University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Graduate Research Assistant

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The starting salary will be from £32,332 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Graduate Research Assistant

Job description

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

We are looking for an enthusiastic research assistant to join the Children and Young People's Mental Health Research Collaboration (ChYMe) at the University of Exeter. This new post is available from 1 June 2024 on a fixed term basis until 30th May 2025, working on a translational public engagement project in Dr Russell's team. This post is part-time at 0.5 FTE.

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Main purpose of the job:

The Children and Young People's Mental Health Research Collaboration (ChYMe) wishes to appoint a Graduate Research Assistant to design and deliver an exciting public engagement project: “Under the Umbrella”. They will finalise the design of this immersive training activity, and take it round to schools and other public settings across the South West to raise awareness of different forms of neurodiversity, and discuss what schools can do to better support neurodivergent young people. Under the Umbrella will take the form of a physical activity with several ‘stations', each with a short task to complete that mirrors part of the school day. There will be tweaks to the tasks to give participants a sensory experience akin to that experienced by neurodivergent people. Under the Umbrella will showcase the impacts of poorly supported, and well-supported, neurodivergence in schools.

The post holder will be expected to take the initial design plans and develop the physical resources needed for the training experience with PPI input, pilot the initial design and then take Under the Umbrella on a ‘roadshow'- visiting schools and other sites across the South West. They will therefore also need to identify and liaise with sites through phone calls and meetings, as well as manage the liaison and input of our partner organisations. Travel to sites across Devon and Cornwall, taking the Under the Umbrella resources with you, is therefore an essential part of this role.

For more information about the work of ChYMe visit our website: https://

Under the Umbrella is one of a series of public engagement and impact activities stemming from Dr Russell's “Tools for Schools” project. It will be a vehicle through which we can disseminate IN-hub: a website indexing evidence-informed neurodiversity resources for schools, and the Flex toolkit: an individualised collection of behavioural strategies for supporting children with traits of ADHD in school.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to translate scientific research knowledge into a format that is engaging and fun for the public to interact with. They will have a solid understanding of neurodivergence and/or neurodevelopmental disorder research in children and young people, be creative and able to promote and engage with members of the public in an enthusiastic and appropriate manner. As the project will be evaluated and a report written, the successful applicant will also have experience conducing evaluation or data analysis, and writing up findings for both academic and lay audiences.

Applicants will be educated to first degree level or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study or equivalent experience and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will possess a substantive interest in child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, and the role that schools play in this.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career

  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a Fertility Treatment Policy

  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon.

  • The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 and QS World University Ranking 2024). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2023, underpinned by Gold ratings for Student Experience and Student Outcomes.

    Our world-leading research impact has grown more than any other Russell Group university in recent years, and we are home to some of the world's most influential researchers, seeking to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99 per cent of our research is of international quality and 47 per cent is world-leading (2021 Research Excellence Framework).

    We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    We are committed to ensuring reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community.

    With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

    For further information please contact Dr Abby Russell, email [email protected]

    Interviews are expected to take place soon after the closing date.

    Job details


    Graduate Research Assistant


    University of Exeter


    United Kingdom


    May 01, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 19, 2024

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    About the employer

    The University of Exeter is a public university that focuses on research. It was established in the year 1955. In 1851, it was first formed as Schools of Science and Art. In 1900, its name was then changed to the Royal Albert Memorial College which later converted into a university college of the southwest in the year 1922. And finally, it received its authorization in 1955 as the University of Exeter.

    The university is a part of the Russell Group which contains the top research-intensive universities of United Kingdom and has a total of 3 campuses. Out of all 3, Streatham is the largest campus by area as it contains most of the university's executive buildings.

    Also, it is considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation. Moreover, the Penryn campus is associated with Falmouth University as per a combined initiative.

    The University has more than 25,263 student population who are coming from over 130 different nations. The university organizes its educational and administrative departments into 6 scholastic colleges. There are many research centres and institutes inside the campus. There are more than 200 student societies including creative writing, theatre club, Socialist Students societies, Poker Society and Conservative Future society. The university maintains an athletic union which is responsible for organizing and administrating all the sports activities fairly and actively. The union governs more than 50 sports clubs which have around 5,000 students.

    The university has a great alumni base and actively connects with more than 125,000 alumni in 183 countries across the world. The graduates have been working in different fields. From globally known business leaders and lawyers to inspiring leaders and teachers to highly praised members of the press and artists, this university has proudly touched the lives of its alumni. Some of the much-known alumni of the university are J.K. Rowling (author- famous for Harry Potter series), Ameenah Gurib (Mauritius's 6th President) and Abdullah Gül (Turkey's 11th President).

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