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Research Associate: Cessation of Volunteering

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £33,966 to £44,263 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th November 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: 26337

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

The Role
The School of Arts and Cultures is seeking a Research Associate to contribute to an ESRC-funded research project exploring volunteering and volunteer management, with a focus on cultural heritage organisations.

Cessation of Volunteering in Later Life: Managing long-term impacts for volunteers and volunteer managers of cultural heritage organisations is led by Dr Bruce Davenport, Lecturer in Media, Culture, Heritage in the School of Arts & Cultures at Newcastle University. This project will explore how volunteers and volunteer managers negotiate transitions out of a particular volunteering role and the impact that this can have for volunteers (after they have left the volunteering role) and for volunteer managers. The project will focus particularly on older volunteers (aged 65+). You will work together with Dr Davenport to deliver the project.

The project involves working with 8 case study venues and a national survey of volunteer managers. You will carry out data gathering and analysis, this will include travelling to the case study venues & surrounding areas, which are located across England and Scotland, to carry out interviews with (ex-)volunteers and volunteer managers. You will also contribute to the project outputs and dissemination events, including: on-line discussion events with volunteer managers, production of a booklet of good practices in handling transitions out of volunteering, and, academic papers and conference presentations.

The post is full-time (1 FTE) for up to 21 months (from the second quarter of the project until its conclusion). The start date for the post is 1 April 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter, with a fixed end date of 31 December 2025. We welcome requests for flexible working and depending on the needs of the role, blended working opportunities to work remotely as well as on campus may be considered and may be discussed at interview.

Newcastle University is a signatory to the 2019 RCUK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. Accordingly, career development time and opportunities for the RA have been factored into this project.

The position is based in Media, Culture, Heritage within the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University, www.ncl.ac.uk/sacs. Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Bruce Davenport, bruce.davenport@newcastle.ac.uk.

To apply, please complete an online application and upload a plain text copy of your CV and cover letter only. In your cover letter, you should evidence how you meet or exceed the essential requirements for the role. Please note, any other ‘Additional Document' you upload may not be received by the reviewing panel.

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