The Verbatim Formula (TVF) is a socially engaged artistic project with looked after children and young people based at Queen Mary University of London and People’s Palace Projects (PPP). TVF uses verbatim theatre making techniques with looked after children, foster carers and social workers in a series of residential summer schools and public performances. It aims to support young people in planning their futures positively, and involve them in dialogue with care and education services.

We are seeking to appoint a Research Assistant. You will be a care leaver or a person with significant direct contact with the UK children’s social care system. Excellent oral and written communication skills will be needed, and the capacity to work in a team as well as independently. Prior experience of working creatively with young people is desirable but not essential. You are likely to have an interest in developing a career in socially engaged artistic practice, or university based practice as research. Because young people are currently underrepresented among the project team, we particularly wish to encourage applications from young adults (aged up to 30 years).

The position is paid at an hourly rate of £12.50 per hour for an average of one eight hour day per week, for an initial period of 6 months with potential for extension. The appointed person will also benefit from professional mentoring with Battersea Arts Centre.

The Research Assistant will:
– become familiar with TVF project and its aims
– work closely with a research team led by Dr. Maggie Inchley and be based at People’s Palace Projects’ university office
– assist with the development, planning, and administration of TVF project
– assist with the development, planning, and administration of TVF residential workshops for care experienced children
– create and run a ‘Portable Testimony Service’ for Local Authorities and Universities
– create and run an ‘Alumni Network’ using the TVF website, social media and events
assist with documentation and dissemination of the project.

For more information, visit the websites:
The Verbatim Formula
People’s Palace ProjectsTVF is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Please apply via email by Monday 25th September, 6pm, to Dr. Maggie Inchley ([email protected]with your CV, a brief explanation of any previous relevant experience, and the reasons for your interest in the post. Interviews to be held 28th and 29th September for immediate start. Please feel free to email first with any queries.