NEW PGR Placement Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) to work with ‘Research Toolkit’ Limited to synthesise and interpret complex data and content for sponsor and public consumption.

Research Toolkit Limited are a research and evaluation company delivering research and evaluation projects that are accessible and provide interpretation for policy-makers/educators.  They have been based on the University campus for around 10 years and in that time have worked collaboratively with Educational Engagement, Faculty of Medicine, and School of Education. Research Toolkit are currently based in NEXUS at the University of Leeds.

This project placement will involve helping the company identify key literature in one of the following focal areas that they are interested in:

Research approaches and methods

  • Social science research methods
  • Impact and assessment methods and mechanisms/evaluation
  • Digital storytelling and narrative
  • Learning gain research
  • Presenting data and information – visual and info graphic

Careers / widening access and participation

  • Widening participation
  • Careers education
  • Career development and work placement and experience
  • Secondments and their effect and impact
  • Volunteering

The PGR will work with Director of the business to produce a report and review of materials.  This will lead to a practitioner-focused publication/review.

Tasks & Duties will include:

  • Identify main sources, journals, authors.
  • Maintain a database of materials relating to the topic.
  • Synthesise content (in collaboration with the Director) to identify themes and issues.
  • Develop and draft report and (in collaboration with the Director) and an outline output for potential publication in a practitioner-focused publication – this may include local media.
  • Using qualitative analysis approaches and software (such as MaxQDA/Dedoose).

Skills Required:

  • Library catalogue searching skills.
  • Ability to log and archive data sources.
  • Content analysis skills.
  • Development and drafting summaries of material collected.

Benefits & Skills Development:

Key skills that the PGR might usefully develop would include: greater commercial awareness of project work in this sector, enhanced analysis and synthesis skills (in terms of drawing themes from literature – the Director of Research Toolkit work alongside you to help interpret the data and assist with drafting/reporting).


The placement would consist of 130 hours in total, beginning November 2019 (with a final project end date of March 2020). Weekly hours can be flexible.


This placement includes a bursary amount of £1,950.

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying for this placement position please send:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Email or signature from your Supervisor that they are happy for you to undertake the placement

To LSSI Coordinator Hannah Crow by Friday 15th November.

PGR Placement – Research Toolkit Limited (Word Doc Format).