Research Associate

Kingston University - Department of Social Care and Social Work

The Role
Applicants are invited for a Research Associate position in the Department of Social Work and Social Care. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic research group and be part of an innovative research project into system conditions and welfare inequalities in children’s social care. The position is dedicated to the qualitative strand of a two-year mixed methods study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, which will play a prominent role in a national programme of research into child welfare systems in the UK.

This is a part-time, fixed-term post, from 2 April 2018 to 31st March 2020, based at the Kingston Hill Campus of Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames.

The Person
The ideal candidate should have demonstrable knowledge of qualitative research methods; experience of negotiating ethics and research governance processes and recruiting research participants; expertise in conducting interviews and focus groups. A proven ability to work as part of a team, and excellent communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and concisely and use a range of media to disseminate and engage academic and non-academic audiences, are essential. A professional background in statutory children’s social care, and/or a post-graduate research qualification in a qualitative social science discipline, such as social policy, sociology, psychology, are not essential but would be an advantage.

The Faculty
The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education is a unique partnership between Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, to offer preregistration and post-qualifying courses in education, allied health and social work.

Both universities work closely with employers to provide practical and theoretical teaching and skills development using the latest technologies and facilities. By proactively responding to employer and sector changes, the partnership is a major influencer on policies, practice, and shaping the future healthcare workforce in London.

In the HEFCE Research Excellence Framework (2014), 74 per cent of the Faculty’s research was deemed world-leading or internationally excellent, and all of the pre-registration degree courses were ranked first, second or third in London (Guardian League Table, 2017).

With more than 3,000 students based at campuses in Kingston and Tooting, the Faculty offers courses in education, nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, radiography, rehabilitation sciences, and social work; as well as a range of workforce development modules programmes and CPD.

Further Information
Interviews being held during the week beginning 29/1 or 5/2.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

To apply click on ‘Apply’ below. If, for accessibility reasons, you need to apply in an alternative format, please email for an application pack or call the HR Shared Services team on 020 8417 3118.

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