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Move up a GEAR at IPC Get Experience in Applied Research

We are delighted to announce a new initiative, GEAR, which will offer opportunities to get free training and paid, project-based work experience in consultancy and applied research for Oxford Brookes University postgraduate (Masters or PhD) students and early career researchers who are from an ethnically diverse background. IPC is particularly interested in working with these members of our university community because they are under-represented in our staffing, and we would like to better reflect the diversity of people working in the public care sector.

We would like to hear from you if you have:

  • An interest in health and social care issues affecting children and families or vulnerable adults.
  • Skills that have the potential to be used within consultancy and applied research projects alongside colleagues at IPC.

This programme will offer participants:

  • Free training, for example in undertaking qualitative interviews with vulnerable people; facilitating focus groups; undertaking rapid research reviews; designing online surveys; or analysing quantitative data for consultancy
  • Support to develop an applied research and consultancy CV
  • An opportunity to undertake paid work on one or more applied research or consultancy projects at IPC, plus coaching, supervision and other 1:1 support. Projects will vary but might require 2-5 days of your time and this opportunity will be available from May-December 2022.

See our website for more information about what we do, for example:

  • Development of a survey for young people in transition to adulthood for Barnardo’s, and analysis of the results.
  • Interviews with young parents participating in an intensive home visiting programme to support their parenting from pre-birth.
  • Focus groups with people providing care for vulnerable adults to explore their use of digital technology.

You do not need any previous experience of consultancy or applied research in public care to apply to this programme. If you are interested, please contact Elise Halford or Katy Burch for an informal chat and/or send an email with your CV to Elise Halford by 15 March 2022 stating why you would like to apply. We are able to select up to 10 people for the 2022 programme.