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Research Assistant – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

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    RCSI - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    07/04/2021 23:00 - Europe/Athens
    Ireland › Dublin


Title: Research Assistant – Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

(LIBRA and Active*Consent Projects)

Department: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit

Tenure: Specified purpose contract for up to 12 months

Location: 121 St Stephen’s Green with occasional work in Dublin & Cork (subject to Covid restrictions) Ireland based for parts of work

Reporting to: Dr Avril Hutch, Associate Director - Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Salary: Up to €39,520, dependent on skills and experience

Proposed Start Date: May 2021

As a University of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is a degree-awarding health sciences institution specialising in medical and health sciences education, surgical training and research. As a global institution with undergraduate medical programmes in Dublin, Bahrain and Malaysia; Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Physiotherapy, Postgraduate Studies and Nursing and Midwifery; and Leadership Institutes in Ireland and Dubai, RCSI has a broad international reach and the ability to unlock significant advancement for patient safety and clinical outcomes worldwide.


RCSI recognises that excellence in research is critical to the quality of its educational activities, its credibility, and, overall, to its mission to enhance human health. Recently, RCSI has implemented a new research strategy that will build upon its strength in translational biomedical and clinical research to deliver transformational, high impact changes in health care. Targeting both Irish national and EU funding, along with increased collaboration with industry, is a major part of the RCSI research strategy. Forging increased collaboration between RCSI PIs and industry is of critical importance to achieving success in this area. RCSI is also committed to provide its researchers with the supports and developmental opportunities to enable them to continuously grow and support their overall career development.


This Research Assistant post has been established to support two Equality, Diversity and Inclusion projects currently underway in RCSI. These are cross departmental (EDI, Simulation and Health Psychology) and cross institutional (NUIG, UCC, TU Dublin) partnership projects. The Research Assistant will be required to support the implementation of the LIBRA Project and Diversification of Active*Consent Project.


Diversification of Active*Consent Project

There have been important developments in Irish higher education in recent years concerning both: (a) Consent, sexual violence and harassment (CSVH), alongside (b) Equality, Diversity and inclusion (EDI). This project, based on the principles of student partnership, seeks to address critical sector needs by advancing the national Active*Consent education programme developed by NUIG to include culturally diverse and LGBTI+ students.


LIBRA Project

The objective of the LIBRA (balance) project is to future proof gender equality in Irish HEI leadership by working with the leaders of the future (male, female, non-binary) to address biases and accelerate culture change. This pilot project employs world-class simulation technology to provide gender equality based leadership training to student leaders in three institutions. Developed in partnership with student leaders, it has the potential to be activated across the third level sector. LIBRA creates a co-operative simulated learning experience to build the capacity of future leaders to dismantle disadvantage, influence change and strengthen diversity and inclusion across our HEIs.


Specifically, the duties of the post are:

  • Develop and implement two consultation processes with staff and students on behalf of the LIBRA and Active*Consent Projects.
  • Produce a comprehensive gap analysis report for each project.
  • Work with partners and students to develop scenarios for online content and simulated environments for each project.
  • Support the development and production of new online and simulated training content for each project and work collaboratively with internal stakeholders including IT, Student Services, Simulation, Dept of Psychology etc.
  • Pilot new online and simulated content with student groups for both projects.
  • Deliver two final project reports.



  • Masters in Education, Social Sciences, Psychology, Public Health or related discipline



Knowledge & Experience – (Essential):

  • Knowledge and understanding of gender equality.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant aspects of consent, sexual violence and harassment.
  • Project management experience.
  • Understanding of education or training methodologies.
  • Excellent research skills with experience of qualitative methodologies.
  • Experience with database management and report writing.
  • Experience working with student groups.


Knowledge & Experience (Desirable):


  • Experience of using gap analysis methodology.
  • Previous experience working with professional groups.
  • Experience of preparing research for publication.
  • Experience of developing training and education programmes.
  • Specialised qualitative research skills in relation to focus groups
  • Transcription/recording experience, including use of voice to text



Skills & Competencies:

  • Communication Skills: Proven ability to communicate complex ideas
  • Project Management Skills: Ability to ensure that project plans are communicated and that all timelines are met
  • Self-starter with the ability to work as part of a team: Ability to operate effectively as part of a team – is cordial, tolerant and willing to help others, is co-operative and patient; shares work and information; establishes rapport, can influence and develop effective networks
  • I.T. skills: Knowledge of MS Office suite.
  • Conscientious: Have a pro-active approach to work, anticipating and resolving problems in advance; have keen attention to detail - from anticipating and addressing issues in advance to understanding requests and delivering quality work with minimal errors.
  • Flexibility: Can operate flexibly within a busy environment; can shift focus when required.
  • Customer Focus: Have strong customer service skills. Be able to communicate with a high level of initiative, tact, diplomacy and confidentiality.
  • Motivated: Display a ‘can-do’ attitude, be committed to RCSI ORI and its development; demonstrate enthusiasm and passion for the role.

Application Process

Please apply with your CV and Covering Letter.

Informal Enquiries can be directed to Avril Hutch at avrilhutch@rcsi.com

Please click here to read our Recruitment and Selection Policy for Researchers.

Please Note:

This job description may be subject to change to reflect the evolving requirements of the

Department and RCSI in developing healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide.


Similar vacancies that arise in the next 6 months may be filled from the pool of applicants that

apply for this position.


Employees are required to undertake 6 months service in their current role before applying for

other internal opportunities, unless agreed in advance by the SMT representative.


RCSI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all suitably

qualified persons regardless of their gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation,

religion, age, disability or race.


If you have any particular requirements for your interview, please notify the Human Resources

Department at your earliest convenience.

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