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Research Impact Lead

Job Introduction

Diabetes UK is the UK’s largest charitable funder of diabetes research and there’s never been a more exciting time to join our Research Directorate.

We have just launched a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Steve Morgan Foundation (SMF), Diabetes UK, and JDRF UK that will pave the way to the development of new treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes.

With an incredible and unprecedented £50 million investment from the Steve Morgan Foundation providing 5 years of funding, we’re working alongside JDRF UK to bring the world’s best scientists together to deliver big and bold research projects as part of the SMF Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge.

In addition to projects funded by the SMF, each year we invest around £7 million into new diabetes research. At any one time our research portfolio has around £32 million of funding split across 140 projects into all types of diabetes and its complications.

The Research Impact Lead will play a vital role in monitoring, evaluating and communicating the impact of our large research portfolio, including projects funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation, on the lives of people with diabetes.

To join our friendly team please take a look at the information below and apply today!   

Interview Date: Wednesday 27 July 2022

Please note that all job offers are subject to you providing acceptable evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK.  You might find the following resources useful:

  • To view a full list of accepted documents and the checks employers are required to make click here
  • To view guidance on proving your right to work to an employer click here

 If you have any questions, please contact HRAdvice@diabetes.org.uk   

Role Responsibility

Using your expert knowledge in research funding, research methodologies and research impact you will develop, embed and manage Diabetes UK’s research impact monitoring and evaluation framework. You will acquire an in-depth knowledge of our large portfolio of research projects, ensuring that all research activities, outputs, outcomes and impact are captured, measured and evaluated.  You will produce regular and ad hoc written and verbal updates and reports to demonstrate the impact of our research portfolio, and champion dissemination of research impact across the charity and with external stakeholders.

The Ideal Candidate

You are an analytical, organised and proactive individual with a deep understanding of research funding, expert knowledge in research methods, and experience of deploying these skills to measure and evaluate research impact. You have excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders in our monitoring and evaluation activities, and to effectively demonstrate the impact of our research portfolio.

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays 
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,500 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments
  • Early finish Friday and flexible working as part of our approach to activity based working
  • Discounts on gym membership
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life  
  • Annual season ticket loan* (on completion of your probation period and if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities 
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
  • Cycle to work scheme* (eligible for scheme if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)

*Some benefits aren't available until you've passed your probation period and are dependent on the length of contract.

About the Company

For nearly 5 million people with diabetes in the UK, there’s no day off. At Diabetes UK, we fight day in, day out for better care, treatment and support. We won’t stop until diabetes can do no harm.

With more people than ever living with diabetes and millions more at risk of developing type 2, our work has never been more needed. We make sure they get the care and support needed to live well with diabetes and avoid devastating complications.

We fund critical research, which has led to life-changing discoveries – like the first insulin pen and programmes to put type 2 diabetes into remission. Now, we want to do this for everyone and find a cure.

We can’t do any of this without you. Our staff are passionate and determined about helping everyone affected by diabetes. For over 85 years, they’ve been behind vital policy changes, as well as new treatments and technologies to make living with diabetes easier every day.

But there’s more to do. And you can be part of it.

We’re a really diverse bunch and we recognise and respect your value as an individual. As well as helping people with diabetes, you’ll be part of one of the top 30 Best UK Charities to Work For, and one of the top 75 Best Large Companies in London.

We’re committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk, and we need our staff and volunteers to support this.

Our vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm. Join us today, and together, we can make that a reality.

To find out more about what we do, check out our website.


Diabetes UK


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