Person Specification

Research England

Research England is a new council within UK Research and Innovation. Taking forward the England-only responsibilities of Higher Education Funding Council for England in relation to research and knowledge exchange, Research England will create and sustain the conditions for a healthy and dynamic research and knowledge exchange system in English universities. Research England will work closely with its partner organisations in the devolved administrations.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following characteristics:


  • A commitment to UK Research and Innovation’s mission and priorities;
  • A clear understanding of the research and innovation sector’s contribution to society and to the economy, including its potential applications and impacts and the barriers and opportunities that exist in realising these; the role of multidisciplinary research within this. This may be exemplified from an academic, commercial, industrial, user community, Governmental, or third sector perspective.
  • Domain expertise gained within a variety of organisational backgrounds and an ability to critically evaluate and/or advise on new research and innovation opportunities within the remit of the Research England;
  • The ability to support decision-taking and provide advice at a strategic level and to exercise judgment across a broad spectrum of policy (including research and innovation policy) issues.
  • An ability to tackle and reach conclusions on complex policy issues. This again may be derived from a variety of differing career perspectives.
  • A demonstrable track record of working at a senior policy making level in academic, commercial, industrial, user community, Governmental, or third sector organisations.
  • Relevant experience of senior leadership roles in UK and/or international business, in an executive or governance capacity


  • Experience of working across international boundaries;
  • Knowledge of and strong personal interest in areas of the Council’s work;
  • Knowledge of the decision-making process for publicly funded research and of the associated strategic issues;
  • Experience of public engagement with research;
  • An interest in the role of Research England in supporting research within the dual support system;
  • Interest in, and awareness of, the government’s and UK Research and Innovation’s priorities for the contribution of HE research and knowledge exchange to the economy;
  • Knowledge of the decision-making process for publicly-funded research and the associated strategic issues.

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