Research Assistant

£25,272 - £25,272

Job Description

There is an exciting opportunity exists for a postgraduate student to work within the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre (

We would like to appoint a part-time Research Assistant to work on the research project 'An evaluation of the Syrian and Afghan resettlement programmes in Islington'. The post is part-time for 3 hours per week from October 2023 to mid-June 2024.

Key areas:

The successful candidate should have an interest in the areas of work of the Centre, such as migration, ethnicity, gender, inequalities, diversity, as well as good administrative skills.

Main duties and responsibilities:

1. Assist in interpreting during interviews and follow-up interviews with Afghans. Priority will be given to native speakers of Farsi and other languages spoken in Afghanistan.

2. Assist in checking the transcripts of our interviews.

3. Join the research team, attend monthly meetings and work under the supervision of senior members of staff.

4. Assist in the planning and implementation of specific research activities, as directed, such as liaising with external stakeholders and helping with the recruitment of study participants.

4. Conduct literature searches according to parameters agreed by the research team and in line with the research aims and design.

5. Assist with data collection, including conducting interviews, focus groups, administering questionnaires (as appropriate).

6. Assist the team leader in the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.

7. Assist with the presentation of information on research progress and outcomes to relevant audiences (e.g. funders, key stakeholders, user groups etc).

8. Contribute to the documentation of the results arising from research activities.

9. Contribute to the publication of research findings in appropriate publications in collaboration with other team members.



Exemplify and promote the values of the University. Demonstrate a strong commitment to coaching and development; working collaboratively with colleagues; valuing the contribution of others and sharing knowledge and expertise.

Undertake other duties of a reasonable nature, as may be determined by the post holder's line manager in consultation with the post holder.

Carry out all duties in accordance with the University's Equality and Diversity Policy actions and commitments designed to promote and enhance equality, diversity and inclusion and protect members of staff or students from harassment. It is the post-holder's duty not to act in a prejudicial or discriminatory manner towards members of staff, students, visitors or members of the public. The post-holder should also discourage any such practice or behaviour by challenging or reporting it.

Take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves, other people and resources while at work to comply with the University's Health and Safety Policy, Codes of Practice and local regulations.

Cooperate with the line manager or any other person with specific responsibility for health and safety, to enable the University to meet its responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act to be performed.


The candidates must be enrolled in the Postgraduate Research programe at London Metropolitan University.


1. Relevant experience: native speakers of Farsi and other languages spoken in Afghanistan; Experience of admin tasks; Experience of working effectively as a member of a team; ability to set up a data base

2. Education and training: Postgraduate research student with good administrative and practical skills.

3. General and special knowledge: Interest in and familiarity with the work of the centre with an interest in the areas of work undertaken by the centre (such as migration, ethnicity, gender, inequalities, diversities etc) 

4. Skills and abilities: Understanding of and ability to contribute to administrative duties; Effective communication skills, both written and verbal skills;

Ability to work independently and seek guidance where appropriate; Proven ability to work and deliver to specified deadlines.

5. Special requirements: A strong commitment to

1) the University's values, mission and strategic plan;

2) a developing approach when dealing with colleagues and students

3) working collegially; valuing the contribution of others and sharing knowledge and expertise


The KCL Global Cultures Institute seeks a Research Assistant to work on the Hussein Shariffe Unhoused Archive project. This digital archiving and transnational outreach project focuses on the Sudanese artist-filmmaker Hussein Shariffe. It explores how research on audiovisual archives that are born in conditions of exile, migration and diaspora enables new thinking on questions of postcolonial restitution, repatriation and reparation. The RA role involves support with completion of a digital archive of Hussein Shariffe’s papers, and administrative support for a hybrid workshop series based in London and Cairo. The workshop series begins in January 2024, and explores methods and approaches for restitution and reparation. The RA will report to the Project PI, Erica Carter, and liaise with a working group that includes colleagues in the UK, Ireland, Germany and the MENA region.


