Senior Research Associate

United Kingdom
£38,017 - £42,792
Nov 19, 2020
Dec 19, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The role

The School for Policy Studies undertakes research in a wide range of policy areas that affect us all in day-to-day life, ranging from housing and neighbourhoods to health care, family policy to social justice, health inequalities to domestic violence, child welfare to social care for older people, poverty to social work, governance to criminology.

The Senior Research Associate will be part of a team exploring the current role, and potential role, of collective forms of day care (day centres) for older people (65+) in England. The study will have two elements: (i) an analysis of trends in provision and uptake over time, and, (ii) in-depth qualitative research to explore different models of day care provision, including their impact on health and wellbeing outcomes for service users, to identify the wider implications these have for policy and practice development. The main purpose of role is to undertake the qualitative element of the study.

What will I be doing?

Over 24 months you will:

Take responsibility for finalising and piloting the interview schedules, identify and contact potential day care settings to discuss participation in the study, arrange fieldwork and undertake interviews (either in person or on-line) with staff at day centre and older people and their carers who attend and arrange and complete interviews with stakeholders. You will also manage the qualitative data and undertake the analysis and contribute to writing articles etc.

You will be responsible for organising our advisory group meetings and working collaboratively with our research partners to support the reference group meetings. You will set-up and maintain the project webpage on school and university website and be involved in all engagement and dissemination activities.

You should apply if
  • You are excited and interested in undertaking research about social care for adults.
  • You have a track record of excellence in research and strong project management skills.
  • You can build and maintain strong, effective relationships with a range of people from different sectors and levels of seniority.
  • You have excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
  • You are someone who can take initiative, has excellent organisational skills, is mindful of competing priorities and, enjoys working in a team.

Additional information

This post is subject to a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check and is open ended with fixed funding for 25 months.

Informal enquiries are welcome and can be directed to Ailsa Cameron ( ).

This advert will close at23:59 GMTon 16 December 2020.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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