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Head of Research Support


For more than a century, the University of Birmingham has been pursuing and sharing knowledge through world-leading research. The University has an exciting vision to build on the success of REF2021, by continuing to transform its research performance across research awards, outputs, income, and impact. Central to this ambition is the Research Strategy & Services Division (RSSD), a new Professional Services department that has been established to provide a transformative and sector-leading approach to research strategy and support.

Role Summary

Reporting to the Deputy Director, RSSD, you will lead one of our three recently formed College Hub Research Support teams, which provide comprehensive pre-award support for researchers across research development, research support and facilitation, grants set up, contracts and research-related agreements.

Person Specification

You will have extensive experience of delivering and managing pre-award support, drafting and reviewing complex research agreements and ensuring compliance with funders terms including trusted research. You will bring well developed leadership skills, with the ability to manage and set direction of the team as a trusted expert, and be able to develop individuals and teams to do the same.

The University of Birmingham offers a dynamic and inclusive work environment, where your leadership and innovative ideas will be valued. Join us and you will be part of a globally recognised institution that empowers its staff to make a real difference in the world.

This is an exciting time to join this newly established Division and to lead the delivery of research support within the University.


We believe there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ member of University of Birmingham staff and that diversity in its many forms is a strength that underpins the exchange of ideas, innovation and debate at the heart of University life. We are committed to proactively addressing the barriers experienced by some groups in our community and are proud to hold Athena SWAN, Race Equality Charter and Disability Confident accreditations. We have an Equality Diversity and Inclusion Centre that focuses on continuously improving the University as a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. You can find out more about our work to create a fairer university for everyone¬†on our website.

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