Research Development Manager – Kingston upon Thames, Greater London

Research Development Manager

Kingston University

Kingston upon Thames, Greater London


Research Development Manager


Academic Services



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Job Description
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The Role

Our Research Development Managers are pivotal roles in supporting research. You will actively support the development of research projects at all stages from concept generation through to bid submission, helping to develop researchers in addition to their research projects. You will support research leadership to embed strategies to improve research performance generally and strategic research income generation targets specifically.

You will be a key source of advice to colleagues at all grades and work proactively across disciplines and with professional services. You will also have a remit in the area of Open Research.  Ideal for someone passionate about research and wanting experience and insight into research projects, processes and external policy drivers in a role with breadth and responsibility. You will work within our strong and well-integrated team, independently and as part of cross-function project teams as the role necessitates. We research widely across STEM and SHAPE.

The Person

You must be capable, enthusiastic and self-starting, interested in multiple facets of research and University life and capable of managing a complex and diverse workload. We are looking for a candidate who is highly organised with a keen eye for detail and high standards of financial literacy and numeracy.

You must have substantial relevant experience in HE and in research support or a comparable role, detailed knowledge of research funding and related strategic issues is required. To facilitate the role, interpersonal skills and influencing skills will be essential and you should have strong communications abilities, including presentations to groups, and strong IT skills. You will need to prioritise workloads and meet deadlines, with excellent project management. Expect to work with colleagues at all levels and form strong working relationships with people from all subjects and backgrounds. Education must be at least degree level – compatibility to research strengths would assist.


The Academic Services Directorate includes Research & Impact, Knowledge Exchange, Academic Registry, Quality Assurance and Enhancement, the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Centre and Planning. Collectively the Directorate supports academics in their research and KE activities and supports some of the University’s governance and decision-making committees, maintains academic regulations, develops and implements academic policies, oversees the quality and standards of academic provision and leads the development of education practices across the University.

The Directorate is responsible for stimulating cutting edge research, impact and knowledge exchange and supporting a vibrant community of graduate research students, to increase the volume, impact and visibility of our research and business activities.  We actively liaise with Faculties and researchers to support and develop research activities across all disciplines and provide related training and development opportunities.  We foster interdisciplinary working to promote, advance and share knowledge with the overall aim of securing new revenue sources and contributing to regional prosperity. Our goal is to foster and sustain a vibrant research culture in which our researchers and research students can flourish.

As a directorate, we identify opportunities for innovation, see change as an opportunity, value constructive feedback and share good practice across the University.

Further information

This is a full time, permanent position with a starting salary of £45,953 per annum.

Interviews are expected to be held on Monday 3 April 2023.

If you require further information, please contact Juliet Parry, Head of Research Systems, Governance & Funding.

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.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required, this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme. 

To apply click on ‘Apply Now’. If, for accessibility reasons, you need to apply in an alternative format, please email [email protected] call the HR Shared Services team on 020 8417 3118.


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