Research Development Administrator - £1820ph plus Hol Pay - Central London

Gray & Associates Recruitment Services
London (Central)
11 Jan 2018
12 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Development Administrator- £18.20ph plus Hol Pay - Central London

Start Monday 15 January - Must be available for a minimum of one month

Are you an experienced Research Administrator who has the ability to provide in-depth analysis of statistical information and other data? If you would you like the opportunity to work within a leading UK University get in touch.


The Research Development Administrator (Performance) is a pivotal post within Research Development team operating across the areas of research evaluation, metrics and intelligence. The role requires a high level of data management, analysis and reporting expertise; the ability to manage a complex workload, take the initiative and work as part of a multi-functional team.

To provide support for preparations for Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercises, develop and pioneer new metrics, develop, optimise and maintain research information systems, and work closely with academic and professional services colleagues, In addition, the role-holder will support the wider activities of the Research Development team as required.


  • Provide regular and on demand data and analysis of key research indicators, in particular concerning funding, research environment and output evaluation.
  • Provide key support and guidance for the preparations for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise and subsequent exercises, including managing the output evaluation, developing and optimising a variety of quantitative information sources linked to research funding, publications and related metrics, and undertaking modelling analyses to inform the strategy of submissions.
  • Identify and implement strategies to enhance utilisation, development and maintenance of research information systems.
  • Lead on the development, implementation and maintenance of systems and processes
  • To work closely with colleagues in Research Operations, Research Services and Information Services to develop and produce regular and timely management reports detailing key metrics, and proposing new systems and approaches to ensure data quality.
  • Develop and manage key indicators demonstrating the progress against strategic goals. This includes identifying comparative indicators and performing data gathering exercises, locating or generating key comparators with other HEIs, and mapping key funders and users of the wide-ranging research.
  • Pro-actively participate in working or steering groups set up in relation to research metrics, evaluation or related systems and policies, preparing briefing notes and papers as required.
  • Support the promotion and implementation of policies and procedures in relation to the use of research evaluation and metrics.
  • Keep abreast of the changing external environment management and disseminate knowledge to the research community with regard to these areas, including responsible use.
  • Act as secretariat for the Faculty Research Committee, working with the Chair to prepare agendas, papers and minutes, and producing reports for the committee as necessary.
  • Design and manage mechanisms and procedures to support new initiatives and policy changes, including research capacity building activities, and to provide advice and support to colleagues in implementing these.


  • Excellent administrative skills, including experience of designing, setting up and managing administrative systems.
  • Ability to provide in-depth analysis of statistical information and other data, including the ability to analyse, manipulate and combine different datasets relating to research activities.
  • The ability to read and analyse complex documents and extract salient information to give clear explanations and guidance notes in English.
  • Ability to work independently, with strong planning and management skills to deliver the requirements of the role to a high standard
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills and the confidence to work collaboratively, flexibly and effectively with team members and also colleagues at all levels of the institution.
  • Excellent organisational and problem-solving skills with a solution-led approach.
  • Excellent numeracy and verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Experience of preparing returns for external bodies within Higher Education.
  • Experience of servicing committees, including experience of preparing committee agendas, papers, and writing minutes.
  • Understanding of the funding and policy framework for research within Higher Education, including the Research Excellence Framework.
  • Knowledge of current landscape of research management information systems.
  • An understanding of the requirements of the UK Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts.
  • Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential matters.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, sharing information and ideas, and supporting colleagues.
  • Commitment to policy of equal opportunity and the ability to work harmoniously with colleagues and students of all cultures and backgrounds.

Due to time constraints and the number of applications we will only be able to respond personally to successful candidates. Hopefully you will be one of those. If not please do feel free to send your CV again for any other positions that are of interest.

Gray & Associates is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.