Research Intern for Corra Foundation




Location: Riverside House, Edinburgh
£11-£13.75 per hour depending on experience
Full Time for 5 months
Immediate Start
Closing date: 16 November 2017. 12 noon

About the Company

Corra Foundation has over 30 years’ experience as one of Scotland’s leading grant-makers, distributing more than £132m through over 14,500 grants to charities. We were previously called Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland. Corra Foundation exists to make a difference to people and communities, by encouraging positive change, opportunities, fairness and growth of aspirations, which improve quality of life.

Our vision is for a society in which people create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives. We work closely with other charities and funders, communities and policymakers towards our four key aims:

• Be the best grant-maker we can be – Grant-making is at the heart of what we do, and we want to do it as well as possible with an open and accessible approach.
• Get alongside communities – We are working differently, including with communities we don’t historically reach and others with a big appetite for change.
• Share expertise – We will use our 30+ years’ experience in grant making to support others.
• Partnership – We want to make a bigger difference to people by working together with others.

The Role

This role was created to provide research support for the project 'Place-Based Approaches: improving effectiveness': a six-month Scottish Government funded project aiming to harness learning from the numerous place-based initiatives taking place across Scotland and beyond. The project will improve our understanding of the importance of place, what is required to create enabling conditions for communities to thrive, and where the policy agenda fits. The Research Intern will work closely with the Secretariat Lead who will direct the research work as required. There will also be a Cross-sectoral Impact Group (CSIG) who will be actively involved in shaping and participating in a comprehensive evidence review, culminating in recommendations for change.

In this role you will be required to assist with or undertake some or all of these tasks, depending on demand over the course of the project:women.png

• Provide a comprehensive support to the Secretariat Lead in various areas of research
• Support the organisation of regular meetings and circulating of papers in advance
• Make room bookings, organising transport, accommodation, expenses etc.
• Establish methods of ongoing communication between the CSIG to maintain dialogue, as directed by the Secretariat Lead
• Set up portals for CSIG reports, information gathering and signposting, as required by the Secretariat Lead
• Prepare material for the group and outputs from the work
• Collect evidence from select places
• Promote and support Corra Foundation’s mission, vision, values and principles of governance
• Participate in building the literature review by identifying and collating evidence relevant to the Scottish context about what works ‘in place’ locally, nationally and globally, identifying the relationship between practice and policy
• Help develop research methodology, drawing on a range of indicators, to select a sample of place-based initiatives across in Scotland and secure their participation in an in-depth, qualitative and quantitative research assignment to assess bridges and barriers to change
• Attend internal and external meetings which may require travel to other locations


The ideal candidate is educated to degree level. A Social Science background would be beneficial.
The following skills are desirable, though not essential:

• Experience of assessment of quantitative and qualitative evidence
• Communication and presentation skills (e.g. writing reports based on the evidence etc.)
• Experience with service design, but also able to use digital design tools.
• Highly organised
• Able to manage your time and workload effectively
• Knowledge of research methods and some experience in research skills
• Ability to work within a team in a collaborative manner
• Willingness to work on your own initiative when this is necessary
• Knowledge of research ethics and ability to practise a highly ethical approach throughout the research.


Closing date for applications is 16 November, 12 noon.

Please submit a CV and covering letter through the Adopt An Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date. State A) your availability and B) relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job specifications. We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated.

Please confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.