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  • Head of Undergraduate and PGCE Office

  • Research Associates (three fixed-term posts) 

Head of Undergraduate and PGCE Office

£28,695 - £37,394 p.a.

The Faculty of Education is looking for an administrative officer to undertake the position of Head of the Undergraduate and PGCE Office. The overall purpose of the post is to ensure an efficient and effective administrative service to Faculty staff and students and to support the Secretary to the Faculty and the Head of Faculty in their work. Your remit will include managing and coordinating the range of administrative tasks and activities across the office, overseeing the student record, and developing systems and processes as necessary so that they are fit for purpose. You will lead a team of seven administrative staff.

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent and will have experience of managing a complex remit, at times to tight deadlines, which includes analysing and solving problems. You will be skilled in dealing effectively with staff, students and external parties and in managing a team.

To apply online for this vacancy, please go to and click on the 'Apply' button. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries may be made to Kate Allen 

Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 21 January 2015

Closing date for receipt of applications: 5 January 2015

Please quote reference JR04837 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Research Associate x 3 (Fixed Term, three years from appointment)

Salary: £28,695 - £37,394 p.a.

We wish to appoint three Research Associates to join the newly established Centre for Research in Play, Learning and Development. This new centre, funded by the Lego Foundation, has been established to conduct rigorous, psychological and cross-disciplinary research into the role of play in young children's learning and development.

Initially, three research strands will be pursued:

Establishing a longitudinal study of children's playfulness: To investigate the development of playfulness in children and its relation to environmental experiences and to other key abilities which are known to most significantly impact upon cognitive and affective development and children's short and long-term well-being.

Developing a measure of playfulness: To establish the essential characteristics of human playful behaviour and the psychological processes which underpin these, and to develop reliable and valid measures of playfulness in children. The development of both behavioural tasks and neuroscientific paradigms will make a crucial contribution to this project.

Developing and evaluating play-based, educational interventions: To extend the recently completed PLaNS project, which focused on playful learning to support children's writing, it is planned to extend this work with a larger sample and across a wider range of early learning. The focus here is specifically on supporting children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Successful applicants will take day-to-day responsibility for running the research program in one of the research strands, under the guidance of the PI; review relevant literature, and report on that review; contribute to devising research studies and projects and to the development of tasks, coding frameworks and measurement instruments; be responsible for recruiting and communicating with participants; collect data generated by the studies and projects, and collate and analyse the data; direct the work of Research Assistants; contribute to the drafting of research publications; and carry out additional duties within the general scope and level of the post, including involvement in the many other planned activities of the Research Centre.

You will need a PhD in Psychology, Education or a cognate area, or equivalent research training, experience and achievement, or be awaiting the result of a PhD submission; research experience with breadth/depth in a relevant field of study, and in methods and techniques of psychological research, including theory development, measurement design, data collection, data analysis and dissemination; experience of managing own workload, and of working with children; and good interpersonal skills.

Experience of interdisciplinary working in psychology and education; proven ability to take day-to-day responsibility for project management; understanding of research on play, learning and development in children; and evidence of scholarly publications are desirable.

Applicants may express a particular interest or preference for one of the three research strands, but this is not a requirement.

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Fixed-term: The funds for each post are available for 3 years from the start date in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children's barred list).

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr David Whitebread, (

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We plan to hold interviews on 29 January 2015.

Please quote reference JR04937 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 12 January 2015

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