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Research Assistant Work

Are you interested in doing some research work to support school teachers in carrying out enquiries into their chosen area within their schools?  This is part of a research project called the ‘Coalition of Research Schools’, which has been running since September 2011.  Currently there are seven schools in the Coalition, two secondary mainstream, two primary mainstream and three special schools.  Five of the schools have recently become teaching schools, and all seven were judged as outstanding by Ofsted at their last visit.  The schools are all in Greater Manchester.

The research assistant work involves

  • Working closely with teams of teachers, and sometimes students, in each of the schools;
  • Being proactive in contacting schools and the research team to arrange school meetings and other enquiry activities;
  • Attending school team meetings, taking notes, typing up brief minutes/action plans and sending these back to the school for approval;
  • Asking the teachers questions to help them think about their enquiry from different angles and to help them move it forward;
  • Supporting the teams in designing methods to gather and analyse data, for example, designing student focus group activities, questionnaires, observation pro-formas, photo-voice activities, learning walks, interviews;
  • Carrying out some of the data gathering activities for the staff teams and then sharing the findings with them;
  • Transcribing, typing up, and/or collating data gathering activities;
  • Ensuring the school teams of staff maintain ownership over their enquiries;
  • Looking for and providing the teams with accessible readings from theoretical, research and policy literature.

Person Specification

The successful candidate must:

  • Be working towards, or already have a relevant higher degree;
  • Have a good knowledge of current issues facing the English education system;
  • Have an ability to work collaboratively with school staff, children and young people in English schools;
  • Be flexible and responsive to the needs of the project;
  • Have a good knowledge of a wide range of research methods;
  • Be willing and able to travel to the schools;
  • Be computer literate;
  • CRB checked at enhanced disclosure level.

Conditions of work

The assistant will be paid an hourly rate of £13.47 and travel expenses will be paid.  Between now and July 2013 it is estimated that there will be about 50 hours work for three people, so a total of about 150 hours of work.  It is not possible to say when this work will be done as it depends on what suits the schools best.  However, it is usually spread throughout the year and there is usually some room for negotiation on when exactly it takes place.

Please contact Mirka Hukelova (miroslava.hukelova [ at ] manchester.ac.uk) or Sue Goldrick (sue.goldrick [ at ] manchester.ac.uk) if you are interested.

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