Research Assistant

Job Description

We are seeking an individual with a strong motivation and commitment to join our research team for our project on gender disparities in STEM education within higher learning institutions in Kenya. The successful candidate will be instrumental in tackling the identified key objectives, including bridging knowledge divides, fostering accessibility, and facilitating seamless transitions for female graduates into STEM careers and leadership positions.



Project Overview:



The project, funded by the British Council, seeks to understand the causes of gender inequality in STEM education in Kenya’s HEI. The UK part the project endeavours to conduct comprehensive analysis of KCL's Women in STEM (WiSTEM) programme, to spotlight it as a prime example of a peer-to-peer mentorship initiative within the STEM landscape, for possible replication in Kenya. Established in 2015 by a coalition of KCL STEM students, WiSTEM serves as a robust network comprising students, professionals, academics, and researchers in STEM disciplines. Its primary mission is to offer support to underrepresented groups within the field. This exploration will enable us to understand the program's strategies and achievements with the aim of evaluating its potential applicability in diverse settings. This initiative is part of a broader project funded by the British Council: “Breaking Down Barriers: Unveiling the Hidden Challenges to Achieving True Gender Equality in STEM Education and Leadership in Kenya".




Qualifications

 Essential Criteria:




  1. Master's degree in a relevant field (Social Sciences, Education, Gender Studies, or related disciplines).

  2. Demonstrated research experience in gender-related projects, particularly in STEM education, showcasing a deep understanding of the complexities and nuances of gender disparities in educational settings.

  3. Strong analytical skills, including the ability to collect, analyse, and interpret data effectively, to derive meaningful insights and recommendations.

  4. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to convey complex ideas and research findings clearly and persuasively to diverse audiences.

  5. Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a diverse team environment, demonstrating adaptability, initiative, and a willingness to contribute to shared goals and objectives.



Desirable Criteria:




  1. Experience working with quantitative and qualitative research methods, including survey design, data collection, and analysis techniques relevant to gender disparities in STEM education.

  2. Familiarity with relevant software and tools for data analysis, such as SPSS, NVivo, or similar programs.

  3. Previous involvement in community engagement or outreach activities aimed at promoting gender equality and diversity in STEM fields.

  4. Knowledge of current debates, policies, and initiatives addressing gender issues in STEM education at local, national, and international levels.

  5. Experience in writing academic publications related to gender equity in education or STEM fields.

  6. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development, evidenced by participation in relevant training, workshops, or conferences related to gender equity, education, or research methodologies.



Skills

Key Responsibilities:




  1. Conduct thorough research and analysis on gender disparities in STEM education, focusing on identifying barriers, challenges, and opportunities for promoting gender equality.

  2. Collaborate closely with the research team to develop methodologies, design surveys, and gather data relevant to the project objectives.

  3. Assist in the management and organization of research activities, including scheduling interviews, coordinating focus groups, and compiling literature reviews.

  4. Analyse qualitative data collection and analysis using appropriate instruments.

  5. Transcribe qualitative data.

  6. Contribute to the preparation of research reports, academic publications, and presentations, highlighting key insights and recommendations.

  7. Manage stakeholder engagement, including educators, policymakers, and industry professionals, with links to the research.

  8. Participate in project meetings to exchange ideas, share progress updates, and contribute to collaborative problem-solving.



Demonstrate a commitment to fostering an inclusive and supportive work environment, respecting diverse perspectives, and promoting equity in all aspects of project work.

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We are seeking students who study between two departments (E.g. PPE, History with War Studies, Modern Languages with Business, Liberal Arts) to act as focus group discussion leads.



You will be asked to lead discussion and take notes. The focus groups will be led by two facilitators who will support you. Discussion will focus on student experience of studying between departments. Two sessions will take place over the same day on Wednesday 17th April in person on campus and lunch will be provided in between.



You will attend a short training session prior to the focus groups, which will be led by Maya Boustany maya.r.boustany@kcl.ac.uk and Wafa Nasseredine wafa.nasseredine@kcl.ac.uk



Qualifications

N/A



Skills

Must be a Student Rep in Arts and Humanites.



Must study between two departments.



Must be confident to speak in a focus group setting and speak to students they don't know.



Must be able to take basic notes.



Must be conscentious e.g. will arrive on time to sessions and reply to emails.



Must be available and able to travel onto campus on Wednesday 17th April.

Are you a communications professional looking to further your experience in a dynamic and innovative team?  



