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Open Research Manager

Library & Information Services

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £45,585 to £54,395 per annum
Grade:  Grade 09
Contract Type:  Permanent
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 31 July 2024
Interview Date:  Thursday 22 August 2024
Reference:  0313-24
Release Date:  Monday 01 July 2024

This is a great opportunity to join Library and Learning Services at Aston University at an exciting time as we work towards supporting the delivery of a successful REF 2029 submission and delivering our Aston 2030 Strategy. 

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to lead and develop the library’s support for open research at Aston. A key focus of the role will be leading on open access compliance for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) whilst managing Aston’s research repositories and providing a scholarly publishing enquiry and advocacy service to maximise the visibility and impact of Aston research 

You will be responsible for building capability and capacity within the library and leading and developing the Library’s Open Research team. There will be scope to deliver new services in response to the environmental changes and the digital transformation ambitions of the University. The role will have high visibility and influence within the University’s research ecosystem, as well as contributing to the wider strategic development of Library & Information Services, as a member of the library’s leadership team.

We are looking for a leader who has an understanding of the HE research landscape and can develop and deliver transformative services. If you have the ability to work strategically whilst delivering operationally, to lead and generate enthusiasm in others, and work collaboratively, please join us to lead Aston’s open research activity as we deliver our Aston 2030 strategy.

For informal enquiries about this position, you can contact Ann-Marie James ( Director of Library And Information Services. 

What we offer:

  • Aston University is a vibrant campus located within Birmingham city centre, which has excellent transport links via bus or train.
  • Excellent training and development opportunities.
  • A generous annual leave scheme with 30 days bookable leave and a further 13 days of bank holiday and University closure days.
  • Everyday discounts to a number of activities and retailers.
  • Great family-friendly policies.
  • On-site gym and pool with discounted staff membership available.
  • Further information on our Benefits and Rewards can be found here.

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Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit:

We recognise the value of flexible working.  Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss what flexible working options are available for particular roles.

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