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Research Fellow (109373-0724)

University of Warwick - Department for Education Studies

Location: Coventry
Salary: £33,966 to £44,263 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th July 2024
Closes: 14th August 2024
Job Ref: (109373-0724)

Duration: Ending 31 March 2027

About the Role  

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Rebecca Morris (Associate Professor) at rebecca.e.morris@warwick.ac.uk.

The Department of Education Studies is looking to recruit a Research Fellow to work on an EEF-funded evaluation of tutoring for post-16 GCSE Resit students. The study, led by Dr Rebecca Morris and Dr Tom Perry, begins in Summer 2024 and runs until March 2027. Co-investigators on the project include Dr Paul Thompson (CIDD, University of Warwick) and Dr Ellie Willard (Leeds Beckett University).

This project is a large-scale, national evaluation of a tutoring intervention which has been developed and is implemented by the charity, Get Further. The evaluation will include further education (FE) colleges across England, and will seek to understand the impact of this tutoring approach on young people’s attainment in English and Maths GCSE, as well as on their feelings of confidence, engagement and motivation.

Working closely with the research leads and other members of the team, the post-holder will be responsible for and engaged with a range of activities across the duration of the study, including:

  • Project planning, management and organisation.
  • Liaison and communication with EEF (project funders) and Get Further (intervention developers)
  • Reviewing literature and preparation of ethical approval documents
  • Supporting with the development and completion of evaluation documents (e.g. project protocol)
  • Design of research instruments
  • Data collection and fieldwork in colleges across England
  • Regular communication and engagement with participating colleges, leaders and teachers.
  • Data analysis and synthesis
  • Writing up and publication/presentation of findings.

The role is full-time (1.0 FTE) although we will consider job shares.

Some travel within the UK will be required as part of this role. Travel and subsistence expenses will be covered for this work.

Successful applicant to start as soon as possible.

This role will require a enhanced DBS check.

About You  

Essential

Applicants should:

  • Hold a doctorate in education or a related field (e.g. psychology, sociology, social policy, economics), or be close to completion
  • Have knowledge and experience of the school and/or post-16 education sector in the UK.
  • Have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Be able to liaise confidently and professionally with funders, colleges, teachers and others involved with the project.
  • Have excellent IT skills, including an up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office, and a willingness to learn new IT platforms and skills
  • Have excellent organisational skills.
  • Have experience of managing large-scale or complex research projects
  • Have experience of designing and carrying out mixed methods research studies.
  • Experience of organising and carrying out data collection in schools or colleges, including interviewing staff and students, using questionnaires and/or carrying out observations.
  • Record keeping, data management and meeting deadlines will be essential for this role
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with experience in establishing and managing effective relationships with diverse groups to deliver projects or activities.
  • Willingness to travel to a number of destinations across England for contribution project meetings, data collection, and conferences.

Desirable

  • Knowledge and/or experience of English/Maths GCSE curriculum and assessment, and GCSE resits
  • Knowledge of randomised control trials in education
  • Evidence of research-focused publications

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 14 August 2024 at 11.55pm

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role can be found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick's jobs pages. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button.

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