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Research Culture Manager

Research Funding Development

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £40,931 to £51,805
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Wednesday 30 November 2022
Reference:  2051322TW

Our People are our University

Do you want to make a difference? Are you able to provide the planning and project management to support a world-leading university achieve its strategic aims during these exceptional times?   Our purpose is to build an inclusive community that makes positive change.  Respect, compassion, and curiosity for what makes us different strengthens our community and the communities we serve, enabling mutual success. People who feel welcomed, included, and valued will use their differences to create and enjoy a transformative experience that drives positive change in the world.  

The role

We are seeking a Research Culture Manager to be an advocate for collaborative, inclusive, and supportive research culture.  You will work closely with the Associate Vice-Presidents Interdisciplinary Research through the development and delivery of a Research Culture action plan. Your ability to develop new ideas will enable you to drive a significant culture change.  You will engage with University academics and professional service colleagues to advance a portfolio of projects to improve our research culture – key to the realisation of the University strategy.  

About you

Prospective candidates will have excellent organisational and communication skills, relevant project management experience, and the ability to work confidently and assertively with a range of senior stakeholders, using negotiating and influencing skills to achieve successful outcomes.  An understanding of the research lifecycle and contemporary research culture in a Higher Education setting is essential for this role.  Training, coaching and access to external advisors will support the technical aspects of this role.

Working here

As a university, we aim to create an environment where everyone can thrive and we are active in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work.

We welcome applications from candidates who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment. We encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+; and people with disabilities. Committed to supporting our staff and students, we are open to a flexible working approaches; giving consideration to part-time applications. We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly and those who have taken a career break.  We have adopted a hybrid-working model across the university combining working from home with regular time on campus.

As well as additional benefits, such as a generous holiday allowance of 30 days annual leave, plus a further 6 university closure days and 8 UK bank holidays.  We will support your long-term future with access to a pension scheme, subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts. 

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sam Stubbs (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email  Please quote reference 2051322TW on all correspondence.

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We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value the diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. 

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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