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Fostering teenagers: The Hazel Project collaborative doctoral studentship

24 January 2020

The Rees Centre and the Department of Education, through The Hazel Project, are awarding a collaborative doctoral studentship. The Hazel Project comprises founding members of Diverse Care and Xcel2000. This doctoral research will focus on teenagers in foster care and will specifically explore the characteristics of Foster Parents. The research will consider the concept of a therapeutic placement in terms of the relationship(s) within fostering families to explore what makes a good quality foster care placement for teenagers. Existing knowledge of the English foster care system would be desirable and applications from those with care experience would be welcome.

The first phase of the student’s fieldwork will include a period of background research and relationship development with the people and organisations working in the foster care sector in England. Once they have developed clear research questions, our student will engage their study participants over a period of time, including fieldwork in fostering families. The student will also carry out a secondary analysis of administrative data about the pathways of teenagers in foster care.

The PhD studentship will be co-funded by The Hazel Project and the Department of Education. The student will be based in the Rees Centre in the Department of Education. They will be supervised by Dr Lisa Holmes and another senior member of the Rees Centre research.

How to apply
To apply for the studentship you must submit an application to study for a DPhil in Education at the University of Oxford by midday, 24 January 2020. Details about applying can be found via the 'read more' link (see below). Your application should include in the research proposal an indication of how you would engage critically with the core elements of the project – adolescents in foster care. Your proposal can draw on the information detailed above. The applicant will be assessed as part of the applicant pool for the Department of Education.

Queries about the studentship should be addressed to: lisa.holmes@education.ox.ac.uk

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Walking with Women: Exploring Hidden Homelessness Doctoral Studentship

24 January 2020

ESRC Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) collaborative doctoral studentship with the Derrill Allatt Foundation and Human Story Theatre

The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing and the Department of Education are awarding a collaborative doctoral studentship, in partnership with Human Story Theatre. This doctoral research will make use of a range of participatory arts-based methods to study the lives of homeless women (or other highly marginalised groups at risk of becoming homeless, such as people with care experience), exploring the relationship between their experiences in education, broadly defined, and their lives today.

The first phase of the student’s fieldwork will include a period of background research and relationship development with the people and organisations working in both the homelessness sector and community arts in Oxford. Once they have developed clear research questions, our student will engage their study participants over a period of time, listening to their stories and visiting places particularly significant to their lives and their educational experiences. Walking as a participatory method of biographical research enables researchers and the people whose lives we wish to understand to walk together, reflecting on their knowledge, experiences, and memories in the context of the places, spaces, and sensory experiences in which they live their lives.

The project partner, Human Story Theatre, aims to harness the power of theatre to convey important messages about the issues faced by the health and social care sectors today. They encourage audiences to share experiences and to play an active part in the discussions and debate surrounding the issues faced. Over the course of the award, the student will work with Human Story Theatre to devise and evaluate literary and artistic projects using, with participants’ full and ongoing consent, elements from their narratives. These might be theatrical, musical, community projects such as creative mapping, displays of art in public places, street theatre, and working with writers and librettists to present stories in different ways. The aim of this aspect of the project is to raise awareness of the problem of unseen and unheard women, who walk perpetually, feeling unsafe if they remain in one place.

The PhD studentship will be co-funded by the Derrill Allatt Foundation and the ESRC Grand Union DTP for three years from October 2020. The student will be based in the Department of Education and Wolfson College at the University of Oxford. They will be supervised by Dr Katherine Collins and Dr David Mills from the Department of Education and supported by Gaye Poole and Amy Enticknap at the Human Story Theatre.

Information about ESRC studentships at Oxford and eligibility can be found on the Grand Union DTP website. This studentship is open to candidates who meet ESRC residency requirements for a full award (covering fees and a stipend for living costs).

How to apply
To apply for the studentship you must submit an application to study for a DPhil in Education at the University of Oxford by midday, 24 January 2020. Details about applying can be found at: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-education. Your application should include a research proposal indicating how you would engage critically with the three core elements of the project – homelessness, walking, and education – if offered the studentship. Your proposal can draw on the description of the research detailed above.

In addition you must complete a Grand Union DTP Application Form and upload it, together with your graduate application form. Please ensure you also select 'ESRC Grand Union DTP Studentships in Social Sciences' in the University of Oxford scholarships section of the University's graduate application form.

The admissions process is in two parts: the applicant will be assessed as part of the applicant pool for the Department of Education; the selected candidate will then be assessed as part of the applicant pool for the ESRC Grand Union DTP funding.

Queries about the studentship should be addressed to: katherine.collins@education.ox.ac.uk.

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Associate Professor of Educational Assessment

Grade 36S: £48,114 - £64,605 p.a.

10 February 2020

Applications are invited for the post of Associate Professor of Educational Assessment to be based at the Department of Education, Norham Gardens, Oxford. The appointment will be made in association with Green Templeton College. The post is full-time and, upon completion of a successful review, permanent. The appointee will be a Research Fellow of the College. In exceptional cases, the title of full Professor may be awarded on appointment.

The University wishes to appoint a candidate whose main research and teaching experience is in the area of educational assessment. The main duties of the post will be: to contribute to the department’s strong research profile in future research assessment exercises through his or her own programme of publications and research funding, to contribute to teaching on Masters courses and to their further development as Director of the programme, to supervise graduate students in the broad area of educational assessment, and to contribute to the research-related activities of the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment.

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Part-time Research Officer

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 with a discretionary range to £43,267 p.a. (pro rata)

5 February 2020

The Rees Centre in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford wishes to appoint a Research Officer. The primary role will be to examine effective placements for adolescents looked after by children’s social care services and issues relating to the use of foster care and residential placements. An emphasis will be placed on the meaning and understanding of specialist and therapeutic foster care placements as well as issues related to the professionalisation of foster carers. The post holder will lead a systematic literature review and work with the Director and collaborate with the funders (The Hazel Project) to disseminate findings from the review for policy and practice.

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Part-time Research Officer

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 with a discretionary range to £43,267 p.a. (pro rata

5 February 2020

The Alex Timpson Attachment and Trauma Programme (also known just as the “Timpson Programme”) is a 5-year study led by the Rees Centre and funded by the Alex Timpson Trust. It aims to increase understanding of the role of attachment and trauma in educational outcomes for children – especially those who are in care or vulnerable.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a major national study with far-reaching consequences for policy and practice in schools. In particular, we hope that the Timpson Programme will transform the ways in which the most vulnerable young people are supported to flourish, although our early findings suggest that all young people can benefit from being in a school that is attachment and trauma aware.

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