Research Officer

Job ID: 009764
Salary: £32,676-£37,297 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date: 30-Nov-2020
Contact details: Eliza Kozman,

Job description

The Research Officer will work on TASO’s research programme to develop a better understanding of what works to support widening participation and student success. Under the guidance of the Research Programmes Manager and Evidence & Evaluation Manager, the post holder will help support the commissioning of new projects as part of a programme of external research involving practitioners, evaluators and researchers from multiple institutions. They will work across these projects to manage and monitor progress, collate findings, analyse data and help steer the overall research programme.  They may also undertake research projects themselves, including synthesis of secondary research; conducting qualitative, quantitative and/or survey research.

The Research Officer will work with the Research Programmes Manager and Evidence & Evaluation Manager to create high-quality external-facing materials which convey the findings of TASO’s research. The role will involve substantial stakeholder management, liaison with various interested parties outside TASO, convening of stakeholder groups and supporting training sessions.  The Programmes Officer will have strong communication skills and be able to convey their findings, including complex quantitative information, clearly and will support TASO to influence broader policy discussion.  They will work both independently and—on more complex tasks—under supervision.

TASO is a new affiliate What Works Centre for higher education which launched in Spring 2019. The successful candidate will join a growing team of staff who are taking TASO forward as it spins out of King’s College London to become an independent charity in late 2020/early 2021. This team is building many of the charity’s systems and processes from the ground-up. The role is suited to an individual who is used to working in a small team and who is highly motivated by social impact.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide support to the Research Programmes Manager and Evidence & Evaluation Manager in commissioning of external research and evaluation.
  • Oversee funded projects, ensuring delivery to timelines, value for money for TASO, and timely and proactive risk assessment and mitigation.
  • Help design, run and analyse the results of research projects in collaboration with multiple external organisations. This will include qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Contribute to the administration and secretariat for a number of advisory panels formed of external stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the delivery of external training courses and events to disseminate the work of TASO’s research programme and help upskill the sector in research skills.
  • Work with the Research Programmes Manager and Evidence & Evaluation Manager to develop TASO’s relationships with key stakeholders in the HE sector.
  • Conduct desk-based research, reviewing existing literature and collate examples of sector good practice.
  • Develop/maintain knowledge of cutting-edge research and evaluation which is relevant to TASO’s work. Use this knowledge to contribute to the delivery of blog posts, literature reviews and research briefings, working with the Research Programmes Manager and Evidence & Evaluation Manager.

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.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline.
  • Ability to analyse quantitative data.
  • Ability to collate and analyse complex information for reporting purposes.
  • Ability to critically evaluate of the strength of causal research, both academic and practitioner, particularly the research’s quality and reliability.
  • Confident using software (such as Microsoft Office suite and R/Stata/SPSS) to analyse and present research findings in a variety of formats.
  • Working on multiple projects and managing competing demands and timescales.
  • Committed to evidence-led decision making.
  • Ability to both use own initiative and follow instructions and recognise when a problem should be referred to others.
  • Confident and clear written and verbal communication, including report-writing and presentation skills.

 Desirable criteria

  • Postgraduate level qualification in relevant discipline (e.g. applied research, public policy).
  • Understanding of widening participation and student success policy agendas.
  • Experience of research and evaluation relating to widening participation and student success.
  • Collaboration and coordination of project stakeholders, communicating persuasively to ensure smooth implementation of research projects.

To apply for this role, please visit the King’s College London careers page.

Further information

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract until 28 Feb 2022

This is a full-time  post – 100% full time equivalent

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

This advertisement does not meet the requirements for a Certificate of Sponsorship under Home Office regulations and therefore the university  will not be able to offer sponsorship for this role.