Research Assistant

Job Description

Recruitment of Research Assistant



(0.2FTE for 11 weeks-with flexibility)



Developing academic skills in Midwifery students: A co-created approach



Who we are looking for



Are you currently a 3rd year midwifery student at KCL?



Do you have an interest in academic skills and literacies?



Do you have experience in qualitative research?



If the answer to these questions is yes- we are looking for you!



Context of the post



We are looking to appoint a 3rd year midwifery students at King's College London to work with a multidisciplinary team from the department of Midwifery and King’s Academy on a project funded by the College Education Fund looking to enhance experience of transitions into and through study for undergraduate Midwifery students. Looking at the student experience of assessment, this project will design, deliver, and evaluate a new programme-level approach to embed academic literacies into the BSc Midwifery curriculum.



It builds on evidence of barriers to learning, and assesses student and educator needs in developing academic literacies, providing a model for NMPC.



The project will focus on BAME and SpLD student experiences but will be of whole-cohort benefit. There are 3 phases:




  1. working with Dr. Tomasina Stacey on the coproduction of academic literacy work



 



 Eligibility, hours and pay



To apply, you need to be a 3rd year midwifery student at King's College London. You will need to be able to commit to this role until  September 2024.



It is anticipated that the hours will be on average 7-8 per student 



You will be hired on a King's Talent Bank hourly paid contract, and they will undertake a Right to Work check. You will need to ensure that taking on this role is not in breach of King's policies or any funding or immigration conditions.



Support provided



You will be expected to work autonomously, but will have support, including:



 



Qualifications

3rd year midwifery student



Skills

Core skills, knowledge and experience required



(E-essential, D-desirable)




  • Understanding of undertaking academic literature review (E)

  • Interest in / knowledge and understanding of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and diverse student needs (E)

  • Experience of working with students (D)

  • Experience of designing, developing, or delivering learning support (D)

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To support the aims of the BRC Digital Therapies theme via work with Professor Colette Hirsch. 



Qualifications

PhD



Skills

Experiance with CBT and Digital Therapies.

This position is for a diligent and enthousiastic Research Assistant to work on a project focusing on the prevention of common mental health problems in children and young people. In this role, you will be working on an ambitious research programme that aims to advance our understanding on the targeting, personalisation and implementation of depression and anxiety prevention interventions for children and young people.



You will work together with a team on analysing large datasets to identify who is at most risk of developing depression and anxiety and understanding which child is most likely to benefit from – which type of –preventative intervention. You will also work on supporting the team to develop an implementation pathway to inform future prevention intervention in the UK. 



The Research Assistant will work in a small team and you will be based at the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience King’s College London.



The most part of the role will involve working on a large scale individual participant data meta-analysis project. You will help co-ordinate and support a small team with identifying studies that we should include in the analysis, helping with extracting relevant data from them and also work on harmonising and analysing the study data. You will also get involved in other research work based and additional analysis / data management. 



You will work with the team to make sure adhere to the latest guidance and best practice methods for IPDMA analysis as well as secondary analysis. 



We are looking for someone who has a good eye for detail who has affinity with data analysis as well as research co-ordination and collaboration. 



Qualifications

- MSc in Mental Health Science or related



- BSc in Psychology or related topic



Skills

- Expertise in children and young people's mental health research



- Experience with systematic reviews



- Ability to work independently and as part of a team



- Ability to prioritise tasks and manage a dynamic workload to ensure deadlines are met



- Ability to co-ordinate research activities and support others with their work



- (Some) experience with writing research for academic peer-review publications and communication activities to a broader audience



- Affinity with quantitative meta and longitudinal analysis and able to use R software



- Growing understanding of Open Science practices and willingness to learn and develop skills in this area



 

The main purpose of this role is to provide administrative support to the Residences Wellbeing Manager during the onboarding summer period for the Residence Welfare Lead team. The Residences Welfare Leads (RWLs) provide a live-in pastoral, wellbeing support service to our students in Halls during the evenings, night-times and weekends, when centralised support services may be closed. In the 2024/25 academic year, we will have 42 volunteer workers in our Residence Welfare Lead team, across 13 Halls of Residences. The team is led by 6 Welfare Team Leaders. We have 24 current RWLs from the 2023/24 academic year returning for the 2024/25 year, and we are recruiting for a further 18 voluntary workers to join the team from the staff and student community at King's.



The recrutiment for the 18 additional team members should be completed by the end of June, with July being the onboarding and move in for the team. August is then the main training period, ready for the move-in of our resident students in September. 



The main duties of this role will include:




  • Complete a handover with the Residences Welfare Volunteer Manager prior to their leaving the team on 27/6/24.

  • Cental point of contact for voluntary workers throughout July - September, managing queries and resolving questions.

  • Coordinate all voluntary worker paperwork, ensuring it is all completed and filed accurately and a comprehensive team rosta is put together to track and monitor all essential onboarding activities.

  • Supporting and participating with the organisation and delivery of training to the RWL team, which may include liaising with external trainers, organising training materials and delivering training content (if appropriate - experience depenedent).

  • Organise all necessary team ordering for posters, contact cards, team photos, emergency grabs bags and uniforms, and ensure this is all delivered to the correct people/site teams.

  • Ensure RWL teams site is fully up to date with relevant materials.

  • Support with the organisation of RWL team move-ins, including organising transport, informing sites of arrivals and departures and ensure RWLs are informed and reminded of the moving arrangements.

  • Ensure all site teams are informed of their RWLs for the next academic year, providing a pack of information so all sites are aware and confident of the role.

  • Support new Volunteer Workers to settle into their roles.

  • Support with any ad-hoc recruitment activities as needed such as shortlisting, interviewing, note taking and communication as needed.

  • Coordinate with RWL team and Resilife to plan move-in activities for the RWL team to ensure visibility.

  • Work with marketing to put together social media content for residents arriving to King's in September on the RWL team.

  • Support the Welfare Team leaders with any administrative or team-related needs.



Please note: this is not an exhaustative list.



This is a full time (35 Hours per week) Monday – Friday, with some evening and weekend work required at key points within the year. As this role oversees a team of night shift workers, a degree of flexibility in standard working hours may be required. Core working hours for the department are 10am – 4pm, with your typical shifts being 9-5pm.



Qualifications

Mental Health First Aid certificate or similar training (ideally Instructor Member with Mental Health First Aid England or similar).



Skills

Essential criteria



Excellent organisational skills and the ability to work effectively with a high volume of admin required.



Good understanding of administration, notably managing and collating team paperwork, note taking and inbox/query management. 



Strong ability to adapt, be solution-focused and be flexible to a fast-paced and changeable work environment.



Experience with developing and presenting training or leading on meetings to a large team.



Experience of managing work confidentially, effectively, and sensitively and ability to maintain professional boundaries.



Evidence of emotional resilience and ability to work calmly under pressure, containing anxiety in self and others and exhibiting strong interpersonal and communication skills.



A need to interpret rules, procedures and regulations and provide advice to others on how they should be applied.



Confident IT user, including Microsoft 365 and Outlook.



Desirable criteria



Experience with supervising or managing welfare staff/workers/volunteers/students.



Knowledge and understanding of the range of issues which may affect University students e.g. debt, relationships, drug/alcohol abuse.

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