Newcastle University Students’ Union
Decolonising NCL Evaluation Report Interns
Two positions available for fixed term, variable hours contract – candidates to be available for work week commencing 1st February 2021
Rate of pay: A minimum of £9.30 per hour (in line with National Living Wage), Scale A0
The Decolonisation of Higher Education is an effort to redress the inequalities and injustices, perpetuated by the reluctance of universities in confronting the impact of colonialism on the structures of teaching and learning and its debilitating effects on the experiences of staff and students, particularly those who are continually marginalised and underrepresented. This has motivated Newcastle University Students’ Union to create a centralised campaign that aims to challenge schools, lecturers, modules, and students to decolonise themselves as part of the wider Decolonising NCL campaign. Among other things, this will include questioning the What, Why, How and for Whom, the curriculum is being taught across the university, all the while challenging the entrenched privileging of voices, both staff and student.
We are looking for a someone who has some understanding of Decoloniality and its role in transforming educational institutions from curricular, teaching and learning, and staff-student wellbeing perspectives. At the outset, the post holder(s) will undertake a scoping review of the decolonising literature and practice, to identify a series of questions with which to evaluate the outcomes of the Decolonisnig NCL campaign. Therefore, we expect the successful candidate(s) to have knowledge of evaluating projects alongside previous experience of research skills such as designing a wide range of data collection tools followed by a rigorous and clear analysis of the information gathered.
On completion of this, the post holder(s) will translate the findings in the form of a written report that will be presented to various stakeholders, highlighting the need for further advancement of Decolonising work at Newcastle University. Therefore, we are looking for someone with an excellent standard of verbal and written communication, with the ability to communicate well with a range of people at different levels.
In conjunction to this, the post holder(s) will play a leading role in liaising with faculties/schools/departments and various student groups to track the progress and where required, review, any Decolonisnig NCL pledges they make. Additionally, the post holder(s) will work with the team in updating NUSU webpages with resources and information relevant to the campaign. Therefore, we are looking for someone who can work as part of a team with excellent interpersonal, organisational, and communication skills.
It is expected that the project team will be working remotely for the duration of the project, utilising Zoom/Teams for collaboration and meetings. Should on-site working be permissible during the project, it will be based in the NUSU building.
This internship is for a maximum of 10 hours per week for each intern, to be worked on a part-time, flexible basis between February and early June 2021. Hours will be agreed around studies and the needs of the project.
Being an Decolonising NCL Evaluation Report Intern will benefit you in the following ways:
- Extend your knowledge of Decoloniality
- Be at the forefront of transforming the university culture
- Hone your research skills
- Develop key employability and interpersonal skills
- Make you eligible for NCL+ award
- Flexible earning potential to fit around study
"As an equal opportunities employer, we particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic (BAME) students and/or students from low-income households, as they are currently underrepresented at this level in this area. All appointments will be made on merit of skill and experience relative to the role."
Please complete the application form which can be found here and return the completed form to Rohit Sharma at firstname.lastname@example.org
The job description can be found here
Deadline for receipt of completed applications is – Monday 25th January 2021
Interviews to be conducted online week commencing w/c 1st February, throughout the working week.