Research Associate: Centenary Project

University of Leicester - Library

Contract: 22.5 hours per week (0.6FTE) fixed-term for 12 months

The University of Leicester is embarking on a period of unprecedented change with an ambitious and renewed strategic vision. In order to build on our strengths we are developing a strategy that will enable us to achieve our expectations and ambitions. We are passionate about developing and growing a sustainable world class research base and alongside that ensuring that we have an exciting market focused teaching offer.

A superb career opportunity has arisen within our University Library for a Research Associate to join the team and work on the University of Leicester Centenary Project on a part time/fixed term basis.

October 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland College, the predecessor institution to the University of Leicester. In March 2017 the University announced plans to commemorate its centenary from 2018 to 2021. The beginning of this period is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, reflecting our University’s origins as a ‘living memorial’ to the sacrifices of local people during the war.

The centenary period will see a renewed interest in our University’s history, and will involve a range of activities designed to present the University story to diverse audiences. The post holder will play a pivotal role in preparations for these activities. They will undertake archival research, write internal reports and staff briefings, create new digital content, give talks and presentations, and design and deliver other audience engagement activities on the history of the University.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD or equivalent research experience in a relevant area, have a flair for communicating history to a range of different audiences, and the ability to work collaboratively with academic departments and professional services. They will be based in the University Library, but will have strong links with the School of History, Politics and International Relations. There may be opportunities to undertake undergraduate teaching for an appropriately qualified candidate. This would be in addition to the below responsibilities and remunerated separately. We look forward to receiving your application.

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The closing date for this post is midnight on the 21st August 2017.

For more details about this project role please contact Dr Simon Dixon (0116 252 2056) or Dr Sally Horrocks (0116 252 5070).

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