Jobs at Goldsmiths
Digital Learning Lead and Researcher
Digital Learning Lead (William Temple Foundation) and Researcher (STaCS)
William Temple Foundation – Digital Learning Lead
Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies – Researcher
The researcher will be joining a small team of researchers and fellows based on Goldsmiths University’s campus working with FCSU (based in STaCS), as well as a distributed network across the UK of researcher fellows, scholars and Trustees associated with the William Temple Foundation.
Reporting to: Professor Chris Baker (Director, William Temple Foundation and STaCS) and Professor Adam Dinham (Director, Faiths and Civil Society Unit)
A unique and exciting post offering the opportunity to work in policy, education and research regarding the place of religion and belief in public life is being offered through a partnership between the William Temple Foundation and the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London (Dept of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies - STaCS). Both institutions produce world-leading research and policy formation, exploring the intersection of faith and belief across the following areas: local and national government; health and social care; migrants and refugees; international development; ‘secular’ funerals; digital technology; interfaith dialogue; climate emergency; equality and human rights issues including race, gender and sexuality; poverty and welfare.
The successful post-holder will combine two roles that contribute to the ways in which both institutions seek to address these issues, but which nevertheless overlap considerably. It is an ideal post for a recent Masters or Ph.D. postgraduate with a strong interest and relevant experience in this topic, looking to establish their career. Relevant disciplines could include theology, sociology, religious studies, policy and development studies, professional practice.
The William Temple Foundation, established in 1947, is an educational charity and public theology think tank dedicated to promoting the thinking of Archbishop William Temple (a founder of the Welfare State and the originator of the term) and the advancement of interdisciplinary research into the nature and contribution of faith in the public square for both faith-based and secular audiences. The Foundation is a 20 strong community of Trustees, research fellows, and Ph.D scholars that generates a large number of publications, resources, webinars and public events and podcasts focussing on digital and environmental futures, community dialogue, poverty and inclusion, urban issues, race, faiths and welfare policy. The Foundation is seeking to convert some of this learning and research into micro-credentials, modules, short courses and other educational and professional development pathways. Some of these could involve partnering with programmes at STaCS, as well as other existing partners (including, for example, the RSA, numerous other HEIs, theological courses and colleges, the APPG for Faith and Society and the Church of England’s Council for Minority Ethnic Concerns.
The Faiths and Civil Society Unit was established in 2012 within the Dept of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies to bring together politics and policy, sociology and society and professional practice with respect to religion and belief. The Unit currently generates world-leading research in areas including religion and migration and asylum seeking, funerals and death, women’s empowerment in the context of precarity, as well as the newly-established national Religion and Belief Policy Network.
We welcome and encourage applications from candidates from minority ethnic communities with lived experience of religion and belief issues within professional, educational or policy contexts.
Main duties (William Temple Foundation) 75% of role.
1. Develop, pilot and establish at least three on-line/hybrid short courses, micro-credentials, modules and CPD opportunities across a range of faith-based and secular audiences based on the high-quality outputs of the Foundation.
2. Develop (in the course of this work) new networks and partnerships with faith and belief traditions and minority ethnic communities as part of the Foundation’s commitment to inclusive and progressive learning, research and policy formation.
Main duties (Faiths and Civil Society Unit) 25% of role.
1. Develop the public offer of FCSU, including designing and implanting webinar and on-person events
2. Assist in the development of research and publication projects related to FSCU agendas
3. Undertaking a secretariat role for the national Religion and Belief Policy Network