Researcher Opportunities @ University of Worcester

Looking for research opportunities alongside your PhD study?

The University of Worcester is seeking to create a pool of researchers to work on research projects in areas aligned with the research expertise and activities underway within the Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester.

These areas include:

  • health and wellbeing (adult mental ill-health, living with long-term conditions, patient experience),
  • dementia,
  • working well
  • violence prevention.
  • We have a particular interest in researchers with experience of applied research and those familiar with the adoption of mixed methods approaches. Researchers with an interest in innovative qualitative approaches are also encouraged to apply.

If successful in your application you will be added to our pool of researchers. As and when research projects become available that best match with your skill set and the role you have applied for, you will be approached to work on the project. The projects will vary in length (normally from 3 – 6 months), in most instances will be externally funded, and may require full-time or part-time working.

This post will be aligned with research activities underway across the Institute and will involve working on one or more specific research project, usually under the general supervision of a project leader. Given the applied nature of our research within the Institute, we are looking for experience in relation to mixed methods approaches to research, with a particular focus on qualitative research methods.

The project leader will depend on the research work being supported, but all arrangements for management and supervision will be overseen by Professor Eleanor Bradley (Director of Research, Institute of Health and Society).

The post-holder will be expected to manage their own activities and prioritise their own workload within agreed objectives to ensure that all activities are completed to deadlines. The post-holder may be required to write up research work for publication in collaboration with senior colleagues and disseminate results as appropriate to their discipline by, for example, conference presentations and peer reviewed publication.

We have the following opportunities available:

Research Assistant (Band 5)

Research Associate (Band 6)

Research Fellow (Band 7)

Thinking about postgraduate research study?

Did you know we have a range of fully funded PhD studentships for 2018/19 entry?
  • Capturing experiences of long-term conditions using digital photography
  • Psychological resilience amongst healthcare workers: An exploration of the nature of team relationships
  • Signalling Pathways in Myeloid Leukaemia
  • Fine Art
  • History – broadly, one of the following areas:
    • Women and the Wartime Home Fronts in Twentieth-Century Britain
    • The Role and Impact of Empire on Britain’s Politics, Culture and Society since the late 19th Century.
    • Politics, ideology and identities in Britain and Ireland, c.1688-1848.
    • Religion and the supernatural in early modern England
    • The Atlantic Slave Trade, Slavery and Abolition, c. 1700-1860.
    • The USA, Global/Transnational Relations and the World War II Era

Find out more here and join us at our open event to learn more about studying at University of Worcester.

Book your place.

Would you like to contribute to the Researcher Development Programme in 2018/19?

We would like to invite colleagues from across the University to contribute to our Researcher Development Programme 2018-2019To see our current programme of workshops for 2017-2018, click here.

If you have an idea for a workshop which you think would benefit our community of researchers, we would love to hear from you! If you have a workshop idea which does not fit neatly into one of the named clusters, please still send us your ideas.

Submitting an expression of interest

Please download and complete the Expression of Interest Form and email to: by Friday 13th April 2018 at 5pm.

Expressions of interest will be reviewed by Dr Charlotte Taylor, Rosie Plimmer, and Dr John-Paul Wilson. All colleagues will be contacted within 3 weeks of the closing date to discuss expressions of interest further.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email:

Want to find out more about Research Degree Programmes at the University of Worcester?

join us at our Open Day on SUNDAY 25th march

This open day is for people interested in a Masters by Research (MRes), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

What happens on an Open Day?

Throughout the day there will be a series of talks and activities. These will give you the opportunity to:

  • speak to our MPhil/PhD course leaders
  • hear the benefits of doing a research degree at Worcester
  • find out how to put together a strong application
  • join a tour of the City Campus and The Hive.

Our Open Day Programme has a full a timetable of talks and activities.

Book your place today!

Would you like to recognise the excellent work of your Director of Studies or PhD Supervisor?

Nominations are now open for our inaugural ‘Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Award!’

What is the purpose of the Award?

The award aims to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in doctoral supervision at the University of Worcester. This includes staff who are supervising students studying for a PhD, Professional doctorate, and PhD by Published or Creative Work.

The supervisor nominated does not need to be your Director of Studies, but they must be a Supervisor at the University of Worcester, i.e. not an External Supervisor.

Criteria for Nomination

Below are some attributes of excellent supervision with some examples of how these might be evidenced. This list is not exhaustive. MPhil/PhD Course Leaders (or their nominee) will be happy to provide you with support if required. Nominations should not exceed 1,000 words:

  • Evidence of outstanding results of their supervision over a number of years
  • A pioneering approach to supervision: what has the nominee done above and beyond that which is expected of any good supervisor?
  • Demonstrable enthusiasm for the role and going the extra mile to help students navigate through difficulties, academic or otherwise
  • Challenging students intellectually and helping them to make substantial contributions to their academic field
  • Providing additional support and facilities to give greater scope to their research

To nominate your supervisor click here. It may be easier to prepare the statement prior to completing the survey. If you wish to submit any supporting evidence, e.g. student testimonials, please email:

Nominations close at 9am Friday 23rd March. The award will be presented at the Students’ Union Student Choice Awards evening on 22nd May.

Upcoming Research Supervisor Training Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

Book onto a workshop via the Staff Development Portal (under ‘your online services’)

Research Examiner Training 

Research Degree Examiner training is designed primarily for colleagues wishing to join an MPhil, PhD or Professional Doctorate examination team at Worcester. The session is however also popular with supervisors whose research degree student is approaching examination and can also be useful for colleagues acting as research degree examiners at another UKHEI. The sessions combine information around the regulations and procedures associated with examining at MPhil and doctoral level with more interactive sessions around examining the thesis, asking the right questions etc.

