Paid Opportunity: Undergraduate Kingston University Student Researcher

Film still from Kingston School of Art student Kyle Campbell-Pope’s From Our Students (2020) commissioned by Dorich House Museum and Stanley Picker Gallery


We are looking for a Kingston University undergraduate student to help develop and deliver a research project for the university’s Dorich House Museum and Stanley Picker Gallery. Black, Asian and minority ethnicity students are currently under-represented among the students we support and our project seeks to address this by identifying new student groups and courses to work with.

The role will involve devising, promoting and analysing a student survey, reporting on the results, working with the museum and gallery team to run staff and student consultation sessions, participating in project development workshops and helping us develop a new plan to promote our learning, volunteering and employment opportunities to staff and students.

The Project

Dorich House Museum and Stanley Picker Gallery offer a range of learning and skills development opportunities to support student employability, working through the curriculum and through student volunteering, paid employment, placements and collaborative projects. Black, Asian and minority ethnicity students are currently under-represented among the students we support. Our project seeks to address that by:

– Reviewing how we communicate our student opportunities to staff and students
– Consulting with staff and students to identify ways to engage more black, Asian and minority ethnicity students with our opportunities
– Adjusting our offer and developing a new communications plan in response our findings

This is a Student Academic Development Research Associate Scheme (SADRAS) project and is funded through Kingston University’s Access and Participation plan.

Role Description

The role will involve working with the museum and gallery team to:

– Plan, launch and analyse the results of an online survey of Kingston University students to assess current awareness and perceptions of the museum and gallery student offer
– Identify Kingston University courses with good potential for future collaboration
– Recruit 16 members of staff and 16 Black, Asian or minority ethnicity students to take part in consultation and development sessions and report on the findings
– Develop a plan to broaden the appeal of our student opportunities and promote them to staff and students

We are looking for a committed and well-organised student who is strongly motivated by the aims of our project and the opportunity to help us shape our thinking and future activity.  Experience of survey and interview methods would be helpful, but this is not essential – we can support you to develop skills in this area.

Working Hours/Days

The project runs from September 2020 to July 2021 and requires a commitment of 100 hours across the period, paid at an hourly rate of £11.87 inclusive of holiday pay. Working arrangements and hours will be agreed in line with Covid-19 requirements and are likely to include a mix of on campus and remote working.  The hours can be worked flexibly, with a maximum commitment of 20 hours in any month.

Who can apply?

This opportunity is open to all Kingston University undergraduate students based at the university for the duration of this project, September 2020 to July 2021. In line with the aims of our project, we strongly encourage applications from black, Asian and minority ethnicity students.

Application deadline Friday 21 August 2020
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a virtual interview on Thursday 27 August 2020

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