Join the Sheffield team!

  • Are you a student?
  • Do you have excellent organisational and interpersonal skills?
  • Would you like to gain professional research experience?

Then there may be a perfect role for you on the RARA team!


The Job: Research Assistant

We are currently looking for a SALT (Student Associate in Learning and Teaching) student to assist in organising a series of research activities including online surveys, focus groups and interviews with both students and members of staff. The project employs a mixed-methods design, collecting both quantitative and qualitative data, to capture views and experiences of personal tutoring with the aim of informing staff training materials to roll out nationally at the end of the project.

Typical responsibilities might include:

  • Recruiting student and staff participants
  • Researching and collecting data through various methods (e.g. surveys, focus groups, and interviews with students and staff)
  • Creating and disseminating online surveys to students and staff participants
  • Cleaning data from surveys and focus groups (i.e. in Excel)
  • Code data in line with an established research framework
  • Perform basic analysis on survey and focus group data (with assistance)

Not only does this role present a great opportunity for the successful candidate to develop invaluable transferrable skills for future employment, it is also a chance to take part in a project that could influence policy across the whole of Higher Education!

More information about the role can be found on the Sheffield Careers website ( which is accessible using your student log in details.

Applications close on Friday 9th February 2018, interviews will be held on Friday 16th February 2018. You can apply by sending an email to RARA Tutor (, including a CV and a 500 word personal statement. Your personal statement should explain why you’re interested in applying for role and what skills and experience makes you a suitable candidate.

If you have any questions, please send an email to Emma Broglia (Post-Doctoral Research Associate):

Good Luck!