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Paid research opportunity – TaPRA

The TaPRA Executive has agreed to recruit a researcher to conduct data-gathering activities which will contribute to its 10 year review, including a constitutional reform programme. The data gathered will also facilitate completion of the 10th anniversary Wikipedia project. The successful applicant will receive a fee for working on the collection of the following information from TaPRA’s past and present membership and executive:

  • Finalised conference schedules
  • Details of all speakers, keynotes and events
  • Details of Exec Committee Office holders
  • Details of all Working Groups, covering their establishment, convenors, interim events, speakers etc
  • Details of the Membership, its composition(e.g. % national/international/ECR)
  • Financial summary, year on year, income & expenditure
  • Changes to Policy
  • Photographs and recordings of events

The postholder will be required to collate this information into formats identified by the Exec for further analysis and dissemination via the TaPRA website, Wikipedia and other Wikimedia UK sources and to assist in clearing rights for the use of this material. The postholder will be managed by TaPRA Research & Development Officer Kate Dorney.




The postholder can be based in any location as long as they have access to a computer with a range of software suitable for compiling data and editing photographs and documents. The post is suitable for a mid-term PhD student or ECR and the Exec have expressed a wish that preference be given to candidates who meet the criteria and are not in receipt of a grant or other regular income.


Person Specification

1.       A graduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline

2.       Evidence of involvement with TAPRA via membership and/or attendance at annual conference/interim event

3.       Demonstrable proficiency in a range of software packages such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Adobe Photoshop (or equivalent editing software)

4.       Excellent written and spoken communication skills and an ability to communicate with academic and non- academic users

5.       A self-motivator who can work well as part of a team and independently

6.       Demonstrable experience of collecting and organising data

7.       Demonstrable interest in, or experience of, Wikipedia and its associated projects

Please send a CV and one page covering letter explaining your suitability for the role to Kate Dorney: by Sunday 22 March 2015.

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