Research Assistant Intern with Stirling Council

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Location: Stirling
£8.51 per hour
Full-time for 4 months, potential for one month extension
Immediate Start
Closing Date: 18 October 2017, noon

About the Company

Stirling Council's area lies at the very heart of Scotland. It covers 220,000 hectares from Tyndrum and Crianlarich in the southern highlands to the villages of Killearn and Strathblane in the south-west and the former mining villages of Plean, Fallin and Cowie in the east. The 83,000 population splits 50:50 urban to rural, with the urban population centred around Stirling, Dunblane and Bridge of Allan.

The Council wish to recruit a passionate and motivated graduate to join them to carry out research on behalf of Stirling Adult Social Care services within the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health & Social Care Partnership.

Full details on the background of the project, and the particulars of the role can be found here.

The Role

The research would complement work developments such as the Model of Neighbourhood Care in rural South West Stirling which has an ethos of working in partnership with our communities and using informal support networks.

As a Research Assistant Intern working on this project your key tasks would be:

• To carry out a time-limited piece of research with a defined population (tbc) into the impact that service provision has on individuals' personal outcomes – with a focus on loneliness and isolation and social interaction. The population may be targeted at one geographic location within the Stirling area.
• To carry out a literature review on older adults and utilise the strategic needs assessment and other relevant material to form a clear research base.
• To work with a small group of older people to help formulate the research questions.
• To establish links with key stakeholders within the health and social care services.
• To establish links with carer support organisations to engage with unpaid carer views and experiences.
• To establish links with care providers across the partnership, both care at home and care home.
• To establish links with the community-based organisations and smaller local groups to understand the range of services and support they offer to address loneliness and isolation.
• To carry out an active piece of research using personal outcomes as a basis.
• To produce a report at the end of the research reflecting the outcomes and providing a guide to commissioners on what matters to older adults
• To present the report to the joint management team and relevant fora for consideration.
• To present the output in a way that will contribute to the commissioning decisions of the partnership.
• To complete other relevant tasks that result as the research develops.


The successful intern will be educated to degree level with a background in / experience of research methodologies. You will have a self-starting attitude and use your initiative. You will have excellent communication skills, both written and oral and be skilled in analysing information and writing reports for various audiences. You will be professional, discrete and politically aware of both local and national government. You will be highly organised and be able to work to deadlines. You should have the ability to follow work direction and instructions accurately and work independently.

A driving license is desirable, though not essential.

An interest in the issues facing older people in the contemporary UK landscape of policy and service provision would be advantageous.



Closing date for applications is 18 October 2017, 12 noon.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the AAI online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by noon on the closing date. State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec. We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated.

Please confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.


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