Scottish Education Policy Qualitative Researcher | Vacancy

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is looking for a Scottish Education Policy Qualitative Researcher who has excellent research and writing skills, as well as a demonstrated background and interest in either Scottish education and/or public policy development and analysis. This would be suited to a postdoctoral researcher, but we welcome applications from anyone who feels they meet the criteria below. 

  • Either full-time (35 hours/week) fixed term of up to eight weeks, or part-time over three to four months, to be agreed with the applicant upon appointment
  • Flexible working
  • Hourly rate of £16.78
  • Closing date: Sunday 4 August 2024 at 23:59 BST

This role will be central in contributing to the work of the RSE Education Committee in monitoring and responding to the ongoing education reform agenda in Scotland. This project aims to determine whether Scottish education policy, particularly the four recent reviews undertaken as part of the reform agenda (All Learners in Scotland Matter: The National Discussion on Education; It’s Our Future: Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment; Fit for the Future: Developing a Post-School Learning System to Fuel Economic Transformation; Purpose and Principles for Post-School Education, Research and Skills), uniformly supports objectives across the wider Scottish policy landscape or whether there are clear instances of misalignment or ambiguity that could give rise to unintended consequences. This exciting work will shape subsequent recommendations to decision-makers and support RSE in influencing the trajectory of Scottish education.

As Scotland’s National Academy with over 1,800 Fellows from academia, business, and public service who are among the most distinguished in their fields, we engage and connect nationally and internationally to share knowledge and tackle the most pressing challenges of the modern world. This role will work closely with members of the RSE Education Committee and the Policy team at the RSE.

We are looking for a talented individual to:

  • Lead on this policy coherence exercise in a timely, productive, and efficient manner;
  • Systematically analyse and compare key pieces of Scottish policy to assess their synergy and the potential for unintended consequences;
  • Produce a written report on the outcomes of the policy coherence exercise;
  • Present report at relevant meetings and workshops;
  • Collaborate with RSE staff to publicise the report.

Benefits to the researcher:

  • Gain valuable and prestigious experience working at Scotland’s National Academy;
  • Assist in addressing a pressing national evidence gap to improve future policy delivery in Scotland;
  • Gain deeper insight into the coherence of the Scottish education policy landscape which can be applied to further research or for the purposes of professional development;
  • Opportunity to suggest further research from a multidisciplinary approach;
  • Help to inform areas of future activity for the RSE;
  • Increased network development as the researcher will work across Scottish policy stakeholders, organisations, and world-renowned RSE Fellows;
  • Potential opportunities to present and discuss work at future RSE events (e.g. stakeholder roundtables).

Essential criteria:

  • Strong analytical skills and qualitative research experience;
  • Self-motivated, exceptionally organised, and proactive;
  • Confident in defining and following an appropriate methodological approach for the research question as indicated, along with an associated project plan and timeline for delivery;
  • Experience of and/or knowledge of broader Scottish public policy as it relates to education and skills;
  • Prior experience delivering short-term research projects with a highly focused brief;
  • Proven ability to produce written outputs accessible to different audiences and of a very high standard;
  • Commitment to working collaboratively, tapping into the resources of the RSE Fellowship, staff, and other stakeholders to exchange knowledge and seek input as appropriate;
  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills.

How to apply

Please apply by Sunday, 4 August 2024, at 23:59 BST by sending the following information to Policy Advice Manager Daria Tuhtar, Interviews will take place in mid-August.

  • CV
  • Statement of interest (250 words)
  • Writing sample (500 words)

Please note that the RSE is not in the position to sponsor work or student visas. Pre-employment screening will include the necessary right to work in the UK checks as well as reference checks.

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