Research Assistant

Job Description

An exciting opportunity to join a project, which focuses on young disabled people and their access to cultural events, has arisen! 

The National Youth Theatre (NYT), in collaboration with National Youth Arts Wales (NYAW) and Gig Buddies, has secured National Lottery Funding to run its Local Inclusivity Networks (LINs) program, which aims to promote collaboration between disabled and non-disabled communities. The aim of this is to reduce isolation, and to establish grassroots inclusivity networks in England and in Wales. To support this program, the NYT has partnered with the Centre for Applied Research on Empowering Societies (CARES) at London Metropolitan University to conduct research and evaluation in relation to the programmes intended outcomes. 

Lead by an interdisciplinary team (CARES + London Met Lab), this new project aims to: 

  • Develop a framework for the programme impact evaluation; 

  • Collect baseline evaluation data (including young disabled people engagement with local cultural offer), and map out local policy and cultural offer infrastructure); 

  • Co-design (for and with young disabled people) standards around inclusive cultural offers considering their lived experiences and those of their trusted support (parents, teachers, volunteer buddies) in navigating and accessing cultural offer outside educational settings; 

  • Identify determinants of effective local collaborative partnerships supporting and amplifying the voices of young disabled people and influencing policy locally. 

To support this project, CARES is now looking to hire a talented candidate for a position as a Research Assistant (qualitative). 

The main tasks of the RA includes, but it not limited to: 

  • conducting literature reviews of literature on disability (social sciences) 

  • providing an overview of the policies various local authorities have in relation to the topic 

  • validating transcripts of interviews conducted by the research team  

  • basic analysis (thematisation) of the collected data  

  • other desk-based research and ad hoc duties as per the hiring managers/principle investigator instructions

  • use software packages to create a visualisation community mapping of services accessible to and organisations working with disabled young people in 3 areas of London, Manchester and South Wales as part of the NYT Assemble project. 

Due to the nature of commissioned research work, the workload may be heavier one week and lighter the next, thus flexibility is required. The workload will be agreed upon each week, but the total amount of hours is 160 spread over the period of the project. You will mainly be working with DrJosefine Nyby, but also with other members of the team including Professor Diana Stirbu and Dr Jane Lewis and with external stakeholders (NYT and the NYAW). This is thus a great opportunity to join a team with established contacts in the labour market! 

If you have any queries about this role, please email Dr Lewis ( apply for the position, please click register (or, if you are already registered, log in) and apply. Please note, all applications need to be submitted through MetTemps. Please provide a relevant and up-to-date CV and a motivational letter (ca one page) where you outline how your experiences will make you the right candidate, as well as how this fits your career plan. 

No applications are accepted via email. No late applications are accepted. Shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited for an interview (online). Candidates not shortlisted will be notified once shortlisted candidates have been selected. 

This is a great opportunity for a graduate student or PGR student who want to further develop skills around academic research (qualitative) and sotware skiils in community mapping.

No teaching is required for this role.

The position will be for remote working.


Under-graduate or post-graduate student


Experience of and skills in:

  • qualitative research methods

  • community mapping

  • working as part of a team

  • working to deadlines


This is a 2.5-week role leading online HIIT exercises classes to participants of an ongoing clinical study. You will be provided with the exact program that will be delivered. The classes are every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from (flexible start date for training) Wednesday 22nd March to Monday 10th April on the following schedule:

  • Wednesday 29th March & 5th April: 6:30am, 2pm, 5pm

  • Friday 31st March: 7am, 5pm

  • Monday 3rd April: 7am, 2pm

  • Good Friday 7th April: 1 session time TBC (whatever suits you)

  • Easter Monday 10th April: 1 session TBC (whatever suits you)

+ shadowing classes/training for each session prior to starting independently on Wednesday 29th.

The sessions are delivered online through Microsoft Teams and consist of 1-3 people per session. You are there to demonstrate the movements, ensure everyone’s form is good, and time the intervals for the participants. Also heart rates are collected from each participants before, during and after the sessions.

Each session takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

The time requirement for this role is 15 hours total (12 hours of classes + 3 hours of training).


Qualification in a related field (e.g., physiotherapy).


Prior knowledge of exercise/fitness and proper form preferred (e.g., physiotherapy, PT qualification).