You must be either a PGR student or postdoc.


The RA will need to be a postgraduate student or postdoc with native or near-native Arabic language competence; basic knowledge of document capture, scanning, spreadsheets and similar digital tools; good organisational and communication skills; some awareness of issues in postcolonial cultural history and/or heritage. Knowledge of issues in film history and audiovisual heritage is desirable but not essential. 

Pay is normally £20.02/hour but rates are graded according to qualifications.

The role is to work across a range of projects related to mental health policy research. 


PhD in a mental health field


Key Objectives:  

• To coordinate delivery of the project objectives and facilitate effective communication and collaboration between stakeholders.  

• To conduct systematic reviews.

• To conduct semi-structured interviews 

• To establish and maintain good working relationships with multiple stakeholders. 

• Conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis and lead on the interpretation of results.  

• To assist and/or lead writing up of project reports and papers for publication in collaboration with other team members. 

 • To present project progress and results at internal/external meetings/seminars/conferences. 

 • To ensure project documentation is organised and maintained to a good standard. 

• To ensure ethics and governance standards are adhered to. 


Communication & Networking: 

 • Communicate and collaborative effectively with team members and stakeholders. 

• Establish and maintain good working relationships with clinical services.  

• Collaborate with others in writing for publication.  

• Present to a wide range of audiences at seminars, conferences and meetings. 

• Alert to needs of service users and sensitive working within mental health settings.  


Decision Making, Planning and Problem Solving:  

• Contribute to the planning of research proposals and papers for publication.  

• Contribute to collaborative decision making with colleagues. 

• Prioritise and manage own workload to meet deadlines.  

• Attend and contribute to departmental meetings and seminars.  


Team Work:  

• Form excellent working relations with stakeholders and colleagues at all levels.  

• Collaborate with team members on data analysis and writing for publication.  

• Attend and contribute to team meetings.  

• Actively participate as a member of the department, undertaking general tasks to support team activities. 



• We strongly encourage those with lived experience of inpatient mental health settings to apply to this role. 

Location: University Hospital Lewisham, Lewisham

All applicants and invigilators for this role must NOT be part of the MBBS course at King’s College London or the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine.

How these exams work

OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) assess performance in a simulated clinical environment. Our medical candidates complete a series of timed stations in a circuit. Each station has an examiner who will assesses the candidate’s performance of the clinical scenario inside the station.

The role of an OSCE Invigilator is responsible for ensuring that the exams are conducted in an appropriate manor within the correct time frame. The main part of the role is to supervise students moving in numerical order to the next station.

Once students have completed all stations on the circuit, they return to the student registrations whilst supporting roles prepare for the next round of students.


This job advertisement is for the following location: 

  • Location: University Hospital Lewisham, Lewisham


Experience is desirable. 


  • What we ask from you

  • Assist with setting up the circuit(s): putting out clipboards, sharp pencils, and rubbers inside each station.

  • Assist with the setup of equipment (training will be given for the setting up of props or the resetting of station equipment).

  • Direct examiners, patients, simulated patients to the correct stations.

  • Be the first response for examiner questions or concerns, raising issues with the lead invigilator or senior examiner.

  • Ensure that marksheets and feedback sheets are kept in the correct order.

  • Invigilate in a busy exam environment.

  • Be vigilant of student malpractice and report any observances immediately to the Lead Invigilator.

Ensure that noise is kept to a minimum on the circuit and that exam conditions are maintained throughout. Provide water for students and examiners during the set break periods. Always observe general politeness and professionality. Be available for the duration of the exam and notify the lead invigilator / KCL staff member if this changes.


Skills Required

Must be available for the full duration of the exam. Punctual. Available for a prompt early start: timings maybe different depending on the location but will generally be between the hours of 07:30 AM - 06:00 PM. Please ensure you are available between these times until we are able to confirm the exact timings. Professional. Observant. Shows initiative. Handles confidential documents responsibly. Available for the full duration of the exam.