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Position: Project Support Officer
Institution: Bangor University
Department: School of Psychology
Location: Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom
Duties: The main duty will be to write a Welsh-medium Research Methods e-book. Additional duties include attending Welsh-medium lectures, editing existing materials and resources, supervising internships, creating collaborative links with other departments, and attending regular project meetings
Requirements: Candidates should hold an undergraduate degree in a subject with a strong foundation of research methods and statistics (including, but not limited to, Psychology, Biology, Social Sciences, Healthcare Sciences, and Business); and should have a strong understanding of research methods and statistics. The ability to understand and explain research methods and statistics in a competent and confident way is essential for this post. The ability to communicate in Welsh (both in oral and written form) is essential for this post
   
Text: Part-Time Project Support Officer (50% FTE) Location: Wales Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract Expiration date: 20-Jul-2018 Applications are invited for the above temporary part time post working in the School of Psychology. The main duty will be to write a Welsh-medium Research Methods e-book. Additional duties include attending Welsh-medium lectures, editing existing materials and resources, supervising internships, creating collaborative links with other departments, and attending regular project meetings. Candidates should hold an undergraduate degree in a subject with a strong foundation of research methods and statistics (including, but not limited to, Psychology, Biology, Social Sciences, Healthcare Sciences, and Business); and should have a strong understanding of research methods and statistics. The ability to understand and explain research methods and statistics in a competent and confident way is essential for this post. The ability to communicate in Welsh (both in oral and written form) is essential for this post. The successful candidate will also be given the opportunity to gain academic credit in teaching in higher education. The successful candidate will be expected to commence as soon as possible and the post is available for a period of 18 months. Committed To Equal Opportunities Overview The role holder will be part of a wider community of academic staff in Bangor and throughout Wales who are working towards fulfilling the aim of ensuring full status for the Welsh language as a medium for education and research within the university sector. The Project The purpose of this project is to develop a Welsh-medium research methods e-book that will complement the research methods modules offered at the School of Psychology. A series of research methods podcasts will also be developed. Whilst the primary aim of the e-book is to complement the research methods modules offered at the School of Psychology, we will also work with other Schools and Universities within Wales to ensure the appropriateness of the content. Purpose of the Job The role holder will be part of a wider community of academic staff in Bangor and throughout Wales who are working towards fulfilling the aim of ensuring full status for the Welsh language as a medium for education and research within the university sector. The role holder will have a prominent role in the project as they develop the e-book and relevant additional materials. The role holder is expected to lead the project, and meet with the project manager on a regular basis to ensure that the project follows its intended timeline. Main Duties and Responsibilities • To lead the project by writing a Welsh-medium research methods e-book that will complement the research methods modules offered by the School of Psychology. The role holder is expected to follow a strict timeline, and produce chapter drafts to the project manager on a monthly basis. • To research into research methods, and to edit any existing materials. It is expected that they attend Welsh-medium research methods lectures at the School of Psychology in order to fully understand the content that is to be included in the e-book. It is also expected that they adapt an existing research methods for business e-book, and integrate the relevant information into the psychology-specific e-book. • To develop specific materials to supplement the research methods e-book. This could include additional work sheets, example datasets, and podcasts. The role holder is also expected to support and supervise student internships that will focus on the development of research-methods podcasts. • To work as part of the project team in delivering and reaching specific outcomes and targets. This could include: monthly meetings with the project manager, weekly meetings with student interns, and occasional meetings with the external project team (this may involve some travelling). • To assist and support in the monitoring of financial controls associated with the project. This might include; monitoring and gathering invoices for payment / taking part in team discussions relating to budgets / entering data and preparing reports in order to monitor project finance / assist in the preparation and proposals for funding. • Other duties and responsibilities specific to the role include advertising and marketing the project and its output both in the academic and the public sector via traditional and social media. The role holder may also be expected to present the project output in conferences and/or public events (e.g. Eisteddfod). Other Duties and Responsibilities • The post holder will be expected to participate in performance review and developmental activities. • The post holder will be expected to comply with the University’s equality policies and statements, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Scheme. • The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for him/her self and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by his/her actions or inactions. The post holder is also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments. • The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their posts. Person Specification Qualifications/Training Qualifications/Training Essential • A good degree in a subject with a strong foundation of research methods and statistics (including, but not limited to, Psychology, Biology, Social Sciences, Healthcare Sciences, and Business) • A good grade in research methods and statistics modules Desirable • Welsh language skills certificate • A good postgraduate degree in a subject with a strong foundation of research methods and statistics (including, but not limited to, Psychology, Biology, Social Sciences, Healthcare Sciences, and Business) Experience/Knowledge Essential • Previous experience of research methods, and of qualitative and quantitative statistical analyses • Demonstrate knowledge and interest in specific areas related to the post Desirable • Previous experience of teaching research methods and/or statistics Skills/Abilities Essential • Demonstrate a strong understanding of research methods and statistics • Demonstrate good verbal and written skills • Demonstrate good computer skills, including SPSS, MS Office, Powerpoint, Excel. • Demonstrate the ability to prioritise work load and work to deadlines • Demonstrate good time management • Demonstrate good analytical skills, ability to analyse numerical data and present results appropriately • Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team Desirable • Any other skills / abilities relevant to the duties and responsibilities Other Essential • The ability to communicate correctly and confidently in Welsh, both in oral and written form Desirable • Driving licence General All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact. All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references All candidates must meet the requirements of UK ‘right to work’ requirements. If you require Home Office permission to work in the UK, or need to switch your visa status in order to take this job, please note that following the introduction by the Government of immigration limits on skilled workers we recommend you use the following link to information about the routes into employment and to check eligibility requirements: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/ Disclosure & Barring Service This post is subject to a satisfactory standard Disclosure & Barring Service check. As Bangor University meets the requirements in respect of exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, all applicants who are offered employment will be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) before the appointment is confirmed. This will include details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings as well as convictions. DBS checks will be updated every 3 years.
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