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Pearson Principal Researcher, Pearson College London in London, United Kingdom

Principal Researcher, Pearson College London


Job title: Principal Researcher

Reporting to: Deputy Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs)

Post: Two years fixed term, with possibility for extension to permanent

Salary: up to £50k depending on experience.

Job purpose

To play an active role in the delivery of an Office for Students and Research England funded project on student engagement in knowledge exchange: Work Integrated Learning: Sustainable models for student-industry engagement. (

The project would entail evaluating current Pearson College London knowledge exchange provision, through in-depth analysis of student, employer and academic views on the effectiveness of work-integrated learning models. The next stage would include co-designing a framework for effective work-integrated learning models across the College’s subject areas and evaluating their pilot implementation.

Main duties and responsibilities:

● To devise and deliver a robust research design to support the implementation of the project’s objectives.

● To undertake individual and collaborative research in accordance with the project objectives.

● To collect and analyse research data using quantitative and qualitative research methods.

● To contribute to the development of a comprehensive framework for sustainable and scalable student engagement in knowledge exchange with industry.

● To work under the direction of the Deputy Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs) and in collaboration with the Schools to ensure that the pilot KE projects align with the project’s objectives.

● To undertake project evaluations and prepare research findings reports.

● To prepare external publications based on the project’s findings and to liaise with other Pearson College London academics on publications.

● To present and disseminate research findings through internal and external fora, including sector conferences.

● To ensure the project becomes a springboard to inspire the academic community of the College to strengthen its commitment to work-integrated learning and associated scholarship and research.

● To contribute to research and scholarship at Pearson College London.

● To participate in group meetings and liaise with internal and external stakeholders.

● To undertake any other work as directed by the Deputy Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs).

Qualifications and experience:

● A PhD, ideally, in a relevant field such as Education, Business, or Digital Arts;

● Demonstrated good knowledge of one or more of the research project’s main areas, i.e. work-integrated learning, knowledge exchange, university – industry engagement, student employability, widening participation;

● Demonstrated ability to deliver on research projects’ milestones;

● Demonstrated ability to present a research project’s findings to a range of audiences;

● Demonstrated ability to contribute to wider research and scholarship in the fields of the project;

● Demonstrated ability to publish in a range of outlets, including high-quality peer-reviewed journals;

● Demonstrated ability to work with a range of stakeholders to deliver a project.


● Postdoctoral experience;

● Experience of working on publicly funded projects;

● Experience bridging academia and industry;

● Experience working across academic disciplines.


● Ability to work in a dynamic environment in a flexible manner

● Ability to organise own workload and adhere to deadlines

● Excellent oral, written, and communication skills

● Ability to work effectively in a small and agile team

● Ability to devise innovative solutions

● Ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders including colleagues, students, employers

● Understanding of the wider HE landscape.

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Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Other Locations GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-London-190 High Holborn 190 High Holborn London WC1V 7BH

Job: Research and Development

Organization: Core

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jun 30, 2020

Job Unposting: Jul 23, 2020

Schedule: Full-time Temporary

Req ID: 2006397

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