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Partnerships Development Manager

Research & Enterprise Services
Salary:   £44,737 to £51,805
Closing Date:   Sunday 02 April 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  0110-23

Please note: this job is only available to current employees of Lancaster University

Grade 8P

 We are looking for someone to join our experienced Knowledge Exchange Team based in the School of Computing and Communications. We’re passionate about education, research, our people, and engaging and uniting businesses, students and researchers together for collaboration, sharing knowledge, across local to global communities.

 The holder of this post will support strategic partnerships between the University and key digital and computing focussed organisations in the context of collaborative research, innovation and engagement activities. 

 The post will support the University’s evolving ambitions in digital, computing and cyber, which brings together academics and external experts creating a vibrant innovation eco-system full of a diverse range of organisations with the potential for high value and sustainable partnerships with relevant academic colleagues.

 We are looking for a dynamic individual with experience of partnership development, a proven ability to communicate University Knowledge Exchange (KE) activity to external partners and an understanding of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) strategy. Excellent communication skills are essential to the role to build collaborations with a diverse range of internal and external partners. Established relevant networks relating to digital, computing and related disciplines would be desirable.

 You’ll join our friendly team which provides a critical business engagement function within the School and in collaboration across the University. 

You will:

  • Have a positive, “can do” approach and the ability to juggle priorities and multiple tasks.
  • Have strong organisational skills and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Be a self-motivated team player and also be able to work on your own. 
  • Have experience of working on multiple projects in a busy and varied office environment, maintaining existing relationships and developing new initiatives.
  • Be able to demonstrate an engaging and professional manner, and an ability to use initiative.
  • Be able to demonstrate experience of the knowledge exchange environment and the digital and computing sectors.

 The role sits within the Research and Enterprise Services (RES) division. Candidates should contact Dr Neil Dullaway, Head of Partnerships and Business Engagement (, for any questions or informal discussions regarding the role

We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity. As a truly global and inclusive university, it is no surprise that Lancaster University is committed to creating an environment where everyone can thrive and fulfil their potential. Students from over one hundred countries make up our diverse campus and over half of our staff come from outside of the UK. Lancaster is an open and welcoming community that values equality and diversity. Our promotion of global values ensures Lancaster is a welcoming environment for all students and staff.

 We are proactive in engagement with our staff to help us to understand the lived experiences of our university community and to understand how we are doing in creating a fairer and more inclusive University. Our multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre is a welcoming place for people of all faiths and none. It includes facilities for the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam and Jewish faiths and also a Muslim Prayer Room.

 We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

 We will also encourage flexible and elements of remote working given the nature of the role, learning from our experience during the pandemic in ensuring the role holder is well supported in doing so.

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 About Lancaster University

The growing reputation of Lancaster is reflected by high rankings year-on-year in three of the UK's major university league tables –The Complete University Guide 2023 (11th), The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 (12th) and The Guardian University Guide 2023 (14th). Lancaster is a truly international University with four overseas teaching partnerships (in Ghana, Germany, Malaysia and China) and was been named International University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. Lancaster is ranked 146th out of more than 1,000 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2023 and ranked 122nd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023. This makes Lancaster 15th out of the 101 UK universities included in these rankings. 

 The Knowledge Exchange Framework, which measures how well universities perform in areas from business support to local regeneration, recognised Lancaster among the top 20% of English institutions for Local Growth and Regeneration, Working with Businesses and Working with the Public and Third Sector. The University also placed in the top 40% for Research Partnerships, Public and Community Engagement and IP and Commercialisation. In the Research Excellence Framework 2021, 91% of Lancaster's research has been independently rated as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading' with 46% rated in the highest category of 4*.

 The Lancaster Campus is a 560-acre site, which is self-contained yet well connected. The campus is a community of nine colleges and has an array of facilities including banks, shops, cafes, pre-school and health services. Three miles or a ten minute bus ride away is the city of Lancaster which offers opportunities to shop, eat and drink at a variety cafes and restaurants, engage with arts and culture at one of the theatres or museums and visit some of the historical landmarks including the 1000 year old castle.

 We offer relocation allowances for staff (grade six and above) who have to move to join us, and have engaged the services of a relocation partner (HCR Ltd) to assist with international relocations.

 To find out more about the University please visit

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The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ information page.


We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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