Research Services

This full-time post is available from 1st September 2021 on a fixed term basis until 31st July 2024 and based at the Sir Henry Wellcome Building for Mood Disorders Research, University of Exeter.

Summary of the role

This role will support delivering the Developing and Evaluating a Stepped Change Whole-University approach for Student Wellbeing and Mental Health project funded by the UK Medical Research Council. This large-scale research project across six UK universities (Exeter, Cardiff, Oxford, Newcastle, Southampton, King’s College London) will investigate multiple approaches to understand and improve the mental health of university students.

The successful applicant will be responsible for provision of effective and efficient day-to-day administration, and for supporting the project Principal Investigator, Prof. Edward Watkins, and the project partners to ensure successful delivery of the research project.

The post duties will include provision of timely documentation and completion of project plans and associated documentation in accordance with the agreed methodology, funder, and reporting requirements; stakeholder management including the development of communication plans for each project; administration of the project and assisting the project partners in achieving its aims and objectives; coordination and management of communications between project partners, in particular regarding activities via videoconferencing, web, telephone, social media and email; liaison with the College and University’s financial and research offices concerning all contractual, financial and administrative matters; responsibility for reviewing budgets and making proposals for (re)allocation of funds; preparation of relevant financial documentation; preparation and collation of reports, reviews and other documentation; provision of effective administrative support.

The successful applicant will have excellent organisational skill and excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to demonstrate relevant knowledge, skills and experience necessary for large-scale complex project management. Applicants will be able to demonstrate relevant administrative and managerial skills and experience, experience of drafting strategy and policy documents and preparing reports and experience of managing successful projects.

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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 27,000 students and 6,400 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:

  • 39 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ 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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