Job: Associate Research Fellow in Disability Studies, Bath Spa University

Contract:  Full-time, fixed-term until 31 March 2020

Salary: £32,548 to £36,613 per annum

Deadline: 1st Feb 2018

Interview date: WC. 29/1/18

About us

At Bath Spa University we work with one clear vision: to be a leading university in creativity, culture and enterprise. And we place collaboration at the heart of everything we do.

The Institute for Education is a place where Bath Spa teachers, classroom teachers, education practitioners, academics, and everyone interested in education come together in a community of research and practice. We want to build on our strengths to provide a community for education professionals and to align with the University’s strategic vision.

This role will be working as part of the ‘Disability and Community: Dis/engagement, dis/enfranchisement, dis/parity and dissent’ project aka the D4D project. The project will involve the universities of Bath Spa, Bristol, London, Manchester Metropolitan, Liverpool Hope and Bristol Robotics Laboratory based at UWE. Also involved are several community partners, including Accentuate, Screen South, Disability Arts Online, the New Vic Theatre in Stoke, Shape Arts, DadaFest, NDACA, Graeae Theatre, Misfits, along with campaign organisations, grassroots groups, charities and other stakeholders such as Action on Disability and Work and Designability, stroke support groups.

The project will explore multiple issues around the theme of disability and community. It will work across the spectrum of disability, involving close collaboration between researchers, participants, research partners and stakeholder organisations. D4D will seek to enhance agency and challenge discriminatory and excluding practices.

Through its work-streams, the project will seek to inform policy and practice, and alongside our participants, the research team will aim to challenge current perceptions of disability and to introduce new discourses in the field.

About the role

This role will play a key role in supporting the research activities for D4D team members (academic and non-academics) in the D4D project. More detail about the project can be found here:

About you (requirements)

You will have completed a PhD (or be about to complete a PhD) in a field that relates to the work of the D4D project. With a working knowledge of research methods and techniques, you will make a clear contribution to the project as a proactive independent researcher.

You will have excellent interpersonal, networking and communication skills, both written and verbal. You will be able to manage a range of research and administrative activities, whilst demonstrating a flexible approach to meet competing deadlines and demands.

Applicants with specific experience within Disability Studies are encouraged to apply. Applicants with lived experience of disability/ experience working with communities/ evidence of commitment to the values embedded in the D4D project are likewise encouraged to apply.

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Professor Martin Levinson at

How to apply

For further information/to apply on-line please visit Please note CVs will not be considered and those included with application forms will be removed. Any queries should be emailed to

We offer excellent facilities and benefits to our staff. These include a nursery, childcare vouchers, pension scheme, flexible working practices, an employee assistance programme, and family-friendly policies

Applications from disabled applicants will be welcomed, and the university will endeavour to meet all requests for reasonable adjustment for access or other requirements.

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