Research Development Manager

University of Exeter
February 13, 2023
Offerd Salary:£39,745
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Exeter (Hybrid)


The starting salary will be from £39,745 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Admin, Professional, Managerial


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Research Development Manager

Job description

Research Services

This full time post is available from immediately on a fixed term basis until 31 July 2023, with the possibility of an extension.

Summary of the role

The University of Exeter has grown its research activity significantly over the last few years and, since joining the Russell Group of research-intensive universities in 2012, has made a step change in its research income and earnings performance, research quality, numbers of research students and knowledge transfer activities.

The Research Services Directorate is a key enabler to the delivery of the University's Research and Impact Strategy, a successful next REF submission and meeting research income targets, by:

  • supporting the full research project lifecycle from inception to impact; ensuring local delivery of support to academics from horizon scanning through research development, bidding and contracting, research project management & delivery (including financial post-award management) to post-project development and reporting.
  • providing joint strategic, policy and planning support to the University and its Colleges to build and sustain an excellent research environment for our academics.
  • delivering a ‘shared support service' to three Directorates (Research Services; Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB); and the Doctoral College) for strategy, policy, planning, information, systems, training and operations, maximizing efficiencies and providing a coordinated engagement with other units, specifically the Colleges.
  • This role is within the Research Development and Management pillar of the Research Services Directorate, which provides local delivery of support to academics across the full research project lifecycle from horizon scanning, research development, bidding and contracting, research project management & delivery (including financial post-award management) to post-project development and reporting, bringing together discipline–focused resources with funder-focused expertise. Research Development & Management and some Research Finance staff are managed and organised in 5 clusters, either around a particular group of funders (Health; Biosciences; Physical sciences and technology; Social sciences; Humanities; European/International) or for Cornwall research services.

    This role in particular will be supporting 2 significant and strategically important areas of research development. 50% of the role will be required to support International funding and processes relating to Plan B and 50% of the role will be required to support the development of applications to the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training.

    Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment.

    The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

    Our research income in recent years means we're the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world's most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.


    We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus' and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England
  • Further information

    Please contact Enda Clarke, Cluster Lead and Senior Research Development Manager for the International and EU Cluster: [email protected]


    Roz Harrison, Cluster Lead and Senior Research Development Manager for HLS Faculty, [email protected]

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