Date: 07/02/2018
Time: 9:15-13:15
Location: EE G021

Refresher Training for Research Supervisors

All current, active research degree supervisors on the Register of Approved Supervisors are required to attend Refresher Supervisor Training once every 3 years. The date that this training is due will be calculated from the date you originally attended Research Supervisor Training. Refresher training takes place for 1h30 over lunch and is an informal session where we refresh some of the core regulations and look at key changes that have been made to research degree regulations and procedures over the last 3 years. At the end of this session is an opportunity for you to share your own personal experiences of supervision and to reflect on areas that could benefit from change in the future.

Date: 13/02/2018
Time: 12:15-13:45
Location: JL G008

Working as a Supervisory Team

This workshop will focus on the following: how to get the best out of supervisors, how to get the best out of students, negotiating team roles, resolving conflict, the practicalities of effective team working.

Date: 05/02/2018
Time: 12:15-13:45
Location: EE G169

Supervising part-time research students

More than half of all doctoral students in the University study part-time. Part-time students have particular pressures and issues that do not affect full-time students in the same way, for example financial pressures, committing up to six years to a doctorate and employment demands can sometimes mean that the supervision of part-time students can at times be more demanding than that of full-timers. The aim of this workshop is to identify the issues and challenges of supervising part-time students and to explore good practice in addressing these challenges. The workshop will consider the expectations, challenges and opportunities of supervision from the perspective of both the supervisor and the research student. It will then provide an opportunity to share good practice and learn from the experience of colleagues in different parts of the University. This workshop is aimed those who currently supervise part-time students registered for an MPhil, PhD or a Professional Doctorate, as well as those who may be supervising a part-time student in the future.

Date: 05/03/2018
Time: 12:15-14:15
Location: JL G008

Postgraduate Research Student Conference 2018

This year’s postgraduate research conference ‘Seeds of Knowledge 2018’ is now open for registration and we are welcoming abstract submissions for poster and/or oral presentations until Monday 30th April.

The conference was a great success last year, and is a fantastic opportunity for all research students (masters and PhD) to network and showcase your hard work – no matter what stage you are in the research process!

Please see the attached poster for details on registration and abstract submission. If you have any specific queries relating to the conference please feel free to email us at:

We look forward to receiving your abstract submissions!

The 2018 conference committee

Coming up on the RDP…



View the upcoming workshops between January-March:

Copyright for Researchers 01/02/2018 12.15 13.45 Roger Fairman Edward Elgar (St Johns)
Shut Up and Write @ The Hive 07/02/2018 10.00 14.00 Su Fagg and Charlotte Taylor The Hive
How to work with the media to share your research 08/02/2018 10.00 13.00 Sally Jones Edward Elgar (St Johns)
Archival Research 20/02/2018 12.15 14.15 Prof. Suzanne Schwarz Jenny Lind (City)
Social Networking:  benefits for researchers 22/02/2018 17.15 18.45 Verity Postlethwaite Charles Hastings (City)
Dealing with Difficult Research Interview Situations 27/02/2018 12.15 14.15 Dr Katherine Gordon-Smith, Prof. Lisa Jones & Prof. Eleanor Bradley Binyon (St Johns)
Viva Preparation 01/03/2018 12.15 14.15 Helen Tabinor & Prof. Nick Evans Edward Elgar (St Johns)
Introduction to Statistical Methodology 05/03/2018 13.15 16.45 Dr Roy Bhakta Edward Elgar (St Johns)
Open Access 06/03/2018 12.15 14.15 Karol Kosinski Binyon (St Johns)
Applying for an academic post 08/03/2018 12.15 14.15 Charlotte Taylor Peirson (St Johns)
Using Interviews and Questionnaires in Research 13/03/2018 12.15 14.15 Prof. Eleanor Bradley and Prof. Lisa Jones Hines (St Johns)
Effective Poster Presentations:  Preparation and Presentation 13/03/2018 17.15 18.45 Dr Mary Hanson Edward Elgar (St Johns)
Ethnographies in Research: Benefits and Challenges 14/03/2018 13.15 15.15 Dr Gyozo Molnar Binyon (St Johns)
Careers for Researchers 15/03/2018 12.15 13.45 Rosie Plimmer Jenny Lind (City)
Research Ethics 20/03/2018 13.00 16.00 Dr John-Paul Wilson Conference Centre (St Johns)
Basic R 21/03/2018 13.15 16.45 Dr Roy Bhakta Edward Elgar (St Johns)

How to book

Research Students: book online at and select ‘Researcher Development’ from the dropdown menu.

The 2017/18 programme can be found on Blackboard on the Researcher Development Programme – Students

Share and Inspire Seminars Semester 1, 2017/18

Realising Teaching Excellence at the University of Worcester

Share and Inspire seminars for the next period are aimed at generating discussion and sharing practice in relation to issues of academic practice that we know are challenging to colleagues.

Research inspired teaching and employability are key considerations for any undergraduate or postgraduate curriculum – but how can they be related to provide effective learning?  This session will explore examples and identify ways in which students can develop employability through developing research sills and understanding.

Strategies for engaging student pre-entry
This share and inspire workshop aims to interactively explore a range of strategies used to engage students prior to formally starting their University studies. It will consider strategies used from initial interest in studying at the University and following the offer of a conditional/unconditional place.

Sharing Best Practice in Doctoral Supervision
This Share & Inspire session will share best practice in doctoral level supervision through a series of short talks…

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