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Research Associate (Grassroots Struggles, Global Visions: British Black Power, 1964-1985)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-018602

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/04/2022

Salary: £33,309 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

Division: History

Hours Per Week: Full time

Contract Duration: Fixed Term as soon as possible until 10 April 2023

School / Directorate: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

The University of Manchester is seeking to appoint a full-time Research Associate on a fixed-term contract for 12 months in History. You will join the research project directed by PI Dr Kerry Pimblott (Manchester) and Co-I Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry (Director, Stephen Lawrence Research Centre, De Montfort University), ‘Grassroots Struggles, Global Visions: British Black Power, 1964-1985’, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC Project Grant Ref: AH/V006673/1).

The project will explore the historical development and significance of Black Power in modern Britain with a focus on three nationally significant but under-examined sites: Greater Manchester in the North West and Nottingham and Leicester in the East Midlands. It will examine how considerations of historical place and region informed the distinct character and formation of local Black Power struggles as well as the networks that connected them to each other and their counterparts in the nation’s capital and around the globe. This post is formally attached to Dr Pimblott (PI) at the University of Manchester, but you will be expected to work flexibly according to the needs of the entire project team.

You will undertake directed and independent research on British Black Power, building upon the strengths and resources already present within communities and engaging people with lived experience as important knowledge-bearers and partners in the research process. This will involve assisting the project team in conducting memory workshops and oral histories in addition to archival work in local, regional, and national archives. You will disseminate their research findings via conference presentations and at least one single-authored journal article for publication. There are funds in the project budget to cover research expenses and the costs of presenting relevant research at conferences. Y will also receive bespoke training in oral history from the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre and mentorship from both the PI and Co-I. The project is jointly hosted by the Department of History at University of Manchester and the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre at De Montfort University ( ), you will be able and encouraged to participate in both departmental and Centre activities as well as in the University of Manchester’s Race, Roots & Resistance Collective ( ).

Due to the nature of the post, applicants must hold a doctorate in History or a closely related discipline, ideally with a focus on African diaspora history, Black British history, and/or modern British history. Candidates with experience in community-based history and oral history methodologies are particularly encouraged to apply. We also welcome applications from candidates with lived experience of anti-racist activism and movement building traditions.

Further details of the appointment and the qualifications required are listed under the job description.

More information about the project is available from Dr Kerry Pimblott ( and on the UKRI website ( 

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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