(MDXSU) Funding Research Assistant


Middlesex University
1 Month
4 Hours per week
Smart Casual




This job is part of the Middlesex University Students’ Union’s Community Placement Scheme and is only available to current students of Middlesex University. The scheme has been established to ensure students are paid London Living Wage (£10.55) to put your studies or interests to use practically on placements whilst helping the local community. The scheme is designed to boost student employability and increase collaboration within Barnet and beyond.
We would recommend visiting www.mdxsu.com/community-placements before submitting any applications.

Organisation description

The Living Wisdom Project is a start-up social enterprise that aims to provide a single shared well-being platform, by the community, for the community, that will help individuals who seek to sustain and improve their own wellbeing and those in their families and communities who provide care and support.
Through a pilot in Barnet, LWP is partnering with Middlesex University to provide a single online platform that centralizes wellbeing best practice on a broad range of topics, linking disparate silos of expertise and allowing users to prioritise their next steps and track their progress.
We are seeking an analytical person to identify grant, affiliate and other sources of funding from a range of philanthropic, public sector and other sources to support the launch and expansion of our social enterprise. We are looking for a candidate who can implement and maintain a research strategy that will support effective prospect management and help us to meet our fundraising objectives.

• Research prospective affiliates who are “bright spots” in providing well-being support and are potential sources of subscription revenue
• Research and propose relevant grants, drafting applications where possible
• Administrative support of the application/prospecting process

• High attention to detail with ability to research data and make recommendations based on data analysis
• Persuasive, with excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills
• Organised, responsive and able to deliver work to agreed timescales


• Prior experience in fundraising and/or grant writing and research
• Experience working with and extrapolating conclusions from large data sets
Middlesex University
How to apply

Please note the deadline for this application is 3rd October. Please upload your CV, and answer the following questions in your cover letter (300 words max per question):
1. What interests you about this opportunity?
Demonstrate that you understand the role and talk about your motivations to apply for it; that will help us to get a sense of your personal connection to this placement.

2. Why are you the perfect candidate for this placement?
Demonstrate your skills by giving examples from your previous roles and describe how this experience has allowed you to develop each of the skills listed. Please refer to 'experience and skills' section.

3. Why is this experience important to you?
Tell us about how this role will support your personal development, develop your skills, complement your studies and/or benefit you in the future. Talk about your aspirations for the future and how you think this placement role could benefit the community, as a result why it is important for you to be involved.

4. Are you currently a student at Middlesex University? If so, what course and year of study are you undertaking?

5. Do you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands, or final warnings we should take into account when applying for a DBS check?
Candidates will be shortlisted based on cover letter and CV.

Further Information
We will be completing the shortlisting process as soon as possible following the closing date, and aim to let you know as soon as possible. Please note however that due to the number of applications that the students’ union receives for placement opportunities, we are unable to offer personal feedback on applications. If you need any additional information or if you would like to speak to someone about your application please contact the Community Partnership Coordinator, Sally Bernard, at s.bernard@mdx.ac.uk or 020 84115009.