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Research Assistant

Requisition ID:  21304

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  04-Aug-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £32,348 to £34,308 per annum


Closing Date: 21 August 2022


The Role


Inclusive Newcastle is a strategic approach designed to embed inclusivity for our students in everything we do. It leads a collaborative drive for Inclusive Education and was established in 2019, predominantly to help us deliver our commitments in the Newcastle University Access and Participation Plan (APP). Inclusive Newcastle’s work is founded on research and evidence and is led out of the Inclusive Newcastle Knowledge Centre (INKC).


It is our Core Values rather than solely the regulatory requirements of the Office for Students (OfS) which truly drive this work and the scope of Inclusive Newcastle is necessarily much broader than the provisions of the APP.  


There was already much activity underway right across the University which continues to contribute to the inclusive approach we need to embrace if we are to be true to our values and meet our commitments as well as to remain competitive in a dynamic and challenged sector.  The Inclusive Newcastle strategy aims to establish greater coherence in the excellent work we already do; to identify and strengthen the existing systems and structures which can most successfully enhance access, success and progression across the student lifecycle; and to add to these with carefully designed interventions when they are needed.   


The INKC encourages and supports research and trialing; seeks out and shares current expertise; and thoroughly evaluates our practice and its impact so that we can scale and reapply the most effective existing and new practice.  
Inclusive Newcastle neither lays claim to nor seeks to eclipse the work, which is already underway, but rather adds to, amplifies and shares the best of what we do.  


Partnership for Diversity and Inclusion: Teaching, Supporting and Supervising Students 
The core of what we do is working in partnership with colleagues and students, supporting faculties and academic schools to identify and deliver what we need to do to meet our statutory APP commitments, pursue anti-racist educational work and support wider EDI priorities.


External partnerships are also essential if we are to strengthen our commitment to the inclusive agenda. We work closely with staff and students at other universities; participate in conferences; write and present for sector bodies; and collaborate with businesses, education partners and civil society in our region.

You will support established researchers, including those working on the APP Theory of Change; and will provide strategic and operational support for the INKC Director.


We are seeking a motivated and resourceful colleague with some experience of research and evaluation approaches to support the work of the INKC. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and a strong working knowledge and understanding of policies and practices relating to HE, specifically drivers for and barriers to inclusivity, widening participation and social justice. 


Educated at least to degree level, and ideally with some further research experience, you will be expected to play a significant role in supporting research and evaluation and developing strong relationships with academic staff, widening participation practitioners and a range of other partners and collaborators internal and external to Newcastle University.  

You will work predominantly in the Inclusive Newcastle base, which is co-located with School X in the Henry Daysh Building. Direct reporting is to the Professor of Practice for Inclusive Education who is the Institutional lead for the APP and Director of the INKC.


For additional information about the role, please contact Alison Shaw (


Key Accountabilities

•    Provide support for the Research and Evaluation work of the INKC
•    Deliver research and evaluation capacity for University inclusivity projects and grant-funded programmes of research associated with Inclusive Newcastle
•    Deliver operational capacity and expertise to enable the smooth running of Inclusive Newcastle, including professional support for the Inclusive Newcastle Steering Group
•    Provide support for the development and implementation of the Inclusive Newcastle Strategy
•    Provide professional support to the APP Lead and Director of the INKC in relation to fulfilling evaluation and reporting requirements for the Office for Students
•    Bring operational and organisational capacity and expertise to the work of Inclusive Newcastle, for example ensuring that communications and policy updates are shared in a timely manner; INKC insights and findings are communicated effectively; and opportunities for collaboration are identified
•    Help with liaison between INKC APP work and the UniConnect/NERAP evaluation team
•    Represent Inclusive Newcastle at events and meetings as requested
•    Support the Director of the INKC and INKC researchers by maintaining awareness of the full range of inclusive practices and initiatives relevant to APP Evaluation and the Theory of Change
•    Undertake other duties as requested, commensurate with the grade of the post

The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Understanding of and commitment to widening participation and inclusivity in HE
•    Expertise, experience and understanding of methods of evaluation and the dissemination of findings and insights in the field of widening participation and inclusivity in HE
•    Experience and/or understanding of barriers affecting participation in HE
•    Knowledge and understanding of higher education systems, provision, regulation and qualifications
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills with a wide range of different audiences
•    Excellent IT skills and some experience of analytical software

Attributes and Behaviour

•    Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to liaise and ‘connect’ with university staff and students across departments
•    Ability to work independently, accurately and with initiative
•    Ability to schedule, organise and curate resources, events and presentations and to support the management of agreed  initiatives and projects
•    Ability to design, organise and communicate priorities, findings and insights
•    Willingness to undertake own professional development



•    Graduate
•    Masters level postgraduate research experience in a relevant area 




The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 21304