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Senior Researcher (Creative Learning and Development)

Circa £38,902 per annum (commensurate with skills and experience) + benefits

35 hours per week, permanent contract, based in London WC2        


This successful applicant will join the growing Creative Learning and Development team (CLD) at the RSA.

In this role, you will will lead discrete projects, undertaking primary and secondary research and data analysis. You will also act as lead author on research reports (and all other written and audio-visual outputs) and be responsible for budget management. In particular, you will be expected to undertake much of the research work relating to the new, two-and-a-half year Learning about Culture project, in partnership with the Education Endowment Foundation. This project – centred on the largest randomised control trials (RCTs) ever conducted in the UK in the field of cultural learning – will be will be the post-holder’s main responsibility and primary focus.

You will be an experienced public policy researcher, drawing upon primary and secondary qualitative and quantitative data. You will also have strong written and oral communication skills, as well as good team working and interpersonal skills. You will have a good understanding of recent and current trends in education policy and practice, both in the UK and internationally,  and, ideally, will have some experience of working not only with schools but with arts and cultural organisations.

The RSA combines thought leadership with civic innovation to further human progress. Building on our 250 year history as a beacon for enlightenment values, the RSA is currently at an exciting period in its history. We provide platforms for leading experts through the UK’s most ambitious free public lecture series, our projects generate new models for tackling the social challenges of today and we are building on our network of over 27,000 Fellows around the world – these are achievers and influencers from every field with a real commitment to progressive and social change.

How to apply

To apply for this position please download the application pack document below and prepare your CV and a covering letter clearly addressing how you meet the criteria for the role as set out in the person specification. Please also state your current salary and where you saw this advertised (for recruitment monitoring purposes). You may address your covering letter to Julian Astle, Director of Creative Learning and Development.

Click on "Apply Now" below to submit your application.  The deadline for completed applications is Midnight on Tuesday 28 February 2017. Please note that we cannot accept late or incomplete applications. Interviews are expected to take place on Tuesday 14 March 2017.


Application pack (PDF)



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