Research Fellow Ref 9436

School/department: School of Education and Social Work /Department of Education
Hours: Part time hours considered up to a maximum of 0.25 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed term for 4 months (1.10.22 until 31.01.23) 
Reference: 9436
Salary: starting at £35,333 to £42,155 per annum, pro rata 
Placed on: 05 August 2022
Closing date: 23 August 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 05 September 2022
Expected start date: 01 October 2022

Job description

The Department of Education, within the School of Education and Social Work, has been awarded a grant by eNurture for a short project exploring the digital worlds of unaccompanied refugee children and young people (URCYP), and investigating how their digital worlds link to their wellbeing. The research project is based on principles of co-production and is guided by three objectives:

  1. Explore how URCYP experience and engage with the digital world to support their social integration and sense of belonging in the UK, and how this interplays with their transnational lives and connections.
  2. Identify what URCYP perceive to be the risks to their safety and well-being from digital engagement and how they navigate these risks.
  3. Co-design and co-produce a pilot project with URCYP which will embed new knowledge aimed at promoting positive mental health among UCRYP.

To support this work we are looking to appoint a part-time Research Fellow to work with Dr Linda Morrice and Dr Linda Tip (University of Brighton) and a small team of peer researchers with lived experience of arriving in the UK as unaccompanied children. The Research Fellow will be responsible for training and supporting the peer researchers, co-designing an appropriate qualitative methodology and co-facilitating group activities. Depending on the interests of the URCYP we hope to engage in simple arts-based methods through which participants can build on perspectives whilst minimizing language barriers. The project will be guided by a small advisory group and the knowledge generated will be used to (i) inform the development of a short animation to support positive engagement of URCYP with digital resources; (ii) establish appropriate methodologies which could be used to apply for further research funding.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please email to arrange a telephone conversation.

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Download job description and person specification Ref 9436 [PDF 51.93KB]

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How to apply

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