Maths Outreach Research Associate

Job summary

We are seeking a knowledgeable and passionate Maths Outreach Research Associate to help us achieve our mission of closing attainment gaps in maths for disadvantaged pupils and widening access to universities like Imperial. This is an exciting new role, which has the chance to shape the future strategy for outreach initiatives and programmes by developing the knowledge and evidence base that underpins maths outreach and attainment-raising...

Job listing information

  • Reference CEN00261
  • Date posted 15 July 2021
  • Closing date 12 August 2021

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking a knowledgeable and passionate Maths Outreach Research Associate to help us achieve our mission of closing attainment gaps in maths for disadvantaged pupils and widening access to universities like Imperial. This is an exciting new role, which has the chance to shape the future strategy for outreach initiatives and programmes by developing the knowledge and evidence base that underpins maths outreach and attainment-raising activities.

You will lead on innovative research projects connected to maths outreach activities – including our online A-level Maths and Further Maths support programmes, GCSE Maths Homework Clubs and specialist maths provision within schools. Our Evaluation Plan for Outreach stresses the importance of increasing our knowledge and evidence base for widening participation activity through research and innovative evaluation methods.

Working within the Outreach Data & Evaluation Team, you will have the chance to shape research projects and priorities to understand and close attainment gaps in maths. As STEM degrees and skills become increasingly sought after in the job market, your work will contribute to levelling the playing field for young people from under-represented backgrounds.

We collaborate with many academic departments within Imperial, a range of primary and secondary schools across the UK as well as third-sector organisations who share our mission to increase access to leading universities like Imperial. The Maths Outreach Research Associate will increase our impact as a team and help to share what we learn with other organisations with the same priorities.

 

You will develop strong links between the Outreach Team and the education research community, collaborating with the Centre for Higher Education Research and Scholarship (CHERS), key stakeholders in the Department of Mathematics and educational research groups in other institutions.

Duties and responsibilities

In this role, you will have a high level of independence to decide priorities, timelines and methodology for research projects around maths outreach. In particular, you will lead on a number of research projects funded by Hg Foundation’s support for the Further mA*ths Online Programme, investigating progression of disadvantaged students with high potential from GCSE Maths to A-level study and Further Maths. Subsequent aims include investigating effective teacher support and best practice for GCSE Maths Homework Clubs.

You will work closely with the Outreach Evaluation & Impact Coordinator to shape new research priorities, commissioning analysis and reports from external organisations and identifying others within Imperial and beyond to collaborate with. There will also be the opportunity to make links with schools, teachers and other educational organisations to inform future maths outreach and interventions.

A key outcome of your work will be producing impactful reports that summarise research findings and lead to practical recommendations for our activities, team and wider partners within the widening participation sector. You will help to identify opportunities to share research findings, within Imperial’s community of outreach and engagement practitioners, amongst the wider research community and with key policy makers.

Essential requirements

We are looking for someone with experience in research with young people and education, plus an understanding of widening participation and the teaching of maths in UK schools. You will work closely with a team of experienced outreach practitioners, bringing excellent knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research skills to produce insightful research and reports.

You should have:

  • A PhD in maths, science education or a similar numerical discipline
  • Experience of research methods in an education setting, plus producing reports and publications
  • Experience of working with schools, teachers and young people
  • Knowledge of the UK education system and current trends and challenges within widening participation and education research
  • Ability to conduct rapid literature reviews and synthesise findings into accurate and insightful reports
  • Ability and skills to organise projects and resources efficiently to meet the aims and expectations of funders

Full details can be found in the person specification.

Further information

This is a full time, fixed-term position until 31 July 2024.  To apply, you will need to complete the online application form. CVs will not be considered.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum, until the certificate is awarded.

 

For any further details on the role please contact Sam Bailey, Outreach Evaluation & Impact Coordinator (sam.bailey@imperial.ac.uk).

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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