Impact & Partnership Development Officer

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 02 Apr 2023

Developing Business-Aware Academics Project

Innovation, Impact and Business – Business School

This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

This full-time post is available immediately on a fixed term basis until December 2026. Part-time and job-sharing arrangements can be considered in agreement with the successful candidate, ensuring that business needs are met.

Summary of the role

Research England (UKRI) has recently awarded the University of Exeter a £5 million grant to deliver the Developing Business-Aware Academics project. Led by the University’s Business School, the project is a partnership with the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and five English business schools. It will pilot and evaluate a range of initiatives aimed at helping doctoral and early career researchers – from across all disciplines but especially in science and technology – to develop the business awareness and competencies that improve innovation and knowledge exchange across academia and industry. This is a 4-year project running from January 2023 to December 2026.  

This Impact and Partnership Development role supporting the Developing Business-Aware Academic project will be hosted within the Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB) Business School Partnerships and Programmes team, which provides dedicated support to the Business School for the development of impactful partnerships with external, non-university organisations. The role will be part of a project team dedicated to this project, and will be responsible for effective project coordination, supporting the Project Manager in undertaking activities including resource planning, financial management, monitoring and reporting. The successful candidate will need to be confident working with colleagues across the Business School and Professional Services and external partners to the project

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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 and QS World University Ranking 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. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

The University of Exeter Business School

The University of Exeter Business School believes in leadership for a better world. This ethos is infused in everything we do, as we teach our students how to use sustainable and responsible business principles to become successful leaders. Our triple accreditation status demonstrates our assurance to providing high standards of quality and an outstanding educational experience, helping our students to stand out in a competitive global environment. We were named Business School of the Year in the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards.

Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB)

Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB) brings a focus to partnerships and collaborative working with external, non-university partners and to drive place-based innovation. It works at the interface between Research and Education and collaborates closely with the Research Support and Global Engagement and Development teams as part of an integrated Professional Services ecosystem. Its key aim is to secure significantly greater income and impact from relationships with partners drawing on the University’s education, research and physical assets. This includes curriculum development, skills, placements, education links/branded degrees with business and business related-student recruitment, as well as research collaboration, project management and commercial partnerships. 

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.


We offer some fantastic benefits including: 

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Further information

Please contact Nicky Cunningham, Head of Partnerships and Programmes (Business School), Innovation, Impact and Business – .

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