Casual Research Assistant: Student Mental Health

Salary: Spine Point 24 £17.03 per hour plus 12.07% in lieu of holiday

Start date: February 2024

Contract type: Casual engagement (12-week duration)

Number of hours: 73

The Role

We are seeking a temporary research assistant to contribute towards a new study on the history of student mental health in Oxford. This study is jointly run as a part of the new Community History Hub at Oxford’s Faculty of History.

In November 2020, the History Faculty began the work of growing a new ‘community history’ initiative: to strengthen the Faculty’s relationships with local historians and community groups throughout Oxford and Oxfordshire, and to enhance its work in the field of local and community history. The new initiative is grounded in an ethos of putting ethical, equitable working relationships at the heart of these endeavours to engage more deeply with community history research and public engagement, and particularly to create more space for local historians and community groups to set these ongoing agendas.

The ’Oxford Health Histories’ project led by Dr Sally Frampton is integrating into the Community History Hub. The project, originally conceived in 2021 and funded by the John Fell Fund, seeks to explore less well-known histories of medicine and health in Oxfordshire. Working in partnership with Uncomfortable Oxford, phase one of the initiative has included the collection of oral histories, the creation of a website in which we feature stories from Oxfordshire’s history, as well creative responses to these histories from the poet and medical humanities scholar, Dr Yewande Okuleye. We are currently working on a suite of teaching resources adapted from three key themes of our research: anatomy, penicillin, and mental health.

Histories of mental health have been a critical component of the project. We are seeking to develop a particular strand of research around student mental health in the city with a focus on the twentieth century. Oxford has a unique history in regard to student mental health, that relates to the large populace of students in the city, the distinctiveness of the Collegiate system at one of the institutions and the significance of institutions such as the Warneford Hospital as a centre for research in student mental health in the twentieth century. The purpose of this role would be to provide research support with the ultimate objective of written output on student mental health in Oxford.

How to apply

Please send the following documents to by noon on Friday 5 January 2024:

  • A brief statement of interest (no longer than 400 words) explaining why and what relevant skills, interests, and knowledge you may be able to bring to the project.
  • Please also include a CV indicating any academic and other appropriate qualifications and relevant experience (of no more than 2 pages in length).