Research Assistant

Opening Date:
4 Feb 2021
Closing Date:
28 Feb 2021
Salary Range:

Research Assistant – 1 year fixed term

The School of Health and Social Care provides programmes in Nursing, Allied Health, Social Work and Social Care. We pride ourselves on delivering an exciting range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in addition to a developing portfolio of research activity.

The University has a unique opportunity to further develop its research partnerships with local health and social care organisations. This will advance expertise in all aspects of associated research in policy and planning for health and care in Gloucestershire, the UK, Europe and further afield.

The School of Health and Social Care is currently seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to support the delivery of existing and new contract and grant-funded research projects and to contribute to the wider work of the School, in research, associated teaching, and to other activities such as communication and dissemination.

The post-holder will support a range of high-profile projects to evaluate aspects of health and social care developments and policy. A significant element in the role will be to support the organisation and the NHS Integrated Care System to the successful delivery of a specific research project in 2021. This Participatory Action Research Project will evaluate the goal of rapid expansion of student placements in health care. Additionally, the post will support the delivery of other existing, new contract and grant funded research projects and contribute to the wider work of the school, in research, associated teaching, communication and dissemination.

The successful candidate will require a sound knowledge of relevant quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as broader research skills and experience. Familiarity with policy evaluation would also be valuable. Specifically, experience in carrying out research in health and care (or associated field), contributing to workshops, conferences and seminars, policy evaluation as part of assignments or research projects, delivering multiple outputs to pre-agreed deadlines, conducting interviews and online literature searches will be important. We also require the successful candidate to have excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills to interface with local and wider partners in the health care industry.

You will need to have enthusiasm to embrace change, work as part of the innovative allied health team and ability to contribute to the growing research profile of the subject area.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to the growing portfolio of programmes. This also offers an exciting opportunity for you to be involved in supporting the School to develop its strategic plan to deliver a sustainable workforce for Gloucestershire in collaboration with our partners.

There will also be scope to undertake new international research and to develop postholders’ own research interests, within our continually evolving portfolio. Some research supervision and postgraduate teaching opportunities will also be available in addition to the support of an enthusiastic and motivated academic community.

For further information about the role or for an informal chat please contact Jane Melton –

Closing Date: Sunday 28 February 2021

Interview Date: Wednesday 10 March 2021