Research Assistant

Job summary
We are recruiting a Research Assistant to join our team at the Centre for Education Research and Practice (CERP).

CERP are part of AQA’s Research and Compliance division. CERP provide the statistics used during awarding, support the entire awarding process, and provide strong research evidence to inform AQA's policies and practice. Most of our researchers are based in the Manchester or Guildford office, and we have our own website at

What you’ll be doing
• carrying out specific research or technical tasks at an entry level under the direction of a Researcher or Senior Researcher in order to contribute to the maintenance and enhancement of AQA’s reputation in educational assessment and its influence in the development of assessment policy and practice.
• contributing to the development of research plans, by suggesting matters requiring research or technical work and ways to achieve the necessary outcomes.
• contributing to the dissemination of AQA’s research by contributing to the preparation of reports for a variety of audiences and purposes including for internal operational use, external sponsors (eg Ofqual), publication in academic journals, and presentations at conferences and seminars.
• engaging in joint research or technical projects with researchers both inside and outside AQA.
• representing Research and Compliance at internal and external meetings, providing guidance to colleagues and wider stakeholders.
• giving technical advice and assistance in support of AQA’s operational activities (especially, but not exclusively, in respect of awarding and development of qualification specifications and assessments) and to have involvement in the documentation of procedures with a high specialist or technical content.

What we’re looking for
• knowledge of a range of research methods
• an understanding of commonly used statistical techniques
• a degree in a field with a significant quantitative element
• the ability to write well for different audiences with support
• good communication and presentation skills
• the ability to consult with a variety of people, internally and externally
• good interpersonal skills
• the ability to conduct literature searches
• good general IT skills and the aptitude to learn new packages and processes, including specialist packages

The post holder may be required to interact directly with students in a supervised environment. Due to this interaction, this role has been identified as requiring a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check in accordance with AQA’s Child Safeguarding Policy.

What’s in it for you?
An opportunity to work at the heart of the education system in an organisation committed to its people, and to make a real difference to the success of its strategy.

We recognise the contribution our people make, and in return we are proud to offer an extensive reward and benefit package, including:
• a competitive salary
• a core 35 hour working week
• 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days, plus all Bank Holidays and additional Christmas leave
• 5 paid days per year for voluntary service
• a contributory pension scheme
• childcare voucher scheme
• an enhanced maternity/paternity and sick pay scheme.

How to apply
To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter stating why you think you are suitable for the role and your salary expectations via our website.

Closing date for applications is 10:00am Wednesday 14 February 2018.

AQA is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.