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Job title Head of Research Excellence & Impact

Department Research and Innovation Services (RIS)

Salary Starting from £56,021, rising to £64,914

Grade Grade 9

Contract Type Full Time, Open Ended

Placed on Tuesday 02 April 2024

Closing date Tuesday 30 April 2024

Interview date Thursday 30 May 2024

Reference CH11153R

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Head of Research Excellence & Impact

We are seeking an outstanding and appropriately experienced individual with exemplary management and communication skills to lead our University REF submissions, in order that we achieve a high quality, compliant and successful outcome. 

About the role 

You will be working with academic colleagues at all levels and on an ongoing basis to ensure that we create the maximum positive impact in all that we do. 

Working closely with the Deputy Director of Research & Innovation Services (RIS), you will shape strategy and enhance the preparation processes for submissions. You will have a clear understanding of REF policy, guidelines and requirements, and you will appreciate the importance of engaging with and building strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders in order to deliver on the University’s ambitious research and impact targets.

We ask you to:

  • be curious, collaborative and collegiate in your work
  • take forward University strategy, participating effectively and engaging with national networks with knowledge and passion
  • have outstanding organisational and time management skills, and the ability to work independently
  • be able to demonstrate a good use of initiative and of driving forward positive change
  • be an expert in all matters REF

Further information

RIS supports the research activity of staff and student researchers with professional development, collaboration and funding opportunities, ethics and responsible conduct compliance, contract development, project management and intellectual property. You will join a dedicated, expert professional team of colleagues committed to the continual development of services to support the implementation of the University of Bath’s strategic research priorities and the management of research systems and reporting requirements.

This position is full-time (36.5 hours per week), but we're flexible and open to discussing reduced hours or job-sharing arrangements to ensure continuous full-time coverage. If you're interested in this role on a part-time or job-share basis, please indicate so on your application form. Additionally, feel free to discuss your preferences during the interview. We value flexibility and are open to exploring potential opportunities with you.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Kirsty Grainger, Deputy Director of RIS at

What we can offer you:

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams. 

We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

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Further details:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.