AHRC is seeking to appoint a fellow with appropriate knowledge of UK-China R&I collaboration in the creative industries to lead the scoping and development of a new UK-China Creative Industries R&I Hub.
The fellow will lead the development of the hub strategic vision as well as a programme of UK and China stakeholder engagement activity, so as to ensure that UK and Chinese research and industry interests are embedded within the hub’s future activity. They will therefore play a key role in progressing plans for the function and form of the hub and leading the development of the UK-China partnerships required to underpin its launch and implementation.
Extending over a 12-month period, the fellowship will extend from the required development of the hub business case through to preparations for the infrastructure’s anticipated launch in summer 2024.
The fellowship will:
- utilise the momentum created by the prior scoping and stakeholder engagement activity to establish an operating model and strategic vision for the hub
- review outcomes across the different strands of current UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) creative industries-focused activity in China, so as to identify strategic priorities for the hub and develop a long-term roadmap for its programme of activity
- deliver a robust set of options, benefits and risk analyses relating to the structure, form and function of the hub, making strategic recommendations to AHRC and ensuring that it delivers against wider UKRI objectives and provides value for money
- bring together UK and China-based stakeholders from across the breadth of the creative industries to ensure that research and industry needs within both countries are embedded within the hub design
- strengthen AHRC and UKRI’s existing creative industries partnerships within China, including those with UK bodies, and explore and develop opportunities for collaborative hub activity with new research and industry partners based in Shanghai
- build understanding amongst internal and external audiences regarding the strategic vision for the hub and how they may engage with its development and future suite of activities
- establish and deliver benefits realisation planning and activity for the hub, including the scoping and delivery of a hub monitoring, evaluation and learning framework
- support the development and dissemination of an upcoming UK-China Hub Research Consortium opportunity in autumn 2023
The fellow will deliver a range of outputs appropriate to the proposed approach including, but not necessarily limited to:
- a strategic vision for the hub and its associated programmes, including recommendations for future activity and investment
- research and options analyses to shape the hub’s operational delivery plan and strategic vision, as well as the hub business case to be submitted in autumn 2023
- a hub governance and funding model which will maximise collaboration between UK and China research organisations and industry, and ensure the diverse use and impact of the hub
- a 12-month programme of UK and China stakeholder engagement activity, so as to ensure that UK and Chinese research and industry interests are embedded within the scoping of the hub
- a benefits management and monitoring, evaluation and learning framework for the hub
As part of the fellowship, applicants must include the cost of a project manager who will support the cross-UKRI hub project team and the fellow with the day-to-day management of the hub scoping and delivery project. By including this project management function within the fellowship, AHRC aims to:
- secure project management expertise to lead on the day-to-day management of the hub scoping, development and launch project, including budgeting and cost management
- develop the project’s risk management function, including the identification, analysis and resolution of risks, and the proposing and implementation of appropriate controls
- strengthen the process of developing the hub business case, through the acquisition of relevant business case expertise
- ensure the development of rigorous project governance and information management structures and systems
- provide the fellow and wider hub project team with required support to take forward the project’s evaluation and benefits realisation activity
The core areas of activity for the project manager will include but are not restricted to:
- planning, including budgeting and cost management, identifying risks and proposing appropriate controls, and the development and maintenance of schedules for activities that take account of dependencies, resource requirements and constraints
- the establishment, planning and management of project reviews at appropriate points to evaluate progress against time, cost, quality, compliance and ongoing viability
- business case development, including working with the fellow on the development of clear hub governance structures with defined roles, responsibilities and accountabilities with established controls and approval routes
- working in partnership with AHRC’s Shanghai-based partners, the development of hub data sharing, equality, diversity and inclusion and staffing policies and agreements
- supporting the fellow in stakeholder engagement work, and developing a benefits management and monitoring, evaluation and learning framework for the hub
AHRC will fund 1 fellowship.
Applicants will be able to apply for up to £170,000 (funded at 100% full economic cost) from AHRC. Within their proposed budgets, applicants must allocate a minimum of £30,000 (funded at 100% full economic cost) to the required project manager role. A minimum of 0.4 full time equivalent of the fellow’s time must be costed into the proposal (AHRC would expect to see 0.4 to 0.6 full time equivalent costed in), and the project manager must provide a minimum of 0.5 full time equivalent for the full duration of the 12-month fellowship.
Travel and subsistence costs are eligible for inclusion, including travel to China, but applicants should account for the continuing uncertainty around ongoing travel restrictions and demonstrate how they would pivot to virtual delivery if travel to China remains impossible.
Please note that as AHRC is funding the fellowship at 100% full economic cost, all costs must be submitted under the ‘Exceptions’ cost heading.
More information on eligible costs can be found in the opportunity guidance document.
The award duration is 12 months, with a required start date of 1 May 2023.