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Design Facilitator (U Start)

Enterprise & Innovation Services
Salary:   £26,715 to £32,817
Closing Date:   Sunday 29 September 2019
Interview Date:   Monday 07 October 2019
Reference:  N1976

Research & Enterprise Services at Lancaster University receives support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to deliver a student and graduate enterprise project (U Start) until the end of March 2022. 

We are looking for an exceptional individual to join the Enterprise Team to support the successful delivery of this strategically significant project.

You will work as a key member of Lancaster University Enterprise Team, operating under the Work in Progress brand, to deliver core elements of the service and associated activities which enable the attainment of the U Start project targets, including:

  • Undertaking needs analysis and action planning for learner customers and other project beneficiaries seeking to develop themselves, their ideas and their businesses.

  • Contributing to the team’s development of the programme of activities and service support that meet the aggregated needs of service users and other project beneficiaries.

  • Designing and delivering activities and development interventions that meet the specific needs of individuals and groups of service users and other project beneficiaries.

  • Contributing to the professional capabilities of the team, its partners and suppliers, through their application of Human Centred Design theory and practice to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the service offer.

You will have high-level expertise in Human Centred Design; personal experience of undertaking entrepreneurial ventures; experience of developing effective learning interventions; excellent team working, organisational, interpersonal and influencing skills.

Familiarity with Enterprise Education within the HE sector, and experience of delivering ERDF or other publicly funded projects, would be a distinct advantage, but appropriate development support will be provided. 

This is a full time, fixed term post until March 2022. 

This post is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

Closing Date:   29th Sept 2019

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About Lancaster University

Now celebrating its 52nd year, global top 1% university Lancaster University is a world-class centre for teaching, research and business engagement and enterprise, located on a beautiful campus in the Northwest of England. Lancaster is ranked top ten in the Guardian League table and The Complete University Guide. The university has over 12,000 students from over 100 countries studying at its UK campus and teaching and research partnerships across the globe, with a network of over 130,000 alumni in 183 countries worldwide. The University has invested over £450 million in the campus to create new academic facilities, student social facilities and improved teaching spaces. The main campus lies 3 miles outside the historic City of Lancaster, recently ranked one of the top 10 most vibrant cities in the UK, and is easily accessible via road, rail and bicycle. 

Strategy and Vison

Our strategy is to become a university that is globally significant - a leader in higher education that provides the highest quality research, teaching, and business partnerships, and engages locally and internationally on the issues and debates of the day and future, informing and changing practice and thinking worldwide.

Business Engagement and Enterprise

Lancaster University is in the top ten for interactions with SMEs and has “exemplar business engagement facilities” according to the Witty report 2013. We are also the top UK institution for economic development and regeneration according to the 2014-15 Higher Education Business and Communities Interaction Survey. The University has received the Small Business Charter Gold award – one of only three nationally, and won the ‘Outstanding Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Initiative’ category in The Impact Awards, and the ‘Research and Development’ category in the Green Gown Awards.

Our award-winning team has secured over £100M funds and helped create more than 4,000 jobs through working with more than 5,000 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) through student engagement and recruitment, collaborative research and consultancy, facilities use, start up and IP development, professional education and training, organisational innovation and growth, community activities and providing access to our local to global networks. We are seeking new members to join our award winning team to work on over £60M worth of new business engagement projects. 

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.

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