Research Assistant, Vision Schools Scotland

University of the West of Scotland – School of Education and Social Sciences

Ayr Campus

Fixed Term, 2 years

Part Time 0.5 FTE (17.5 hours)

Due to funding received from the Department of Levelling- Up and Housing and  Communities, the School of Education and Social Sciences are seeking applications from individuals to join the School’s Division of Education as a Research Assistant for Vision Schools Scotland. Established in 2017, Vision Schools Scotland is a partnership between The School of Education and Social Sciences and the Holocaust Educational Trust, that supports teachers in their teaching and learning of the Holocaust. In its first 5 years Vision Schools Scotland has focused its efforts on CPD and creating a schools’ network of good practice; its next focus is research in school-based Holocaust education in Scotland.

You will join a dedicated team who strive to continuously inspire our students and wider University community – and, through modern teaching and impactful research, continue to deliver innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

The successful candidate should have the following:

  • PhD in Education or Social Sciences
  • Preferably a relevant Honours degree
  • Previous relevant research experience
  • Experience of analysing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Knowledge of school based Holocaust education and/ or of Global Citizenship Education.
  • Awareness of the distinctive features of the Scottish curriculum
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust
  • Good written and oral communication skills including the ability to deal tactfully and courteously with a range of people and situations
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines

About us

UWS was named Higher Educational Institution of the Year in The Herald Higher Education Awards 2022 and is officially ranked by Times Higher Education in the top 600 universities worldwide (2022 World University Rankings) as well as in the top 150 universities worldwide under 50 years old (2022 Young University Rankings). University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s largest and most dynamic modern universities. Our reach across the country, together with our London campus, means that UWS is a significant force in global knowledge creation, innovation, and a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree education. Our degrees provide students with a transformational experience; equipping them with highly sought-after graduate skills that set them up for global success in world-leading sectors, industries and businesses.

With cutting-edge courses, modern pedagogy and practical knowledge, we enable our students and staff to experience the joy of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and apply their knowledge for the benefit of others.

The School of Education & Social Sciences at UWS combines sector-leading education provision with strong expertise in social science teaching and research in the west of Scotland and beyond. You will join a supportive and committed team, playing a crucial role in the School’s commitment to social justice and making a difference locally, nationally and internationally. Our students benefit from innovative, practice-focused and research-informed courses, and deep-rooted partnerships with leading organisations across the world. Find out more about our School of Education & Social Sciences.

We offer our staff a caring and supportive environment, across five campuses, and a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • 35 days of annual leave, plus a further 12 days for public/university holidays
  • 23% employer’s pension contribution, including death in service benefits on joining the pension scheme
  • A flexible approach to working pattern and work-life balance
  • Employee discount scheme across 3,500 retailers
  • Fitness facilities across our campuses
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing resources, including occupational health, physiotherapy and access to our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Professional, career and research development opportunities.

Further information, including details of how to apply are available at

Closing date: Wednesday 23rd February 2023

Interview date: w/c 6th March 2023

The University reserves the right to shorten/extend the closing date of any position where a high/low volume of suitable applications are received. Therefore, if you are interested in this role, an early application would be encouraged.

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups.

UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.