Research Communications Officer University of Oxford Social Sciences Division United Kingdom

Research Communications Officer



Social Sciences Division, Social Sciences Divisional Office, Hayes House, 75 George Street, Oxford

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.


The Social Sciences Divisional Research, Impact and Engagement (RIE) section supports the development and implementation of the Division’s research, impact, knowledge exchange and engagement strategies by providing focussed, proactive and trustworthy support. It consists of three teams, each of which require support in communicating with internal and external audiences through print and online media and through events: Research and Impact Support, Business Engagement (covering the Social Sciences and Humanities divisions) and Policy Engagement (University-wide responsibility).


This is a new role that will make a step change in the visibility and profile of the research of the Social Science Division. It will be focused but varied and suit someone who is interested in how to best communicate research to different audiences.


Your key responsibility will be to bring together existing content in a consistent and imaginative way, including: contribute to and help deliver the communications objectives of the RIE section; write, edit and proofread a range of communications materials for specific audiences identified by the section, including newsletters, blog posts, briefings, case studies and reports. Tailor communications to the needs of different stakeholders, which include businesses, policy makers and funding bodies; create a large body of case studies detailing the research of the Social Sciences Division and how research is linked to impact outside of academia, to businesses and industry, and to policy; and develop and update online communications for the RIE section and the division, including the intranet, website and social media channels.


The successful candidate will: be educated to degree level or have equivalent professional experience; have extensive communications experience in print, digital and social media, including proven experience in producing effective web content; have excellent writing skills and attention to detail, with a proven ability to communicate complex concepts to a non-specialist audience; and have excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy, the ability to inspire the confidence of senior colleagues, and have experience of successful collaboration with people of diverse professional, national and cultural backgrounds.


Full-time, part-time (0.8 FTE) and flexible working arrangements will be fully considered. We are looking forward to welcoming candidates from all types of backgrounds to add to the wide variety of experiences we already have.


This is a 3 year fixed-term post.


For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Esme Wilks, Divisional Communications Manager (


The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 23 May 2019. Interviews will be held soon after.

Contact Person :               HR Team              Vacancy ID :        140232

Contact Phone :                                Closing Date :     23-May-2019

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