This is an opportunity for a disabled person to work with Oliver Mundell, MSP for Dumfriesshire in the Scottish Parliament as a Parliamentary Researcher.
Accountable to: Oliver Mundell MSP (employer) or, in their absence, a member of their office team
Contract: 35 hours per week for 12 weeks or part-time over a longer period
Location: Based at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh or the Lockerbie constituency office
Closing Date: Monday 16th October 2017 at 10am
The Dumfriesshire constituency, which sits within the Dumfries and Galloway Local Authority Area is one of the most rural in Scotland. It is regarded by many as a great place to live, work and bring up a family, with many excellent schools, a great sense of community and ready access to the countryside. However, figures produced by Dumfries and Galloway Council consistently show a net outward migration of young people who grow up in the region, many of whom never return. There is also a perceived feeling that many of those who end up staying locally are unable to fulfil their full potential owing to limited opportunities associated with a lack of services and longstanding economic factors, as well as the challenges that come from the regions large rural geography and multiple population centres. As an MSP, Mr Mundell would be keen to see further exploration these themes and more generally to see further thought given to establishing the challenges and benefits that are associated with rurality in modern Scotland. Access to education, including the range of courses and extra-curricular opportunities offered, poor digital connectivity and public transport are of particular interest.
Ideally, a successful candidate would undertake primary and secondary research to provide an insight into and analysis of the experience of young people in Dumfriesshire and compile a report setting out their findings. Such a report would allow conclusions to be drawn on the extent to which rurality could be seen as a beneficial or limiting factor in terms of future life chances. It would also look to help identify and draw on potential policy solutions from both elsewhere in the United Kingdom and abroad.
You can find out more about the host and his work on the Scottish Parliament Website.
This internship opportunity will give the successful applicant an insight into the work of the Scottish Parliament and the role of parliamentary researchers. The role may include a combination of the duties listed below alongside the focused piece of research.
To qualify, applicants must be:
- Deaf or disabled as defined by equality legislation, for full details please click here
- Unemployed or underemployed
- Any age. We have no age limits for applicants.
- Legally able to work in the UK and begin the internship in late 2017/early 2018