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Studying within the faculty of Education and Children’s Services at Chester you’ll have the opportunity to assist with real-word research projects. Working with a member of staff (and depending on the project), you’ll get involved in a variety of research activities, such as planning a study, constructing research tools, collecting and helping to analyse data.

Primarily aimed at third year students, this is a great opportunity to become familiar with life as a researcher and participate in day-to-day activities.

What is the aim and why should I take part?

The research internship provides you with the opportunity to gain research experience. You’ll gain transferable skills that will benefit you in your academic studies and chosen career. 

If you’d like to get hands-on experience working on a research project, this opportunity is ideal.

If you’re considering postgraduate study such as a Masters or PhD, this is a good testing ground for your own interests and strengths. Or, if you’re uncertain about what you want to purse, this research assistantship provides an opportunity to clarify your interests. 

What does it involve?

You’ll be trained to be a research assistant and conduct research with a member of staff.

Activities can involve anything from literature analysis, construction of research tools, data collection and data analysis. You’ll also be encouraged to read the literature in the research area to support your activities.

Who can take part and when?

The scheme is aimed at third year (level 6) students, as this is the best time to dive into a research area of your own choice. By this time, you’ll have a general sense of the different sub-fields of education. This background is helpful to make an informed decision about what type of research you want to be involved with.

Applications may still be considered from second year students depending on your suitability.

The scheme is competitive and when more than one student is interested in a project, the staff member responsible will normally select the student based on their application and short interviews.

Positions can be advertised throughout the year. Most research activities occur during term time, but Research Assistants can be involved with research at other times, including during the summer. In some cases, you may be taken on to support a specific research project. In other cases, you will assist on various on-going projects and research activities.

What is the time commitment?

The scheme has been designed to complement and not interfere with your studies. At most, you would be expected to contribute no more than six hours a week.

Before applying, it is important to realise that taking part in the scheme involves a significant commitment and responsibility. If your work is unsatisfactory, the Assistantship can be discontinued. Assistantships will typically last a term but can be renewed by mutual arrangement.

How do I apply?

You can apply by sending your CV, which should include all of your university grades so far, along with a short statement on why you are applying and what would make you a good assistant.

Still have a question?

For further questions, you can email Dr Steve Lambert (s.lambert@chester.ac.uk)