Research Associate – Chevening South Asia Journalism Programme

Fixed Term 17-week post

The University of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design seeks a Research Associate for its pioneering two-month intensive programme in London for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening programme. It is the only Chevening programme that brings together professionals from across South Asia. Its participants are high flying, mid-career journalists from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives and the theme is ‘Good Governance in a Changing World: the media, politics and society’.

The Research Associate will work with the two course directors (Professors Jean Seaton and Rosie Thomas) to research the content of the programme and matters arising from it. The candidate must have the capacity to relate to academic research, as well as to political, media and cultural institutions and practitioners.

The work will involve researching and arranging appropriate and topical speakers, researching background material for programme participants, arranging appropriate fieldwork research for the participants, and researching relevant topics, institutions and issues in the UK as well as issues in the media, politics and cultural sectors in South Asia. The work will require the capacity to liaise with major media and political institutions in the UK and South Asia and the ability to research appropriate visits for the programme and to match South Asian journalists with appropriate media and political mentors. The research associate will require an understanding of South Asian cultures to enable trouble-shooting during the two-month duration of the course.

The post holder should hold a post-graduate qualification, preferably in the arts, humanities or social science area. He/she should ideally be fluent in at least one South Asian language and have experience of working in a South Asian or UK media context.

He/she will also ideally have experience of research, editorial and administrative responsibilities within organisations in South Asia and/or the UK. Excellent IT and interpersonal skills are essential as is the ability to work on own initiative and to multi-task. The role will involve liaising with colleagues at all levels as well as with external public figures. The candidate will be required to work at events outside normal office hours.

It is expected that the successful appointee will commence in post on 19th February 2018.

Job reference number: 50044218

Closing date: 26 November 2017

Interviews are likely to be held in the week of: 06 December 2017.

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