Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Student Researcher Opportunity in the Information School

Funding is available through the University of Sheffield SURE scheme to employ a student researcher within the Information School.  The researcher will work with Pam McKinney during the summer of 2015 on her “student conceptions of group work” research project.

The position will run from Monday 15 June to Friday 24 July and the researcher will be paid £180 per week (£1080 for the full six week project).  The researcher will assist in the cataloging, scanning and photocopying of drawings made by students in response to the question “what is group work”.  They will also assist in the design and running of a focus group and will analyse the data gathered using Nvivo software.  Full training will be given on all aspects of the work, and valuable research experience will be gained which will be beneficial when completing a final year dissertation.  In addition, the student researcher will have the opportunity to present the results at a conference in November with Pam, and they will be named as co-author on a journal paper.

This research was inspired by Dr Jenna Hartel who came to the Information School as a visiting scholar in 2014.  During her visit she asked students to draw 'what is information' and this project aims to use a similarly creative methodology to ask students what they think about working in groups.  The viewpoint of the student researcher will be invaluable in this analysis and will contribute greatly to the project.

If you are interested in this position please send your CV and a covering letter (email) outlining why you want to work on the project and what skills and qualities you can bring to the work to Pam McKinney on p.mckinney@sheffield.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is Monday 11 May.

Please contact Pam for further information about the project.  Additional details about the SURE scheme can be found on the SURE website.

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