King’s College London is one of the world’s top universities, with a Fundraising & Alumni Communications team who boast sector-leading channels. As the Digital Communications Co-ordinator, you will be integral to our goal of building and maintaining lasting connections with alumni, future alumni and donors. Our aim is to keep these audiences engaged, so that they are inspired to support King’s through philanthropy or the gift of time. Working under the supervision of the Digital Engagement Manager, this role will help deliver creative, quality, and effective digital content, copy and campaigns.  



This role will suit a creative individual with copywriting and social media skills, with good experience in digital communications (including email campaigns), and a desire to innovate. This role will support the Fundraising & Alumni Communications team in developing innovative digital communications campaigns to support our objectives. The Digital Communications Co-ordinator will be called to bring to life priorities across the university. The person in this role will be interested and engaged in content development trends and techniques and will be keen to use these to engage King’s alumni, supporters and donors in new and exciting ways.  



This role sits within Fundraising and Supporter Development at King’s College London. The Fundraising and Supporter Development Office is an integrated department with alumni relations professional and fundraisers in major and individual gifts, trusts and foundations and legacy giving. Our purpose is to inspire, ask and enable people to support and engage with King’s. Our vision is to sustain and build a philanthropic community and continue the fundraising momentum achieved with the record-breaking World questions King’s answers campaign. The work we support has made a significant impact on the world in areas as diverse as cancer research, global terrorism and palliative care.



Key responsibilities 





  • Schedule content for the King’s College London alumni social media channels, including the community management of our Instagram channel and support for our WeChat profile 




  • Writing business-as-usual content for day-to-day social media posts 




  • Work with the Content Producer to innovate and use creative skills to deliver digital communications that engage alumni, prospects and donors. Including occasionally editing design assets. 




  • Assist the Digital Engagement Manager on paid media campaigns on all relevant social media platforms 




  • Provide maintenance for the Alumni, F&SD and Giving websites and upload of content 




  • Build and send email marketing campaigns, including our monthly email newsletter 




  • Liaise with our data and compliance teams to enable newsletters to be sent in a timely and compliant fashion 




  • Report on analytics for our social media and paid media output, our website and our email marketing campaigns, and provide suggestions for improvements and testing 




  • Use content creation skills to develop material that is exclusively ‘King’s’ and the best in the field 




  • Assist the Digital Engagement Manager in preparing reports and insights following digital campaigns  





The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  




Qualifications

Desirable



Degree or equivalent qualification in relevant area, such as communications, marketing or journalism



Skills

Essential experience




  • Experience in a digital communications role e.g. social media executive  

  • Experience of social media work – knowledge of channel personalities, audiences and trends, and knowledge of third-party tools such as Loomly or Hootsuite  

  • Excellent editorial, copywriting and proof-reading skills, including writing for different audiences  

  • Talent in creative writing – skilled storyteller, able to make a story compelling, contagious and inspire to action  

  • Interest in content development trends and innovations  

  • Experience of building email campaigns following a template, using software such as Mailchimp 

  • Ability to work well within a team – collaborating to achieve a shared goal  

  • Experience of using self-service design tools such as Canva and Adobe Express 

  • Organised and diligent; able to prioritise effectively to manage competing deadlines while maintaining attention to detail 

  • Knowledge and experience in applying brand voice and narrative  

  • Participating multiple projects simultaneously    



Desirable experience




  • Experience in measurement and evaluation, including with analytics tools such as Google Analytics   

  • Experience using a web CMS such as Contensis  

  • Understanding of the UK Charity sector or Higher Education sector  

  • Experience using Raiser’s Edge, MS Dynamics or similar customer/donor data base and associated processes and systems  

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We are seeking students who study between two departments (E.g. PPE, History with War Studies, Modern Languages with Business, Liberal Arts) to act as focus group participants.



You will be asked to engage in group discussion led by a facilitator as well as to input into brainstorming on solutions. Discussion will focus only on student experience of studying between departments. Discussion should be productive and solutions focused. Two sessions will take place over the same day on Wednesday 17th April in person on campus and lunch will be provided in between.



The project is being led by Maya Boustany maya.r.boustany@kcl.ac.uk and Wafa Nasseredine wafa.nasseredine@kcl.ac.uk



Qualifications

N/A



Skills

Must be a Student Rep in Arts and Humanites.



Must study between two departments.



Must be confident to speak in a focus group setting and speak to students they don't know.



Must be conscentious e.g. will arrive on time to sessions and reply to emails.



Must be available and able to travel onto campus on Wednesday 17th April.

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