Dr Alex Reid, Dept. Psychology, York
This studentship is a collaboration between the University of York and Sense about Science (SaS), an independent charity that promotes the public interest in sound science and ensures evidence is recognised in public life and policymaking. It is made possible by funding from the ‘Enhancing Research Culture Fund’ provided by Research England. SaS work with scientists to equip the public, policymakers and media with good questions and insights into evidence, particularly on difficult issues. This studentship offers opportunities to work on several flagship initiatives run by SaS, including their Quality and Peer Review programme, Evidence Week and the John Maddox Prize. Each initiative focuses on a different aspect of research culture, how it affects quality, and how different stakeholders can take responsibility for change. The student will act as an intern within SaS to gain lasting and valuable skills in project coordination and facilitation, communication for a public audience, and an understanding of the systemic issues in research culture that lead to poor-quality research and what can be done about them. Students will be required to travel between York and London for their work and are expected to present their experiences orally at a research day in York in September 2023. Applications from students from a widening participation background will be prioritised for this studentship.