Research Fellow VTCT Foundation research team at CAR

University of the West of England

Research Fellow (0.2fte) Visible Difference research

About us:

The Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) is looking to appoint a part time Research Fellow (0.2fte) to join a team of researchers on a programme of work, funded by The VTCT Foundation , which involves collaborations with a group of charitable organisations that support people living with visible differences (altered or unusual appearances) of any kind, such as skin conditions, birthmarks, scars from burn injuries, craniofacial conditions, hair loss, and facial palsy.  This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated early career researcher with an interest in psychosocial research related to visible difference.   CAR has a been a world leader in visible difference research for more than 25 years, and it is the world’s largest group of researchers focussing on psychosocial issues around appearance and body image.

About you:  

We are looking to appoint a researcher who shares our passion and enthusiasm for visible difference research. They will be working within a team of experienced researchers who are conducting a programme of research around two themes: 1) supportive interventions for people with visible differences; 2) social media and visible difference. The successful applicant will be primarily responsible for the evaluation of an exciting new ACT-based intervention, provided via an app, to support adults with a range of visible differences.  

About UWE Bristol: 

We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with over 30,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 3,800 staff. We are both globally connected and regionally embedded, with strong employer and partner connections. Our staff and students come from over 160 countries making this a diverse, dynamic and rewarding place to work and study.

We are an ambitious  university. Together, our people are working hard to advance knowledge, inspire people and transform futures. We are looking for people with the skills and ambition to help us achieve those aims. 

We have a lot to be proud of at UWE, our achievements include an impressive 88 percent overall student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Satisfaction survey, placing us 2nd of all universities in England and 7th in the UK. We are 6th in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey) and importantly, 96% of UWE Bristol graduates are in employment or further study within six months after graduation. We have also achieved TEF Gold status, have been ranked 21st in The Guardian Best UK Universities 2021 and 29th   in the latest Times Higher Education ‘Table of Tables ‘.

Bristol itself is a hub of social and cultural activity and is a big pull for students and employers alike. A city with a creative and fiercely independent mindset, a vibrant music scene, great restaurants and interesting business ventures. Bristol was the first British city to win the European Green Capital award in 2015, The Sunday Times newspaper named Bristol the best city to live in Britain thanks to its culture, nightlife and proximity to beautiful countryside while National Geographic listed Bristol as 11th in the world’s ‘cool list ‘ destinations, ahead of Paris and Amsterdam, so it’s not surprising Bristol is consistently named as one of the best places to live and work in the UK.

Frenchay Campus: 

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give both our staff and students access to everything they need to succeed – with £300m having been invested recently on new state-of-the-art learning spaces and accommodation while incredible new facilities  continue to be developed to enhance our offer even further.

Frenchay campus has excellent transport links ; as well as being located near the motorway network we are within walking distance of two train stations , our bus terminus connects us to the local bus and metrobus network and we also have a range of cycling and changing facilities, making our campus the ideal place to work for those commuting to Bristol.

In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of employee benefits including:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 25 days pro rata
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year
  • flexible working
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes
  • access to employee assistance programme
  • ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • family friendly policies and wellbeing initiatives
  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus.
  • savings on purchases via Wider Wallet scheme
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme

Further information

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact Diana Harcourt on 0117 3282192 or email: [email protected]

This is a fixed-term post until 31st August 2024 in the first instance, and is part-time work.

Job Share: This post is not available on a job share basis.

UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook.

This post does not qualify for sponsorship under the current UK Visas and Immigration Tier 2 points-based system therefore we would not be able to obtain a tier 2 Biometric Residence Permit and would be unable to sponsor anyone who does not have their own right to work in the UK.

Please refer to the Home Office Right to Work Checklist which provides details of which documents are acceptable. Should you be shortlisted you will be asked to bring your right to work documents with you to your interview so they can be copied and verified at that stage.

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