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2nd May
to 13th June
300 You will earn 300 bronze points for completing this activity.
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Research Assistant: Exploring the demands of parental support from remote learning

2nd May to 13th June
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a substantial effect on students' experiences of education and highlighted inequalities based on digital technology for learning. This project aims to look at the more complex needs of pupils in parental support that will also have differed from home to home, whilst also providing a significant impact to education.

Research Host: Simon Massey

The successful applicant will be studying a degree in social science or educational areas. As a research assistant, you will be supported by both the PI and Co-I, who will also act as a mentor should you need support.

The role will involve three key duties:

  1. Writing a literature survey surrounding issues related to parental support in education and how this may be mediated by factors such as: gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, type of school attended, location and subject anxiety. This literature survey does not have to be polished like an essay, but more an informative piece of research that will allow for the PI to consider a research proposal.
  2. Identifying data sources to use alongside the literature survey. The applicant would be required to take the ‘Introduction to Statistics’ and ‘Univariate Analysis’ intensives on RISE if they do not have experience in quantitative data analysis. This will be considered as part of their hours for the post.
  3. Analysing identified data sources to help inform whether the literature supports the findings and produce a short report to summarise findings to the PI.

In A Nutshell...

  • Collaborate... with students and staff across the university
  • Upskill... in SPSS and working with data (optional)
  • Engage... online through a teams-based opportunity to have meetings or on campus if you prefer
  • Show leadership... in developing your own literature review
  • Gain recognition... with an external recognised certification
  • Earn up to 300 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • call_split 02/05/22 to 13/06/22
    Getting Started
    You will be required to work over the proposed time independently whilst having regular meetings online or on campus with the PI and Co-i. The post will start with a meeting where we will get to know one another.
  • call_split 02/05/22 to 06/05/22
    Quantitative Methods Training
    Following the first meeting, you will need to engage in the quantitative methods training if you do not have experience or you can move on to the next step.
  • call_split 09/05/22 to 06/06/22
    Working Independently
    Whilst working autonomously, you will be able to ask for support whenever you need it. You will also receive additional training in data analysis should you express an interest, although this is not essential.
  • call_split 06/06/22 to 13/06/22
    Creating a Summary Report
    You will work closely with the Co-I in ensuring a short report is produced following the end of your post. The report will contain your written literature survey along with a summary of findings from the initial analysis of the data.