We're Recruiting!

As Manchester's first student-run think tank, The Peterloo Institute is providing a platform for the next generation of progressive policymakers in the region. From innovative research, to insightful publications, to engaging public events, there are all sorts of ways you can get involved with the amazing voluntary work our teams do.  

All too often entry into the world of political policy is through narrow channels reserved for a select few. We want to change that. Diversity and inclusivity are at the heart of how we operate as an organisation and we value people from all different backgrounds and with all types of experience. 

 

So if you think working in policy isn't for you, think again. By joining our team, you can gain the skills you need to launch a career in the field whilst helping provide the solutions to some of the biggest challenges our city and country face today. 

Researcher

Structural Racism Research Team

We are looking for people who have an interest in solving issues within the area of Structural Racism, particularly in the area of education. We also expect applicants to be committed to combating structural racism, no matter what form it takes. The Institute is currently working on an exciting collaboration with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and other projects, so now it is a great time to join the team and gain practical experience in affecting positive change through policy. The expected time commitment for this role is 6-8 hours a week.

Research team specialisms include: primary education; high school education (11-16yrs); college education (16-18yrs);  university education; Covid-19; teachers and support staff.

What we need from you:

Essential:

  • Creativity and initiative

  • Excellent organisation

  • Strong communication skills

  • Team-working skills

  • Passionate interest in student engagement with policy and politics

  • Passionate interest in issues of regional inequality and structural racism

Desirable:

  • Experience in social media outreach 

  • Experience in email marketing 

  • Experience or ideas for strategising growth of organisational outreach

  • Any other abilities you believe could be used to improve the Institute's marketing and social media presence!

Contact Co-founder, Jemima Freudmann, with any questions you may have: communications@thepeterlooinstitute.org 

Editor 

We are looking for members of the Editorial Team, who will assist the Chief Editor in the production and publication of the varied output of The Peterloo Institute (including but not limited to blog posts, policy positions, and research). The role primarily centres on editing and reviewing our in-house research and external submissions. We will also require occasional written contributions, so a good level of written English is essential.

What we need from you:

Essential:

  • Clear and confident writing skills

  • Excellent organisation

  • Clear and highly consistent communication

  • Passionate interest in student engagement with policy and politics

  • Passionate interest in issues relating to structural racism and/or regional inequality

  • Keen attention to detail 

Desirable:

  • Previous editorial experience (consider any equivalent experience and show that your skills are transferable)

  • Experience with online content and publishing platforms

  • Familiarity with basic economic concepts, policy production and UK politics

Contact the Chief Editor, Evan Saunders, with any questions you may have: editorial@thepeterlooinstitute.org 

Marketing Officer

As a Marketing Officer, you will help The Peterloo Institute rapidly expand its presence and outreach. You will need to have a keen eye for marketing strategies, and be proactive in extending our reach as an organisation; as we grow, this becomes increasingly important for ensuring that the work we do here gets the platform that it deserves. If you are an individual who is passionate about our research areas and information dissemination, this is the position for you! Because we are looking to innovate, this role will be shaped by your skillset and ideas, so there is ample opportunity to influence the Institute’s image and marketing.

What we need from you:

Essential:

  • Creativity and initiative

  • Excellent organisation

  • Strong communication skills

  • Team-working skills

  • Passionate interest in student engagement with policy and politics

  • Passionate interest in issues of regional inequality and structural racism

Desirable:

  • Experience in social media outreach 

  • Experience in email marketing 

  • Experience or ideas for strategising growth of organisational outreach

  • Any other abilities you believe could be used to improve the Institute's marketing and social media presence!

Contact Co-founder, Jemima Freudmann, with any questions you may have: communications@thepeterlooinstitute.org 

Head of Events

This is an essential role for introducing people to the institute and informing and inspiring individuals both within and outside the think tank. You will be responsible for managing events, working closely with the rest of the Education Team as well as other areas of the think tank. This role includes organising engaging and educational events (online for now) around our policy areas, Regional Inequality and Structural Racism. You will have the freedom to conceptualise new event ideas and formats.

What we need from you:

Essential:​

  • Excellent organisation

  • Clear and highly consistent communication

  • Teamwork

  • Passionate interest in student engagement with policy and politics

  • Passionate interest in issues of regional inequality and structural racism

  • Innovative ideas

Desirable:

  • Experience public speaking/teaching

  • Experience in managing events, online or in-person

Contact our Co-founders, Jemima Freudmann or Rohan Dronsfield, with any questions you may have: jemima@thepeterlooinstitute.org

rohan@thepeterlooinstitute.org

Quantitative/Qualitative Education Officer

We are looking for people to join our Education Team and work in qualitative or quantitative education alongside our Head of Qualitative Education, Bethany Stansby, and Head of Quantitative Education, Tao Wang. You will be involved in organising talks and workshops and producing educational resources on relevant research methods in relation to our current policy areas: Regional Inequality and Structural Racism. Your work will be essential in providing students the opportunity to develop the research skills necessary to meet the competencies required to join our research teams and enter the policy world with confidence after graduation. You will also provide interesting insights into the methods behind interesting findings. 

What we need from you:

Essential:​

  • Excellent organisation

  • Strong communication skills

  • Experience in qualitative and/or qualitative research methods

  • Team-working skills

  • Passionate interest in student engagement with policy and politics

  • Passionate interest in issues of regional inequality and structural racism ​​

  • Understanding of R, STATA or SPSS (or a different language)

Desirable:

  • Experience in education/tutoring/teaching/mentoring 

  • Experience in event organisation

  • Engaging, strong interpersonal skills

Contact Bethany Stansby with any questions you may have: education@thepeterlooinstitute.org 

Treasurer

The treasurer will control the think tank's finances and will manage financial external relations, such as securing sponsorship. They will help budget for events and projects, and are responsible for making payments on the think tank's behalf.

What we need from you:

Essential

  • An interest in working in policy

  • Excellent oral and written communication

Desirable

  • Experience securing sponsorship

Contact Jemima Freudmann with any questions you may have: jemima@thepeterlooinstitute.org 

Regional Inequality Policy Advisor

We are looking for Policy Advisors to join our Regional Inequality Research Team. Our aim is to break the cycle of regional inequality through our research and policy recommendations, focusing on disparities in health, education and the economy. The driving factors behind these disparities, such as food poverty, educational opportunity and employment, are currently being mapped and investigated at local level areas within Greater Manchester (GM). These catalysts of inequality are intrinsically interlinked, and we hope to capture the complexity of this social phenomena in our research.  .Our Policy Advisors will play a crucial role in developing, recommending, and implementing policy based on the research conducted by the team, as well as analysing and monitoring policies that are already in effect at a regional and national level. Policy Advisors will be involved at every stage of the research project and will be expected to work collaboratively with team members and communicate with external contacts. Policy Advisors will gain experience in multilateral policymaking and influence policy in Greater Manchester.​

What we need from you:

Essential:

  • Teamwork

  • Enthusiasm for the research topic

  • Interest in devising and implementing policy

  • Strong written and verbal communication

  • An ability to work well with external partners and stakeholders

If you have a strong interest in policy but lack experience, then we still strongly encourage you to apply. We are keen to support you in developing new skills and experience within policy development.

Contact the Head of Research for Regional Inequality, Yasmin Puran, with any questions you may have: 

regionalinequality@thepeterlooinstitute.org