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Job opportunity with NAMHE


A six month research project opportunity is currently available with NAMHE:

Researcher – Gender and Equality in Higher Education Music

Six months, self-employed. Fixed Fee: £3,250 (flexible working from home).

Applications to be sent by email to Prof. Rachel Cowgill, Chair NAMHE

Deadline for receipt of applications: 1 March 2014

Interviews: Cardiff University: Early April 2014

Start date: 14 April 2014

Expenses provided: travel (by second-class rail or car) and accommodation costs (up to a limit of £1,500, with further amounts granted with the permission of the projects committee)

NAMHE welcomes the trialling of the Equality Challenge Unit's Gender Equality Charter Marks to address gender inequalities and imbalance in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The formal launch of the charter mark is expected to be around October 2014.

NAMHE encourages HEI music departments to participate in the scheme once it is formally launched, and to support them it seeks to recruit a researcher to research and compile a report comprising a contextual and disciplinary overview of gender issues in music HE, review of relevant literature, qualitative and quantitative data on gender representation in UK music departments and institutions, and recommendations for departments seeking a GEM award. This will be made available, on request, to music departments and institutions to inform their preparation of an application for an award. The research will also be disseminated in workshops and conferences, where opportunities arise. The appointment would suit a candidate for whom this would be an opportunity to build professional research experience either post-PhD or during the final stages of a PhD.

Person specification

The successful candidate will have:


  • a doctorate or be close to completing a doctorate on an area relating to gender identity and representation
  • good communication skills (oral and written)
  • experience in planning a large-scale research project
  • experience of working with a range of appropriate research methodologies
  • good IT skills
  • good organisational skills
  • a high level of self-motivation
  • sensitivity to issues of discrimination and identity politics
  • ability to travel in the UK


  • experience in conducting semi-structured interviews
  • knowledge of statistical analysis software
  • experience of teaching in UK HE
  • experience of presenting research at conferences

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