Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Research Assistant in Physical Education and Youth Sport

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Research Assistant in Physical Education and Youth Sport

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Specialist and Supporting Academic Research grade 5 from £27979

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School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Part-time (0.6 FTE, 22.2 hrs per week); Fixed-term to 30 September 2025

We are looking for a Research Assistant to work with Dr Oliver Hooper (PI) and Dr Rachel Sandford, Dr Natalie Pearson and Prof Lauren Sherar (Co-Is) on a project funded by the Youth Sport Trust (YST). You will play a key role in supporting the evaluation of the Generation Charnwood project. Generation Charnwood aims to develop the wellbeing, life chances, and employability skills of Charnwood's young people, particularly those in the greatest need. The project will seek to capitalise on Charnwood's globally renowned sporting and educational opportunities and embrace the future for all its young residents through the power of sport, physical activity, and wellbeing. The project will also have a particular focus on helping to overcome the immediate impact of Covid-19 and developing a ‘workforce for the future' through improved access to physical activity, sporting, and leadership opportunities.

You will support the day-to-day activities of the project and will be involved in liaising with a range of stakeholders as part of this. You will support data collection and analysis, as well as contribute to the write-up of project findings for publication and presentation. The ideal candidate will have experience of conducting both quantitative and qualitative research, preferably with young people, and within educational and/or community contexts. You should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, be able to work effectively as part of a team but also independently when required. You will have a good undergraduate degree as well as postgraduate study in a relevant subject (e.g., education, psychology, sport science).

This part-time post is offered on a fixed-term contract until 30 September 2025.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Oliver Hooper, Lecturer in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, via email to [email protected] or by telephone to 01509 222071.

Closing date for applications - 11 April 2024

Further details can be found in the Job Description and Person Specification.

Loughborough University is committed to allowing its employees to work dynamically with a combination of working on campus and remotely, where possible. This has been identified as a role that could work dynamically and, if successful, your line manager will discuss these informal arrangements with you. Please note that there is a general expectation that the successful candidate will spend the majority of time working on the Loughborough campus.

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Research Assistant in Physical Education and Youth Sport


Loughborough University


United Kingdom


March 23, 2024

Application deadline

April 11, 2024

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Education,Medicine,Psychology,Social Science

About the employer

The history of Loughborough University can be traced back to the establishment of a small technical institute in 1909. Originally, Loughborough University of Technology provided education only in technical subjects like art and science. The university was given its current name in 1996. Currently, the university has 22 academic schools and departments, over 100 research groups, institutes and centers, and over 35 professional services, teams.

Located in the center of Loughborough, UK, the university campus covers an area of 440 acres. The campus has a world-class infrastructure and provides a plethora of facilities like huge lecture theatres, a well-stocked library, well-equipped laboratories, an extensive IT network, a conference center, excellent accommodation, and Loughborough Students' Union. The university also has an arts center, a bank, a health center, two theatres, restaurants, and some shops. Also, it provides the students with excellent sports facilities. The university has a postgraduate campus in London too. Both the campuses have won many awards and rankings for the facilities they offer.

Loughborough University offers numerous undergraduate, doctoral and postgraduate programs in various fields like accounts, finance, engineering, sciences, architecture, business, computer science, management, mathematics, languages, sports, economics, arts, social sciences, media, and psychology. The university houses more than 17,000 students and over 3,700 staff members. It is a member of a renowned international academic network, UNITECH International, and has collaborations with many international institutions like MIT, IIT Delhi, and Nanyang Technological University. It also has strong links with many funding agencies and sponsors like the Brunei High Commission, the Libyan Embassy, Oman Cultural Attaché Office and the Chevening Organization. The university equips the students with the skills and knowledge required to improve their employability and offers them plenty of outstanding career opportunities.

Loughborough University has a large network of alumni. There are more than 178,000 alumni across 169 countries. Sir Peter Bonfield is BT Group's former chief executive. Lord Sebastian Coe is an Olympic athlete well-known for holding the world marathon record. Paula Radcliffe is Williams Formula One team's Head of Vehicle Performance and Rob Smedley's former race engineer. Malcolm Sayer is a successful car and aircraft designer. Rosalind Ayres is a popular English actress. Tanni Grey-Thompson is a television presenter, Welsh politician, and a former wheelchair racer. Clive Woodward used to be an English rugby player and served as the coach for the England rugby team from 1997-2004. There are lots of other distinguished and notable names linked to the university.

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