Research Assistant


22nd June 2021

About the Job

Fixed Term: 6 months

A graduate research assistant is required to support research and evaluation in the Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice (IPSCJ). The successful candidate will assist Researchers in the development and implementation of research and evaluation projects around health and justice, citizens in policing and vulnerable groups in Northamptonshire and beyond. This includes assisting with funding applications and literature reviews as well as qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation activities. The post is full time (37 hours per week) Monday to Friday.


About You

You will have successfully completed an Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as criminology or a related health, psychology, sociology or social science area. Knowledge of public safety, crime and justice issues and organisations involved in public safety, crime and justice as well as a strong working knowledge and experience of research methods and analysis is a distinct advantage, although not essential.

You will have good written and verbal communication, well developed time management and excellent organisation skills and a cut-through approach to completing tasks. Good IT skills, including competence in using computer programmes for data processing and analysis.




First degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. law, politics, management, criminology, human-geography or other relevant degree)


Postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. law, politics, management, criminology, human-geography or other relevant degree)



The Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice (IPSCJ) at the University of Northampton delivers high-quality research and evaluation, insight and innovation in the fields of public safety, crime and justice.

The IPSCJ is situated at the interface between practice, policy and academia, adopting an evidence-based approach to enhance public service delivery models, organisational strategy and outcomes for service users. The IPSCJ collaborates with partner organisations at local, regional, national and international levels. The core mission of the IPSCJ is to support positive evidence-based policy and practice change for the benefit of society.


About Us

This is an exciting time to join our University following our relocation in September 2018 to a new purpose-built, town-centre campus designed to adapt to 21st-century teaching. We are looking to recruit individuals who share our passion for innovation, creativity and social impact and who will play a key role as we realise our ambition of transforming lives for the better and inspiring positive change.
The University of Northampton is one of only two Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses in the UK, and in 2017 was awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark, an independent guarantee that we have proven to our employees, students and stakeholders that we are committed to continuous improvement across our business in order to consistently deliver a positive impact on people and planet.


Right to Work

All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview. Due to the requirements laid out by UK Visas and Immigration regarding Right to Work in the UK, the University can only accept applications from individuals who currently have a status allowing them to work in the UK for this position. Due to this criteria, we regret that we are unable to offer sponsorship at this time.

This post is subject to a background disclosure check by the Disclosure and Barring Service before any appointment can be confirmed.


We are proud of our diverse student population and applications from Black Asian Minority Ethnic student grow year on year. Equality and the promotion of inclusion are a key value that we are proud to promote. To embed this across the University, to achieve diversity amongst its staff and to improve staff representation, we would like to encourage applications from women, people living with disabilities, and those from the LGBT+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.


Please visit our website for further information and to apply online.

Interview date: 5 July 2021