Innovation Fellow

Date advertised

7 June 2019

Closing date

7 July 2019


Research & Innovation


Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Required hours

Full Time




£45,850 - £51,260 per annum

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate art and design university. In 2018/19 the College will have some 2,300 students registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees and over 450 permanent academic, technical and administrative staff, with more than 1,000 visiting lecturers and professors

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) provides a dedicated focus for people-centred design and innovation at the RCA. Established in January 1999, the HHCD has built a large programme of research, knowledge transfer and international outreach to academic, voluntary sector and business communities. It has built an international reputation in delivering life-changing projects that use design for social good.

As the HHCD is in an exciting stage of development, two Research Groups and two Impact Areas have been created to rationalise the operational and intellectual structure. The Research Groups are: Age & Diversity and Healthcare. The Impact Areas are Inclusive Design for Social Impact and Inclusive Design for Business Impact. This post is an opportunity to be a frontline part of growing, visioning and leading the Centre’s work with business in our new impact areas.

The successful candidate will undertake a range of activities, from overseeing the day-to-day activities of the designers and researchers to setting the vision and project themes in conjunction with the Director. The Innovation Fellow will play a central role in the Impact Area’s future development and focus. They will interact with researchers, external research partners and sponsors, RCA studio departments and academic staff to build the Impact Area’s profile, deliver projects and secure funding.

It is essential that candidates have experience of working in consultancy or industry, with the ability to successfully lead and managing a small team of staff.  They will have proven skills in client liaison and winning new business, as well as demonstrable experience in conducting and leading projects. A Master’s degree level qualification or equivalent experience is also an essential requirement for this role. Candidates do not necessarily have to have a design degree or research experience, but will need to be familiar with the innovation landscape, design strategy, business context or the creative sector.  It would be desirable for candidates to have a flexibility and confidence to tackle a wide range of tasks, together with a genuine commitment to developing the Centre’s practice and delivering impact projects. 

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The Royal College of Art is committed to equal opportunities for all and is a Two Ticks employer & Stonewall Diversity Champion. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.  

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