Closing date: 24 October 2021
All Research Fellows are required to demonstrate respect for individual learners and be committed to incorporating the process and outcomes of relevant research, scholarship and/or professional practice. All Research Fellows are required to be committed to the development of learning communities and encouraging participation in Higher Education, while acknowledging diversity and promoting equality of opportunity. It is also a requirement that all staff are committed to undertaking continuing professional development and evaluation of individual practice and that they are proactive in improving the student experience. The postholder will be the primary researcher on the 24-month Leverhulme Trust funded project “Motivations for sharing political disinformation on social media”, working with Professor Tom Buchanan (PI) and Dr Deborah Husbands. False political information on social media is a critical problem, with profound consequences for society. Much of the spread of false material is due to the actions of ordinary social media users who encounter it, then forward it on to their social networks. Little is known about people's motivations for doing this. This project will directly ask people why they have - deliberately or unwittingly - spread false information. We will examine competing explanations of such behaviour, and test whether key variables they identify actually predict real-world behaviour.
The research programme will comprise five studies, combining quantitative (psychological questionnaires) and qualitative (short-form online interview) work and analyses. All data collection will be conducted online, directly approaching individuals who have been observed sharing false information on social media, and also using participants drawn from paid research panels. The postholder will execute and analyse all the studies. They will prepare ethics applications, work on draft outputs, and be responsible for data management and other project-related duties. They will be coauthor on all outputs from the project, to be written in collaboration with the PI and CI.
The postholder will possess sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. The postholder will be expected to engage on a programme of continuous professional development (CPD). The postholder must be able to show consideration towards colleagues and work with them on joint projects as required and have the ability to collaborate with academic colleagues and students on areas of shared research interest. This will require the ability to balance the competing pressures of research and administrative demands and deadlines. The postholder will be expected to deal with routine communication using a range of media and be able to communicate complex information, which may be of a specialist or highly technical nature, orally, in writing and electronically The postholder has responsibility for ensuring that suitable and sufficient risk assessments are undertaken for the activities for which they are responsible and that measures to control risk are identified and implemented, and communicated to all affected. They must ensure the provision of adequate supervision and training, to include: the responsibility to work with due regard for the health and safety of themselves and others; familiarity with actions to be taken in the event of emergency; and the duty to report accidents and hazards appropriately. They will also require a thorough understanding of the diversity and equal opportunities issues.
Call for Events is now open! We're supporting Members and Expert Fellows to lead activities that explore aspects of TIPS in the Digital Economy. We will help to organise the activity with up to £5,000 to cover the associated costs.