Proposed Salary £35,477 A Year
Career Level Managerial
Experience 2 Years
Qualifications Associate Degree
Are you an excellent early-career researcher in higher education, particularly in pedagogic research-intensive, and/or in STEMMB (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medical and Business) disciplinary contexts? Would you like to contribute to an ambitious programme of work aimed at establishing Imperial College London as a global leader in innovative, evidence-based education? If so, then this exciting and challenging opportunity could be the ideal next step in your career.
The Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship (CHERS) at Imperial College London has an exciting new opportunity for a Research Assistant to join a team working on a learning and teaching innovation project, aimed at promoting inclusion and supporting success for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) students from underrepresented groups at the University.
This is an exciting post which will enable a qualitative researcher, with a keen interest in the experiences of underrepresented and non-traditional students in STEMM within the UK Higher Education sector, to contribute to the work being undertaken at the Imperial College London in this area. As part of the new Learning and Teaching Innovation Project: Promoting inclusion and student success: Supporting the identity development of underrepresented students, you will significantly contribute to the data collection, analysis and communication to gain knowledge and insights into successes, challenges and opportunities of STEMM students from underrepresented and non-traditional groups in a stimulating academic environment. Given the project is also focused on specific pedagogical outputs, you will liaise with students and staff across departments to develop a range of evidence-informed resources (e.g. web-based materials), informed by the results of the project, to support the current and prospective underrepresented STEMM students at Imperial. This project will contribute to the support of academic and professional identity and a sense of belonging which are central to the wellbeing of our students.
Duties and responsibilities
The focus of this post will be:
To contribute to the review and summaries of relevant educational and sociological literature for the project.
To undertake participant recruitment and data collection.
To analyse and interpret results of qualitative data, making use of appropriate qualitative research methods and techniques (e.g. NVivo 12).
To report and present information to the project team, including production of short findings reports.
To liaise with participants and wider College departments, such as the Digital Learning Hub, Student Union, the Education Office and the EDI team for the creation and development of web-based promotional materials (e.g. videos) and other modes of resources for current and prospective underrepresented STEMM students at Imperial.
To keep accurate and up-to-date records of activities relating to the project.
To contribute to the promotion and dissemination of the project and its pedagogical outputs across the College and external conference presentations.
The Research Assistant will have a postgraduate qualification in a relevant social sciences field (e.g. education, social policy, sociology) or appropriate equivalent experience and should be motivated, well organised and able to work independently and as part of a team. They should have excellent communication skills and good qualitative research skills.