Research Fellow
City Site

Job reference: 010687

Location: City Site

Closing date: 30/05/2022

Salary : Grade G (£28,756 - £33,309 pro rata)

Employment type: Fixed-term contract

Team: Psychology

School / Directorate : School of Social Sciences

Academic & Research​​​​​​​

Research Fellow (Psychology/Education/Sport Science)

We are deeply proud of our academic community. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a diverse and dynamic learning environment, defined by a shared sense of respect for all its people. Our mission is to be bold, to do the right things and to change lives, and our academics are key to realising those goals. Their work continues to reinforce our credentials as an award-winning university, and a research centre of excellence.

Our continued success — underpinned by the number of prestigious national awards we’ve won — has hinged on two commitments: forging excellent partnerships around the world and harnessing the talents of all our people. We secured a ‘Gold’ rating in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework; received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our pioneering research; and in 2018, we were the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge, further demonstrating our commitment to ensuring ‘success for all’. NTU is a university at the peak of its powers, but we know we can still go even further. That’s why we’re now looking for new, passionate, ambitious people to join our community.

We wish to recruit a Research Fellow to work specifically on a Nuffield Foundation funded project entitled ‘Feasibility study of a Movement and Story-Telling intervention (MAST) for Reception children.’ The job is part-time at 0.8FTE.

Principal duties (to be undertaken with support from the project team) are:

  1. Develop the intervention for teacher delivery.
  2. Develop and deliver teacher training.
  3. Recruit schools, disseminate and communicate activities with external partners.
  4. Monitor implementation fidelity (through observation and interviews with teachers).
  5. Conduct pre- and post-test assessments of motor and language skills. 
  6. Analyse and interpret the results of this research and generate original ideas based on these outcomes, preparing reports for the project team as necessary.
  7. Produce research reports and publications, preparing papers and presenting the information to stakeholders, such as steering groups, as appropriate.
  8. Contribute to research plans as appropriate; communicating with internal and external contacts as necessary.

We are looking for someone with expertise in Psychology and/or Education and/or Sport and Exercise Science. Ideally, they will have experience of working with schools in a research capacity. Experience of delivering and evaluating interventions in school settings and experience with young children would be particularly valuable.

Applicants should have an Undergraduate and Masters or equivalent in Psychology, Education, Sport Science or any other relevant discipline. As a Research Fellow you will work on all aspects of the research including data collection, writing and publishing. This post is an exciting opportunity to work with an inter-disciplinary project team across NTU and Coventry University in the fields of Psychology and Sport and exercise science. It will also provide the chance to work alongside schools and teachers to deliver an innovative intervention to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children.

The post-holder will need to be able to travel to primary schools in the Nottingham/Coventry area for data collection, but other work can be done remotely.

Interview Date: TBC

​​​​​​​Closing date – 30/05/2022

If you have any queries about this role, please contact Dr Anna Cunningham, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, anna.cunningham@ntu.ac.uk.

NTU prides itself on being an inclusive employer. We value and celebrate equality in opportunities, and we welcome applications from people who reflect the diversity of our communities.

This role is open to non-UK/Irish applicants subject to current UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) rules. Please ensure that you have the appropriate right to work in the UK for this role and consult the Home Office website for further information.​​​​​​​

Please note that this role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and successful applicants are required to declare all unspent conditional cautions and convictions; and also any adult cautions (simple or conditional), and spent convictions that are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020).

We’re proud of how far we’ve come. With a shared vision, we are a community of more than 4,000 colleagues, all committed to our goal of becoming ‘the university of the future’. Do you have the passion to help us to go even further? www.ntu.ac.uk

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