Research Assistant

Research Assistant
Posted 2 weeks ago

Because Learning Keeps Changing

For nearly 20 years, Shift Learning has specialised in bringing essential market research insights to some of the world’s leading education organisations including publishers, awarding organisations, schools, colleges and universities. We also work with professional societies to help them strengthen ties with their membership, and support companies with their sustainability efforts.

Our researchers support a diverse set of clients. We have helped LEGO Education in the development of their products for pre-school children, conducted market research with schools globally, worked with BMJ and Springer Nature to enhance their understanding of the scientific community, supported universities such as Imperial College to develop strategies to further connect with their alumni, and assist professional and scholarly societies such as the Institution of Engineering and Technology understand the impact of KS2-4 STEM events.

Other clients include the University of the Arts London, The British Council, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Pearson, The Open University, City University of London, City & Guilds, Institute of Physics, the Royal College of Nursing, King’s College London, The Guardian and many others.

Now we’re on the hunt for a research assistant to join our friendly team at our well-connected office in Central London’s vibrant Islington.

Research assistant role:

The role provides a great opportunity to get involved in every aspect of a variety of different research projects, from set up through to end deliverables, which will provide you with a breadth of experience and allow you to develop unique specialisms. This includes the following responsibilities:

  • Recruiting respondents across our research projects
  • Conducting qualitative interviews with a range of different respondents types, including students, employers, teachers, parents as well as high level stakeholders in educational organisations across the UK and internationally
  • Playing an essential role in the set up and running of focus groups
  • Desk research using online sources and social media
  • Building quantitative eSurveys using SNAP survey software
  • On-site fieldwork at national and international conferences
  • Getting to grips with analysis software such as Atlas.ti and Q
  • Involvement in the analysis and reporting of both qualitative and quantitative data
  • Creating presentations
  • Project management
  • Administration

As part of our small research team, you’ll play a crucial role in the daily running of projects. The work is project-based, fast changing and challenging, but we won’t throw you in at the deep end, our young team of 18 permanent researchers are always here to provide you with the training you need and help out with your questions.

The right candidate would likely be a graduate with strong communication and organisational skills, a good command of Excel and Word, confidence on the telephone, a positive attitude and readiness to learn new skills. You’ll have a decent maths & English GCSE and good attention to detail. You’ll have enjoyed the research elements of your undergraduate degree and have an interest in education, publishing, sustainability, health and/or media. Prior experience in qualitative or quantitative research is desired, but not essential.

We offer an open and inclusive corporate culture. You’ll be given the opportunity to try out new ideas, take responsibility and work independently within a supportive environment. You’ll also be encouraged to make positive suggestions to help refine our existing processes.

We believe in investing in your education too, with many training sessions and sponsorship to complete the MRS Certificate to support your career development.


  • £200 / year to learn about the subject of your choice outside work, which employees have used in the past to learn a language and study fashion journalism.
  • A pension scheme with enhanced employer contributions.
  • Generous annual leave, including a day off on your birthday.
  • Volunteering opportunities in the local community.
  • Annual company profit share / bonus.

Diversity and equality:

Shift Learning is committed to encouraging diversity. We aim to create a culture that respects and values each other’s differences, that promotes dignity, equality and diversity, and that supports individuals to develop and maximise their true potential. We are registered disability confident level 2. Please contact us directly at if you require this job advertisement in any other format (e.g. larger script).

How to apply:

Please submit a CV and cover letter highlighting relevant attributes and experience to Elsie Lauchlan at by 5pm on 30th June.

Job Features

Job CategoryEducation Services
HoursFull time 37.5 per week
Deadline30th June 2019

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