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Director of Research and Development


Salary:   Competitive
Release Date:   Friday 29 July 2022
Closing Date:   Wednesday 31 August 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:   DIR076

Building responsive research


In recent years The University of West London has made remarkable strides in terms of its financial sustainability, its ranking, the quality of the student experience, and the impact of its research. To build on these advances, the University is now looking to develop its research capability by appointing a Director of Research and Development (DoRD). 


The Role


This new and pivotal role will take a strategic lead on all the University’s research and its impact as well as raising the quality and visibility of all its research related activities. The appointee will report to the Vice Chancellor and work across the University with its various research centres and institutes, as well as with the Deans and Heads of School. The post -holder will also have the job of setting up a new research support unit which will work alongside the Graduate Centre.


With an emphasis in driving cultural change, the Director will play a leading role in the development of a suite of training directed to our academic and community and will play a key role in raising the profile of the University in various national and international forums. The Director will be expected to maintain a personal research profile which will form c20% of the role. The post holder will also be expected to lead and coach colleagues on external income generation. This will involve engaging with networks across the HE Sector and staying up to date with the research and development nationally and internationally.


The recent Research Excellence Framework provides a solid base from which to launch the new research strategy. With just over 80 entries in 7 Units of Assessment, the University entered the top hundred for the first time with 76 % of the research work submitted being rated as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). Research strengths were highlighted in Leisure and Tourism, Music, Film and Screen Studies, Allied Health, Computer Science and Informatics, and engineering. In addition, Social Work and Social Policy, and communication and cultural studies, and criminology were picked out for their quality and impact. In the recent NSS the University was also ranked 7th in the UK for overall satisfaction and 1st in the UK for the average score across all questions. 


How to apply


To apply click on ‘Apply Online’ and fill out the application form. Further information about the application process can be found here: 


Applications should consist of a covering letter, full CV, detailing academic and professional qualifications, employment history, latest remuneration and relevant achievements. 


For an informal discussion with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost for Health , Professor Anthony Woodman, please contact Jackie Halvey, Executive Assistant to the Vice[1]Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor on 020 8231 2204 or at

Interviews are expected to be held early September 2022.

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