Assistant Research and Impact Data Analyst

  • Job Reference: GBP 5862
  • Date Posted: 17 November 2021
  • Recruiter: University of Exeter (Graduate Business Partnership)
  • Location: Exeter, Devon
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £19,217
  • Sector: Education
  • Job Type: Contract, Internship or Placement
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Job Summary
Research Services and the University of Exeter a looking to recruit a graduate to work as an Assistant Research and Impact Data Analyst to support the updating and enhancement of reporting and to support the rollout of our new research management system along with providing and advice and data extraction. This Graduate Business Partnership role is available from January 2022 for 23 months and will likely be a mix of remote-working (in UK) and part working on University of Exeter campus in Exeter. The weekly pattern will be determined by Line Manager and type of workload throughout the year.
Job Description
The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research and teaching, with high levels of student satisfaction. Our vision is to become one of the most successful universities in the world, one that makes the exceptional happen by challenging traditional thinking and defying conventional boundaries.
Research Services
This role sits within the Research and Impact (Policy and Performance) team within Research Services. We support the work of Research Services, the Doctoral College and the Impact, Innovation and Business Directorate. Within Research Services and the Doctoral College, we support researchers in applying for funding for their research and innovation activities, and helping them to manage their projects. We also support our postgraduate research community, look after research and innovation finances and coordinate responses to external assessments and consultations relating to research.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support the updating and enhancement of reporting to support the rollout of our new research management system.
  • Support the use of systems by providing advice and data extraction/analysis.
  • Develop expertise in source systems for our data, and once obtained, develop guidance on ensuring good data quality and curation.
  • Assist endeavours to ensure accuracy and data quality by proofing reports and similar documents.
  • Maintain user guidance and communications material on how users can interpret and use reports.
  • Support the Senior Research Analyst in delivering a high-quality enquiry service with excellent customer service standards, responding to queries in a timely manner.
This job description summarises the main duties and accountabilities of the post and is not comprehensive; the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties of similar level and responsibility.
Training and Development opportunities
On-the-job training will be provided, particularly in the team’s primary programming language, R and the systems the data we use are stored and visualised in. The successful candidate will be able to access broader training opportunities as part of the wider Research Services Directorate.
The university also offers online and in-person learning and development opportunities, including mandatory online training in Prevent Duty - Inclusive, Cohesive and Safe UniversitiesEquality and Diversity IntroductionHealth and Safety Introduction and Information Governance.
Level of Support
Line management will be provided by the Senior Research Analyst in Research Services. Further professional support will come from the Research and Impact (Policy and Performance) team.
The university also offers extensive support to staff, including a structured Professional Development Review and Wellbeing Service plus GBPs are offered 1:1 support from the Internships Team, where needed
Benefits, Rewards and Recognition
The university offers a wide range of benefits, rewards and recognition, including generous pension and holiday allowance of 39 days a year.
  • Graduate of a UK university within the last 3 years. 
Personal Qualities and Attributes
  • Ability to prioritise own workload and juggle a range of tasks and deadlines effectively
  • Showing initiative and having an innovative and flexible approach with a pro-active ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Personal and professional credibility and demeanour which inspires confidence in others.
  • Proven ability to work effectively as a member of a team as well as an individual.
  • Knows when to ask for help and proactively escalate issues.
  • Track record of establishing and maintaining good working relationships and make a positive contribution to the team. 
  • Numerate and confident in analysis, interpretation and presentation of information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people in a professional manner, face-to-face, on the telephone, and in writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to build relationships with all levels of staff in a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to deal with confidential information appropriately
  • A creative and innovative approach to problem-solving.
  • Ability to contextualise data and understand its impact. 
Specialist knowledge
  • Knowledge/experience of Python (for data analysis) or, particularly, R, would be highly advantageous. SQL knowledge would also translate well. The team primarily uses R.
  • Knowledge in Power BI, Tableau or a similar data visualisation tool would be highly desirable.
  • General high competence with IT – skills with Microsoft Excel be particularly beneficial.
GBP Scheme Requirements
  • To be eligible to apply and undertake a GBP role the graduate must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Achieved* (or about to achieve) a full undergraduate degree (or Masters or PhD).
  • Graduated in the UK within the last 3 years of your most recent degree (we will consider extenuating circumstances of potential applicants that may have prevented them from undertaking a graduate role within 3 years of graduation).* Please see above for additional requirements
  • Attended a British university (or spent time studying at a UK university through ERASMUS)
  • The University of Exeter is committed to developing an environment which promotes equality of opportunity, values diversity and inclusivity. 
  • The University of Exeter is a Disability Confident Employer, committed attracting and recruiting people with disabilities, and retaining and supporting staff with disabilities. If an applicant declares a disability and meets all the essential criteria, they will be invited to interview. 
  • We welcome applications from all eligible graduates and in particular those from underrepresented groups. Selection and recruitment itself will be entirely on merit alone unless there are multiple applicants demonstrating equal merit. In this clear circumstance, preference would be shown to applicants from under-represented groups. This is in line with lawful positive action measures under sections 158 and 159 of the Equality Act 2010.
  • Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the GBP internship evidenced by the ‌Intern Guidance- Proving Right to Work the UK. This can includes British citizens; individuals with an EU Pre-Settlement or EU-Settlement Status; and those with a Graduate Route Visa.
  • Current immigration legislation prevents the University to provide sponsorship certificates for GBP roles, as they do not meet the requirements for a Skilled Worker visa as explained on the International Student Support webpages.
  • All graduates need to reside in the UK whilst undertaking this role.
  • Applicants cannot undertake another GBP role if the contract length in total exceeds the maximum duration of 23 months working as a GBP. 
To undertake a GBP role applicants must achieve their degree. In the unlikely scenario where a degree is not awarded, the GBP hours may be reduced to 15hrs a week (for undergraduates) or 6hrs a week (for postgraduates) to enable to the graduand the capacity to successfully complete their degree. If the graduand fails their degree the GBP role will end early
Key Dates
Closing Date: 05/12/2021
Interview Date: 14/12/2021
Start Date: 10/01/2022
End Date: 09/12/2023
How to apply
To apply for this role please complete our internship application form which can be downloaded here. Please send your completed form by clicking apply for this job now, or send it direct to stating that you saw the job advertised on Gradsouthwest. Please ensure you use the Personal Statement section to fully explain why your skills, personality and experience make you the right person for the job.