Head of Global Research Partnerships

Queen's University Belfast


The Head of Global Research Partnerships is a senior leadership position within the University’s Research and Enterprise Directorate. The post holder will report to the Deputy Director of Research Services and will work closely with colleagues across the Directorate as well as senior colleagues in Faculties, Schools and Professional Services Directorates to deliver research development support across the institution.

The post holder will be expected to nurture strategic relationships with external stakeholders essential to global research and partnerships, including partners and funders. The post holder will lead a team of research development professionals, with a cross-institutional remit, to secure funding for global research and partnerships.

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • An Honours degree or equivalent.
  • Substantial proven experience of management and leadership of UK public research and funding development within a Higher Education Institute or within a funder.
  • Substantial track record of supporting the development of high quality and large-scale successful research funding applications, ideally with UK public funding bodies.
  • Detailed current understanding of the UK and global Higher Education funding landscape, particularly for global research and equitable partnerships.
  • A confident leader, with the ability to lead and communicate effectively and sensitively with individuals from a range of backgrounds and at all levels, including senior leaders from academia, funders and government agencies.
  • Demonstrable leadership qualities that align with the University’s values (ICARE) alongside strong interpersonal, communication and influencing skills.
  • Please note the above are not an exhaustive list.  For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria, please click on the Candidate Information link below.

    At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, which will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

    We offer an excellent employment package that includes:

    • Great terms & conditions
    • Pension schemes
    • Flexible working by enabling you to design your working week in collaboration with your manager through a blend of remote and office working        
    • Family-friendly initiatives
    • Career development opportunities
    • Support for health & mental wellbeing
    • Generous holiday entitlement of 8.4 weeks a year (made up of 23 days annual leave, 10 closure days and 9 bank holidays)

    Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and International Staff Network) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

    We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit:  www.qub.ac.uk/diversity ; www.qub.ac.uk/qgi  and www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/

    Informal enquiries may be directed to Alan Tweedie via [email protected]

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