Knowledge Exchange Manager

Queen's University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast has recently secured additional funding from the UKRI’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) through its Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) to recruit a Knowledge Exchange Professional to increase capacity for academic engagement with the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The main focus of this role will be to support the further development of knowledge exchange between the research community in Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Assembly. This will build on existing initiatives such as the “Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series” (“KESS”) – a unique formal partnership between the Assembly and the three universities located in Northern Ireland. The post holder will draw on, and contribute to, existing research on good practice in Knowledge Exchange.

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

  • An Honours degree, or equivalent qualification or substantial relevant professional experience;
  • Significant relevant experience of developing and implementing strategic initiatives in a research or policy making environment;
  • An awareness of current UK and Northern Ireland higher education policies relating to research, knowledge exchange and impact;
  • Experience of implementing monitoring and evaluation systems related to assessing the impact of knowledge exchange activities within either a policy, law making or research organisation; and using those systems to inform practice;
  • Demonstrable experience of planning, report synthesis and data analysis, within agreed deadlines; and
  • Demonstrable evidence/experience of successfully introducing and implementing new ideas and initiatives that drive a Knowledge Exchange function. 

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.

This is a full-time, fixed term post available until 30 November 2025 (part-time hours will also be considered).  Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.  

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: ;  and

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Dermot Leonard ([email protected] )

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