PA to the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) Executive

Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme
£23,487 to £27,116
15 Sep 2021
27 Sep 2021
Contract Type
Full Time




PA to the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) Executive
Fixed Term to 31.3.26.

Part-time 0.5FTE

Grade 5: Salary range £23,487 to £27,116 per annum pro rata

Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student life. The University provides high quality teaching and excellent research across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects. Further information can be found at This post represents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to join a team of staff in Keele University’s School of Medicine, which is one of four Schools in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences.

We are delighted, that under the Directorship of Professor Christian Mallen, Keele University will be hosting the directorate team supporting the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR). The NIHR have recently announced the fourth phase of the SPCR with a refreshed membership and a new focus on supporting the full spectrum of primary care research and building research capacity. NIHR research schools are national collaborations between leading academic centres that fund outstanding research in primary care, public health and social care. The SPCR carries out world leading research primary care, providing a focus for primary care research within the NIHR and supporting the development of primary care research. With nine member institutions this new phase of the SPCR has explicit aims to strengthen the primary care research sector more broadly, covering sectors such as community nursing and pharmacy as a well as general practice.

The School of Medicine has an enviable track record in high quality education and research; a large school comprising a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, which draw upon a long and distinguished heritage.  Our research within the School is world leading, with active grants in excess of £30 million. We were rated joint 1st for impact and 5th overall in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and are home to the Primary Care Centre Versus Arthritis and a European League Against Rheumatism Centre of Excellence. We are also members of the prestigious NIHR School for Primary Care Research, host a NIHR accredited Clinical Trials Unit and an innovative Impact Accelerator Unit.

The School’s educational programmes include undergraduate and post graduate teaching in medicine, counselling & psychotherapy, public health, physicians associate and social work and is home to approximately 800 undergraduate students, 330 postgraduate students, 55 doctoral candidates and 280 academic and professional support staff. In 2021 we will be launching a new paramedic science programme. We pride ourselves in the quality of our teaching and the support we provide to students at all levels of study, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral.  Staff are regularly nominated for University Excellence Awards, and colleagues have won awards on multiple occasions.

Applications are invited for the post of PA to the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) Executive to support the Director and Assistant Director of the NIHR SPCR. Applicants should have experience of working in the research sector in Higher Education and should have a passion for making a difference.

The successful candidate should be able to make a significant contribution to the School’s ambitions and will be instrumental in supporting the role of the Director and Assistant Director.

The role involves extensive interactions with members of the nine academic units of primary care that comprise the SPCR. Although the post is based in Keele, the post holder will be expected to travel to the other partner Universities on a regular basis, as well as attending meetings hosted by the NIHR nationwide.

The University is committed to operating flexible working practices wherever possible.

Keele University values equality and diversity across our workforce and to ensuring our staff community is reflective of the diversity of our student population. In support of these commitments the University welcomes applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds for all roles.

Informal Enquiries

For informal enquiries please contact Georgina Fletcher, Assistant Director of the NIHR SPCR in the first instance (

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Closing date for applications: 27th September 2021

Post reference: KU000002044