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Public Affairs Manager – UK Dementia Research Institute

UK Dementia Research Institute

Closing date: 23 May 2021

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century.  To date there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it. The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative driving forward research to fill this gap. The UK DRI Headquarters team is based at UCL yet works across all six of the UK DRI host institutions. Collectively the HQ team is responsible for making the distributed UK DRI community function as a single institute, with a shared culture of intensely collaborative research. 

The UK DRI Communications Team is responsible for the delivery of our ambitious national communications strategy for the entire UK DRI. This involves coordinating communications across six leading universities, ensuring one strong voice across our seven research centres, and building strong internal communications mechanisms to ensure the hundreds of individuals that make up the UK DRI collaborate, share ideas and solve problems together.

About the role

We are now looking for an energetic, proactive and skilled public affairs and communications professional to help raise the political profile of the UK DRI through the delivery of an effective public affairs strategy, developing policy lines and recommendations that advance the ambitions of the UK DRI and our research. You will support the delivery of the UK DRI’s internal and external communications strategy by devising and delivering effective plans to engage and inform politicians, senior civil servants and other decision makers. You’ll also work closely with the public affairs and communications teams of our funders and host universities, ensuring that UK DRI public affairs and communications activities align, and coordinating joint working and initiatives.

Salary is offered at £44,737 – £52,764 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance, based on skills and prior experience.

The post is available immediately and funded for five years in the first instance.  

Who we’re looking for

You will have excellent knowledge of Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved legislatures, experience of distilling complex information into digestible briefings for senior stakeholders, and a good understanding of the research funding ecosystem.
You will be a persuasive communicator, with excellent interpersonal skills that enable you to build strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, and you’ll have direct experience of policy development and building public affairs strategies and campaigns.
You will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and on your own initiative as part of a collaborative and dynamic team and be passionate about the mission and research of the UK DRI.

How to apply

To apply please search for the vacancy on the UCL jobs site ( using vacancy reference 1876100 and click the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of the advert. A full job description and person specification is also available here.

For a confidential discussion regarding the role, please contact Lucy Wilson (UK DRI Director of Communications and Engagement), [email protected].

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Laura Allum (UK DRI Head of HR), [email protected].

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Job Details

Organisation: UK Dementia Research Institute

Location: London

Salary range: £40,000 +

Closing date: 23 May 2021

Contract type: Permanent

About the Organisation

Launched in 2017, the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the single biggest investment the UK has ever made in dementia. Dementia represents one of the toughest medical and economic challenges facing our society today. The UK DRI is here to change this. The institute will transform treatment and care for people with dementia. We are leading the way in early diagnosis and uncovering how to prevent dementia. With this boost in funding, it's time to catch up with the knowledge base acquired in other diseases. We're revolutionary in scale and scope. The UK DRI breaks new ground by bringing together world-leading expertise in biomedical, care and translational dementia research in a national institute currently made up of over 600 researchers and a support team of over 50, all growing rapidly. The institute carries out research relevant to all dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, Huntington’s disease and beyond.

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