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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - College of Social Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £34,980 to £44,263 per annum, with potential progression once in post to £46,974 (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th December 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: 103071

Salary:

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £34,980 to £44,263 with potential progression once in post to £46,974. Grade 7

Hours:

This position can be offered as full time for 7 months or part time (60% FTE) for 12 months 

The Inner Circle Education Trust (ICET) is funding a programme to support care experienced learners to progress into and through higher education between 2023-24 and 2029-30. 

In partnership with the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL), the University of Birmingham has been awarded a grant from the trust to conduct a research evaluation of the programme.  This will involve qualitative insights from the cohort of learners involved in the programme, together with an experimental approach to analysing data relating to the cohort.  The work will be conducted by Ian McGimpsey and Chris Millward from the University, together with Patricia Ambrose from NNECL and Claire Crawford, who is now an Honorary Fellow at the University and based at the University of Cambridge. 

Role Summary

The post-holder will support the project team with all aspects of the research evaluation in its first year. This includes supporting:

  • Semi-structured interviews with ICET and the CVS, including the Education Navigator (EN) leading its programme on the intended outcomes for the programme. 
  • Desk-based review of recent research findings in the field.
  • Review of baseline data for care experienced young people (CEYP) in Camden and nationally on their educational attainment and progress into and through higher education.

The work includes developing trusted modes of engagement with CVS and the EN, and crucially the CEYP involved in the project, as well as secure ways of capturing and storing their contributions. 

The project team will appoint a part-time PhD student to work on the project from year 2 and the successful candidate will support the process of appointing and supporting the handover of responsibilities to this position. 

Main Duties

To support the planning and conduct of research evaluation, using appropriate methodologies and techniques, drawing on the initial project proposal and subsequent engagement with ICET as the funder and the CVS as the delivery partner. 

This includes:

  • Developing positive working relations with the ICET project team, the CVS delivery team and its EN, and the trust funding the work.
  • Exploring, proposing and implementing secure and trusted modes of engagement with CEYP involved in the programme.
  • Developing procedures for project management, including monitoring progress, assessing and mitigating risks, and reporting. 
  • Arranging, conducting and transcribing interviews, and storing securely all records of them.

Person Specification

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to education and youth support (normally PhD or one near to completion) or equivalent qualifications
  • Ideally, insight on and experience of working with care experienced young people, and policy in this area
  • Research experience and scholarship relevant to education and youth support
  • Expertise in relevant aspects of social science mixed methods research, such as interviews, surveys and data analysis
  • Good relationship building, project management and written and oral communication skills.  

Informal enquiries to Christopher Millward, email: c.millward@bham.ac.uk 

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the 'Apply' button above.

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