Post Graduate Research Assistant (PGRA) in Social Policy within the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Derby

The College of Business, Law & Social Sciences has an opportunity for a Full-Time Post Graduate Research Assistant in Social Policy, hosted by the Inequality and Social Justice research cluster within the Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre.

The successful applicant will receive a stipend of £14777 per annum and a personal development budget of £1,000 per annum for 3 years. The post also covers Home/EU PhD tuition fees for three years. Please note, if your application is successful and you are assessed as Overseas for fees purposes, you will need to pay the difference between the Home/EU fees and the Overseas fees.

The intended start is in March 2019, or the next available intake.

The successful applicant will be expected to complete his or her PhD within 3 years on the Traditional Route PhD, contribute to the College REF submission and get involved in the wider research activities of the College.

Applicants will become part of a friendly and welcoming team and will be supported and managed by his or her supervisors.

The PGRA vacancy details are as follows:


The successful candidate will be hosted in the Inequality and Social Justice cluster of the Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre in the School of Social Sciences. The PhD project should be aligned with research undertaken by members of the cluster (Prof. Alex Nunn, Dr Sung-Hee Lee, Dr Phil Burton-Cartledge, Dr Simon Speck, Dr Helen Brocklehurst, Dr Tom Dodsley, Dr Phil Hodgson, Dr Baris Cayli, Dr David Patton, Dr Michael Teague, Dr Francesco Belcastro). The successful candidate will deliver their own programme of work and support the cluster in the delivery of collaborative projects and a programme of research training.

Candidates wishing to apply are encouraged to make contact with Prof. Alex Nunn ( to identify a potential supervisor who can support the development of their proposal.

Applicants are invited to take inspiration from the job description and person specification for the vacancy and produce his or her own, more-specific research proposal, in addition to the standard application documentation. The proposal must be in Social Policy and related to the strengths and supervisory capacity of the Inequality and Social Justice research cluster of the Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre.

For more information on the SCaLR, the Inequality and Social Justice cluster and recent projects, please see:

To apply

For general information on how to apply and required documentation go to

Completed applications should be emailed to quoting reference BLSS_SocialPolicy_PGRA_0219

For other enquires which are subject–specific please contact: Professor Alex Nunn –  

When sending your application, please include the reference code for the post in the email subject heading.

Closing date for applications:  3rd February 2019

Interviews will be held between: w/c 25th February 2019. If you have not been invited for interview by the interview date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.