Opening For Impact Support Officer - Lancaster

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Amar Annamalai
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Opening For Impact Support Officer - Lancaster

Job Ref:     A1140

Lancaster University is strongly committed to the idea that research should make a difference (have ‘impact’) beyond academia. The academic research community at Lancaster acts on this commitment in diverse, imaginative and impactful ways. This new role has been developed to help strengthen and deliver on that vision through the work of the science and technology departments. You will join the Faculty of Science and Technology office team and will be responsible for helping the Faculty’s departments maximise their own impact potential and delivery.

You will play a key role in planning for, delivering on, and providing ways of accounting for, the many ways in which science and technology research brings benefit to, and impacts productively on, non-academic users and communities. You will provide detailed strategic advice and practical support to individual researchers, clusters of researchers and departments in helping to identify, generate and capture research impact for grant applications, project delivery and for the next round of the Research Excellence Framework (REF). You will assist in forming, developing and sustaining key relationships with external individuals and institutions that will help enable science and technology research to achieve its maximum and most beneficial reach. You will identify and organise the relevant information and training for academics to understand the impact landscape in relation to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and research funding bodies, and to work in line with their requirements. You will devise ways of enhancing the public profile of the impressive research impact stories emerging from Lancaster’s excellent, highly productive and innovative research community.

You will, ideally, be a graduate in a science or technology subject. You will have a good knowledge of the UK Higher Education policy and funding environment and a strong track record in working successfully with academic researchers and with organisations in the science, technology, and/or third sector to maximise the effective reach of academic research in non-academic communities. You will be a proactive, excellent communicator with the judgment to understand the potential of research projects at speed and the personal qualities to be able to inspire trust and confidence in colleagues at all levels.

Informal enquiries may be directed to the Senior Faculty Administrator, Dr Sarah Sweeney (

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