Call for INCITE editors: Closes 16 October 2012

The Editorial Board of the University’s Incite Newsletter is seeking to recruit an editor from across all four faculties.

Incite is a high profile University–wide Newsletter that focuses on personal and career development essentials for research staff (latest edition available at:

It is written by research staff for research staff and contains up-to-date news on topics such as funding opportunities, skills training, conferences, events and opportunities to enhance research careers.

The Newsletter is distributed to research staff across the University and to all central training and service providers (such as Careers, Library, MEC and UMIP) and the University’s senior management. An Editorial Team made up of research staff and postdocs recruited from each Faculty publishes the newsletter three times a year.

The benefits of becoming an Incite editor include:

  • Add ‘Editorial experience’ to your CV
  • Raise your own profile;
  • Get excellent hands-on experience to develop your team work, negotiation and communication skills;
  • Influence and report on research staff training and development opportunities, both local and national;
  • Familiarise yourself with the deeper context of researcher development at the institutional and national level;
  • Help build a community voice for research staff at Manchester;

The expectations of an Editorial Team member are to:

Work closely with other members of the Editorial Team (up to two research staff from each Faculty) to undertake all aspects of publication including:

  • Generating ideas for content;
  • Writing/commissioning/conducting interviews for articles;
  • Editorial appraisal of submitted contributions;
  • Proof reading;
  • Laying out the first proof and liaising with external designers and printers on matters of design, format and printing;
  • Attending Editorial Team meetings (up to 4 per year of 2 hours duration)
  • Positively promote the Newsletter in your Schools & Faculty;
  • Help to identify and attend promotional opportunities e.g. the annual Research Staff Conference, induction events, Pathways etc;
  • Contribute to the Incite blog (see


Other points of information include:

  • We estimate that each Editor will need to contribute approx. 2 hours per month over and above the time need to attend Editorial meetings;
  • An editor will make a commitment of at least 6 months following their appointment.


Applications, including a statement of why you are interested in becoming an Incite editor, any relevant experience and the skills you would bring to the post, should be submitted by midnight Tuesday 16 October to Dr Mark Leech,

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in the following week.