University of York

University of York

Research Associate

United Kingdom

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Research Associate


School for Business and Society


£36,024 a year (pro-rated for part-time working)


Grade 6

Contract status

Fixed term

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University of York campus

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To be confirmed

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  • Role Description School for Business and Society

    An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Changing Realities research team and be part of a participatory online programme documenting life on a low-income during the cost of living crisis and pushing for change. The post is to support the participatory online research, and to be a key point of contact for parents and carers living on a low-income who are taking part in this programme. The successful candidate will also play a key role in developing our work into Scotland. The role will be predominantly based in Scotland but contractual place of work is the University of York and travel to campus is expected.


    The main purpose of the role is to deliver effective, ethical participatory online research with parents and carers living on a low-income. The postholder will be responsible for direct contact with participants; supporting their involvement in media interviews, parliamentary events; and maintaining and updating the online infrastructure of the project. They will also take a leading role in the analysis and writing up of the data emerging from this project.

    This is a fixed-term, part-time (1 day per week) position for 12 months from May 2024 until April 2025.

    Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed
  • First degree in social policy, sociology or related subject
  • PhD in social policy or sociology or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge and experience of online participatory research
  • Effective communication skills - both orally and in writing
  • Confident, pro-active approach to work, and readiness to develop innovative strategies to recruiting new participants
  • Knowledge of social security policy and strong engagement with poverty theory, policy and practice.
  • Interview date: To be confirmed

    For informal enquiries: Please contact Ruth Patrick at [email protected]

    Condition of employment

    This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Consequently, all applicants will be asked to declare both unspent and spent convictions on their application form.

    Appointment of the successful candidate will be conditional on a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

    Job details


    Research Associate


    University of York


    United Kingdom


    March 22, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 18, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of York was established in 1963 when the University Grants Commission permitted a university in 1960. The university started operating with its first batch of 230 students on Oct. 9, 1963, under the leadership of Lord James as its chancellor. Originally the university only had 28 staff members and six departments; economics, English, education, history, politics, and mathematics. At present, the university includes nine colleges and more than 30 research centers and academic departments. The university is now accredited by the Privy Council.

    Located in Heslington, the University of York has been improving and expanding its campus ever since its establishment. The campus has plenty of landmarks, sculptures, and college buildings. The King's Manor is a historic structure that currently houses the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Department of Archaeology. Located in the center of the campus, Central Hall is a tiered auditorium used for hosting concerts, competitions, conferences, graduations, fashion shows, and other events. The university's archives and library network includes many libraries on the campus and in the nearby area. The JB Morrell library is the campus' main library. Heslington Hall is another significant landmark of the campus.

    The University of York offers a plethora of undergraduate, research, and postgraduate programs in various fields like archaeology, sciences, computer science, law, management, medicine, mathematics, languages, arts, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. The university has 18,930 students. The university has collaborations with reputed research-oriented institutions across the world. It is a part of an alliance of 24 well-established research-intensive universities. Also, the university has great student exchange programs and research links with numerous other universities around the globe. It offers excellent professional training to its students and provides them outstanding employment opportunities in prestigious firms.

    The university has produced several notable and successful alumni. Greg Dyke is a renowned British journalist, media executive, broadcaster, and football administrator. Aníbal Cavaco Silva is Portugal's former president. Mahmoud Mohieldin is the vice-president of the World Bank Group. Jung Chang is a British writer, famous for her award-winning book 'Wild Swans'. Anthony Horowitz is an English screenwriter and novelist, popular for his works such as 'The Diamond Brothers' series, 'The Power of Five' series, and the 'Alex Rider' series. Han Seung-soo is South Korea's former prime minister. Peter Hitchens is an author and journalist who writes for The Mail. His popular works include 'The Abolition of Britain', 'The War We Never Fought', and 'The Rage Against God'. Many other distinguished people are a part of the university's alumni network.

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