Would you like to gain experience working in a dynamic research team, carrying out academic research and consultancy projects for a wide range of clients?

Would you like to make a real contribution to cutting-edge research whilst learning about rural and environmental issues and research methodologies?


The Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI), based at the University of Gloucestershire, is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant (Student Placement) to support the research output of the Institute.  CCRI research

The CCRI is the largest specialist rural research centre in the UK and currently employs over 20 people who work on a diverse range of social science research and consultancy projects relating to rural environment and agricultural policy; rural community and services; rural economic development; food; recreation; and access issues.


The successful applicant will be expected to become a fully functional team member and to make a genuine contribution to the output of the Institute during their placement.


Desirable qualities of placement student:

·         Good level of computer competency; particularly Microsoft Word and Excel

·         Excellent communication skills

·         Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative

·         Strong interest in environmental and rural issues

·         Experience of using social media for marketing/networking

This vacancy is directed at full-time undergraduate students for whom the placement is a defined component of their course.


Key information (see the Job Description for full details):

Location: Francis Close Hall Campus, Cheltenham (The post holder may be required to work on any University site, or site being used for the business of the University)

Contract type: Fixed term

Hours: 37 hours per week

Salary: £15,417 per annum pro rata (Grade 2 sp 2, as currently published)

Length of placement: 12 months

Start date: 1st September 2018

Leave: 24 days pro rata, plus bank holidays and University closure days

Other benefits: 0.5 day per week allocated for personal development


You may also want to view our blog posts written by our current Placement Student, Katie Hickford, and previous students.

If you wish to discuss the placement further, please contact Dr Robert Berry – rberry@glos.ac.uk / 01242 714120.


To apply:

Complete your application form, and prepare a covering letter explaining why you want to be our placement students and what you will bring to the role. The letter should also include the names and contact details of two people who will provide references for you, one of whom should be one of your current academic staff or Tutor.

Email your application to Dr Robert Berry by 17:00hrs on Thursday 1st March. Interviews are expected to be held on Tuesday 20th March.


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