Turing Liaison Manager

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 19th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £31,406.00 - £40,927.00 per annum
  • REF: 13905
  • Closes: 06th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £31,406.00 – £40,927.00 per annum

Closing Date: 6 December 2021

The Role

Newcastle University and The Alan Turning Institute are looking for an experienced and confident individual to manage and support the partnership until October 2022.

This is a pivotal role working at Newcastle Data, Newcastle University which uses data science to deliver on its mission of making a positive contribution to research and society through the innovative use of digital technologies. Newcastle University is home to the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD), focussed on translation of data science research (£30M), partnering with The Alan Turing Institute.

You will work in partnership with Professor Rachel Franklin, Turing University Lead for Newcastle University, Professor Paul Watson, Director of the Digital Institute, and internal stakeholders to effectively develop and manage the Turing relationship, ensuring that all activities associated with the Institute are supported to an exemplary standard. As the primary link between Newcastle University and the Turing Institute you will provide support to engage academic colleagues with the breadth of the Turing programme and will support smooth communication and collaboration between these two organisations.

You will be employed by Newcastle University and based at the Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle Helix. You will be expected to occupy a proportion of your time at the The Alan Turing Institute Headquartersbased in the British Library, London (British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.)

This position is offered on a part time (18.5 hours per week) fixed term contract basis, available for an immediate start and tenable until 30th September 2022. We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment and would be happy to discuss the options for flexible and / or blended working.

We will positively welcome all secondment requests from internal colleagues, applicants are reminded to seek local line manager / unit approvals before submitting a secondment application.

To apply, please complete an online application form and upload your CV and cover letter. In your cover letter, please outline how you meet or exceed the essential requirements of the role as outlined below. We recommend that you provide examples to best demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements.

For informal enquiries about this exciting position, please contact Barry Hodgson, NICD Director of Strategy via email: barry.hodgson@newcastle.ac.uk Or Professor Paul Watson, Director of the Digital Institute via email: Paul Watson paul.watson@newcastle.ac.uk

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Key Accountabilities

  • In collaboration with the Turing’s Research Facilitator and Newcastle University’s Research Funding Development Team, to support academics to develop successful Turing research funding proposals, and where applicable, to maximise the benefits of involvement with the Turing.
  • Lead on financial management, monitoring and reporting of project budgets to maximise efficiency and ensure long-term stability for the University’s Turing relationship. The post holder will work closely with finance specialists to ensure compliance with funder regulations and establish robust record keeping systems.
  • Providing support for steering groups or other bodies established to support Newcastle Data and the Turing Partnership.
  • Support senior Turing and Newcastle University representatives in building a strong working relationship between the Turing and the university, maximising the benefits of this relationship, and building clear systems for ensuring effective communication.
  • Act as the primary administrative link between the Turing and Newcastle University, and as a contact point for enquiries and advice.
  • Ensure that the specific needs of Turing-affiliated researchers are properly communicated within the university and the Turing.
  • Arrange and support, in collaboration with appropriate university-based staff and the Turing’s events team, events and activities at Newcastle or the Turing.
  • Develop a good working relationship with the University and the Turing’s communications teams to support communication of University and Turing – related activity and developments.
  • Draft papers, briefings and reports and supporting the drafting of policies and procedures relating to the Newcastle University/Turing partnership.
  • Provide support for steering groups or other bodies established to support the governance of the relationship between the Turing and the University.
  • Facilitate the smooth running of Turing-related calls for funding, awards, studentships, fellowships or other opportunities.
  • Identify means of building stronger links between researchers based at the Turing and the partner university.
  • Undertake any other duties from time to time as specified by the senior university partner representatives of the Turing and the Director of Academic Engagement.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Ability to develop and manage effective relationships with researchers at all levels of seniority and with external agencies;
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to tailor communication to the relevant audience;
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and flexibility to manage competing demands and pressures whilst remaining calm;
  • Exceptional organisational skills combined with a strong attention to detail;
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office software, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
  • Numeracy and the ability to interpret data;
  • Critical thinking and active problem solving skills with an ability to learn quickly;
  • Experience of coordinating and managing complex tasks with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Experience of Financial management and monitoring (Desirable</b>);
  • A good awareness of university administration (Desirable</b>);
  • A good general knowledge of the HE sector, and in particular of the research environment (Desirable</b>);
  • Experience of project and programme management (Desirable).

Attributes and Behaviour

  • High drive and initiative, able to demonstrate professional resilience;
  • An articulate, confident and politically adept communicator, ready and able to deal with difficult situations and to challenge where necessary;
  • Self-motivated;
  • Takes the initiative to develop and implement new ideas and approaches;
  • An energetic and “can do” approach, ready to take the lead in driving forward initiatives;
  • Acts in a collaborative, inclusive, transparent and open manner, acting with integrity and able to build high levels of trust;
  • Possesses the personal stature to engage with and earn the respect and good will of peers and more senior colleagues;
  • Diplomatic, able to negotiate and apply judgement in complex areas.


  • Graduate or equivalent experience with significant relevant administrative experience
  • A higher degree and/ or research experience (Desirable)

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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