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Research Contracts and Governance Manager

Research Office

Location:  Ormskirk
Salary:  £30,942 to £33,797 per annum pro rata
Fixed Term for 9 months
Post Type:  Part Time
Hours Per Week:  29
Closing Date:  Wednesday 16 June 2021
Reference:  EHA1753B-0621

Make a difference, every day, to the lives of our students.

About You

You will be a self-motivated, positive and flexible team player with the ability to develop effective working relationships at all levels across the University. You will be a strong communicator, highly organised with an excellent attention to detail. Good knowledge and understanding of the Higher Education research environment is also essential.

With a good knowledge and understanding of research governance, integrity and experience of successful research contracting with a range of funders you will have an opportunity to work in a growing department which has a wide brief in supporting the research governance infrastructure.  

About the Role

You will support and advise senior staff within University in managing the efficient processing of research contracts and our governance and sponsorship responsibilities, particularly with respect to health-related research. You will have the opportunity to shape how the Research Office develops and operationalises its approach in these areas.  Edge Hill was one of the most improved universities in REF 2014, as such you will be part of a team supporting the continued development of research.  You will be part of a growing but tight-knit team that works collegially to support academic colleagues to produce high-quality research across a range of disciplines.  


You will benefit from 25 days annual leave plus 13 bank holiday and University closure days per annum, pro rata. We aim to provide our staff with a positive work life balance and have a range of schemes in place to support this. Your continued professional development is as important to us as it is to you and we demonstrate this through our investment in your CPD activity. 

You will be automatically enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme and have access to our staff benefits platform, which provides you with discounts across the high street to help you save money on your everyday spending such as supermarket shopping, cinema tickets, dining out and more. We also offer discounted membership to our state-of-the-art sport and leisure facilities.

About Us

Edge Hill University is “A great success story… an institution that improves and impresses year after year” – Times Higher Education. 

You’ll be working for a multi award-winning institution that has been named University of the Year in the Educate North Awards (2021) in recognition of our continued commitment to deliver an exceptional student experience and the exceptional progress we have made to deliver investment and innovation over the past 12 months, while placing students at the heart of everything we do.

The University has been ranked Best University Workplace (Times Higher Education 2015), judged Best UK Employer (European Business Awards 2016) and highly commended in Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2017 for Workplace of the Year.

The Times Higher ‘University of the Year’ award celebrated our distinct role in “transforming lives” – reflecting a distinctive philosophy of creating opportunity from excellence.

Based on an award-winning campus in West Lancashire, Edge Hill University offers a stimulating and empowering environment for ambitious and high performing professionals.

For informal enquiries about this vacancy you may wish to contact: Christopher Hughes, Head of Research Support at  

Internal staff wishing to apply for a fixed term role as a secondment opportunity must discuss this with their existing line manager before applying.

At Edge Hill University we value the benefits a rich and diverse workforce brings to our community and therefore welcome applications from all sections of society.

Further details:    Job Description & Person Specification    
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