Professor of Care and Health Policy and Evaluation

Ref SS1311
Location Canterbury
Job Type Senior Appointments
Contract Type Open Ended
Salary Type Per Annum
Salary (£) 63287
SS1311, Personal Social Services Research Unit (SSPSSR), Closing date: 28 Feb 2018

Salary from £63,287 per annum 

At the University of Kent we tackle the biggest challenges facing society – today and in the future, in the UK and on a global scale. Our new Professor of Care and Health Policy and Evaluation will be instrumental in providing senior academic leadership, as well as in preparing and managing bids for grant funding.

Kent is a UK top twenty university with strong European credentials. Judged to have world-leading research in all subjects submitted to the Research Excellence Framework, we are proud that research by our School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research was ranked 2nd for research power in the UK.

Among the School’s research centres, the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) is renowned for employing robust scientific methods from a multidisciplinary perspective and leads the way in shaping the development of social and health care systems, both in the UK and internationally.

As Professor of Care and Health Policy and Evaluation, you will be expected to make a significant leadership contribution to the research activity of PSSRU. Initially this will encompass a range of programmes, including a strong focus on the demographic challenges creating pressures on services, but ultimately you will develop your own portfolio of work in line with our ongoing agenda integrating health and social care, research and practice. Throughout, the need to write bids for future funding will be paramount.

To succeed in this role you must be able to take full accountability for managing and mentoring teams, as well as for liaising effectively with the full breadth of stakeholders. You will have proven yourself as a leader in a comparable research environment, will be experienced in pursuing competitive external funding, and should have a track record of writing both in academic journals and reports for funders. An outstanding health/social care researcher, your expertise will span policy and applied research, as well as qualitative and quantitative methods.

Further Information

Start date for applications: 12 Jan 2018
Closing date for applications: 28 Feb 2018
Interviews are to be held:  05 Apr 2018

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: SS1311

Please note – applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the requirements of the Person specification and you should provide clear evidence and examples in your application which back-up any assertions you make in relation to each criterion. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

If you are invited for an interview, we will request references for you at that stage.

No agencies, thank you.

Full Job Description:
        Additional Information – SS1311.pdf
        Job Description – SS1311.pdf
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Research Impact and Policy Officer

Salary from £34,736 to £42,019 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £45,212 pa inclusive  

This is a fixed term appointment for 18 months in the first instance

The Personal Social Services Research Unit is an internationally recognised research centre based at the LSE. Directed by Professor Martin Knapp, PSSRU carries out high-quality research particularly in the areas of long-term care and mental health economics and policy. We place significant emphasis on impact from our research to support improvements in social and health care, and thereby improve lives. PSSRU is affiliated to the NIHR School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR) which conducts and commissions world-class research on adult social care practice in England. Directed by Professor Martin Knapp, NIHR SSCR is a partnership between five universities and is led at LSE (until April 2019).

We are seeking a dynamic Research Impact and Policy Officer to support the management of knowledge exchange and impact processes within PSSRU and NIHR SSCR, to include: identifying and supporting the development of the impact of research led by PSSRU and funded by NIHR SSCR; communicating research findings to key stakeholders; and carrying out knowledge exchange activities to enhance the potential impact from our research.

Candidates should have:

  • Experience of working in a communications or research policy role
  • An interest in social care practice and research
  • Experience of writing (news, blogs, reports and website copy) and/or editing specialist publications
  • Evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience of building and developing networks with internal and external contacts

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, the job description and the person specification.

If you have any queries about applying on the online system, or require an alternative format for the application, please e-mail:

 The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 9 March 2018 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.