Outreach Research Assistant - External Relations

Expiring today

United Kingdom
£27,511 - £33,797
Oct 15, 2020
Oct 27, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Part Time
Outreach Research Assistant

Student Recruitment, Marketing and Outreach, External Relations

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £27,511 to £30,046, with potential progression once in post to £33,797

Grade 6

Part Time 0.6 FTE. To work flexibly to suit the requirements of the research project. This is a Fixed Term Contract until February 2022

Closing date: 27th October 2020

The successful candidate will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check


We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant with a strong quantitative background to work as part of the Forward Thinking (FT) evaluation team.

Forward Thinking is a multi-intervention outreach programme aimed at students between Years 8 and 11 run by the University of Birmingham. It combines a variety of higher education awareness activities designed to encourage and support future application to higher education and more specifically to a research intensive university. It has been designed to support appropriate subject choices in year 9 and 11 and aid attainment raising whilst also informing students about higher education (HE) pathways, courses, student life and employment opportunities.

We have recently received funding from the new 'What Works' centre for HE access and outcomes (TASO - Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education) to evaluate the impact of this programme in the context of a broader programme of work focused on how best to evaluate multi-intervention outreach programmes.

Summary of Role

We are looking to appoint an autonomous quantitative research assistant to join our team, which brings together academic researchers and outreach staff.

The ideal candidate will have familiarity with advanced statistical techniques, including multiple regression analysis and programme evaluation methods, as well as experience of using Stata. You will contribute to all areas of the evaluation including literature reviews, study design, preparation of research materials and survey instruments, data cleaning, data analysis and writing evaluation reports.

Based at the University of Birmingham, you will be expected to approach the work proactively and be able to work without close supervision on a day-to-day basis, but also to develop good relationships with the team and be able to work collaboratively on the design and development phases of the research in particular. There may be an opportunity for the successful applicant to co-author papers for publication.

The post offers an exciting opportunity to produce evidence which will help to fill a gap in our understanding of what works in this area, with the potential to impact the design and implementation of outreach programmes in universities around the world.

Main Duties/Responsibilities
  • Review relevant literature.
  • Provide input into study design and survey instruments.
  • Collate, clean, link and analyse data using Stata (including visits to secure data settings as required).
  • Interpret results and present analysis to the rest of team.
  • Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.

Person Specification

  • Master's degree in a quantitative social science discipline (e.g. economics, social statistics)
  • Prior relevant experience of quantitative data analysis
  • Proficiency in using Stata for data management, manipulation and analysis
  • High level written communication skills in English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Self-motivated, pro-active, and able to use initiative where appropriate

  • An interest in issues of widening participation
  • Skills in qualitative research methods and experience of undertaking qualitative research and data analysis
  • Understanding of and ability to develop structured questionnaires

Informal enquiries to Shaheen Barkat s.barkat@bham.ac.uk (Outreach team) or Claire Crawford c.l.crawford@bham.ac.uk (Economics department)

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