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Loughborough University: Project Development Manager

Loughborough University: Project Development Manager

Loughborough University London is looking for a maternity cover for a Project Development Manager in Disability, Sport and Social Change. Deadline: 14 November.

Loughborough University is one of the UK’s leading academic institutions with international recognition for research relevance, enterprise, and sporting success. Our outstanding research generates globally important work that is driven by society’s need for solutions to real-life issues. The London campus, in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opened its doors 2015.

Loughborough University London (LU LDN) is a strategic initiative to grow the size of the University, open up new markets, enhance partnerships with business, commerce, enterprise, industry, government and international HEIs, and grow the number of PG students within the University.

Project background

Loughborough University London is a founding partner of the collaborative organisation the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub). GDI Hub was born out the legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and brings together partners connected to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and now globally, it works with local communities, academics, experts and disabled people to drive innovation through co-design and creative thinking.

In 2019, GDI Hub was awarded funding (£19.8m) from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office for a global programme – AT2030 – Life Changing Assistive Technology for All. AT2030 is made up of subprogrammes, one of which is ‘Para Sport Against Stigma’. Loughborough University is leading this 4-year programme (2020-2024) of research and implementation with the International Paralympic Committee and University of Malawi, Chancellor College. Focused on dispelling disability stigma and promoting AT uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa, project themes include broadcast coverage, community engagement and athlete development.

Relationship building around Para Sport Against Stigma has also expanded LU LND’s research portfolio in the area of disability, sport and social change with two additional projects in 2020/21.

This role will ensure that, during the maternity leave period, project management of these three international research projects are consistent and enabled to succeed at achieving planned targets. This role will be crucial to ensuring communication and understanding across partners is maintained.

Job description

Job grade: Management and Specialist Grade 7 £42,149-50,296 (+ £3,252 London Weighting)

Job purpose:

  • To implement project plans against establish project frameworks
  • To monitor project schedules, budgets, and risks with support from line manager and principle investigators
  • To maintain relationships with existing partners though regular calls, meetings and events
  • To support ongoing funding bids and partnership develop opportunities to extend the strategic life span of Post No 22890M projects
  • To support the Future Space team in ongoing projects

The post-holder will also support a sustainability strategy for the team in Loughborough University London. This will help to grow the University’s international research reputation, and also its external income. This post will be based at Loughborough University London’s Campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Job duties

Project management

  • Provide overall project management to the projects working with funders, partners and implementers to deliver on the project’s ambitions
  • Work with the Research and Enterprise Office to manage project finances, contracts etc.
  • Ensure reporting across the projects enables deliver on its contractual requirements
  • Complete regular internal and external project delivery reports to ensure all are informed and that the project hits contractually targets agreed with funders
  • Facilitate good communication across partners to maintain and enhance relationships
  • Enable regular partner meetings to share learning and practice and provide opportunities for researchers to learn and influence practice
  • Report back regularly to manager and, where asked, provide update to project boards

Project sustainability

  • Ensure the model of the project delivers on enabling project partners to develop capacity and build their capabilities to deliver beyond the project timeline
  • Develop relationships with academics across the University and GDIH partners, in order to facilitate engagement with opportunities for inter- and multi-disciplinary research with internal and external partners
  • Horizon-scan to identify major funding opportunities and co-ordinate processes and activity to fully realise key openings as they emerge. Keep up to date on new policy developments and funding programmes, cascading information via appropriate media and networks
  • Advise and support academic and professional colleagues with regard to the identification of funding opportunities and the development of research proposals
  • Play a lead role in the scoping and preparation of major multi-disciplinary and/or strategic funding applications to support the project beyond its initial lifespan
  • Develop networks internally and externally to enable researchers and academics to grow research activities, including organising workshops and events. Where appropriate these will be in conjunction with other relevant professional services e.g. training in conjunction with the Doctoral College and Centre for Academic Practice, external events with Marketing and Advancement
  • As part of research development activity, work with Enterprise Office colleagues to support the formation and/or enhancement of partnerships with business, public and voluntary organisations. Work with colleagues in the Enterprise Office on one-off specific projects, and areas of complementarity

General duties

  • Represent the London Campus and University internally and externally, as appropriate
  • Carry out specific administrative roles and functions as may be reasonably required e.g. to take part in or act as chair of committees, boards and working groups, whether within the University or externally, as Post No 22890M appropriate
  • Engage with and support training programmes in the University
  • Develop resources and web content to support the remit of Loughborough University London
  • Undertake such other duties as may be reasonably requested and that are commensurate with the nature and grade of the post


The position is full time and fixed term for 9 months (possibly extending to 12 months). Requests for Job share and part time working may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Salary will be on Management and Specialist Grade 7, £42,149 -£50,296 (+ £3,252 London Weighting), at a starting salary to be confirmed on offer of appointment. The appointment will be subject to the University’s normal Terms and Conditions of Employment for Academic and Related staff/Operational and Administrative staff, details of which can be found here.

The University is committed to enabling staff to maintain a healthy work-home balance and has a number of familyfriendly policies which are available at page.html

Loughborough University London Staff are eligible to apply for an interest free season ticket loan and corporate gym membership.

In addition, the University is supportive, wherever possible, of flexible working arrangements. We also strive to create a culture that supports equality and celebrates diversity throughout the campus. The University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award which recognises the importance of support for women at all stages of their academic career. For further information on Athena SWAN see

The university is committed to allowing its employees to work dynamically with a combination of working on campus and remotely, where possible. This role has been identified as a role that could work dynamically and if successful your manager will discuss these informal arrangements with you. Please note there is a general expectation that the successful candidate will spend the majority of time working on campus. (further information is available here).


The closing date for receipt of applications is 14 November 2021.

For more information, see the full job description here

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