University of Exeter Business School

The post

We are seeking two Knowledge Exchange Officers (Research Fellows) to make a key contribution to an ambitious and exciting new research project – ENLIVEN (Extending Active Life for Older People with Cognitive Impairment through Innovation in the Visitor Economy of the Natural Environment). In ENLIVEN we will work with businesses in the visitor economy to design, implement and evaluate ways of making outdoor activity in the natural environment more accessible to older people with dementia and other cognitive impairments and their families, thus increasing healthy active life expectancy and quality of life.

The successful applicants will

  • Work closely with managers and staff of partner businesses to support co-design, implementation and evaluation of innovations and initiatives, including visiting partner businesses and spending short periods ‘in-residence’ on site working alongside business colleagues
  • Engage with and support involvement of older people with dementia or other cognitive impairment and their families
  • Contribute to gathering, analysing, and summarising evidence from interviews, focus groups, audits of business practices, literature and other sources, and reporting this to relevant audiences in various formats including presentations and academic journal articles
  • Contribute to using evidence gained through the project to develop resources for businesses and older people and create a sustainable legacy from the project
  • You will have the ability to work effectively as part of a small team and co-ordinate your work to deliver project targets and meet deadlines. You will have experience of working with businesses and/or social enterprises and ability to conduct research in this context. You will have, or be willing to gain, a good understanding of the strengths, needs and concerns of older people living with dementia or cognitive impairment and their families, and ideally experience of engaging with this group. You will have excellent qualitative research skills, a pragmatic approach to analysing large qualitative data sets, demonstrated ability to lead on and/or contribute to academic journal articles, and understanding of the process of translating research findings into practical outputs.

    We are willing to consider flexible or remote working options in the UK.

    The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

    Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City. In 2019, Devon was voted as having the best quality of life of anywhere in England and Wales, making it a popular choice for both work and study.

    Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at Exeter

    With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Since 2019, the university has also signed an Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating the University’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.


    We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campuses and a cycle-to-work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England
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