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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£26,392 - £28,762 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week
Work From Home:

Job Summary

The University has recently made a significant investment to maintain research activity and as part of this, the university is keen to employ a dynamic, self-motivated, and enthusiastic Research Training Coordinator to help build our research culture.

This role requires excellent communication skills, charisma and confidence to coordinate the research development activities. Experience of hosting/running training events and an understanding of the academic environment is also required.

This is a dual role and you will split your time between the Research Strategy & Policy Office and the Graduate School, both of which are located at RGU’s Garthdee campus.

This role is offered on a fixed term basis for 12 months.  In keeping with RGU's commitment to work/life balance you will have the opportunity to work from home for a portion of the working week and also benefit from a generous pension scheme, 46 days annual leave (including statutory days) an onsite nursery and sports centre, as well as a range of voluntary health and travel benefits.

For informal enquiries, please contact Prof Andrew Lamb, Dean of Graduate School, 01224 262526,

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

To apply, please submit your CV along with a cover letter detailing your suitability for the role against the requirements in the person specification.

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO:  Head of Graduate School/ Research Strategy Manager

RESPONSIBLE FOR:  No supervisory responsibility


To maintain RGU’s researcher development activities for our research community. Support the Research Strategy and Policy office and the Graduate School and sustain the high quality training programme for the research community thereby supporting development of good practice in both research staff and student bodies and helping to build our research culture.


• Coordination of the Researcher Development Programme

• Coordinate the Early Career Researchers Network – manage the email list, run focus groups, arrange development workshops and social activities

• Arrange for external speakers to come to RGU to discuss research development areas of interest

• Maintain membership of the Scottish Higher Education Research Developer group (ScotHERD), attending and supporting the hosting of meetings as appropriate

• Report on the training calendar to the university’s Research Committee

• Administrative maintenance of the Programme booking system, (on Moodle)

• Facilitate continuing development of project plans and manage them from inception to completion

• Support project related communication activity by liaising with stakeholders to ensure that they are kept fully informed and engaged with the process

• Coordinate and promote project events and prepare briefings/communications for the research community, (especially research students, research degree coordinators and research supervisors), to ensure appropriate participation

• Liaising and collaborating with a range of stakeholders to plan, implement and manage events that work towards building student community and raising the profile of research at RGU

• Keep up to date with relevant policies in the research agenda e.g. REF2021, GDPR, Research Integrity, Vitae RDF planner, Concordat for Research Integrity, and communicate these developments to the wider research community and relevant support departments

• Communicate pertinent information between management and staff • Foster positive productive supplier relationships

• Monitor the Researcher Development Moodle environment

• Maintenance and promotion of asynchronous learning materials available through Epigeum

• Maintain positive relationships with the departments within and outside RGU that support to maintain the smooth running of the programme. (DELTA, Gatehouse , Coms etc )

• Maintain oversight of the Supervision Excellence Programme. Undertake any other duties as deemed appropriate as the role develops.


Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

First degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

Knowledge and skills

Understanding of the academic environment

Excellent presentation skills and report writing ,communication skills ( written and oral)

Able to work alongside all levels of seniority within the university and external agencies.


Experience of hosting / running training events

Experience of handling highly confidential and sensitive information appropriately.

Experience of liaising with, and building trust with, members of staff at all levels.

Demonstrable experience of independent working.



Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Postgraduate degree


Understanding of the research landscape


Experience of monitoring and working within budget

Unsociable Hours

Not normally - some flexibility may be required


Within UK



Behaviour 1: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey both straightforward information, and information requiring careful explanation, in a clear and accurate manner.

Behaviour 2: Pastoral Care and Welfare - Experience of calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress and dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters.

Behaviour 3: Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships and leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest.

Behaviour 4: Service Delivery - Experience of giving customers a positive and satisfactory service, by providing accurate and up to date knowledge of services available in own and related areas of work.

Behaviour 5: Working within a team as well as using one’s own initiative