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- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
Mission: Our mission is to be a trusted partner and to ensure research and innovation continues to flourish in the UK.
When the COVID-19 crisis struck, people like you were able to harness their technical ingenuity to help to solve the ventilator shortage. STFC’s technicians, engineers, and scientists were able to more than double the stock of ventilators available to the NHS by helping to deliver 13,437 ventilators as part of Ventilator Challenge UK. “Our small but effective team of scientists, engineers and technicians volunteered to help with this urgent task and we were able to support, train, and, in some cases, lead parts of the testing and rework effort. We've made interesting connections outside the research community that will persist beyond the end of the Ventilator Challenge.” Dr Kristian Harder, STFC Particle Physics Department.
Our mission is to be a trusted partner and to ensure research and innovation continues to flourish in the UK. We will support and help connect the best researchers and innovators with customers, users and the public. We will invest every pound of taxpayers’ money wisely in a way that maximises impact for citizens, in the UK and across the world.
We will be measured by the impact we deliver, and this will have three elements:
We are an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, both to government and internationally, we are supported and challenged by an independent chair and board. We are principally funded through the Science Budget by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Working for us
The UK has a world class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the world-wide web. Our inspirational creative industries are strong in art, design and the innovative use of new materials and technologies. This is why it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UK Research and Innovation.
We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers across a variety of disciplines and in return we offer genuine career development opportunities.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
"Equality, diversity and inclusion is something I have cared about for as long as I can remember. At its most basic, I believe we should all be able to live and work in an environment in which we are enabled to thrive, in which we can make our contribution to the best of our ability, and in which we can feel valued for doing so.That is the vision." - Professor Jennifer Rubin, Executive Champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI's) vision.
We believe that equality, diversity and inclusion – of people and ideas – is integral to excellence in research and innovation, letting us access the best talent and nurture great ideas. We therefore embed equality, diversity and inclusion at all levels and in all that we do, both as an organisation and as a funder.
UKRI works to ensure that every employee is treated with dignity and respect. We will not accept bullying and harassment in any form and we are developing an action and engagement plan to ensure the UK research environment is safe, supportive and effective.
Professor Jennifer Rubin, Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council, is the UKRI Executive Champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Professor Rubin leads a team to identify barriers and challenges for equality, diversity and inclusion, build knowledge of what works in this addressing the issues, and support the development and implementation of effective practices across the sector and for our own staff.
UKRI has an External Advisory Group for equality, diversity and inclusion. The group works with us to identify and prioritise areas where we can make most progress.
I have been working at UK Research and Innovation full-time (Less than a year)
- Flexible working; offices in London and Swindon, with home working and minimal work-related travel
- Hours can vary based on workload, but normally 9-5, or you can choose 8-4 or 10-6
- Flexi time available; if you work extra hours one day, you can take them back another day
- Good culture, very friendly people
- Strong central analytical team, varied skills (economists, ORs, social researchers, stats) so lots of opportunities to learn from colleagues
- Public sector so pay not that high
Advice to Management
Have more flexible pay structure to reward and retain good workers
Online application with covering letter and CV. Skills and experience were clearly listed - essential and desirable. Panel interview with set questions used to assess all candidates against the person spec, including some situational stuff. Pre-prepared presentation.
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