Brigstow Data Researcher

We are looking for a researcher with a background in social science or humanities and with both qualitative and quantitative skills.

This project would be particularly suitable for a researcher who has an interest in interdisciplinarity, co-produced methods and creative approaches but is essentially a data analysis role.

What would I be expected to do?

Review the information held on the ~230 projects funded by Brigstow since it started funding projects in early 2016. This is mostly held in a database but would also involve reviewing web content as well.

You would work with the Director and Manager of the Brigstow Institute to design the approach and then the analysis itself of information, particularly drawing out key areas from the text provided by the projects and an analysis of the funding that directly benefited sectors beyond the university (e.g. artists, community organisations, cultural sector organisations). We are looking in particular to segment the data according to a number of parameters and to look at where there are overlaps/ synergies/ patterns in topics/ methods/ collaborators etc.

The approach will then be used in subsequent years by the Brigstow team so should be robust and easily implemented by non-experts. It will also be used to report on the range of projects, disciplinary foci and the level of funding going to individuals and organisations beyond the university.

We expect this would be funded research activity between Jan- March 2024. We have initial funding to cover 60 hours of time but can be very flexible about how this is allocated over this time period. You would, however, be expected to attend some meetings during standard office hours during this period. The hourly pay rate for this role is £18.12 (plus holiday pay if registered via TSS).


This opportunity is open to all students who are currently registered at the University of Bristol to undertake an:

  • Eligible postgraduate research degree:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Professional doctorate (EdD, EngD, DEdPsych, MD, DDS)
  • Master’s degree by research (MMus, MPhil or MScR)
  • Eligible postgraduate taught degree:
  • Master of research (MRes)

Those registered for other taught masters (e.g. MA, MSc) are not eligible.

If you are successful, in order to be paid you will have to provide proof that you have the right to work in the UK.

How do I apply? The closing date is 10am Friday 5th January. Please apply by sending the following to

a) an outline of your suitability for the role (max one side of A4)

Please make sure you include the following:

  • Your name
  • The title of your PhD project
  • The name of your PhD Supervisor(s) and which department they are based in
  • What skills and knowledge you can offer the project

b) a short CV to support this (max one side of A4)

  • Your name
  • A short description of your educational background and work experience
  • Any other relevant information

Any information in excess of the page limits will be removed before your application is assessed.