Research Fellow - Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

United Kingdom
£30,942.00 - £42,792.00
Aug 28, 2020
Sep 27, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Part Time
Position Details

School of Social Policy

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322. With potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year

Grade 7

Part time - 50% FTE

Fixed Term Contract until 31st August 2022

Closing Date: 21st September 2020

Job Purpose

We are looking to hire a part-time (0.5 FTE) Research Fellow on the project Understanding the Contribution of Social Enterprise to the Social Care Sector: An Exploratory Study, funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research for a 22 month duration. Led by Dr Kelly Hall (PI), the main aim of the project is to collect and analyse evidence on how social enterprise is contributing to adult social care provision in England.

The NIHR School for Social Care Research is a partnership between the University of Birmingham, the London School of Economics, King's College London and the Universities of Bristol, Kent, Manchester and York and is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Established in 2009, the School's mission is to develop the evidence base to inform and improve adult social care practice in England.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The post holder will work individually and as part of a wider team in order to deliver the project aims and objectives. The post holder will be expected to focus on the delivery of the literature search, mapping and qualitative interviewing work. This will involve participation in the following activities:
  • Desk-based research;
  • Qualitative interviewing with social enterprise stakeholders and staff;
  • Team and advisory board meetings;
  • Academic outputs;
  • Presentations and workshops; and
  • Project reports.

The mains duties of the post holder will include:
  • Performing a literature review on social enterprise in the care sector, including a review of methodological approaches in the field;
  • Using secondary data to map social enterprises in the care sector including the outcomes they are reported to deliver;
  • Organising fieldwork activities;
  • Undertaking qualitative interviews with national stakeholders and social enterprise staff;
  • Coding and analysing data using NVivo;
  • Presenting results of the project at conferences;
  • Participating in the production of dissemination outputs, including policy, academic outputs, and reports to the funder;
  • Contributing to relevant research-related activities and administration;
  • Supporting in the organisation and delivery of dissemination and engagement events;
  • Organising and participating in team and advisory board meetings.

Person Specification

  • A higher degree relevant to the research area (such as social policy, sociology, social work/care or health, including health economics) or equivalent qualifications;
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly - both orally and in writing;
  • Good interpersonal skills in relation to working with managers and staff within social care or health settings, and with the general public;
  • Fluency in relevant research models, techniques and methods - including systematic review and qualitative interview approaches;
  • Fluency in using relevant IT packages in collecting and analysing qualitative data (minimum: Microsoft Word and Excel, Endnote);
  • Positive, flexible and enthusiastic approach, and ability to act on own initiative and prioritise workload;
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes;
  • Experience with the production of academic outputs;
  • Excellent organisation and research planning skills;
  • Ability to work to deadlines.

  • Proven knowledge of at least one of the broad topics of research (third sector/social enterprise; social care);
  • Experience with the production of policy or public engagement outputs;
  • Experience in organising meetings and dissemination events;
  • Knowledge of secondary data analysis;
  • Experience of Nvivo.

For informal inquiries please contact Dr Kelly Hall

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