Job description


Research Assistant (Mental Health) (3426)

The Mental Health Cluster is part of six research clusters within the faculty’s Health, Psychology and Communities Research Centre. Led by Prof Joy Duxbury, the Mental Health research cluster brings together a range of disciplines, ideologies and approaches in the exploration of mental health. Our vision is to promote values-based approaches within the global sphere of mental health to improve the lives of people affected by mental health difficulties.

We critically engage in a range of different approaches to support knowledge generation and ultimately seek to improve the quality of life for individuals and families who experience mental health issues. This includes methodologies that are underpinned and driven by co-creation. This includes participatory, action research, experience based co-design, narrative and lived experience inquiry and mixed methods.

The role

The successful applicant will be appointed as the main Research Assistant (RA) for a large National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded research project entitled “Improving the Experiences of Black African Caribbean Men Detained Under the Mental Health Act: A Co-Produced Intervention Using the Silences Framework (ImprovE-ACT)”:

The post-holder will work closely with the Principal Investigator for the project, Prof Joy Duxbury, the project manager, Dr Alina Haines-Delmont and the other co-applicants and collaborators to deliver the project in line with the agreed protocol and timeframe.

The successful applicant will contribute to all aspects of the project, including: undertaking administrative tasks; systematically reviewing the literature; ensuring the project is conducted in line with ethical and governance approvals; liaising and establishing contact with key stakeholders; co-developing and piloting interview schedules; recruiting participants; conducting interviews and/or focus groups; cleaning and inputting data; analysing data and reporting results; and supporting the team in the delivery of workshops and events.

In addition, you will be required to be flexible and have the capacity to independently travel, when needed. Given current COVID situation, the person should have a self-starting, disciplined approach with an office/workplace area available for effective remote working. This is a fixed-term post for 30 months.

Working at Manchester Met:

Manchester Metropolitan University is a great place to work, and you will be part of a great team.  We are ambitious for our staff; ourselves and we recognise the key contribution our colleagues make by Staff being one of our four strategic priorities.

In addition to a great working environment, you will have access to the University facilities including sport, library and wide range of benefits including health and wellbeing support.

We offer a competitive salary alongside an industry beating pension scheme.  We also offer generous holiday packages, which include 25 days per year holiday, plus Christmas shutdown, plus bank holidays.

For informal enquiries, contact Dr Alina Haines-Delmont at Please ensure that with your application you include a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the role. 

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring and particularly encourage applications from groups which are underrepresented in the University workforce. Due to the nature of this project, we particularly encourage applications from male Black and Minority Ethnic candidates.

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.

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Manchester Birley Campus
53 Bonsall Street, Manchester, UK, M15 6GX
  • Location:
    Manchester Birley Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Health, Psychology and Social Care
  • Salary:
    Grade 5 (£23,067 to £25,941)
  • Closing Date:
    16 May 2021
  • Contract Type:
    fixed term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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