Social Research Undergraduate Placement

  • Placement
  • Cardiff
  • Posted 2 months ago

Welsh Government

Group  - Health and Social Services

Social Research
Team Band – £19,240 – £22,500


Full time (not suitable for candidates who wish to work on a part time or job share basis)
Fixed term

50 weeks



Purpose of post:

This post is open to undergraduate students on a sandwich year placement between their second and third year of study.

The successful applicants will provide research assistance on a number of Welsh Government research and evaluation projects. The successful candidate will be involved in supporting the development and delivery of different types of research projects, such as literature reviews and survey work as part of the Welsh Language Research Team.

The responsibilities of the Welsh Language Research Team cover the policy areas included in the Welsh Government’s Welsh Language Strategy Cymraeg 2050 and the Welsh in Education Action Plan.  The team also works with research colleagues across a wide spectrum of policy portfolios in order to mainstream the Welsh language in Welsh Government research activity.   This role will involve assisting with the design, management and reporting of social research in relation to the Welsh Language Strategy, and is likely to include research on school pupils’ use of, and attitudes towards, the Welsh language. There will also be an opportunity to assist with corporate responsibilities, and to contribute to the wider programme of mainstreaming Welsh across Welsh Government research. This post requires the ability to work through the medium of Welsh and English.

Key tasks:

  • Assisting with qualitative research projects (e.g. in-depth interviews, focus groups)
  • Assisting with quantitative research projects (e.g. survey work, statistical analysis,  monitoring and reporting information)
  • Contributing to data analysis
  • Undertaking literature searches and reviews
  • Liaising with analysts across the Welsh Government
  • Providing administrative support for data collection exercises
  • Preparing reports for publication on the Welsh Government’s social research webpages or for use internally
  • Administrative tasks, such as organising meetings, seminars and events, taking minutes and record keeping.

Development opportunities:

The posts offer excellent development opportunities, including:

  • Learning how social research is commissioned, delivered and used within government
  • Developing an understanding of how evidence can help inform and improve policy making and organisational ways of working
  • Developing key skills (such as communications skills, critical thinking and working as part of a team, often to tight deadlines)
  • Opportunities to develop an understanding and practical experience of a range of research techniques (such as survey design, conducting interviews, report writing and communicating research findings to a non-specialist audience)
  • Developing project management skills
  • Attending appropriate courses, conferences and seminars (including courses on quantitative and qualitative analysis)
  • Shadowing social researchers, analysts and policy officials from other Welsh Government departments during the placement. There may also be an opportunity to work collaboratively with officials from government-funded bodies.