Top job! Lead: Research and Enhancement

  • Full time
  • £40,000 – £44,872
  • Stirling based – hybrid working (home/office) currently under review. The role will involve travel throughout Scotland and wider afield to support our delivery.
  • Closing 8th August 2022

  • Advertised from 13th July 2022
  • Plus excellent benefits. Permanent.


The College Development Network (CDN) supports and promotes the college sector in Scotland. Our mission is to maximise the impact of education for learners across the vocational and college system in Scotland.

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced project manager in education enhancement and research to support the development of CDN’s increasingly responsive Research and Enhancement Centre.

As part of the Research and Enhancement Centre team, the role will work with key stakeholders at Scotland and UK levels to shape and deliver excellent, impactful, collaborative and sustainable national enquiry and enhancement activity in the college sector. A key element of this role will be improving collaboration across tertiary education and skills partners to develop systems wide enhancement. In addition, the role will also support CDN’s processes for strategic planning and performance measurement.

You will be able to demonstrate an ability to participate effectively in and lead complicated, fast-moving, multi-partner regional and/or national projects and interdisciplinary teams in the education sector.

We are looking for someone that has a successful track record of designing, managing and delivering multi-collaborative educational enhancement projects with deep subject matter knowledge within the education and skills space. You will also be able to demonstrate experience of leading research and/or data analysis within education.

Strong stakeholder engagement skills are essential, and in particular you will bring demonstrable ability to forge strong, collaborative relationships with a diverse network of researchers, academic and support staff, policy officers and leaders spanning Scotland’s colleges and universities, partner agencies, and government. You will also bring a successful track record as a team member and leader with the ability to engage and inspire a team and achieve outcomes within a culture of continuous improvement.

Application notes

To discuss this role informally please contact Gordon Hunt, Senior Manager: Research and Enhancement at CDN, at

For an application pack, please visit or email Alternatively, please call 01786 583714.

Please note that the closing date for applications is Monday 8 August 2022.

Interviews are expected to take place week beginning 22 August 2022 at Airthrey Castle, University of Stirling.

College Development Network is an equal opportunities employer.

College Development Network, a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in Scotland No: 143514, Scottish Charity No. SC021876, VAT No. 617148346.

Registered Office: Airthrey Castle, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA