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Research Impact Officer

York Law School
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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25,941 - 30,046 a year
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We are seeking to appoint an impact officer to support the generation and capture of research impact in preparation for York Law School’s submission to the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise.

Research impact is created when knowledge generated by original academic research contributes to, benefits and influences society, culture, the environment and the economy. The role holder will provide effective and efficient support to academic researchers in the School to harvest evidence of impact produced by research projects in the School. They will collect, analyse, report on and store a variety of data required for the preparation of REF impact case studies.  The role holder will also be required to support and undertake activities that help generate impact.

In the role you will:

  • Take responsibility for the design, creation, management and maintenance of systems to collect and store evidence relating to the impact of research
  • Create reliable and informative databases of impact evidence; these are to be used for auditing individual impact case studies and for producing management information (for decision-making at departmental level)
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of the specific impact requirements of major research funders (especially in relation to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the UK Research Councils)
  • Analyse, manipulate and interpret information relating to the impact of specific research projects; present this information in reports suitable for use as evidence for a REF impact case study
  • Assist academic researchers in the management of public engagement events; assist in their evaluation, which may include designing systems for evaluation and evidence collection
  • Co-ordinate the department’s approach to the auditing of impact case studies: proactively liaise with the academic authors of impact case studies and relevant departmental management/committee structures, to ensure plans are in place to collect the evidence required for REF requirements

Key Requirements

  • Educated to at least first degree level in a relevant subject area
  • An understanding of the nature of research impact and the types of non-academic impact prevalent in the areas of law and human rights
  • Awareness of the types of knowledge exchange and impact activities which might lead to research impact
  • Awareness of the principles underpinning the evidencing of research impact
  • Able to carry out tasks with minimal supervision and to required deadlines
  • Good IT skills, including word processing, email, webpage maintenance, expertise in manipulating databases and spreadsheets, establishing and managing online information

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Lawrence McNamara the School Impact Lead:

This post is available on a fixed term basis for 10 months.



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