Research Assistant in History
Clifton Campus

Job reference: 008643

Location: Clifton Campus

Closing date: 04/04/2021

Salary : Grade F (£24,871 - £27,924 pro rata)

Employment type: Fixed-term contract

Department: Academic Schools

School/Section : School of Arts & Humanities

Additional Information: This is a part-time fixed-term role until July 2022. 

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.​​​​​​​

Nottingham Trent University has recently launched a project investigating Nottingham’s links with historical slavery. Situated within the School of Arts and Humanities, this project will research, analyse and disseminate to academic and public audiences the rounded and connected story of Nottingham Lace. The biography of cotton provides one basic framework for the project, but this is much more than a study of lace as a product/object. Through the biography of lace, from the cotton fields of the slave states in America, its transportation across the Atlantic and on to Nottingham, the evolution of the lace industry in Nottingham (workers, designers, manufacturers), the place of lace in the founding of NTU, the NTU lace archive as a designated collection, and the public history, memory and heritage of “Nottingham Lace”, we have an opportunity to explore Nottinghamshire history on the national and international stage. The postholder will work under the direct supervision of Professor Steven King and will be responsible for undertaking literature reviews, the gathering of data from a diverse range of archival and online materials and subsequent analysis, writing research reports and contributing to the drafting of applications for further funding. 

Please see the job description and person specification for further details.

Interview Date: 13 April 2021

If you have any queries about this role, please contact Dr Andrew Gritt, Head of History, Languages and Global Cultures, by email to

​​​​​​​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.

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?

Please note that this role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and successful applicants will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions. 


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