We're hiring: Head of ADR UK Research & Capacity Building

Categories: Jobs, ADR UK Strategic Hub

19 February 2021

  • Head of ADR UK Research and Capacity Building
  • Permanent 
  • Swindon or London
  • Full Time/ Part Time (Minimum 0.8 FTE Considered)
  • Closing Date: 8 March 2021
  • Interview Date: 19 March 2021

Travel from London to Swindon will be required once a month to attend monthly meetings. Flexible working will be considered including working from home. There will also be a requirement for occasional travel across the UK including overnight stays (following government regulations due to Covid -19).

Job Purpose

ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK), funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), aims to engage government and academic communities in innovative research to address major societal challenges by releasing the potential of the UK’s wealth of administrative data.

The Strategic Hub team sits within ESRC to provide coordination and strategic leadership across this multi-partnered investment and is led by a Director who reports to the ESRC Executive Chair and the ADR UK Programme Delivery Board.

You will be responsible for leading on catalytic activities within the Strategic Hub team, including: engaging Whitehall departments on the ADR UK programme; government bodies responsible for data access and use policy (the UK Statistics Authority, DCMS, Cabinet Office), and the civil society advocates for better use of  data (Royal Statistical Society, Institute for Government, Royal Society).

In addition, you will have joint operational oversight of the ADR England strategy, which includes engagement with academic groups across the UK, the management of invitation only awards, open research calls, setting up of ADR UK PhD studentships and training in the use of new, linked administrative datasets

Main Outputs & Activities 

  • Be a champion for delivery of the ADR UK vision across the UK; in particular, with Whitehall departments, the UK Statistics Authority and the Office for National Statistics (ONS), to ensure there is broad engagement from data owning departments with the programme to support delivery.
  • Support the development and delivery of a joined-up strategy for ADR England, which leads to a demonstrable positive impact across the UK for stakeholders, citizens and communities.
  • Build a strong network of collaborative relationships and partnerships across the Civil Service and academic research communities, to help support the delivery of the ADR England strategy.
  • In collaboration with the Strategic Hub team and the wider partnership, support the implementation of programme assurance activities such as Gateway Reviews, audits and mid-term evaluations.
  • In collaboration with Strategic Hub team members and ADR UK partners, develop and present papers to ADR UK governance boards and related external meetings, workshops and events.
  • Contribute to the ADR UK culture of innovation, flexibility and responsiveness, to ensure the Strategic Hub team and wider partnership can respond swiftly to changing priorities.
  • Work as an effective team player, helping to manage dynamics within the Strategic Hub team, working inclusively so all team members can thrive.

Person Specification

Please provide a cover letter and CV that outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified below.


  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the ADR UK programme aims and vision (see ADR UK website)
  • Evidence of having a network of collaborative relationships across the Civil Service, which you have used to support the delivery of projects, programmes or strategies
  • Experience of delivering a strategy, which has led to a demonstrable positive impact for stakeholders
  • Evidence of understanding the systems and procedures that are in place to ensure government administrative data can be accessed to support research for the public good, whilst also being held securely (see ONS Secure Research Service)
  • Experience at presenting at senior boards and/or external meetings, workshops and events
  • Evidence of building trust and influencing stakeholders, and building team capability and resilience
  • Evidence of being an effective team player, helping to manage team dynamics and working inclusively so all team members can thrive. 


  • Understanding of the Digital Economy Act as a legal gateway for accessing government administrative data for research
  • Evidence of having a network of collaborative relationships and partnerships across academic research communities.

About ESRC

ESRC is the UK’s largest funder of economic, social, behavioural and human data science. It supports the development and training of the UK’s future social scientists and funds major studies that provide the infrastructure for research. ESRC-funded research informs policy-makers and practitioners and helps make businesses, voluntary bodies and other organisations more effective.

How to Apply

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for ESRC and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.  You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

You can apply via the UKRI Careers Portal.

About UKRI

Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community.  For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’ 

Disability Confident Employer

As a Disability Confident employer, UKRI will offer an interview to a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the job (this is the description of the job as set by the employer). To enable us to do this we ask the appropriate questions within the candidate application. 

Additional Information

  • Organisation: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Contract Type: Open Ended
  • External Closing Date: 8 March 2021
  • Minimum Salary: Pound Sterling (GBP) 49,708
  • Hours: Full-time

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