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Research Fellow

Centre for Research in Inclusion

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £32,236 
Full Time Fixed Term (until 30/04/2023)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 10 July 2019
Interview Date:   Monday 29 July 2019 
Reference:  1148719CJ

For full details and information about how to apply, please visit Southampton University’s recruitment page.

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic researcher with previous experience of qualitative research to contribute to work on a prestigious UKRI-funded four-year study ‘Teaching Accessibility in the Digital Skill Set’ under the leadership of UKRI Fellow, Dr Sarah Lewthwaite. This interdisciplinary project will explore pedagogical culture and knowledge in relation to the teaching of digital accessibility expertise in computer science and the workplace. This is done to seek practical and theoretical understanding from multiple perspectives. There will be a particular focus on case studies of pedagogical innovation, and on how teachers, trainers and peer-educators develop and make use of available resources.   

Within this role, you will join the Centre for Research in Inclusion, and be contributing to: recruiting participants (computer science and HCI lecturers, teachers and trainers in industry, government and the third sector), working with stakeholders including disabled peoples’ organisations, making practical arrangements, preparing for, conducting and analysing interviews, focus groups based on video-stimulated dialogue, and case studies; as well as writing reports and papers.

You will have an interest in digital accessibility and in teaching and learning, alongside a first degree and PhD* in a relevant social science or related discipline. You will also need to demonstrate experience of conducting qualitative research, including using interview and video. You will also be required to travel in the UK and internationally, outside normal office hours including occasional overnight stays.

This is a full-time post (37 hours per week), that is also available as two part-time roles (at 0.5 FTE). It is available from 2 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter, and will run to 30 April 2023 (fixed-term for 3 years, 8 months). 

For full details and information about how to apply, please visit Southampton University’s recruitment page.

Sarah Lewthwaite will be a panellist and presenter at the forthcoming Ed-IT International Network Symposium in Milton Keynes on the 12th June. The Network focuses on Disabled students, ICT, post-compulsory education & employment. Sarah will be speaking about the pedagogy of accessibility education, amongst key names in the field, including David Sloan (The Paciello Group), EA Draffan (University of Southampton) and Sheryl Burgstahler (University of Washington).

For full information about the event, including all speaker presentations please visit the Ed-ICT International Network events page.

The Ed-ICT International network has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust and spans the UK, Canada, US, Germany and the US. It’s aim has been to explore the role that ICTs—including computers, mobile devices, assistive technologies, online learning, and social networking sites—play or could play in creating barriers and mitigating disadvantages that students with disabilities in post-compulsory education experience both generally and specifically in relation to social, emotional and educational outcomes. The network has also examined how practices of educators and other stakeholders can craft successful and supportive relationships between learners with disabilities and ICT. This event is the final symposium, following international events in Seattle, Montreal, Tel Aviv and Hagen.

Expert in digital accessibility receives prestigious Future Leaders Fellowship

Dr Sarah Lewthwaite from the University of Southampton has been awarded one of the first UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships for her innovative work in the field of teaching digital accessibility. 

Dr Lewthwaite, a Research Fellow within Southampton Education School and based within the University’s Centre for Research in Inclusion, is one of the first 50 academics in the UK to be awarded a Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF). The UKRI scheme aims to grow the strong supply of talented researchers needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class. 

Read the full University of Southampton news item.