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Research Associate in Religious Studies

The Open University - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Location: Milton Keynes
Salary: £35,333 to £37,474 (pro-rata) - actual £14,324 to £15,192
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st December 2022
Closes: 19th December 2022
Job Ref: 20579
 

Location: Milton Keynes

Terms Part-time (15 Hours per week) Fixed Term Contract for 12 months

Closing Date: 19 December 2022 - 12:00

Flexible working patterns will be considered.

Please note that the successful candidate will need to be able to commence the role during February 2023, due to funding requirements.

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)

The Faculty is the largest and most diverse at The Open University, with some 50,000 students studying our modules with excellent completion rates and consistently outstanding student satisfaction ratings. Noted for the strength of our interdisciplinary approaches, our scholars of international standing teach and research a very wide range of topics and themes in specific subject areas, recognized as world class or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2020, and having a direct and profound influence on our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

The role 

The Open University is recruiting to this post to support the further development of a promising initiative in religious, historical and civic education arising from the recently concluded H2020 European Commission funded Religious Toleration and Peace Project (RETOPEA).

The postholder will play a central role in the project, planning, running and evaluating workshops with young people in collaboration with other members of the team.

Skills and experience

  • A first degree in a relevant discipline, including but not limited to Religious Studies, History, Sociology or Education.
  • A strong record of research and/or knowledge exchange that is commensurate to the position
  • A successful team worker with a collegial approach
  • Ability to relate successfully to young people between the ages of 13 and 18
  • Willingness and ability to travel within the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland) involving occasional overnight stays away from home

More detailed information on the duties and person specification is included in the Job Description on our website.

What you get in return

We have a strong commitment to providing training and development in and beyond your current role. This includes thorough induction into the organisation and regular reviews of your training and development needs.

We also offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term. Staff Benefits include an attractive pension proposition and 33 days holiday per annum pro rata, plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please visit the Open University’s Jobs page by clicking “Apply”.

Closing date: 19 December 2022 - 12:00 noon

The Open University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which is reflected in our mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas. We aim to foster a diverse and inclusive environment so that all our staff can reach their potential and attract diverse candidates.  We recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge, and culture, and that this difference brings great strength. 

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