Impact Officer Visa Sponsorship Uk

April 16, 2024
£55 / year

Job Description


Job Purpose


This role will be critical to the success of the College Research & Knowledge Exchange Strategy, including delivering on the following specific success measures: increasing the number of academic staff involved in knowledge exchange and impact activities; increasing the volume and quality of impact records held; and increasing the quality and quantity of future REF impact case studies.


This will include:

• Developing social science scholars’ ability to conduct research and participate beyond academia.

• Encouraging collaboration and innovation between social scientists and research users.

• Proactively assisting researchers to describe, analyse, and demonstrate impact.


Main duties and responsibilities

The key duties and responsibilities will be reported to the College Engagement and Impact Manager as follows:

1. Coordinate College REF-related impact initiatives, including identifying and delivering impact case studies for future submissions, according to agreed-upon strategies and schedules.

2. Collaborate with the College and Central Impact team in the Research Services Directorate to build and maintain the College Impact Pipeline. This involves systematic gathering, recording, and reporting of impact activity within the College.

3. Provide one-on-one advice and training/workshops to raise awareness and education about research impact. Help colleagues identify and pursue impact opportunities, develop impact narratives, and gather evidence using best practices.

4. Coordinate and provide targeted support to researchers and academic Impact Leads to improve their engagement and impact skills.

5. Collaborate with Operations, Research Development, and Engagement & Impact teams to provide personalised assistance for researchers: (i) preparing external funding proposals; (ii) creating high-quality impact funding applications, such as for the Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Fund and Impact Acceleration Accounts.

6. Promote the College’s engagement and impact by highlighting successful programmes and partnerships and representing the College in suitable public forums.

7. Collaborate with the College Research Support Office team to enhance the organization’s ability to meet College and University KPIs for research and knowledge exchange.

8. Create and edit content to promote the effect of social sciences research through various platforms (e.g., web, podcasts, blogs) to guarantee clarity, accuracy, and accessibility for diverse audiences.


Knowledge, qualifications, skills, and experience.



A1 Degree and/or postgraduate qualification in an area relevant to the College of Social Sciences.

A2 Understanding of methodologies and models for knowledge exchange and research impact.

A3 Comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of Higher Education Institution organisational structures, policies, and processes.

A4 Knowledge and awareness of the impact agenda, specifically related to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and/or funding councils.



B1 PhD in a field relevant to the College of Social Sciences.

B2 project management qualification.




C1 Capability to operate independently and as part of a team.

C2 Ability to understand, interpret, and summarise difficult information for a broad audience of non-specialists.

C3 Strong organisational skills

C4 Excellent eye for detail and correctness.

C5 Ability to engage and secure cooperation from both academic peers and research users.

C6 Capability to employ a broad range of communication means and systems to communicate and promote information and guidance about research impact.

C7 Demonstrates effective communication and presenting abilities with diverse audiences.

C8 Excellent writing, editing, and placement skills.

C9 Excellent IT skills, notably in Word, web, databases, and spreadsheets

C10 Ability to plan and prioritise workload efficiently




E1 Significant experience working in a similar/related role in a higher education institution or a comparable setting.

E2 Experience writing copy for a variety of audiences, or experience authoring Impact Case Studies for REF, or something comparable

E3 Experience writing on research and/or hard issues.

E4 Experience dealing with and communicating with a big number of employees from a variety of backgrounds and degrees of seniority

E5 Proven experience in collecting, integrating, manipulating, interpreting, and presenting data from various sources.



F1 Previous experience working with research users (e.g., third-party practitioners or policymakers)

F2 Experience working in higher education in a research impact or other relevant function (e.g., communications, researcher development, knowledge exchange, community or public engagement).


Terms & Conditions.

The annual salary for Grade 7 will range between £39,347 and £44,263.

This position is full-time (35 hours per week) and open-ended (permanent).

The University of Glasgow is responsible for ensuring that all personnel are eligible to reside and work in the UK. If you need a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK, you must first complete the visa route’s eligibility conditions before being awarded a Certificate of Sponsorship.

Please keep in mind that if tradeable points are allowed under the Skilled Worker visa criteria, this post may be eligible for sponsorship.For further information, visit

As a member of Team UofG, you will be part of a globally changing, inclusive community that values ambition, excellence, integrity, and curiosity.

As a respected part of our team, you should expect:

1 A friendly and engaging organisational culture in which your skills are fostered and cultivated, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 Excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions, including 41 days of leave for full-time staff, pensions (source:, benefits, and discount packages.

3. A flexible approach to employment.

4 Our commitment to your health and wellbeing includes a complimentary 6-month UofG Sport membership for new staff (

We think that we can only attain our greatest potential by combining the talents of everyone. Our ideals prioritise equality, diversity, and inclusion. Applications are encouraged from all members of our communities, particularly those from the Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups, as well as those with other protected characteristics who are underrepresented at the University. Visit to learn more about the University’s commitment to promoting equality and diversity.

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