Research Assistant

The Mental Health Foundation is recruiting for a Research Assistant to support our Thriving Learners study in Glasgow.  This is a part time fixed term post to 30th September 2022.

Starting salary £25,000 rising to £28,000

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health.  We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

Our focus is on three key areas:

1. Impact

We systematically consider how to scale ideas informed by evidence.  We build partnerships and alliances that increase the impact and reach of our work.

2. Influence

We harness evidence and the voice of lived experience to advocate for preventive approaches and create campaigns which tackle the root causes of poor mental health. 

3. Integrity

We continue to build a strong organisation that lives its values - that is open, kind, outward-looking and sustainable.

We have pioneered change for 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

This exciting Research Assistant role will support the delivery of our Thriving Learners Study. Thriving Learners is the largest research study of its kind aiming to build a better understanding of mental health and wellbeing of students in Scotland. This work will lead to recommendations on prevention, early intervention and support of learners’ mental health and wellbeing within higher and further education institutions.

What does the role involve?

  • To support the undertaking of primary research with a focus on quantitative research and the analysis of large data sets. 
  • To support research administration including survey dissemination, organising interviews and focus groups and supporting wider governance structures.   
  • To support the dissemination of research knowledge through contributing to sections of written reports and journal papers.  In addition, supporting the organisation and running of face to face and online learning events.
  • To work with team members to contribute to the production of research project plans, including agreed objectives, outcomes and measures, deliverables, and milestones, and leading on smaller sections of project plans as appropriate.
  • To assist in reporting back to partners and funders on progress of projects as required throughout the life of the project, and on conclusion of the project.

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?

  • Demonstrable experience of undertaking research and evaluation studies with a focus on quantitative methodology. 
  • Skilled in the use of dedicated statistical software packages such as SPSS or R (or equivalent).
  • Evidenced successful strong written communication skills with experience of producing clear reports and articles for a range of audiences
  • Demonstrable understanding of the principles of research and evaluation design.
  • Demonstrable understanding of the impact of inequalities and adversity on mental health and wellbeing.

Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service (pro rata).
  • 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year.
  • Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum.
  • Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution.
  • Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary.
  • Flexible working.
  • Season Ticket Loan.
  • Cycle to work scheme.

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a PVG/DBS check.  Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. 

How to apply

If you think your skills match and you would like to be part of a dynamic and growing organisation, please complete and send your application form to [email protected] (along with a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form).  Please note that all sections of the application form should be completed as CVs will not be accepted. Applications will close at 12pm on Thursday 23rd September.  Interviews are planned for Thursday 7th October 2021.  You will be asked to deliver a presentation on the day of the interview.

Diversity is greatly valued at the Foundation.  Applications from all sections of the community are actively encouraged.  If you have a disability, require any additional support or have any questions regarding the role, please contact us at [email protected].

Due to Covid-19 and until further notice, we are operating digital recruitment (including interviews via video conferencing) and on-boarding processes.  We are blending office and homeworking until further notice.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Employment Benefits

Pension (non-contributory)

The Foundation considers it important to encourage staff to save for their retirement and as such provides staff with an 8% contribution as part of auto-enrolment from 3 months service. After successful completion of the probationary period this increases to 10%, all non-contributory.

Employee Assistance Service

At times staff may face and need help with a variety of issues throughout their lives and as part of the commitment to staff members the Foundation provides an independent and confidential information, support and counselling telephone service. Support is available on a range of issues including legal, financial, emotional, health issues and work-related concerns. Free to contact, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 030 5182.

Wellbeing Days

Staff may take up to 3 days per every leave year for their personal wellbeing and mental health needs. These days must be taken during the leave year and cannot be carried over.

Annual leave

Staff receive 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, pro rata when part-time, rising to 26 days after 3 years’ service and 27 days after 5 years’ service. The additional annual leave is awarded on 1 April following the relevant work anniversary. The leave year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

Christmas leave

Staff receive an additional 3 days leave at Christmas when the office closes between Christmas Day and re-opens after New Year’s Day. This is in addition to the annual leave entitlement.

Life Assurance Scheme

Staff receive death in service life cover at four times their annual salary.

Flexible working

The right to request flexible working is available to all staff. There are a number of different flexible working arrangements available which can be arranged by mutual consent.

Season ticket loan

Interest free loans are available to purchase season tickets for the journey between home and work. Available after successful completion of probationary period.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work scheme is a UK Government tax exemption initiative introduced to promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution. Staff will be able to apply for a loan to purchase a bicycle of a value of up to £1,111 tax free. Available after successful completion of probationary period.