Research Impact Manager

This full-time, ERDF part-funded post is available from 10th January 2022 on fixed-term contract until 31st December 2022.


The Post

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Impact Manager to join our Smartline Extension Project, taking forward the dissemination of the findings and outputs of the project to deliver impact and influence policy.


Smartline began in March 2017 and is partnership project involving the University of Exeter, Coastline Housing Ltd, Volunteer Cornwall, Cornwall Council and the South West Academic Health Science Network (SWAHSN). The project involves academics from across the university and is based at the internationally regarded European Centre for Environment and Human Health ( on the University of Exeter Medical School Truro campus, a designated Collaborating Centre on Natural Environments and Health by the World Health Organization.


The Smartline Extension Project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), part of the England 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme. As such, enterprise support and engagement is fundamental to the delivery of the project and a key aspect of all posts within it. The project has also received funding from Cornwall Council.


For more information about the work of Smartline, please visit the project website at


Main Duties

This role will primarily focus on maximising the impact of the project’s research and in doing so:


  • Explore ways to creatively communicate and disseminate the project’s achievements, for a range of audiences;
  • Communicate the science, knowledge and research to non-expert audiences in an accessible, understandable and useful way to inform and stimulate interest and engagement with the work of Smartline;
  • Independently identify opportunities to respond to, for example, calls for evidence from Parliamentary Committee or Government Departments, or conference or presentation opportunities for key audiences such as Housing Associations or other bodies;
  • Identify and engage with key stakeholders and audiences to disseminate the findings and outputs of Smartline to deliver impact and influence policy and practice;
  • Develop a network across the region and beyond, gathering intelligence relating to pathways to impact and using the project’s expertise and evidence-base to influence policy and practice;
  • Act as an impact champion, and initial point of contact, for engagement with external organisations and key stakeholders;
  • Develop and strengthen links with relevant individuals, communities and organisations who have an interest in engaging with Smartline, and shaping new collaborative research opportunities;
  • Lead on the organisation of impact workshops, seminars and events.


This role offers the opportunity for blended working with the expectation that the role holder would come into the office/ on campus an average of 2 to 3 days per week. This is open to discussion with the successful candidate. The project team is currently based at home but with an expectation that the post-holder can regularly work in the office as required.


We are open to receiving applications on a secondment or from those interested in working on a part-time basis at a minimum of 2 days a week as a job share split between the communication and networking elements of the role.


Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification available on our website.


The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.


Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City. In 2019, Devon was voted as having the best quality of life of anywhere in England and Wales, making it a popular choice for both work and study.


Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.


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Further information

For further information please contact Assoc. Prof Emma Bland, Smartline Extension Project Principle Investigator, at

Closing date: 
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Originating organisation: