Research Assistant (Qualitative)

City, University of London - School of Health Sciences


City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 19,500 students (35% postgraduate), is top in London for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide), well above the sector average for graduate employability in most subjects and eleventh in the UK for starting salaries. City joined the University of London in 2016.

In the last REF, City doubled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.

Led by President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university: it has recently agreed a new Vision & Strategy 2026.

LCS is the largest provider of speech and language therapy education in the UK. Our staff team includes experts in most domains of speech and language therapy, together with leaders from aligned academic subjects, including phonetics, linguistics, psychology and audiology.

The division runs two courses that qualify students to register as speech and language practitioners. We also run a 3 year non-clinical BSc in Speech and Language Science, and two post registration MSc courses. We have a thriving PhD programme, with over 20 students currently registered.

The Language and Communication Science Research Centre conducts world-leading research across a number of specialist areas. These include developmental and acquired language impairment, deafness, sign language and gesture, speech phonology and linguistics, social disadvantage and quality of life. 


This part time (0.4 FTE) role is part of our innovative EVA Park research project. EVA Park is a virtual island, designed with and for people with aphasia. This new project is investigating whether EVA Park can deliver social support to people with aphasia via group meetings, and whether that support improves communication, wellbeing and feelings of social connectedness.

The successful candidate will augment the findings of the project by conducting the qualitative data collection and will use interviews and consensus discussions to explore participants’ views about the EVA groups. The successful candidate will also analyse the data and help to report the findings.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have previous experience in conducting research interviews and analysing qualitative data and will have worked before with people who have aphasia, either in a research or service context.

Additional Information

City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

The role is available from 01 February 2018 or earlier by negotiation.

Closing date: 11.59pm on 2 November 2017

Interviews are scheduled for 15 November 2017.

Actively working to promote equal opportunity and diversity.

Academic excellence for business and the professions.

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