£13.06 per hour plus £1.58 holiday pay
Advertising End Date
10 Dec 2021

Role & Department Overview

Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the Management School is delighted to offer two part-time paid positions to contribute to a teaching project funded by Enterprise Educators UK -  Innovate 4 Good: Transforming Communities: Placed-based new venture planning through the inter-connectivity of enterprise and design. As an Innovate 4 Good Fellow you will get to work with a diverse Lancaster University academic team and the Digital learning development team. 
Pay Rate: £13.06 per hour plus £1.58 holiday pay
Start Date: 24th January 2022
End Date: 31st July 2022
Interview Date: 10th January 2022
Location: Remotely and on Campus
Working Pattern: 200hrs between successful candidates
Positions: Up to 4
Project brief:  

The project connects design methods and the process of new venture planning to encourage more divergent and explorative approaches to developing locally desirable and sustainable enterprising ideas nested in the context of the needs of communities. The aim of the project is to contribute to and develop a digital toolkit that will enhance the pedagogy of new venture planning in University level entrepreneurship education. The main objective is to facilitate connections between enterprise and design and the value of the complementarity of the two approaches in order to create a more holistic and creative education provision. 
The project contributes to multiple priority themes demonstrating the importance of wider understanding of enterprise in the social context aligned with Lancaster’s ethos of civic university with responsibility to our communities and importance to our place. By ‘opening’ up the process of co-designing new ventures with our communities we will develop a design-led collaborative enterprise mindset in our students who will be able to experience how self-reliance and creativity is rewarded. The digital aspect of the project makes it transferable and adaptable to a variety of context and will create an accessible platform for open engagement with enterprise concepts beyond the business education. 
Principal deliverable will be an online modular resource for students that will contain self-guided materials and resources as well as interactive activities that can be incorporated to a classroom delivery. The resource will be accompanied with teaching notes and detailed explanation of different variables for possible adaptation.  The online resource will aim to give students a structured exposure to the connection between design and enterprise and promote self-confidence, critical thinking and reflection on their new venture planning journey.   

Job Description

  • Fellows will follow the project lifecycle and assist with data collection, data synthesis and data analysis.
  • They will coordinate concept prototyping workshops with LU student and alumni community and local entrepreneurs involved in the project.
  • They will act as a bridge between the academic project team and the students who are at the heart of the project and will assist with testing the project concepts with the students at all levels.
  • Fellows will be responsible for data storage and data management on the project.
  • The data will be drawn from a variety of sources such as semi-structured interviews, diaries, observations, design sprint artefacts such as visualisations of personas and journey maps, and audio visually recorded workshop material.

Person Specification

You don’t need a design or business background. It is about bringing you, your potential, your curious mindset and qualitative research skills. We are looking for current Lancaster postgraduate or PhD students who are:
  • Willing to embrace ambiguity and uncertainty – we don’t quite know what the outcomes of the project will be and it is important that we co-create the project together as a team and then with the wider Lancaster University stakeholder community. You should be willing to work in an environment where the requirements are not always perfectly designed and articulated and the outcomes may be uncertain.
  • Qualitative research skills – you should be conversant and comfortable carrying out qualitative research, collecting and analysing qualitative data and adhere to ethics research conduct of LU
  • Creative thinkers – you may need to open your mind to new ideas and new concepts that you may not have explored before and support others in doing the same. There will be no right or wrong answer in this process and you should be able to accept other points of view and refrain from making assumptions.
  • Team player - you will become a member of a very diverse team and you will need to work effectively with other team members and stakeholders to create an inclusive, honest and supportive environment
  • Available and committed – you will be expected to take part in all aspects of the project as agreed with the team.
For more information regarding this role please contact D Radka Newton at: r.newton@lancaster.ac.uk
Working in this role will help to develop the following skills and experience:
  • Analysing
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Problem solving
  • Research
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, this role is only open to individuals living in the UK
You are required to submit a cover letter to support your application.
Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
Under the terms of this work, we endeavour to provide the advertised number of hours however, hours are not guaranteed and that work may cease if there is a fall in demand.
Adverts that display a closing date should be treated as a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.

Help and advice on making applications can be found on the Lancaster University Careers pages. Visit www.lancaster.ac.uk/careers.