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June 2016

Academic Co-Director of Policy@Manchester role

(5 June 2016)

Applications are invited for the post of Academic Co-Director of Policy@Manchester. The post holder will have a unique opportunity to make a vital contribution to the University’s public profile and policy impact.

The post is available from 1 July 2016 for a period of three years with the possibility of renewal, and carries a 20% workload adjustment. The Academic Co-Director will work closely with the Policy@Manchester team to deliver policy impact in key areas of research across the University.


Policy@Manchester is a flagship initiative which has been created to showcase the contribution of researchers from across The University of Manchester to public policy development within the UK and internationally.

The network acts as a focus for our numerous strengths in public policy areas. It provides a platform for our staff to share ideas with each other and the external policy community, with the aim of creating new synergies, knowledge and partnerships.

Over the last three years, the initiative has enjoyed significant success in its activities, most notably through the annual Manchester Policy Week and a year-round programme of events, but also through publications, advocacy and strong online engagement.

Now entering a new phase of its development, Policy@Manchester has secured cross-faculty funding of almost £1 million over the next three years to deliver an ambitious agenda of policy engagement and impact.

The Academic Co-Director will work closely with the Associate Vice President for Public Affairs and Policy@Manchester’s Engagement Manager. Whilst the Engagement Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Policy@Manchester, the Academic Co-Director will be responsible for developing and delivering a strategy to increase engagement, by University of Manchester academics, in policy development in the UK and internationally.

The Academic Co-Director will work across all three faculties, developing bespoke models of engagement with each, and helping build capacity and understanding of policy process and impact.

Policy@Manchester is a University-wide initiative, but its professional support functions are located within the Communications and Marketing team, in the Faculty of Humanities.

Colleagues with an interest in this post are invited to discuss this informally with Professor Ken McPhail (

Applications consisting of a brief curriculum vitae plus supporting letter demonstrating how you meet the person specification and how you would undertake the duties and responsibilities attached to the post should be sent to:

Gemma Keaveney
PA to the Dean and Vice President
Faculty of Humanities

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 12 June 2016.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 6 July 2016.


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