Director of Research

Ref: 6061

British Academy

London, England

Role Managed by:

Elsa Robinson

Research Associate

t: 020 7340 6286


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Starting from c. £80,000

Closing Date: 02/10/2022

Formal Interview Date: Tuesday 29th November 2022

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The British Academy is the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. We mobilise these disciplines to understand the world and shape a brighter future. ​

The British Academy inspires, supports and promotes outstanding achievement and global advances in the humanities and social sciences. We are a fellowship of over 1000 of the most outstanding academics and an international community of leading experts focused on people, culture and societies. We are the voice for the humanities and social sciences. We use insights from the past and the present to help shape the future, by influencing policy and affecting change in the UK and overseas.

The Academy invests in the very best researchers and research. We foster international collaboration, and work to inform and enrich debate around society’s greatest challenges. We are developing a new organisational strategy, to be published at the start of 2023, with a renewed focus on research and researchers, and with an emphasis to become more outward facing, engaged and impactful across the UK and internationally.

It is within this exciting context that we are now seeking a new Director of Research to lead the delivery of the Academy’s UK and international research portfolio. Working closely with the Chief Executive, the Vice-Presidents and the senior management team, the Director of Research will play a lead role in our relationship with BEIS and will be integral in stewarding the wider transformation within the Academy. The Director will work to enhance our relationships with partners and stakeholders in the UK and internationally and ensure the impact of our programmes.

Candidates will have demonstrable experience in strategic leadership and operational management in a complex organisation. We welcome applications from any sector, but candidates should have familiarity with the funding of research at the national and international level, as well as with the wider higher education landscape. Candidates will feel comfortable liaising with a wide range of stakeholders, internally and externally, and developing strong partnerships with government, other research funders, universities and academics.

For details of the appointment, including further information about the job description and person specification, please select 'download further details' or view the candidate brochure on the following link: Director of Research - Candidate Brochure. Applications should include a completed copy of the attached EOM form. 

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The deadline for applications is 23:59 BST on 2nd October 2022.

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