Knowledge Exchange and IP Commercialisation Associate: University of the West of England (UWE)


UWE Bristol is an ambitious university. Together, our people are working hard to advance knowledge, inspire people and transform futures. We are looking for people with the skills and ambition to help us achieve those aims. 

We are a well-established university, with over 30,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 3,600 staff. UWE Bristol is one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West. We are globally connected and regionally embedded, with strong employer and partner connections. Students come to study with us from all over the UK, as well as from 140 different countries, making this a diverse and interesting place to study. We achieved 89% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Satisfaction survey in 2018, this excellent result puts us as the top university in the South West and in 7th place nationally. In 2018 we were placed in the Guardian's Top 40 Universities in the UK and we achieved TEF Gold status.

UWE is the home of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) the largest centre for multi-disciplinary robotics academic research in the UK. The BRL is a partnership institution between UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol and hosts a vibrant community of over 300 academics, researchers and industry practitioners. UWE is also building a state-of the-art Engineering centre, with the aim of making UWE one of the top schools of engineering in the country

Bristol itself is a hub of social and cultural activity and is a big pull for students and employers alike. A place with a strong, creative and fiercely independent mindset. A city with a buzzing music scene, great restaurants and interesting business ventures. It's not surprising Bristol is consistently named as one of the best places to live and work in the UK.

About the Department of Research, Business and Innovation (RBI)

RBI is a dynamic, friendly department with a strong team ethos and comprises approximately 90 staff.  RBI supports, develops and enhances the University's framework for research, for example grant bidding and post-award management, professional development and business engagement. We have a caring culture in RBI and make it a priority to look after our staff.

About You

This new post offers considerable opportunity for a highly motivated individual to shape a portfolio of projects to translate intellectual property (IP) based research outputs to realise economic, social and cultural impacts. This means helping and guiding research staff to generate impact from the IP that arises from their research, whether by commercial or non-commercial routes. The post holder will identify and facilitate new relationships with external users of research, for example companies and charities.

The post offers an individual with strong interpersonal skills the opportunity to develop their business and commercialisation skills and to work with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders. The post holder will take ownership of and develop UWEs "IP and research" awareness campaign for undergraduates, post-graduates and tenured research staff.  

Job Share

This post is available on a job share basis for applicants wishing to work part time. While this post is permanent we will consider offering it on a secondment basis of at least two years. 

In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of staff benefits including:

* a generous holiday allowance of 27 Days
* up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition
* flexible working
* excellent defined benefit pension schemes
* option to participate in the cycle to work scheme
* family friendly policies
* onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus.


Please see the attached job description and further information for applicants on the UWE careers page. Please apply through there as well.

Frenchay Campus

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give our students access to everything they need to succeed - with GBP 300m having been spent recently on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation to enhance our offer even further. Frenchay campus is within close proximity to excellent motorway links and within walking distance of two train stations, making UWE Frenchay Campus the ideal place to work for those wishing to commute to Bristol.

Further information

If you would like an informal discussion, please contact Jim Houlihan on 0117 328 3642 or email:

UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook.

Closing date: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020
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