Posted on: 18 February, 2019
Application deadline: March 17, 2019

Deputy Director of Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD), University of Wolverhampton, UK

Location: Wolverhampton Campus
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Social Sciences
Contract Type: Temporary
Advert Status: External
Salary: £51,630 – £59,828 pa
Closing Date: 17/03/2019
Job Reference: 11681

2 Year Fixed Term Contract

As a result of research investment funding granted by the University the Institute for Community Research and Development (ICRD) at the University of Wolverhampton is seeking to appoint to a Deputy Director.

The ICRD works with and in our local communities to deliver effective community-based transformational projects, drives policy developments, and promote social mobility. Drawing on a history of collaborative research across our faculties of Social Science, and Health, Education, and Well-being, ICRD uses interdisciplinary expertise to affect positive change in local communities, increase knowledge, and shape local and national policy. ICRD undertakes pioneering community development studies that improve the life chance of individuals in the region, and works with our partnership networks to champion for change. Through the ICRD, the University is consolidating considerable experience of delivering evidence-based research-relevant projects and delivering a strategic ambition of having significant regional and national influence. Themes explored by the ICRD span social policy, sociology, economic regeneration, public policy, public sector reform, social welfare, community health and wellbeing, mental health and criminal justice.

The University of Wolverhampton is the University of Opportunity and is continuing to invest significantly (£6m) in its research infrastructure to promote a research active environment, with innovative research, focussing on discovery, informed teaching and scholastic excellence as a means of promoting academic excellence and business and community engagement.

We are making a significant new investment in our research community and welcome applications from outstanding candidates who can contribute to our ambitious plans. The University has a long and distinguished history of providing applied research that drives policy developments, of delivering effective community-based transformational projects and of promoting social mobility. It has a unique and unrivalled reputation for working collaboratively with public and private sector agencies to provide social regeneration platforms and for using its partnership networks to champion for change.

To be considered for this Deputy Director post you will be a highly experienced researcher with considerable experience of research in the community. You will have a very strong research profile in one or more of the following academic disciplines: social policy, sociology, public policy, public sector reform, social welfare, community health and wellbeing, applied psychology, mental health and criminal justice.

You will be skilled in working to effect change in policy and practice at the most senior levels. You will have a proven track record in securing significant external funding, leading interdisciplinary teams, leading and delivering research projects, and strong flexible teamwork skills. You will have the skills and experience to identify opportunities for, to develop, and to lead, short course and CPD programmes for community partners. You will also be able to demonstrate excellent collaboration with partners from research, practice, third sector and lay communities. You will be committed to the continued development of the ICRD, and to ensuring your research achieves maximum impact.

There will be opportunities to contribute to postgraduate supervision and teaching.

The Institute Director, Professor Laura Caulfield, welcomes informal conversations about the role. Please email

The University of Wolverhampton values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.