This is a excellent opportunity for a disabled person (including D/deaf) to gain valuable experience working on a research project that will inform the development of an employability programme from January 2021 for Abertay University students on the autistic spectrum.
Accountable to: Richard Ogston, Careers Service Manager
Contract: 420 hours, equivalent of 12 weeks full time or 24 weeks part time.
Location: Abertay University Dundee, with option to work from home.
Closing date: 10:00 am on Wednesday 26 August 2020.
Please note that due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation recruitment for this internship may be delayed, therefore we are unable to provide an interview date at the moment. We will keep all candidates updated on developments. Please get in touch with the internships team if you have any queries.
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If you wish to discuss this opportunity further or need a British Sign Language interpreter to complete an application please get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via Contact Scotland BSL https://contactscotland-bsl.org/. Inclusion Scotland’s contact number: 0131 370 6708.
Abertay University is a modern, pioneering and ambitious university with around 5,000 students. We have a strong and evolutionary tradition of preparing students for the industries and jobs of the modern world. Today, this innovative approach is clearly visible in the University’s programme provision which ranges from forensic, sport and food sciences to biotechnology, cybersecurity and computer games. For the latter, Abertay is renowned internationally.
Abertay has made its mark with high-quality, well-directed teaching and research, which in turn, provides a stimulating and enriching experience for our students. We are the leading modern university in Scotland for ‘research intensity’ and best for student satisfaction. This is central to our long-term plan to embed a research-led culture throughout the institution.
Our approach towards curriculum reformation aimed at transforming the student experience and unlocking potential, creates a dynamic learning environment which led to our shortlisting for the Times Higher Education University of the Year Award in 2016.
The purpose of this internship is to gather intelligence from a variety of sources which will highlight the employability development experiences of students with a disclosure of being on the autistic spectrum. The information gained from the research activity will help to inform the development of an employability programme for students at Abertay from January 2021.
Main duties and tasks
Survey on lived experience
Design and distribute a questionnaire to capture the experiences of employability development for students with disclosure of being on the autistic spectrum. Analyse the responses to the questionnaire to identify key considerations for the design of the employability programme to follow.
Arrange a series of focus group meetings for students on the autistic spectrum to discuss their experiences of employability development at University. Attend and report on the key issues emerging from the meetings.
Desk based research
Identify best practice in the University sector in the delivery of tailored employability programmes for students on the autistic spectrum.
Source any available reports into the experiences of students on the autistic spectrum in the job market. Analyse the results of recent graduate destination surveys and prepare a summary of emerging trends.
Produce a report which summarises the findings of the different strands of research above and offers some recommendations for the design of an employability programme at Abertay University.
Essential skills and experience:
- Educated to degree level or relevant experience.
Knowledge and Experience
- An understanding of student and graduate recruitment and employability issues relating to disabled students.
- An understanding of and interest in, disability issues in general and in developmental disabilities such as autism, in particular.
- A good working knowledge of Information and Communication Technologies including Microsoft Office packages, spreadsheets, databases, web editing systems and social media.
- Communication – The ability to use verbal, written and electronic media to receive and convey straightforward information, explain complicated matters simply and to re-present or restructure messages to correct any misunderstandings or mistakes.
- Planning and Organisation – The ability to anticipate and adapt plans to take account of new priorities, problems or delays and to have contingencies and a review of progress.
- Initiative and Problem Solving – The ability to analyse problems, identify their cause, and involve others appropriately in developing solutions to resolve unprecedented problems and to prevent any recurrence.
- Teamwork and Motivation – The ability to anticipate difficulties, take appropriate preventative action and provide support, assistance and cover to other members of the team so that the team and individual members are able to achieve their objectives.
Desirable Skills and Experience
- Lived experience of autism and / or knowledge of the autistic spectrum would be an advantage. We would particularly encourage applications from Autistic people.
- Have a clear need for the opportunity, and be able to show how it will help you overcome barriers to achieving your career goals. (this is assessed in the sections motivation for applying, skills development, and current employment status.)
- Must define as Deaf or disabled which includes physical, sensory and mental impairments, autistic spectrum, learning disabilities, learning difficulties such as dyslexia or long term health conditions. (You do not need to give details in the supporting statement unless you wish to. If you do, this will not be removed from the application before the shortlisting panel sees it.)
Inclusion Scotland will work with the host employer to make sure that reasonable adjustments are in place for disabled people who are shortlisted for interview. These reasonable adjustments can include, but are not limited to: having a BSL interpreter present at interview, providing interview questions in advance and providing a more detailed list of day to day tasks and responsibilities. The range of reasonable adjustments can be very flexible so please let us know how we can best support you.
Additionally, Inclusion Scotland will organise a pre-interview chat for shortlisted candidates about one week before the interview date. This will be an opportunity to discuss reasonable adjustments, potential interview questions and any concerns.
If you would like to discuss this opportunity with the employer prior to submitting your application, please contact: Alex@inclusionscotland.org
Completed applications to be forwarded by 10:00 am on Wednesday 26 August 2020 to:
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Job Description: JD Research Project Assistant Internship – Abertay University
Candidate Privacy Notice: 2.5 Internship Candidate privacy notice
Equalities Monitoring Form: 2.4 Equalities-Monitoring-Form-2018
Internship Application guidebook: Accessing-Work-Guidebook-PDF