Public Engagement Manager: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Arts and Humanities Research Council
£30,782 per annum
Application deadline: 
Sunday May 24th 2020

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). We’re the UK’s largest funder of arts and humanities research and training, investing over £100 million every year.

We fund independent researchers in a wide range of subjects, including history, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, languages, design, heritage, area studies, the creative and performing arts, and many more.

The research we fund provides social and cultural and benefits that contribute to the economic success of the UK, as well as to the culture and welfare of societies around the world.

About the team

The AHRC’s Public and Stakeholder Engagement team champions the arts and humanities to the public and to the AHRC’s stakeholders, adding value and creating impact to deliver the AHRC’s organisational objectives, as set out in our new strategy.

The Public Engagement part of the team works to make arts and humanities research more beneficial, relevant and useful to non-researchers, leading to higher quality and better-informed research, as well as improvements to the lives of individuals and the general public.

About the role

The Public Engagement Manager is an essential role in the Public and Stakeholder Engagement team. The role will lead on and deliver public engagement projects and programming activity, develop partnerships, perform monitoring and evaluation, support culture change within the AHRC, and create public engagement opportunities for our community.

You will report to and work closely with the Senior Public Engagement Manager.

Duties and responsibilities

Public engagement opportunities and partnerships:

  • Lead on creating and delivering specific public engagement activities/campaigns, providing opportunities for our researchers at every level to enter public engagement
  • Support the Senior Public Engagement Manager in the delivery of public engagement activities, programming and campaigns
  • Work with teams across AHRC to deliver activities and programming, and engage our research community
  • Work with partner organisations on the creation and delivery of public engagement activity
  • Work with the Senior Public Engagement Manager to continually critically evaluate our current suite of public engagement activity, with a view to ensuring it always aligns with our public engagement strategy and provides the best value for AHRC and opportunities for our community.

Embedding public engagement in AHRC and UKRI:

  • Work with other teams across AHRC and UKRI to embed public engagement into the research process
  • Build relationships with other public engagement teams across UKRI and with our sector partners
  • Build relationships with the UKRI central Communications team as a delivery partner for our projects
  • Work closely with the Senior Public Engagement Manager on the creation and delivery of the public engagement strategy and delivery plan for the AHRC.

Supporting our research community:

  • Develop the skills and experience of our research community by supporting the creation of skills and training infrastructure, guidance and support, either directly or indirectly with partner organisations
  • Support a culture change in the arts and humanities research community of creative and diverse public engagement
  • Identify opportunities for developing our research community.

Evaluation and monitoring:

  • Working closely with the Stakeholder Engagement and Data Analysis teams, understand the needs of our research community
  • Support the creation of benchmarks and systems to track the state of public engagement in the arts and humanities
  • Understand where there are gaps in current provision that need to be addressed, and work with the rest of the team to find creative solutions for overcoming those gaps
  • Create reports and analysis for the rest of the team and for Executive Group.


  • Support the wider Public and Stakeholder Engagement team as required.


Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners 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. More information can be found at

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity. It supports research and postgraduate training in a wide range of subject areas, from ancient history and heritage science to modern dance and digital content. Research into these areas helps us to interpret our experiences, probe our identities, interrogate our cultural assumptions and understand our historical, social, economic and political context. It adds to the economic success of the UK, through its contributions to the knowledge economy and innovation agenda. The research we fund can lead to improvements in social and intellectual capital, community identity, learning skills, technological evolution and the quality of life of the nation.