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Vacancy: Temporary Research Assistant (August-October)

8 June 2015

Temporary Research Assistant (August-October) required to support secretariat of Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life

The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life is seeking a research assistant for up to 3 months to support the writing of its forthcoming report.  The holder will work closely with the report's editor, Robin Richardson, a former director of the Runnymede Trust, and other members of the Secretariat.

The salary is £16,000-£20,000 per annum, pro rata, with the candidate expected to work a minimum of 20 hours a week, although full-time option is available for the 3 month period.

The main role is to assist the editor.  Tasks may include: construction of a nuanced and readily searchable database, administering mailings and other marketing activity, proof reading and undertaking small-scale research enquiries such as endnotes, bibliography and appendices.

The holder is likely to be a recent graduate of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, ideally with easy access to Oxford, where the editor is located.


Please send your letter of application and accompanying CV to Austin Tiffany: art50@cam.ac.uk.

The application deadline is 28 June 2015 at 5.00pm. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 6 July 2015.


The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life has been convened by the Woolf Institute, to:

a)   consider the place and role of religion and belief in contemporary Britain, and the significance of emerging trends and identities

b)  examine how ideas of Britishness and national identity may be inclusive of a range of religions and beliefs, and may in turn influence peoples self-understanding

c)   explore how shared understandings of the common good may contribute to greater levels of mutual trust and collective action, and to a more harmonious society

d)  make recommendations for public life and policy.

The Commission is chaired by the Rt Hon the Baroness (Elizabeth) Butler-Sloss of Marsh Green GBE. She is supported by Dr Edward Kessler MBE, Founder Director of the Woolf Institute, as vice chair and a steering group of Dr Shana Cohen, the Rt Revd Professor Lord Harries of Pentregarth, and Professor Tariq Modood MBE.

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