External Relations

The dept of external relations aims to take a leading role in developing entrepreneurial links either with external organisations or with Centre spin-out companies, and engaging in consultancy activities

Functions of the Department

  • Initiate and take responsibility for research projects and may be Principal Investigator
  • Be involved in project management including the preparation of proposals for research funding, managing other researchers and monitoring research budgets.
  • Expected to be undertaking research individually and/or collectively and to be advancing the state of knowledge and understanding within particular area of expertise.
  • Be expected to be establishing a growing reputation within their particular research field and academic discipline and to be developing and demonstrating intellectual independence on Islamic contemporary issues like Islamic Finance, Waqf etc.
  • Identify potential funding sources and prepare and write proposals for funding
  • Play a leading role in research teams to which they belong, including progressively larger and/or more complex projects.
  • Play a major part in the dissemination of their (or the team’s) research findings, presenting at conferences and contributing substantially to publications
  • Produce publications of international quality or exhibit potential for international quality (through strong national quality publications), at the frequency appropriate to the discipline
  • Ensure intellectual rigour and adherence to ethical standards in the research for which they are responsible
  • Help colleagues to interpret their data, to manage competing priorities, and to develop their research skills
  • Ensure that knowledge and methodological/technical skills in their own, and related, areas of scholarship are extended and inform research activities
  • Monitor and, where appropriate, manage research resources (e.g. time, materials, finance, laboratory space, equipment) effectively
  • Play a leadership role in mentoring junior colleagues and co-ordinating the work of research and support staff
  • Supervise staff and take responsibility for their training
  • Participate in the selection of staff working on their own projects, take on some specific responsibilities within the Centre
  • Contribute to the teaching of the Centre (e.g. giving lectures in their specialty)
  • Play an active part in research networks, develop contacts with external bodies including funding bodies, and actively seek out and develop opportunities for interdisciplinary research.
  • Begin to referee papers and grant proposals for external bodies
  • Begin to chair sessions at conferences
  • Contribute to meetings
  • Be aware of own professional needs and take the initiative in fulfilling them
  • They may make a major contribution to events involving the public engagement of Islam
  • To take a leading role in developing entrepreneurial links either with external organisations or with Centre spin-out companies, and engaging in consultancy activities.