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MPLS is keen to increase diversity of representation within divisional and University governance. We therefore intend to seek expressions of interest from staff (both academic and non-academic) when divisional roles or MPLS ‘places’ on University committee become vacant. In the first instance, we are seeking to appoint a new Associate Head of Division (Research) and an MPLS Divisional Advocate for Research Staff.

MPLS Division – Associate Head (Research)

The Associate Head (Research) supports the Head of Division on research-related matters, working closely with staff in the divisional office. They are a member of the Division’s senior academic leadership team, attend MPLS Board and General Purposes Committee, and represent MPLS on several University committees (including Research Committee and the John Fell Fund Committee). The role also involves liaising with key funders, at a strategic level; and chairing peer review/sift panels for internal funding schemes, or for external calls where an institutional quota applies. During 2019/20, the post-holder will also be part of the small team responsible for overseeing the REF 2021 submissions to Main Panel B. The term of office for Associate Heads is usually three years, and a responsibility allowance is payable.

Anyone interested in being considered for the role should contact the Head of Division, Prof Sam Howison, for an informal discussion.

If you wish to be considered for this role, please send an EOI* and CV to Dr Tracy Gale (MPLS Divisional Registrar) by noon on Monday 16 September 2019.

* This should state your name, department, and post; briefly (max. 500 words) describe why you are interested in the role and what you would bring to it, given your skills and experience; and indicate whether you have in-principle support from your Head of Department. 

MPLS divisional advocate for Research Staff

This new role will provide academic and strategic leadership across MPLS to promote and realise the University’s vision to provide a world-leading environment for research staff. Working closely with the University Advocate for Research Staff Development (Prof David Gavaghan) and the MPLS training team, you will play a key part in developing and implementing strategy and action to strengthen the research environment in MPLS by enhancing support for a cohort of staff that are integral to our research success and ambitions. This will include establishing and co-chairing an MPLS Research Staff Forum and serving on the University Research Staff Steering Committee.

The initial term of office will be up to three years, and it is expected that the duties will take up between 10% and 20% of your time.

Further information is available here or from Prof David Gavaghan.

If you wish to be considered for this role, please send an EOI* to Dr Tracy Gale (MPLS Divisional Registrar) by noon on Monday 16 September 2019.

* This should summarise the reasons for your interest in the role, your experience of research staff development to date, and why you feel you would be suitable for the role; and confirm that you have in-principle support from your Head of Department.