you have signed in or registered with us you will be able to begin your application. If you are creating an account for the first time, please ensure you provide an email address that you access regularly as this will be our main means of contacting you regarding your application.

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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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