We're looking for someone to join the University of Bath's Public Engagement Unit and help deliver the second phase of ParticipatoryResearch@Bath. Could that be you? Do you have experience working with community groups or participatory practices?
The ParticipatoryResearch@Bath project involves working with the University of Bath's research staff and local communities across Bath and North East Somerset to develop and deliver activities that support meaningful citizen involvement in research.
Following the initial investigatory phase (March to August 2022), we are currently in the project's second phase. Over 2023 and 2024 we're scoping out new ways of working by proposing and testing out new formats and approaches that aim to support a positive culture of participatory research at the University of Bath.
You can find out what we've been up to by visiting the ParticipatoryResearch@Bath web pages.
Project Officer role
A key piece of work for phase two of this project is to better understand how to establish and maintain connections with community groups. This will be the key focus of this role. The post holder will develop and deliver programmes and activities by working collaboratively with new and existing community partners and University staff.
This role is 0.6 FTE (21.9 hours per week) until July 2024. We appreciate this is a short fixed-term contract, a fact that may deter you from applying. There is a very high likelihood that this contract will be extended until July 2025 as Research England will again allocate the Participatory Research funding for 2024/25 to the University with a similar financial settlement as 2023/24 as outlined in their Circular Letter to HEIs in July 2023.
You do not have to have worked in higher education before. We are looking for someone who believes in the value of participation and participatory practice and who can interact with people in a manner that builds mutually beneficial relationships.
How to apply
Applications for this post are via the University of Bath Recruitment Portal https://www.bath.ac.uk/jobs/KW11181
We want everyone who believes they meet the person specification to feel comfortable and confident applying for it. It is our responsibility to make the application process accessible - if you require the job description, person specification or job pack that will support you applying in a different format or would like to apply in a different way, please email the Public Engagement Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the University or the Team, the role, the application process or the interviews, please contact us at email@example.com to request an informal chat with Helen Featherstone, Head of Public Engagement or Dean Veall, Deputy Head of Public Engagement. Alternatively, send us an email to sign up for a Zoom one-hour drop-in session on Wednesday 29 November at 12pm.
We want our interview process to be rigorous, open and friendly. We will send interviewees our questions and the names of the panel members in advance of the interview (a mix of staff from the Public Engagement Unit, University of Bath academics and an external organisation). If you have any access needs for the interview, we will meet them.
Interviews will be held on Thursday 18 January 2024.
Check out the Project Officer (ParticipatoryResearch@Bath) job pack for full details of the job description and person specification.
Dean Veall is Deputy Head of Public Engagement at the University of Bath