Research Fellow A, Hospitality Management

Surrey, United Kingdom
£17,154 to £19,873 per annum pro rata (0.5 FTE)
19 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
02 Oct 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Hospitality Management

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £17,154 to £19,873 per annum pro rata (0.5 FTE)
Post Type:  Part Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 02 October 2022
Reference:  065322

Research Fellow A – ESRC/UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge SBDRP 

Hospitality Connect Project as part of the Social, Behavioural & Design Research Programme (SBDRP)

We seek a post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) for a research project funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)/UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Healthy Ageing Challenge, as part of the Social, Behavioural & Design Research Programme

The project aims to explore the role of hospitality businesses in connecting lives and building communities by identifying the potential opportunities for the hospitality business to play an influential role in supporting social connections.  

The successful candidate will be working with Dr Lorna Wang based in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Prof Andrew King (Dept of Sociology) and Dr Kimberley Smith (Dept of Psychology) at University of Surrey as well as project partner Toynbee Hall London.  

The position will be part of two research centres: Centre for Sustainability and Wellbeing in the Visitor Economy (SWELL) at the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and The Centre for Research on Ageing and Generations (CRAG) in the Department of Sociology.


This PDRA position will work on the project for 11 month and the key responsibilities of the position will be to: 

  • Contribute to the development of the research project, specifically co-ordinating and liaising with the research partner organisation undertaking field data collection and delivering workshops to peer-researchers
  • Use appropriate research techniques and methods to collect data, in consultation with the research team members and project partner.  This may include qualitative interviews, observations, participatory methodology and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data, computer-based data analysis, and desk/library research. 
  • Writing-up results and preparing papers for submission to the project team, conferences, appropriate journals (ABS3/4*) and other outputs as required. 
  • Plan and manage own research activity in collaboration with other members of the research team and research partner to ensure each work package is delivered on time
  • Carry out administrative tasks associated with the funding, for example risk assessment of research activities, organisation of project meetings and documentation. 
  • Implement procedures required to ensure accurate and timely formal reporting and financial control. 


The post holder must have: A doctoral degree in a relevant discipline such as Hospitality and Tourism, Sociology or Psychology (although individuals who have almost completed a doctoral degree may be appointed).  A high degree of organisation and ability to plan and manage a funded project are essential. 

Previous experience related to the project, which may include Business, hospitality management, sociology and gerontology is desirable. Previous academic experience publishing in academic journals in an applicable area of academia is highly desirable.

The post holder will have authority over some aspects of project work and must be capable of providing academic judgement, offering original and creative thoughts and be able to interpret and analyse qualitative results.

Given the cross-disciplinary nature of the project, it is expected that the post holder would spend time visiting research partner in London and working closely with researchers and peer researchers at the partner organisation. 

Please note we expect candidates to move to or within easy commuting distance of the University and London. 

If you would like to discuss the position informally, please email Dr Lorna Wang  


Ranging from Grade 4.1 to 4.6: Salary from £33,309 per annum depending on experience.


Applications will close September 18th but apply as soon as you can.

Interview: Week Beginning 3rd October


To be agreed, but candidates can start as soon as soon as possible.

Further details: Job Description    

For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.
In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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