Research Assistant in Health Sciences

University of Nottingham

United Kingdom

Health Sciences Research & Teaching

Location:  UK Other
Salary:  £30,487 to £33,966 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Monday 25 September 2023
Reference:  MED386323

Universities must tackle the awarding gap in higher education which impacts some of the most marginalised groups in the UK. The University of Nottingham has a stated goal of increasing access and attainment for mature students, those from BAME and socioeconomically deprived backgrounds, and students with a disability. The School of Health Sciences is looking to appoint a research assistant to complete and implement the outcomes from academic research into the barriers facing certain student groups. Findings from research will inform and develop strategies to support our reduction of the awarding/attainment gap for BAME and disabled students and increase continuation of mature students as part of our Attainment and Participation Plan (APP).

You will work with the Director of Education and Student Experience, and their deputy, to contribute to action plans relating to the National Student Survey and other surveys and student focus groups; and work with the School’s Education and Student Experience (ESE) officer to inform and develop the School’s initiatives to meet Access and Participation Plan targets. You will collaborate with a researcher in the School of Life Sciences who will be conducting parallel research to maximise your impact.  

You will be competent in a range of quantitative and qualitative social science research methods, with an interest in the issues facing under-represented groups. You will have proven abilities in communicating clearly and effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and demonstrate excellent interpersonal and presentation skills. You will be able to work effectively independently but also supportively as part of a team. You will be highly organised, proactive, innovative and able to work to tight deadlines, with excellent attention to detail and problem-solving skills.  

This is a fixed-term post available immediately until 31st July 2025. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours per week); however, applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 29 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part-time and the number of preferred hours. Job share arrangements may be considered.  

Requests for secondment from internal candidates may be considered on the basis that prior agreement has been sought from both your current line manager and the manager of your substantive post, if you are already undertaking a secondment role.

The University of Nottingham supports hybrid working with arrangements agreed locally. In practice this means the team balances the working week with some time spent on campus and some time spent working from home to support flexibility, recognising that individuals and teams can be effective given the choice of environment.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dianne Bowskill, email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.



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Applicants for this post will be considered on an equal basis, subject to the relevant permission to work in the UK as defined by the requirements set out by UK Visas & Immigration.  Please visit: for more information.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependents accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see our Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge webpages.


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