The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is currently seeking applications for the following post:
Research Assistant (6 months)
The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is the national body responsible for leading and advising on the enhancement of teaching and learning in Irish higher education. In partnership with students, staff and leaders in Irish higher education, the National Forum works to develop an inclusive, collaborative and innovative culture that maximises learning impact for the success of all students.
The National Forum Strategy 2019-2021 ‘Leading Enhancement and Innovation in Teaching and Learning’ aims to ensure higher education students can continue to have an excellent teaching and learning experience that is informed by up-to-date research and facilitated by a high-quality learning environment and enhanced teaching approaches. The new strategy builds on the identified strengths of the National Forum, attends to the policy context within which it is embedded and identifies its four key strategic priorities as:
The Professional Development of All Those Who Teach
Promoting evidence-based, flexible, inclusive professional development for all those who teach, reflecting the contextual needs and drivers within and across higher education institutions
Teaching and Learning in a Digital World
Supporting those who learn, teach, and support learning to embrace and harness the potential of digital technologies with the goal of enhancing learning, teaching, and overall digital capability
Teaching and Learning Enhancement Within and Across Disciplines
Recognising that disciplines are a key unit of change in higher education, with a focus on disciplinary excellence in learning, teaching and assessment
Developing a vision of success, in partnership with students, with the aim of providing all students with the opportunity to fulfil their potential and become creators of new knowledge who are community engaged, ethically conscious, professionally competent and equipped to flourish in a global world
The Forum now wishes to employ a research assistant for a six-month period to engage with key aspects of its current strategy. The contract may be extended, pending review at the end of six months.
The successful applicant will report to the Director of the National Forum (Dr Terry Maguire).
The National Forum is based in Dublin, and there may be a need to travel regularly within Ireland for meetings, updates and institutional visits. It may be possible for the incumbent to work from their existing location.
This role is a dynamic one and will suit an experienced researcher who enjoys learning and working as part of a team and has the ability to adapt their knowledge and skills across a range of topics. The role will include the conduction of formal data collection and analysis as well as general information gathering, synthesis and reporting across the activities of the National Forum. Among areas of focus in the initial six months will be the analysis of data on student perspective of teaching excellence, an upcoming national survey of students and staff in higher education, monitoring the impact of the work of the National Forum and conducting research/information syntheses across areas of work.
|Master’s degree (preferably in education or a related area – although a master’s degree in other domains will also be considered)||Required|
|PhD (preferably in education or a related area – although a PhD in other domains will also be considered)||Desired|
|A strong and demonstrable background in qualitative research, including methods of data collection and analysis||Required|
|A good command of quantitative research, including methods of data collection and analysis||Required|
|Outstanding and versatile writing ability (proof of which may be subject to a specific assessment as part of the selection process)||Required|
|An in-depth and up-to-date understanding of Irish higher education sector and its current priorities||Desired|
|An ability to collect and sort data, analyse diverse sources of information, review and synthesise research, and write excellent, precise, informative and instructive reports and communications that will be of benefit to the sector||Required|
|Excellent organisational and project management skills with a strong ability to work to agreed deadlines||Required|
|The ability use initiative, and operate autonomously when needed||Required|
|Highly developed communication skills, with the capacity to use technology and interactive media to its best effect in order to communicate with the sector||Required|
|A pro-active, positive attitude and the ability to build and maintain positive working relationships||Required|
Salary: Scale will reflect qualifications and experience (30-45K per annum)
Please send CV with cover letter outlining your suitability for this post to:
Please ensure you include the following subject line: National Forum Application – Research Assistant. No late applications will be considered.
The deadline for receipt of Applications is Friday, 12 July, 12 noon.
Please note: Interviews will be held in Dublin on Thursday 25 July 2019