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Research Assistant: English Language teaching for low income mothers

Job Reference : BM&H-09996
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 25/05/2017
Salary : £26,052 to £30,175 per annum pro-rata
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Biology, Medicine & Health
Division : Human Communication, Development & Hearing
Hours Per week : 21
Contract Duration : From 1 July 2017 until 30 June 2018

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant position working on an exciting new English Language teaching programme for low income, non-English speaking mothers.

This is a 12-month 0.6 FTE post to work on the creation and implementation of this new English Language teaching programme for low income, non-English speaking mothers. The aim of the programme is to deliver functional language skills in combination with health and parenting information within the format of a ‘stay and play’ mother and baby group. The first phase of the project will involve the creation of the materials and implementation of the project at 10 venues across the Manchester area. Following this we will begin the online roll out of the programme across the UK.

You will work closely with the project lead (Dr Thea Cameron-Faulkner), a qualified English language teacher, health care professionals and early years practitioners to create and implement a 12 week programme.

We are looking for a highly motivated, proactive candidate with a background in teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) and experience of working with some or all of the following groups: learners from low income backgrounds, women’s groups, parent groups, young children, community groups / centres. You should have demonstrable experience of successful project management, ideally within an educational setting. You must also have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to present information in a clear manner, both verbally and in written form. In addition you should be IT literate and have experience of creating robust evaluation procedures. You will be proactive and prepared to work flexibly including undertaking occasional out-of-hours work. A qualification in English Language teaching is essential with education to degree level in a relevant subject desirable.

The project is funded by a Knowledge Exchange (KE) grant awarded to the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD) at the University of Manchester. You will be based at the School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester working with Dr Thea Cameron-Faulkner (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures) and Prof Elena Lieven.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews .

Name: Dr Thea Cameron-Faulkner


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

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

Further Particulars


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.