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Student Vacation Research Assistant: Investigating patterns of staff deployment in mainstream schools in less developed Anglophone jurisdictions to support inclusive educational practices - Open to current UoW students only*

Research Assistantships provide undergraduates and recent graduates with ‘hands on’ experience of working on a research project over the summer vacation, enabling them to gain insight into a research career, as well as enhancing their CV.


The great majority of countries internationally are signatories to various UN commitments to provide education for all in broadly inclusive settings (e.g. the Salamanca Statement (UNESCO 1994)). Many also have national policy and legislation that generally reflect such goals. However there appears to be little in the way of research that audits the manner in which governments seek to implement such provision within mainstream schools, or critically investigates such provision.

The aims of this project are twofold:

  •  First to identify and analyse, national and regional policies that relate to the manner in which staff at schools are organised to fulfil goals of inclusive education in less developed countries in Anglophone jurisdictions.
  • Secondly to identify and analyse any research literature that exists that researches such organisational practices.

A desk top search will be undertaken to identify national and regional policies that relate to the issue of staff deployment above. The results of that research will be summarised and analysed to provide an overview of the main features of such practice. A similar search will be made for research that has been done that examines the implementation and outcomes of such policies. The key features and conclusions of this research will be analysed and presented.

* Please note that this post is open only to students completing the penultimate or final year of an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) at the University of Worcester or partner institutions;
Students completing, or who have completed, an undergraduate degree at another university (with 1st or 2:1 predicted/achieved) who are about to commence postgraduate studies at the University of Worcester. 

Closing date: Friday 09 Jun 2017

Reference number: STUVRA1720 - 2019

Job details

Job details

£8.44 per hour, plus £1.18 per hour holiday pay
Up to 37 hours per week
4 weeks full time (1.0 FTE) or part time equivalent (e.g. 8 weeks at 0.5 FTE)
Responsible to
Dr Gareth Dart
Responsible for
Interview date

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The University of Worcester is funding 20 Vacation Research Assistantships for the summer of 2017. These Research Assistantships will provide undergraduates and recent graduates with ‘hands on’ experience of working on a research project over the summer vacation, enabling them to gain insight into a research career, as well as enhancing their CV. These are prestigious awards, marking out a student as a future researcher and potential academic. In addition, this scheme provides UW staff leading on a research project with invaluable support in taking the project forward and experience of supporting and developing a young researcher.

On completion of the project, the supervisor and student must complete a report providing the following information: 

  • Objectives set
  • Objectives met
  • Methods employed
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • Outputs
  • Benefits to the student including training undertaken, skills developed, etc.
Main duties

Main duties

  • Desk-based search of international policies
  • Desk -based search of national policies
  • Desk-based research of literature on policies
  • Writing summary report document of major research themes
  • Writing final report

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification


The applicant needs to;

1. be able to demonstrate an interest in the field of education

2. be IT literate, including at least some competence with the use of e based academic search tools

3. show good levels of organisation including the ability to record and organise the findings from a literature review

4. be self-motivated

5. communicate well

6. work well as part of a team

7. show capability in producing well written reports

8. work to schedules


Applications from Non EEA Workers:

Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at

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Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs

The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted.

This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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