Research Assistant: ISJ Community Research Grants: Spectrum First

York St John University

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Department: Research Office
Location: York

£32,982 to £38,205
per annum pro rata
Contract Duration: 6 months
Hours: 14.8
Closing Date: Wednesday 27 September 2023 at midnight
Interview Date:
Monday 16 October 2023
Reference: 205-23

Part time fixed term 

Location: York 

Salary: £32,982  to £38,205 per annum (£13,192 to £15,282 pro rata) 

York St John is an ambitious, modern university at the heart of historic York and there has never been a more exciting time to join us.

As one of the fastest growing universities in the U.K over recent years, we have a new strategy for the next decade, emphasising our commitment to widening opportunity through the power of education and contributing our talents to creating a fairer world, and a more prosperous region. We are putting inspirational learning and impactful research at the heart of this strategy, recognising our academic expertise as our greatest asset.

The Institute for Social Justice

The Institute for Social Justice was launched in 2020 to underpin York St John University’s mission to stand up for social justice’. We do so through developing collaborative research and practice that seeks to identify, expose and address some of the inequalities, injustices and challenges facing society today. At its core the Institute seeks to work with people, with partners and with communities in a manner that sees participation, implementation and change as vital parts of its mission. This post is part of our Community Research Grant programme, which works with voluntary, charity and social enterprise to develop impactful, co-produce research. 

 The Role

The successful candidate will co-ordinate an action research partnership between Spectrum First Education Ltd. and researchers in Psychology at York St John University. The project aims to identify points of intervention to improve campus-wide experiences for neurodivergent students and staff. Ideally candidates will hold a doctoral qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. Psychology, Education, Disability Studies); however, applicants with a Master’s qualification and relevant experience will also be considered. Candidates with lived experience of neurodivergence are encouraged to apply and we are happy to discuss any adjustments prior to interview as required.

The post-holder will be responsible for project management tasks, including: liaison between partners and stakeholders, research design, and delivery of tasks to agreed deadlines (e.g., data collection and analysis; dissemination of findings).

Required skills and experience

We are seeking an enthusiastic and social justice-focused researcher with experience of working in research teams. The successful candidate will demonstrate understanding of neurodiversity, awareness of ethical principles in research, and a passion for improving experience and outcomes for neurodivergent members of the university community. Qualitative research experience and experience of working with neurodivergent people would be valuable in this role.

Unfortunately this role is not eligible for Skilled Worker Visa sponsorship however we welcome your application if you are able to evidence right to work in the UK via an alternative route.

Any queries about the specifics of the role and suitability for the post should be directed to Dr Lorna Hamilton (Associate Professor in Psychology) via email: [email protected]

If you require a reasonable adjustment in order to apply for this position please contact [email protected].  Within the application form there is an opportunity for you to request a reasonable adjustment at the interview stage of the process, however if you wish to discuss this in further detail at any point  in the process please do not hesitate to contact us.

We offer a range of family friendly and inclusive policies and facilities to support staff from different backgrounds. As part of our commitment to providing an inclusive working environment, consideration is given to all requests for job share or flexible working arrangements. 

Please note that CVs are not accepted in place of the application form.

Our benefits package

We offer a wide range of employee benefits including – 

– Excellent annual leave entitlement, including five discretionary university closure days over the Christmas period

– Pension scheme

– Health Cash Plan after six months service

– Employee Assistance Programme

– Relocation expenses package for certain roles

– Visa loan scheme

Further information about life at YSJ

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Closing Date –
Wednesday 27 September 2023 at midnight

Provisional Interview Date –
Monday 16 October 2023

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