Research Assistant

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    20 October 2021

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Lizzie Philpott

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We are Cambridge University Press & Assessment, a world-leading academic publisher and assessment organisation, and a proud part of the University of Cambridge.


The role of the Research Assistant is to work on research projects relating to assessment, including qualification evaluation and technical issues of assessment. The Research Assistant will work with colleagues on ad hoc and planned projects, assisting with all aspects of research, including literature reviewing, research design, materials development, data collection and analysis. Such work can feed directly into policy discussions with the regulator, and other exam boards, and the grading of candidates.


Our mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Which is why every year, we give vital support to millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world. From teachers and learners to researchers and academics, we help to build confidence, unlock potential, and enable success. We give people the opportunity to show what they've learnt, we spread knowledge, spark enquiry, and aid understanding.


We achieve this by embracing change, and continuously focusing on our customers' needs. And by collaborating, and carefully listening to our customers and to each other, we keep moving forward, keep innovating, and keep finding newer and better ways of doing things.


The Role

  • Design and conduct small and medium scale research studies, and contributing to more complex research projects.
  • Reading and reviewing research literature.
  • Undertaking quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Producing research reports and presenting research, and contributing to the implementation of research findings.
  • Contributing to the delivery of the examination series, by using appropriate technical assessment knowledge and research skills.


About you


  • Undergraduate degree (Essential)
  • Relevant postgraduate qualification (Desirable)




  • Personal computing skills
  • Bibliographic skills to search and review relevant research literature
  • Qualitative or quantitative data analysis skills
  • Research design
  • Personal skills for dealing with clients and staff
  • Report writing skills
  • Presentation skills


  • Knowledge of social science or educational research methodology
  • Statistical analysis software or programming skills
  • Ability to write research papers of publishable quality



We are looking for somebody who is keen to develop research skills and knowledge in educational assessment, who can demonstrate a flexible attitude to managing multiple tasks simultaneously. Knowledge of the educational or assessment environment would be desirable, but training in this area will be provided.



  • Collaborative
  • Creative
  • Self-driven
  • Proactive


About the business unit

OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) is a leading UK exam board. We provide qualifications which engage people of all ages and abilities at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes. Our general and vocational qualifications equip learners with the knowledge and skills they need for their future, helping them achieve their full potential.


This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leader and be rewarded with valuable learning opportunities, a competitive salary and benefits.



In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive package of benefits to help with your life both inside and outside of work:

  • Generous contributory pension
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary)
  • Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers
  • Cycle scheme
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Support for professional qualifications
  • Discounted access to the University of Cambridge Sport Centre, along with various other local gyms.


The closing date for applications is 20/10/21 and interviews are scheduled to take place on w/c 01/11/21.


Cambridge University Press & Assessment is committed to being a place where anyone can enjoy a successful career, where it's safe to speak up, and where we learn continuously to improve together. We welcome applications from all candidates, regardless of demographic characteristics (age, disability, educational attainment, ethnicity, gender, marital status, neurodiversity, religion, sex, and sexual identity), cultural, or social class/background.

We believe that diversity of thought, background, and approach create better outcomes. More importantly, fostering an inclusive culture is the right thing to do, and it's part of how we achieve our purpose: to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Ensuring that anyone, no matter who they are, feels they belong here is an essential part of who we are and the contribution we make to society, and to our planet.

To enable an environment which our people can thrive in, our customers benefit from, and where work complements life, we empower everyone to manage their time and capacity, and to prioritise their wellbeing. That's why from day one everyone at Cambridge University Press & Assessment can discuss flexible working options to find the best solution for them and their role.



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