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Job opportunity: PGR project consultation officers

Project Title: ‘Defining, Measuring and Supporting Success for Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) from Diverse Backgrounds’

Dates of work: 11 weeks from recruitment. (role to commence end of June)

Pay: 4 hours per week at £12.82 (£1.55 holiday pay) per hour to be claimed through Unitemps.

Location: The role is mainly remote based, however applicants will be expected to conduct at least one focus group in person at their home institution.

How to apply: Please send a CV and Cover Letter (no more than one side of A4) to Online interviews to be conducted 16th-17th June with a view to the role commencing at the end of June.

Project Brief: The University of Nottingham, in partnership with the University of Leeds, the University of Warwick and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS, led by the University of Edinburgh) have been awarded funding by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) to undertake this project during 2022

We are seeking three PGR project consultation officers from the Universities of Leeds, Warwick and SGSSS partner universitiesLink opens in a new window to support the delivery of this work. This project will bring together expertise in doctoral training and widening participation across a network of institutions and disciplines led by the University of Nottingham to work collaboratively with PGRs to establish: 1. an inclusive definition of success during PhD study, considering available data and how these could be used for meaningful monitoring of PGR success. 2. A co-created pilot activity designed to support PGRs from diverse backgrounds to be successful in their studies.

Supported by the project steering group and with line-manager support, the placement holder will help to co-ordinate a cross-institutional audit of current data, measures and activity in place to measure success within diverse PGR populations. They will also look at current activity aiming to support the success of diverse student populations (learning from existing undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (PGT) practice where appropriate). The project consultation officers from each partner will work with the project coordinator to deliver the consultation phase of the project.

The consultation phase of the project will involve speaking with current students, with a focus on including participants from underrepresented groups. Project consultation officers will assist with designing, conducting and analysing a survey and two focus groups from their home institution. One focus group will be conducted online and the other in a face to face setting within the home institution of the project consultation officer.

We are looking for someone with experience of conducting focus groups and running surveys for research purposes and an interest in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion to take on this role. You should have strong communication skills, and experience in conducting research. You should have a good understanding of working with qualitative and quantitative data, be well organised and work well with others. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life at University. We particularly encourage applicants who can bring personal experience of studying in Higher Education as a student from an under-represented group, and/or have demonstrable understanding and awareness of the student success agenda and the challenges faced by under-represented groups.


Duties involved (List the essential duties and responsibilities only)

  • Assist with the co-ordination of an audit of existing measures and activity across the partnership.
  • Assist with coordinating a cross-institutional consultation (survey and focus groups) with PGRs and other stakeholders to establish current practice. Each PGR project consultation officer will be responsible for organising and facilitating two focus groups with PGR students from their home institution.
  • Analyse results of the audit and consultation to develop recommendations for a framework of definitions and measures of success for diverse PGR populations


Skills and experience required

  • Research Skills
  • Analytical and Evaluation skills
  • Working with qualitative and quantitative data skills. Strong skills in analysing quantitative data will be particularly useful
  • Written & verbal communication skills - The role will require collating information from a wide variety of sources, summarising this and presenting this back to colleagues in written and verbal form
  • Good planning and organisation skills
  • Interpersonal skills – working alongside a team of three project consultations officers and the project coordinator.
  • Current Post-Graduate Research student required