Vacancies and how to apply

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The SMI placement schemes funded work placements, organised by the Sheffield Q-Step Centre which is a part of Sheffield Methods Institute.

Placements normally take place over the summer and last approximately six weeks, working 35 hours per week. Exact dates are arranged by the host organisation. Students will be paid bursaries for their work by the SMI (£9.58 per hour).  

Current placements 

Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group

Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group are looking for a placement student to work on a research project that will involve the development of a pre-existing model that estimates the risk of genetic disorders caused by close relative marriage (consanguinity).

The placement will take place between the UoS / Wakefield CCG / and remote working (subject to Covid restrictions), for 35 hours a week over a period of 6 weeks between the middle of June and end of September 2021. The successful candidate will be awarded a £2012 bursary by SMI.

Students who will be awarded the placement are expected to write two blog posts (x 300 words) for SMI about their experiences.

Download the Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group placement details (155 KB)

How to apply

Candidates should send a CV and a motivation letter by 19 April 2021. See PDF document for full details on how to apply. 

ScHARR, University of Sheffield

ScHARR (School of Health and Related Research) are looking for a placement student to work with their research team to prepare data sets and conduct data analysis to investigate what features of BHUs (Basic Health Units) are associated with better quality care and outcomes. The placement holder will also have the opportunity to learn about the qualitative components of the study and participate in team discussions regarding the integration of data across the methods.

This placement will be based in ScHARR at the University of Sheffield, for 35 hours a week over a period of 6 weeks between the middle of June and the end of September. The successful candidate will be awarded a £2012 bursary by SMI.

Students who will be awarded the placement are expected to write two blog posts (x 300 words) for SMI about their experiences.

Download the 24/7 Basic Health Units in Pakistan Project details PDF (143 KB)

How to apply

Candidates should send a CV and a motivation letter by 19 April 2021. See PDF document for full details on how to apply.

The Ditchley Foundation

The Ditchley Foundation is looking to recruit a number of interns, working on using quantitative analysis to bridge divides. This project revolves around the understanding of people and their networks across areas such as education, climate and politics. You will be expected to perform research on a list of individuals, learning about their attributes and background, as well as the communities of which they are a part. In some cases you may be asked to determine the list of individuals yourself, given a particular thematic direction.

This project provides a great opportunity for enthusiastic researchers to become immersed in the ethos of Ditchley and to contribute to its goals, developing skills that will prove valuable across a range of future career paths. The successful student(s) will be able to attend some of their events, witnessing the important work that the Foundation undertakes.

The placement will take place at The Ditchley Foundation, for 35 hours a week over a period of 6 weeks between 12th July and 20th August (this may be flexible to some extent). The successful candidate will be awarded a £2012 bursary by SMI. 

Students who will be awarded the placement are expected to write two blog posts (x 300 words) for SMI about their experiences.

Download the SMI - Ditchley Foundation Placement 2021 PDF (232 KB).

How to apply

Candidates should send a CV and a motivation letter in PDF formats by 19 April 2021 to Abigail Tazzyman a.tazzyman@sheffield.ac.uk in an email entitled ‘PlaceME@SMI – The Ditchley Foundation’. 

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by The Ditchley Foundation by the end of May 2021.

Liberty Group

Liberty delivers people-focused, intelligence-driven property services that deliver better outcomes for customers and clients. They repair and maintain buildings, manage properties, build homes and support clients with all their property needs. The student will join the BI team at Liberty to assist in providing access to data, reporting, visualisation, and insights to a broad range of stakeholders across the company. The focus is bringing efficiencies to the business, in turn passing this on to clients around the country providing social housing. 

The placement will primarily be working remotely in line with the BI team currently, supplemented with in person meetings as required with the BI team and/or stakeholders at Liberty offices in Eccles or Knowsley (assistance with transport/remote attendance can be provided).

The placement will be for 35 hours a week over a period of 6 weeks between the middle of June and end of September. The successful candidate will be awarded a £2012 bursary by SMI. Students who will be awarded the placement are expected to write two blog posts (x 300 words) for SMI about their experiences.

Download the Liberty Group - Insights, forecasting and efficiencies placement details PDF (250 KB)

How to apply

Candidates should send a CV and a motivation letter in PDF formats by 19 April 2021 to Abigail Tazzyman a.tazzyman@sheffield.ac.uk in an email entitled ‘PlaceME@SMI – Liberty. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by Ashley Wylde / Tom Gerlach by the end of May 2021.

Good things foundation

Good Things Foundation, the UK’s leading digital inclusion charity, funded by Accenture and in partnership with the Online Centres Network and Nesta, delivered the Future-Proof: Skills for Work project to support individuals to develop digital skills relevant to the workplace. As part of this work, they collected individual data from over 900 project beneficiaries to understand their goals, needs, demographics and outcomes. This has resulted in a hugely rich data set about digital employability needs and progression, which they’d like to open up for a student to interrogate, analyse and draw meaningful research conclusions from. The outputs from this placement will inform Good Things Foundation’s strategic work advocating for digital employability support that meets people’s needs. This is therefore a unique opportunity to be part of building the evidence base to address some of the national challenges around employability post-COVID.

The placement will be fully remote, for 35 hours a week over a period of 6 weeks between the middle of June and end of September. The successful candidate will be awarded a £2012 bursary by SMI. Students who will be awarded the placement are expected to write two blog posts (x 300 words) for SMI about their experiences.

Download the 'Good Things Foundation - Deep-dive analysis on Futureproof: Skills for Work' placement details PDF (143 KB)

How to apply

Candidates should send a CV and a motivation letter in PDF formats by 19 April 2021 to Abigail Tazzyman a.tazzyman@sheffield.ac.uk in an email entitled ‘PlaceME@SMI – Good Things Foundation. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by Al Mathers and Steph Libby by the end of May 2021.

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As a condition of taking part in the placement scheme, all students will be expected to write three blog entries/posts (each of 300-400 words) about their experiences, which will be published on the SMI web pages and promoted via SMI social media.

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