Humanities Incite Editor Needed

The Editorial Board of the University’s Incite Newsletter is seeking to recruit an editor from the Faculty of Humanities.

 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. It is published quarterly by an Editorial Team made up of research staff recruited from each Faculty. There is also an active Incite blog that complements the Newsletter.

The benefits of becoming an Incite editor include: 

  • 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;
  • Raise your own profile;
  • Help build a community voice for research staff at Manchester;
  • Get excellent hands-on experience to develop your team work, negotiation and communication skills;
  • Add ‘Editorial experience’ to your CV

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 plus one Faculty Researcher Developer and the University’s Skills Development Coordinator) that undertakes 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;
    • Attend Editorial Team meetings (up to 6 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: 

  • It is estimated that each Editor will need to contribute approx. 2 hours per month over and above the time need to attend Editorial meetings;
  • It is expected that an editor will make a commitment of at least one academic year following their appointment.


 In the first instance, queries can be sent to Dr Claire Stocks ( in the Humanities Researcher Development Team. 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 Monday 10th September to Dr Mark Leech,  

 Shortlisted candidates are expected to be interviewed on 17th, 18th and the 20th September.


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