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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Literacy and Literacy Studies in Children & Young People

Oxford Brookes University

Location: Oxford
Salary: From £27,924 rising annually to £30,497 pro rata
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th September 2021
Closes: 3rd October 2021
Job Ref: 105597

This is a part-time position involving work for 2 days/week.

The Children and Young People (CYP) Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Network is one of (currently) six Oxford Brookes University networks which bring together staff from across the University with a shared interest and expertise in specific themes/areas. The members of the Children and Young People Network share a common aspiration: to contribute to research and knowledge-building that will ultimately lead to improving children’s and young people’s opportunities, experiences and outcomes. 

Within the CYP Network we have a special interest group (SIG) on ‘Literacies and Literacy Development’, with members from different disciplines including education, psychology, arts, design and technology. They use a variety of approaches and methodologies in their work, which broadly falls into two areas. The first reflects the more traditional definition of literacy as a set of skills, such as reading and writing, typically learned at school. Many of our researchers focus on understanding the development of these literacy skills and how to support individuals who struggle in this area. The second area concerns ‘new’ literacies studies, with a broader perspective of literacies as everyday social practice, relating to identity and a way of helping to make sense of the world. Through our collaborative work we have an opportunity to bridge these two approaches, to provide a more holistic understanding of the meaning of ‘literacy’ and its role in people’s lives.

The broad aims of the SIG are to develop interdisciplinary collaborations, to undertake research and publish work in this field and to submit a bid for external funding to support future work. The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Coordinate meetings to explore areas of expertise, methodologies and the range of data sources available at the University in the field of ‘Literacies and Literacy Development’.
  • Collaborate to write up research from existing data sources.
  • Identify relevant funding opportunities to support interdisciplinary work in this area.

Knowledge and previous experience in some aspect of literacy studies and/or literacy skill development is essential.

Key skills: the successful applicant will have excellent interpersonal and organisation skills, be resourceful and attentive to detail, able to work independently, and have good communication and IT skills.

For further information please contact our project co-ordinator, Prof Anna Barnett at 

Successful and satisfactory background check received from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), after interview and before appointment.

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