Research Development Manager

University of Derby

This role is part funded by ERDF.

Challenging, interesting and constantly changing, the University of Derby is an extraordinary place to learn and an incredibly rewarding place to work.

Here at the University of Derby we have committed to nurture and encourage research excellence across all our disciplines and career stages, recognising the strong link between excellent research and an excellent student experience.  Our research makes a difference by making an impact on our students, industry (locally, regionally and internationally), policy makers, our international research partners and the wider community.

We have entered a new and exciting era for research at the University, making investments in our students, staff and research infrastructure to help us achieve our overall aim of producing research that is high-impact and high-profile and that is beneficial to our stakeholder groups. We are investing in research, supporting our Colleges’ REF 2021 plans, providing doctoral bursaries and in staffing of the our central hub, the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Office (URKEO).

URKEO supports 350 doctoral students and we have nearly 200 research active staff across the University, with over 700 research outputs recorded on UDORA, our comprehensive, open access repository. Furthermore, as an anchor University our research supports the growth and development of our local communities and economies. We remain in the ‘top 10’ Universities for the highest number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships being delivered.  We are participating in a number of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) projects and our collaborative research income, from funders such as Horizon 2020 and Innovate UK continues to rise, engaging our academics with both multinationals as well as small and medium size enterprises. All these funded research activities support innovation, product and business development and competitiveness in our regional economy, as well as internationally.

It is thus an exciting time to be joining us and to play a role in supporting the University’s research and knowledge exchange ambitions. As Research Development Manager you will support horizon scanning, project and partner development and the preparation of high quality applications for research funding.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect everyone who works for us to also share this commitment and to treat people with courtesy and respect.


  • Accessible location; Derby is a thriving, multi-cultural city with easy access from any location within the UK
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Competitive, family friendly reward packages
  • Opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme
  • Discount savings scheme and extensive staff discounts on accredited courses for yourself or family to study here at the University
  • Cycle2Work scheme and subsidised travel
  • Vast programme of training courses and secondment opportunities

Application procedure

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