Research Development Unit Manager (FTC)

Opening Date:
2 Dec 2020
Closing Date:
16 Dec 2020
Salary Range:

Fixed term, full-time 13 months (part-time/job-share will be considered) – 1 March 2021 to 31 March 2022

Bucks New University is an ambitious, modern university; one that is always open to fresh ideas and thinking. Our staff combine the very best professional practice with inspirational teaching and the University is consistently in the top quartile of the NSS for higher education institutions in the UK, exceeding the sector average in almost every area of the survey (NSS, 2019).

This is an exciting time to join the University, with our new University Strategy – Impact 2022 – and our revised values. The University is poised for the next phase in its development as we seek to develop our impact further, enrich the student experience through innovative and employment-focused education, and realign our professional services in support of our strategic aims.

The Research Unit Development Manager is responsible for the management, co-ordination, delivery, evaluation and enhancement of the University’s research activity providing a full service to the Schools on all aspects relating to research. This includes oversight of the quality assurance of the research degrees process, professional advisory and secretarial services to the University research and ethics committees, support for staff preparation of research funding bids, project set up and management, and institutional reporting on research activity.

The post holder will be required to use their own initiative to lead and manage the effective administration of the research area, to prioritise and action workloads as appropriate, and to bring best practice to the team. They must be proactive and flexible in delivering support to students and academics, and be able to operate under pressure with minimal supervision in a fast-moving and changing environment, maintaining current knowledge of developments in the sector.

The Research Unit Development Manager is responsible for the effective work of the Research Unit PSEs and will initiate preparations for Bucks’ application for research degree awarding powers.

For further information about this role please contact Professor Florin Ioras, or

All applications are to be made in full and online via the University website. The University operates an anonymised shortlisting process and therefore any uploaded CV’s or supporting documents must not include your name and personal details.

Interview Date: w/c 4th January 2021

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, Bucks New University will not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position. All non EU/EAA candidates must have valid immigration status and/or a UK visa valid for the duration of the contract in order to be considered for this appointment.

At Bucks New University equality of opportunity and diversity is at the heart of all we do and fully integrated into our values. Our aim is to create an inclusive environment where everyone thrives and feels a sense of belonging. We are committed to diversity and welcome applications from different backgrounds and experiences.

Bucks New University is a Disability Confident employer and as such you will be given the opportunity to declare a disability as part of the application process.

The University is also committed to achieving the Race Equality Charter.