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About TASO

The Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO) is an affiliate What Works Centre, and part of the UK Government’s What Works Movement. Our vision is to eliminate equality gaps in higher education (HE). Our mission is to improve lives through evidence-informed practice.

TASO was set up in 2019 within King’s College London and became an independent charity on 1 April 2021. Our work focuses on the generation, synthesis and dissemination of high-quality evidence about effective practice in widening participation and student outcomes. We primarily focus on developing and disseminating causal evidence (categorised as type 3 in the Office for Students’ Standard of Evidence).

The Role

TASO is seeking a Senior Research Officer to lead a project which aims to identify and evaluate existing evidence of what is working to support student mental health in the English higher education sector. TASO is the lead partner in a consortium that has been commissioned by the Office for Students to deliver a cross-cutting project to gather and mobilise evidence of effective mental health practices in higher education to improve student outcomes.

With the support of the Research Programmes Manager, the post holder will lead the project with responsibility for managing day-to-day project activities (e.g. delivering an evidence database, setting up research pilots, reporting to the project funder), coordinating project phases and workstreams, and managing relationships across the consortium partners. The postholder will also be responsible for budgetary oversight of project activity, ensuring deliverables and deadlines are met, and timely reporting to all project stakeholders.

The full candidate brief can be downloaded here.

Initial Terms and Conditions of Appointment

  • Remuneration: £37,000
  • Location: Central London. Following government guidelines for working during COVID-19. This post will be hybrid with the expectation that the post holder will be in the office one or two days a week in addition to attending office-based project meetings. Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.
  • Hours: Full time
  • Holiday: 27 days per year, plus public/bank holidays.
  • Pension: Employer contribution 8%
  • Term: Fixed term, to 30th September 2023.

TASO is a learning organisation which is committed to promoting and enabling our team in their training and development.

This role reports to the Research Programmes Manager.

Informal Enquiries 

Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Dr Helen Lawson, Research Programmes Manager, via email:

How to apply

To apply, please send a CV and supporting statement (maximum 2 A4 pages) outlining clearly how you meet the above criteria to, citing “Senior Research Officer” in the subject of the email.

The candidate brief can be downloaded here.

Deadline for applications: Midday on Friday 17th June 2021

Interviews are expected to be held on: w/c 27th June