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Research Assistant

  • Full time
  • £25,000 – £28,000
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 19th March 2021

  • Advertised from 5th March 2021


The Mental Health Foundation is recruiting for a Research Assistant to support our Research Team in Glasgow. This is a full time fixed term post to 31 July 2022.

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. We are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at the heart of what we do, we aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.

Our focus is on three key areas:

1. Impact

We systematically consider how to scale ideas informed by evidence. We build partnerships and alliances that increase the impact and reach of our work.

2. Influence

We harness evidence and the voice of lived experience to advocate for preventive approaches and create campaigns which tackle the root causes of poor mental health.

3. Integrity

We continue to build a strong organisation that lives its values - that is open, kind, outward-looking and sustainable.

We have pioneered change for 70 years and we are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

This exciting Research Assistant role will support the delivery of large-scale research and learning programmes, primarily the Barnardo’s Mental Health and Wellbeing evaluation programme, work with the wider research team on a range of research programmes and enhance dissemination of research and knowledge by facilitating learning events using online platforms and technologies.

What does the role involve?

· To support the undertaking of research, evaluation and learning activities that support the delivery of a range of large-scale mental health programmes, including the Barnardo’s Health and Wellbeing evaluation.

· To support the undertaking of evaluation and research activities (primary and secondary) with the research team and employ appropriate research methodologies.

· To support the dissemination of research knowledge through contributing to sections of written reports and materials and carrying out administrative activities related to face-to-face and online learning events.

· To assist development and delivery of organisational objectives by providing insight from research and evaluation and working with internal and external stakeholders to pursue these objectives.

· To work with team members to contribute to the production of research project plans, including agreed objectives, outcomes and measures, deliverables, and milestones, and leading on smaller sections of project plans as appropriate.

· To assist in reporting back to partners and funders on progress of projects as required throughout the life of the project, and on conclusion of the project.

What skills, knowledge and experience are we looking for?

· Demonstrable experience of conducting research and evaluation including using mixed methods of data collection and analysis.

· Evidenced successful strong written communication skills with experience of producing clear reports and articles for a range of audiences

· Demonstrable understanding of the principles of research and evaluation design.

· Demonstrable understanding of the impact of inequalities and adversity on mental health and wellbeing.

Why should you join the Mental Health Foundation?

· 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years’ service.

· 3 closure days between Christmas and New Year.

· Up to 3 wellbeing days per annum.

· Employee Assistance Programme.

· Generous non-contributory pension scheme, 8% at 3 months service, rising to 10% at 6 months service employer contribution.

· Life Assurance Scheme at four times annual salary.

· Flexible working.

· Season Ticket Loan.

· Cycle to work scheme.

Please note that for safeguarding purposes, all our roles require a PVG/DBS check. Also, we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

Application notes

To apply, please visit our website

If you think your skills match and you’d like to be part of a dynamic and growing organisation, please complete and send your application form to (along with a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form). Please note that all sections of the application form should be completed as CVs will not be accepted.

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 19 March 2021.

Interviews are planned for Thursday 1 April 2021 and Tuesday 6 April 2021.

You will be asked to deliver a presentation on the day of the interview.

Diversity is greatly valued at the Foundation. Applications from all sections of the community are actively encouraged. If you have a disability, require any additional support or have any questions regarding the role, please contact us at

Due to Covid-19 and until further notice, we are operating digital recruitment (including interviews via video conferencing) and on-boarding processes. We are blending office and homeworking until further notice.

We look forward to hearing from you!