Job purpose

To main focus of the post holder is dedicated to effectively provide confidential, professional administrative support to the Head of Housing Services and to the Housing Services team. To effectively provide a customer focused reception service of excellence for Housing Services. To be the first point of contact for, and to represent the team, both internally and externally, whether in person, by telephone or by email, responding to all generic enquiries or by referral to an appropriate team member when escalating non-routine enquiries.

The post holder will be required to support the Head of Housing Services in delivering a customer focused service of excellence; providing advice and guidance encompassing the broad range of housing options available to students and staff.  The range of this role is not limited to the Queen Mary halls of residence, but includes nominated private providers, private housing as well as homestay or short stay options.


Main duties and responsibilities

  • To provide a customer focused first point of contact to students, staff and private landlords, the public and other external bodies, judging when to pass on or escalate complex queries.

  • To check all applications received for housing eligibility, and issue relevant and timely feedback to applicants.

  • To represent Housing Services at all Queen Mary internal and external events, particularly at main residential arrival and departure days, to provide and sustain a positive image for Residential Services

  • To manage and keep updated the Housing Services team diaries.

  • To check the accuracy and relevance of information and imagery on the Residential Services website..

  • To provide administrative support to the Housing Services team.

  • To advise the Head of Housing Services on noticeable trends in customer enquiries.

  • To be flexible at key times within the university calendar to support the delivery of services that will be outside normal business hours, which will include working in the evenings and at weekends

  • To comply with all Queen Mary and Directorate policies and procedures and demonstrate a commitment to the Directorate purpose statement and values

  • To implement recognised good practice in communication and cohesion, to promote the culture and behavioural change programme that has been embarked upon by the Directorate.


GCSE, NVQ (Level 3) or City and Guilds in English and Maths or equivalent


  • Significant experience working within an HEI or privately built student residential environment

  • Significant experience working in a customer service environment providing exceptional customer service

  • Understanding of the relevant regulations and national codes of practice and the implications of non-compliance

  • Experience managing conflicts, resolving or escalating complaints, with the ability to use own initiative to handle difficult situations with tact and sensitivity

  • Familiarity with budgeting and financial management

  • Knowledge and understanding of HEI Admissions systems, key dates and SITS student record system

  • Knowledge of the private sector housing market


  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with staff and external contacts at all levels

  • Computer literate with a good knowledge of Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel

  • Able to plan, manage and monitor a variety of commitments, balancing workloads to meet service demands

  • Excellent attention to detail and a systematic approach to work

  • Friendly, approachable, diplomatic and able to relate to people

  • Flexible attitude and willing to learn, develop and improve both individually or as part of a team


  • Able to deal with personal, private and confidential issues with appropriate discretion (Data Protection Act)

  • Able to manage job role in line with customer expectation of Equality and Diversity Policy

  • Able to identify resolutions to problems and utilise analytical skills

About us

The Data Governance and Security team with SED develops, maintains, and supports system and process security, data governance, data protection compliance, regulatory reporting, and external and internal audit requirements. The team ensures that strategies and procedures in relation to these areas are fit for purpose and is responsible for providing a ‘gold source’ of all student and course information data to ensure best practice.

About the role

The Senior Student Data Assurance Officer will provide assurance and operational support to colleagues engaged in both internal/external reporting and in business as usual activites that rely on the quality of our student data. This will entail the provision of end-to-end administrative support in triaging enquiries, resolving student data quality issues, supporting the statutory HESA data return (submitted in August and September 2024) by fixing data errors and supporting the generation of HEARs (online transcripts) for students.

This would be an excellent opportunity for a candidate who is interested in gaining experience in working with data, making operational use of IT programmes such as Excel and SQL and who wish to utilise their skills to ensure that the quality of our student data is accurate and of the highest quality.

This is a temporary role, with an end date of 8th November 2024.


We think a wide range of different work and educational experiences could support you to be successful in this role. Relevant work experience might include work in data management or analytics. Relevant educational experiences might include higher education in a related discipline, professional qualifications or other training


The following skills would be essential in the role:

-Excellent IT skills, including experience of Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook email, web etc.) 

-Good communication skills and a willingness to work in a team, with multiple stakeholders

-The ability to deal with competing priorities

Experience of SQL and using a student records system would be desirable