Project Coordinator Ref 7449

School/department: School of Education and Social Work
Hours: part time (0.1FTE)  hours.  Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term 31st March 2026
Reference: 7449
Salary: starting at £26,341 to £30,497 per annum, pro rata if part time 
Placed on: 14 December 2021
Closing date:  21 January 2022.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: January 2022 or soon after 

Job description

This vacancy is only open to those currently employed by the university.

The University of Sussex has been awarded with its partners the contract for the national evaluation of A Better Start. To support the work conducted by the Sussex team, we seek to appoint a 0.1fte project co-ordinator who will be based within the School of Education and Social Work.

A Better Start (ABS) is a ten-year (2015-2025), £215 million programme funded by The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF), delivered by local partnerships in five areas in England: Blackpool, Bradford, Lambeth, Nottingham and Southend-On-Sea.  The programme aims to change the ways in which services are delivered in local areas, working in partnership with parents of babies and young children.

The national evaluation of ABS is being conducted by a consortium partnership led by NatCen Social Research, working with the University of Sussex, Research in Practice (RiP), the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and RSM Partners. The consortium is built upon longstanding working relationships and brings together internationally recognised expertise.

Overall, the national evaluation aims to address four specific objectives:

  1. identify the contribution made by the ABS programme to the life chances of children who have received ABS interventions
  2. identify the factors that contribute to improving diet and nutrition, social and emotional skills and language and communication skills through the suite of interventions, both targeted and universal, selected by ABS sites
  3. evidence, through collective journey mapping, the experiences of families from diverse backgrounds through ABS systems
  4. evidence the contribution the ABS programme has made to reducing costs to the public purse relating to primary school aged children

The five ABS sites also have local evaluators, and our national, programme level evaluation is distinct from that work.  The national evaluation work has been divided into two phases: an initial feasibility study which is now complete, and the main Phase 2 evaluation. The successful applicant will be involved in Phase 2, working as part of the overall evaluation team, within Sussex and across the consortium. The Sussex team leads Objective 3, which involves in-depth interviews with families over a four year period, and contributes to work on all other objectives. Work at Sussex is led by Professor Janet Boddy and Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson, and involves researchers from Education, Psychology and Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and within Sussex is aligned with the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth.

Please contact Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson, for informal enquiries. 

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 7449) (PDF 186.23KB)

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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