Knowledge Exchange & Research Institutes (KERIs) Director x4

Opening Date:
28 Jun 2024
Closing Date:
28 Jul 2024
Salary Range:

We are seeking to appoint four new Directors of Knowledge Exchange and Research. Each Director will be accountable for the overall leadership, co-ordination and development of Knowledge Exchange and Research within each KERI, including income and impact generation, strategic direction-setting and financial management. They will provide leadership to deliver the KERI business plan and the relevant University KPIs in Research and Knowledge Exchange (KE). Working with REF Unit of Assessment Coordinators, they will also lead preparations for REF 2029 in the research areas covered by their Institute and contribute to the periodic KEF return.

Reporting to the Provost, KERI Directors will be responsible for creating an inclusive and positive working environment and a vibrant Research & KE culture with researcher development at its core. They will be required to demonstrate a strong track record in Research & KE including relevant evidence of leadership.

This is a permanent appointment. The KERIs Director aspect of the role is a 4-year term, moving to a Professor substantive post on conclusion. The role will be based within the relevant faculty. The role holder will be a member of the Senior Leadership Group of the University. The role holder will need to work effectively in collaboration with other KERI Directors as well as with Faculty Deans and stakeholders and professional service teams to achieve the objectives of the KERI.

More about KERIs
Our KERIs focus on:

  • Health, Education and Society
  • Cyber, Engineering and Digital Technologies
  • Behaviour, Business and Policy
  • Design, Arts and Creative Practice

These institutes will drive excellence and collaboration, addressing key challenges through interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange. They will:

  • Establish a strong research culture
  • Provide a clear presence for industry and external partners
  • Foster interdisciplinarity for tackling contemporary issues
  • Enhance grant acquisition
  • Support a collaborative and innovative environment for staff and students

The Person
You will be results led and have significant knowledge and experience of leading Research and/or Knowledge Exchange in an HE context. You will have a proven ability to develop research active staff and a strong track record in income generation. With a determination to drive vision and purpose, communicate and engage effectively, you will have the ability to develop talent, manage complexity, balance stakeholders and make quality decisions.

Further information
There are 4 permanent positions with a competitive starting salary (£71,132 – £86,940 per annum).

The KERIs Director aspect of the role is a 4-year term, reverting to a Professor substantive post following this term.

For informal enquiries, please contact Priscila Morais, Executive PA –

The closing date for applications is 28 July 2024.

To apply, please visit Kingston University website –

Bring your true self, expertise, and passion to Kingston where we are continuing to strive to build a university where authentic inclusion and belonging is at its heart. Every one of our staff and students’ identities, backgrounds and diverse experiences makes us who we are – so harness and embrace yours by applying today. We welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ communities and those with disabilities.