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Innovation and Research

Responsible to

Senior Research Manager


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus


£38,034 to £51,430 per annum

Closing date

Wednesday 7 September 2022

Contract type


Post type




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.

We have entered a new and exciting era for research at the University, making investments in our students, staff and research 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, supporting our College plans, providing doctoral bursaries and staffing of the central professional services team; the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Office (URKEO).

URKEO supports 350 doctoral students and we have nearly 200 research active staff across the University, with over 700 research outputs recorded on UDORA, our comprehensive, open access repository. Furthermore, as an anchor University our research supports the growth and development of our local communities and economies. We are participating in a number of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) projects and our collaborative research income, from funders such as Innovate UK continues to rise, engaging our academics with both multinationals as well as small and medium size enterprises. All these funded research activities support innovation, product development, knowledge exchange and competitiveness in our regional economy, as well as internationally.

It is thus an exciting time to be joining us and to play a role in supporting the University’s research and knowledge exchange ambitions. As Research Development Manager you will support horizon scanning, project and partner development and the preparation of high-quality applications for research funding. We are seeking a research professional with a demonstrable track record of operationalising strategy and supporting winning funding applications.

Whilst this post is advertised as a full-time position part time or job share applicants are invited to apply.

Interview date: Thursday 29 September

Principal accountabilities

  1. Play a key role in supporting the development of strategies for Innovation and Research and proactively generate, identify and pursue opportunities in priority areas. Working closely with colleagues in the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Office and Colleges, to achieve successful outcomes.
  2. Develop and manage excellent relationships with key stakeholders
  3. Develop in depth knowledge of University of Derby research priorities, academic themes and areas of significant potential.
  4. Develop in depth knowledge of key funding organisations. Understanding their funding priorities and plans. Applying this knowledge to ensure alignment to the University’s strategic direction for research growth.
  5. Advising and briefing staff on funding opportunities drawing on Derby’s academic excellence and collaborative networks.
  6. Coordinate teams of academics and relevant support staff to create and champion high quality funding proposals. Coordinate and manage the preparation process for project proposals, working closely with academics, and members of the University administration to ensure institutional support. Contributing to non-technical content and ensuring applications comply with funding criteria.
  7. Use University of Derby Research System to effectively log and manage workload and the throughput of pre-award proposals, transition successful projects into post-award and log evidence of outputs and outcomes.
  8. Support Research Development Officers and post award staff to give effective administrative project support. Ensuring effective and efficient transition from bid to award to post-award. Take responsibility for a portfolio of projects in the post-award phase as allocated by the Senior Research Manager.
  9. Working closely with relevant colleagues, design, host and deliver research development activities and external events.
  10. Work closely with Knowledge Exchange colleagues to foster new collaborations between academics and industry.
  11. Identify and support opportunities for research impact and exploitation of intellectual property within Colleges. Working closely with Impact Officers and the Intellectual Property and Commercialisation Manager to maximise opportunities arising from research.
  12. Provide support in preparation for submission to external assessment frameworks e.g. for Research (REF) and Knowledge exchange (KEF).
  13. Work closely and flexibly with other Research Development Managers to ensure a high quality, seamless and connected service to the University community is maintained as all times.
  14. Contribute to the development and implementation of research governance processes and procedures.
  15. Contribute to analysis and provision of accurate information and insights on performance and activities required for performance monitoring and operational business planning.
  16. Support the URKEO senior leadership through development of high-quality materials e.g. written reports, presentations to further the ambition of the university and delivery of relevant strategies.
  17. Represent the University of Derby/the department on selected committees/ boards/ special interest groups etc. as required.
  18. Undertake any other appropriate responsibilities as required.

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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Please note all applications must be submitted online by Midnight GMT on the closing date of the vacancy.

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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