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Research Associate - Wellbeing Newcastle GB Job at Newcastle University


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £30,942 - £ 33,797 per annum, pro rata


Closing Date: 5 November 2020

The Role


Reporting to the PI (Dr Graeme Mearns) and working closely with the HaSS Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Professor Kate Chedgzoy) and the University Head of EDI (Mr Paul Britton), you will lead on bringing to completion research and policy outputs associated with this project.


You will draw on previously-collected qualitative research data, synthesising and interpreting it, situating it in relevant contexts, and identifying its significance for understanding and action across the HE sector nationally. You will lead on drafting a report with recommendations, and an essay foregrounding the importance of intersectional approaches in this space. The project team will support you to sustain your own research agenda, particularly insofar as it complements the concerns of the project.


Informal enquires to Graeme Mearns - or Kate Chedgzoy -


This role can be either: full time, fixed term for 8 months or part time at 60% FTE for 12 months.


Remote working will be supported.


Key Responsibilities

  • Search for, review and synthesise the latest literatures relating to equality and diversity issues

  • Code previously-collected qualitative data, using creativity to analyse and interpret the research data and draw conclusions on the outcomes

  • Draft reports, publicity material and academic publications in collaboration with other members of the project team, and prepare them for publication

  • Disseminate findings from the research by a) preparing and delivering research presentations at national and international conferences, and b) using appropriate methods to communicate with wider audiences

  • Coordinate the day-to-day running of the project including administration, organising and chairing meetings etc

  • Implement any other project deliverables as identified by the PI

Person Specification 

Knowledge Skills and Experience

  • Formal training in qualitative methods and research ethics

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of at least one of the protected characteristics (i.e. age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation)

  • Knowledge and understanding of academic debates about equality, diversity and inclusion, with particular emphasis on intersectionality

  • Knowledge and understanding of debates and practices relating to wellbeing and mental health in higher education (Desirable)

  • Relevant academic outputs (Desirable)

  • Excellent communication skills (Desirable)

  • Ability to work flexibly and co-operatively with others (Desirable)

  • Ability to work independently and to a high standard (Desirable)

  • Excellent interpersonal skills (Desirable)

  • High level of IT literacy including Microsoft Office suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint) (Desirable)

  • Ability to prioritise key tasks (Desirable)

  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage conflicting priorities (Desirable)

  • Ability to contribute to the writing of research papers for publication (Desirable)

  • Experience of managing data (Desirable)

  • Experience of data analysis (Desirable)

  • Experience of presenting research to both academic and lay audiences (Desirable)

  • Expertise by experience relevant to the project (Desirable)




  • A PhD in an appropriate social science discipline




Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


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