(MDXSU) Community Insight Researcher


Middlesex University
2 Months
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.

Barnet Carers have been providing support to unpaid carers across the Borough for over 30 years. There are almost 40,000 carers in Barnet and while anyone can become a carer, the burden of care can be more difficult for those in more deprived communities. Barnet Carers is committed to provide support and information for all communities in Barnet, however, we recognise that we are not in contact with many communities and are unaware of the best ways in which we can support those communities. We are looking for individuals who feel confident of carrying out research into the prevalence of and attitudes to caring of a number of communities in the Borough with the aim of supporting Barnet Carers in co-producing effective programmes of support for carers in those communities. Barnet Carers is open to the communities to be engaged and this could be at the choice of the Community Insight Officer and their personal experience.
1. Engagement with specific communities in Barnet to ascertain the following:
• Attitude to caring;
• Role of carers;
• Need for support and information;
2. Developing contacts with community groups and leaders within the specific communities with an aim to support the co-production of a carers support plan.
• Strong interpersonal skills. Must be able to work well with others as well as to have leadership skills
• Ability to work effectively under pressure and to tight deadlines
• Cultural-awareness
• Strong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and plan a workload effectively
• Creative and resourceful
• Proactive and determined
• An understanding of, or interest in, the role of those with caring duties

• Experience in similar roles desired but not essential
• An interest in community development;
• An interest in or willingness to learn about co-production.
Ballards Lane, Finchley N12 8NP
How to apply
Please note the deadline for this application is 10th 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.