Notions of Respect in UK HEIs - Research into the attitudes and behaviours that underpin our workplace culture to reduce inequalities, change culture and achieve inclusive excellence

   Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

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  Dr Nicola Koyama, Dr Scott Foster, Prof Kay Standing  No more applications being accepted  Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

About the Project

Understanding the attitudes and behaviours that underpin our workplace culture can help us reduce inequalities, change culture and achieve inclusive excellence. While respect campaigns have become widespread across Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), there is little agreement about theoretical conceptions of respect or how it is operationalised. This project aims to critically address issues of equality, diversity, and inclusion in the UK HEI sector and engage in cutting-edge research with real-life impact.

A focus of the project is to investigate what is understood by, and expected of, respectful behaviour within HEIs. We will work towards the creation of a university-wide Respect Always agenda and the development of good practice guidance within the sector, by identifying commonalities within higher education and across diverse characteristics (such as, disability, ethnicity, sex and sexuality).

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher to work with us and welcome interest from potential applicants with non-standard qualifications who can demonstrate knowledge, experience and skills developed in the workplace.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work at doctoral level alongside academics with a range of related disciplines (sociology, education) and departments (e.g. Human Resources). The successful candidate would have the opportunity to contribute to and develop the aims of the project according to their particular interests and future aspirations.

We welcome short proposals that aim to investigate the design, implementation and outcomes of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategies across HEI contexts. Proposals may consider the psychology of, or sociological theories of respect, the adoption of a Respect Agenda, the creation of institutional policy, or the design of a multi-level framework. Particularly welcome are proposals involving mixed methods, case studies and policy development. Please apply by email to [Email Address Removed] with a CV and cover letter, along with contact information for two referees by 30th August 2022. Interviews will be held by the 6th September 2022.

Please note, if successful, the start date for PhD registration is February 2023 at the latest. Funding is for three years of a full-time PhD degree programme, and includes

•           Tuition fees

•           A maintenance stipend of around £16,062 per annum

•           Additional research costs of up to £1600 per year for the stated duration of the programme

•           Coaching, mentoring support and advocacy

•           Enhanced training and skills development from LJMU’s Researcher Development Programme

About LJMU

LJMU promotes a ‘Respect Always’ culture and has a zero-tolerance policy towards harassment. The university has a thriving networks of departmental equality, diversity and inclusion groups that work to create and promote an inclusive environment for students and staff from diverse backgrounds. Beginning to decolonise curricula and research practices as well as holding institutional Athena Swan and Race Equality Charter Bronze Awards are both examples of the university’s commitment towards building a truly inclusive community.

Funding Notes

Applicants are invited to apply for a project that will be in competition for funding for a VC LJMU PhD Scholarship: This call includes a scheme of scholarships for Black, Asian and ethnic minority applicants.

For further information, please contact Nicola Koyama ([Email Address Removed]) or Moni Akinsanya ([Email Address Removed]).

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