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Research Associate - Pool Position

We are looking to recruit researchers to work on research projects in areas aligned with the research expertise and activities underway within the Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester.

These areas include health and wellbeing (adult mental ill-health, living with long-term conditions, patient experience), dementia, working well and violence prevention. We have a particular interest in researchers with experience of applied research and those familiar with the adoption of mixed methods approaches. Researchers with an interest in innovative qualitative approaches are also encouraged to apply.

*If successful in your application you will be added to our pool of researchers. As and when research projects become available that best match with your skill set and the role you have applied for, you will be approached to work on the project. The projects will vary in length (normally from 3 – 6 months), in most instances will be externally funded, and may require full-time or part-time working.

Please state clearly on your application form if you wish to be considered for full or part time work, or both. If applying for part time work only, please state the maximum number of hours you wish to work.

This post will be aligned with research activities underway across the Institute and will involve working on one or more specific research project, usually under the general supervision of a project leader. Given the applied nature of our research within the Institute, we are looking for experience in relation to mixed methods approaches to research, with a particular focus on qualitative research methods.

The project leader will depend on the research work being supported, but all arrangements for management and supervision will be overseen by Professor Eleanor Bradley (Director of Research, Institute of Health and Society).

The post-holder will be expected to manage their own activities and prioritise their own workload within agreed objectives to ensure that all activities are completed to deadlines. The post-holder may be required to write up research work for publication in collaboration with senior colleagues and disseminate results as appropriate to their discipline by, for example, conference presentations and peer reviewed publication.

In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.

Closing date: Monday 09 Apr 2018

Reference number: IHS(RP)1801 - 3573

Job details

Job details

Band 6 £25,728 - £31,604 a year for full time posts (Pro rata salary for part time posts)
To be confirmed (see * below). Could be full or part time, depending on the requirements of the project. Full time hours are 37 hours a week
By agreement
To be confirmed (typically between 3 and 6 months, but could vary, depending upon the requirements of the project)
Responsible to
Professor Eleanor Bradley, Director of Research
Responsible for
Interview date
Interviews to be held on Thursday 26th April 2018

Institute of Health and Society

Explore the Institute of Health and Society

“The University is a leading innovator in the fields of health and social care”
Dr Jan Quallington, Head of Institute



The University

The University of Worcester is one of the fastest growing HEIs in the UK. It is a progressive, friendly institution, which currently welcomes over 12,000 full time and part time students a year. It offers excellent courses with flexible study options, and as the only University in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, it enjoys strong vocational links with regional business, creative, education, health and social care communities.

Research at Worcester

Research at the University of Worcester has grown significantly over the last 10 years. This growth is most clearly shown in the outcomes of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014). Worcester was the most improved University in the UK based on Research Fortnight’s “Research Power” measure, reflecting a more than four-fold increase in the number of staff submitted compared to RAE 2008 and a commensurate increase in the quality of the research. As a consequence of its REF 2014 submission, Worcester’s QR income for 2015-16 went up by 341% from 2014-15.

Institute of Health & Society

The Institute is a multi-disciplinary academic unit bringing together four academic departments; Psychology; Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedic Science; Applied Professional Studies; and Health & Applied Social Sciences; two internationally acclaimed research and education centres, the Association of Dementia Studies and the Centre for Violence Prevention. The Institute is also home to the Mood Disorders Research Group, which jointly leads the internationally renowned Bipolar Disorder Research Network in collaboration with Cardiff University.

The Institute is committed to playing a leading role in researching and developing innovative and creative solutions in health and wellbeing. Our research is highly applied to real world issues which provide significant opportunity to impact positively on peoples’ lives, to contribute to the development of practice and to lead and influence policy. Our research covers a wide breadth of disciplines and applications: areas of research expertise include dementia studies, domestic violence and abuse, adult mental ill-health, psychological health and wellbeing, working well, patient experience, resilience and early parenting.

Main duties

Main duties

1. To undertake research as appropriate to the field of study.

2. To develop research objectives and proposals for research; including the preparation of documents for university and/or NHS and/or NRC (Prison and Probation) ethics approval.

3. To use creativity to identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio.

4. To translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.

5. To recruit research participants.

6. To collect data from participants either in the form of questionnaires, interviews, or the completion of experimental tasks.

7. To assist with coding, analysis and interpretation of interview data, using new research techniques and methods, developing new skills and updating knowledge where necessary.

8. To assist with quantitative data inputting and analysis, using new research techniques and methods, developing new skills and updating knowledge where necessary.

9. To analyse and interpret the results of research and generate original ideas based on outcomes.

10. To contribute to the production of research reports.

11. To write up research work for publication.

12. To make presentations at national and international conferences and similar events.

13. To prepare papers and present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies supervising research e.g steering groups.

14. To deal with routine communication using a range of media.

15. To communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically.

16. To actively participate as a member of a research team, contributing to decisions affecting the work of the team.

17. To deal with problems which may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.

18. To contribute to collaborative decision making with colleagues in areas of research.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. Degree in psychology, sociology or related discipline or the knowledge, skills and experience normally associated with a first degree

2. A Masters or an equivalent professional qualification or at least 2 years appropriate professional experience

3. Minimum of 1 years’ experience in conducting empirical research

4. Experience of literature review and synthesis using appropriate methodologies

5. Knowledge of appropriate research methods including, for example, carrying out literature searches, developing and validating questionnaires, conducting surveys and carrying out analyses and tests

6. Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline to effectively contribute to research programmes and to the development of research activities.

7. Ability to prepare research papers, reports and conference presentations to a high standard.

8. The ability to organise own research workload with general supervision from senior colleagues.

9. Excellent communication skills both written and oral (including the ability to communicate with a range of different stakeholders, such as research participants healthcare staff and managers).

10. Effective project management skills, including the ability to organise work to meet deadlines.

11. Ability to manage conflicting priorities and time effectively.

12. Computer literate with advanced Word, Excel, NVivo and/or SPSS (or alternative).


Desirable Criteria

1. Experience of a range of different qualitative and / or quantitative approaches and analysis.

2. Experience of writing for publication.

3. Experience of working directly and achieving results with a wide range of stakeholders.

4. Specific knowledge and / or interest in our Institute thematic areas for research.

5. Knowledge and experience of research governance and ethics applications.

Disclosure: Depending on the nature of the research project, you may be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service for a Criminal Records Check/Barred List Check.

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Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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