Researcher (Mixed Methods)

Job Description

Based in the newly formed Insights team, reporting to the Head of Business Intelligence & Surveys, the Researcher will develop and lead complex research projects across Advance HE’s portfolio of work. Advance HE’s approach is evidence-based, using research to identify what works, and develop practice-based solutions. The work of the Research team is central to these aims, and the post holder will contribute significantly to consolidating the evidence base and raising the profile of Advance HE in the sector.

Knowledge and experience of conducting research into disability and mental health of staff and students will be of particular benefit for this role. Up to two days per week, the post-holder will be project managing a grant to provide support to a high-profile Commission, with an aim to influence the sector to achieve more positive outcomes for disabled students. In addition to leading on the secretariat function to the Commission (which includes regularly engaging with stakeholders across the sector), responsibilities will include leading on research and evaluation activity and developing and disseminating outputs to reach a diverse audience.

The primary responsibilities include:

  • To lead and conduct research projects on a variety of topics using the most appropriate, qualitative (a key focus), quantitative and mixed methods, ensuring projects are delivered on time;
  • To project manage the secretariat function to the Commission, and to adopt shared learnings and approaches to help lead and develop Advance HE’s own research focusing on disability and mental health.
  • To prepare proposals for bespoke research projects or external invitations to tender and manage the delivery of outputs from specific successful bids, often autonomously.

We are looking for someone with the following skills and experience:

  • A degree and a qualification and demonstrable in-work training in the application of research methods;
  • Demonstrable experience of conducting research especially within the HE sector, preferably in teaching and learning; equality, diversity and inclusion; and/or leadership, governance and management related issues;
  • Demonstrable experience in and/ or knowledge of research around supporting disabled students and staff in higher education;
  • Demonstrable experience in conducting qualitative research and analysing qualitative data, including interviews and focus groups, independently.

Further information including the full job description for this role can be found here.

About Advance HE:

Advance HE works globally to help higher education shape its future. We bring together HE-focused expertise from across our entire sector in teaching and learning; equality, diversity and inclusion; leadership and governance, to help universities to deliver a world-class experience for their students. We do this through the provision of specialist knowledge and resources, externally recognised benchmarking and recognition schemes, and a member-focused, collaborative approach.

What we offer:

This is a permanent, full time role of 35 hours per week.

The salary ​is £41,692.54 per annum.

This role can be based from our York or London office (under a hybrid working agreement) or be home-based.

At Advance HE you will be working with great people who are passionate about what they do. We provide a wide range of benefits to all our staff including a generous pension with USS; enhanced family leave benefits, 31 days’ annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, cycle to work loans, a paid volunteering day, and flexibility around working hours.

How to apply:

Please review the full job details and download and complete our application form here.

Closing date: 30 January 2022

Advance HE is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We are also committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture; for instance, through our Race Action Group. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in our sector and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people.