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Research Impact Manager Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London, rated 7th in the UK for the quality of research outputs in REF 2022, is seeking an expert in research impact to provide inspiring leadership and build on the University’s success as a leading research institution with a strong social purpose.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Grade 6, scale c.£48,000 - £53,000
  • Closing date: By 9 a.m. Monday 11th July 2022

Queen Mary is an ambitious, socially inclusive university committed to research impact and knowledge exchange that makes a difference locally, nationally and internationally. Building on the success of REF 2022, the Research Impact Team plays a vital role in this commitment, working with researchers across the university to continually build our capacity in both areas.

The Research Impact Manager is a specialist practitioner in research impact with a good understanding of the wide range and forms of impact that can be produced across a broad spectrum of academic research disciplines, including science and engineering, medicine and dentistry, humanities and the social sciences. The postholder will be familiar with Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs) and how they can be used strategically to further knowledge exchange activities and to support multidisciplinary research and collaboration.

Working closely with the Executive Officer for Research and Innovation (EO R&I), Deputy Vice-Principals (DVPs) for Impact, Faculty Deputy Deans for Research Impact (DDRIs) and Queen Mary researchers, the post manages a small team of Impact Engagement Officers and an IAA Officer to provide joined-up and high-quality impact and knowledge exchange support across the university. You will engage and collaborate with a network of other specialist staff supporting impact and knowledge exchange, including Business Development, Queen Mary Innovations (Technology Transfer Team), the Centre for Public Engagement and those supporting research, impact and knowledge exchange within the Faculties.

The postholder will provide institutional expertise on research impact and be responsible for driving the development, communication, and reporting of impact across the University. Working collaboratively with academic and professional services colleagues, you will be expected to promote and embed a culture which values, prioritises and evaluates cross-institutional research impact.

Led by the Research Impact Manager, the team will provide expert advice to research leaders on impact-specific requirements for funding agencies (including UKRI) and developing and overseeing a training programme which raises awareness of impact and knowledge exchange and strengthens researchers’ ability to achieve, evaluate and document it.

The postholder will also provide management and oversight of Queen Mary’s UKRI Impact Acceleration Awards, ensuring these are used to maximise impact and knowledge exchange from across the university. This element of the role is supported by an IAA officer, who reports to the Research Impact Manager.

The Research Impact Manager will provide strategic input and comprehensive advice and support in the preparation of future REF and KEF submissions, play a leading role in the evaluation of Queen Mary’s REF 2022 results, and using these to inform preparations for REF 2028. They will work closely with DVPs for Impact and Faculty DDRIs on the active development of our future portfolio of REF Impact Case Studies.

Who we are looking for

Candidates should be able to demonstrate a proven track record of experience within the Higher Education sector in the UK. You will be expected to demonstrate a strong level of understanding of Knowledge Exchange cultures and processes gained through relevant experience of supporting Knowledge Exchange or REF impact preparation in a research-intensive university. Ideally, candidates will have wide-ranging knowledge of research impact across different academic disciplines, experience of working cross-institutionally with stakeholders in academia and beyond, and have a significant track record of successfully writing impact plans for Research Council proposals, case studies and wider communications.

Candidates must demonstrate an ability to manage teams effectively through training, mentoring and performance monitoring, and must be able to use their knowledge and expertise to skilfully communicate, influence and manage professional relationships, especially with senior leaders and stakeholders across the university. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communications and have the confidence to present and provide advice to stakeholders at all levels.

A thorough knowledge of REF and KEF preparations and submissions, and how best to capture the data, is essential, as well as the ability to use this knowledge to develop and improve Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange across the institution aligned to the university’s wider strategic aims.

Please contact Krissie Tilley(E: krissie@peridotpartners.co.uk | M: 07398 140818) to organise a time to speak with Dr Sophie Carney for further information.


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Dr Sophie Carney

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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the position of Research Impact Manager at Queen Mary University of London.

Queen Mary is a leading research-intensive university that embraces the diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do. We believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable: when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.

We are ranked seventh in the UK for the quality of research outputs (REF 2022). The impact of our pioneering research, innovation and partnerships is helping to tackle the world’s greatest challenges and to transform the lives of people across the globe.

Over the past few months, we have been working hard to create new structures which support research impact in all its forms. The appointment of two new Deputy Vice Principals for Research Impact – one focussing on enterprise and commercial innovation and one focusing on civic, cultural and community impact – signifies the importance that the university places on this work.

Now, we’re looking for an inspirational Research Impact Manager to play an instrumental role in developing the next phase of our impact strategy and in leading its delivery. We’re looking for a person who has extensive experience in enabling academics to deliver impact from research, and in developing systems and processes to support and capture excellent research impact in a complex and dynamic environment.

As important is their ability to work across the university, engaging research leaders, academics and professional services colleagues to influence a research culture with impact at its heart. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a strategic and creative approach, and an ability to identify and implement solutions to issues.

This is such an exciting time to join the Impact Team at Queen Mary, and the opportunity for the successful candidate to make an impact of their own is huge. If you believe that you have the skills and experiences that we are looking for, we would very much like to hear from you.

Hannah Bentley
Executive Officer – Research and Innovation

About the Organisation

Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions, with over 32,000 students on degree programmes across a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, law, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering. Based in the creative and culturally diverse area of east London, we have one of the largest self-contained residential campuses in the capital at Mile End. Queen Mary is one of the 24 leading UK universities represented by the Russell Group, committed to maintaining the very best research, outstanding teaching and learning experiences, excellent graduate employability and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. We currently hold a silver TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) ranking and are rated as the 7th in the UK for quality of research outputs in the REF 2022, with an annual research income of £137m.

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers. Our reformer heritage informs our conviction that great ideas can and should come from anywhere. It’s an approach that has brought results across the globe, from the communities of east London to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.

We have five core values that will help us to reach this goal:

We are inclusive, supporting talented students and staff regardless of their background, and engaging with our local and global communities.

We are proud of the difference we can all make when we work collectively.

We are ambitious, fostering innovation and creativity, disrupting conventional thought, and responding with imagination to new opportunities.

We are collegial, promoting a strong community through openness, listening, understanding, co-operation and co-creation.

We are ethical, acting with the highest standards, and with integrity, in all that we do.

Unlike many other Russell Group universities, we attract a very diverse student population. Of our 25,000+ students, over 30 per cent are from non-EU overseas countries, and 9 per cent are from the EU. Our international students are drawn from over 160 countries. 90 per cent of our home students are from state schools, 59 per cent are Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME), 42 per cent are the first in their families to go into higher education and over 30 per cent are from low-income households.

Here are a few facts and figures about Queen Mary University of London:

  • Ranked 14th in the UK and 117th in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.
  • History dates back to 1785, with the founding of The London Hospital Medical College, England’s first official medical school.
  • Recognised as the most inclusive Russell Group university in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.
  • Nine Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students.
  • Student volunteers staff our award-winning Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre.
  • Click here for more key facts about Queen Mary


Queen Mary aims to be the most inclusive university of its kind, anywhere. Our vision is to open the doors of opportunity and our mission is to create a truly inclusive environment, building on our cherished cultural diversity, where students and staff flourish, reach their full potential and are proud to be part of the University. Dedicated to the public good, we will generate new knowledge, challenge existing knowledge, and engage locally, nationally and internationally to create a better world.

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    Closing date: Monday 11th July 2022

    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 15th July 2022

    Interviews: Friday 22nd July 2022


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