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About the role
‘One by One’ is a 30-month national research project helping to build digitally confident museums. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), is led by The University of Leicester in partnership with Culture24, and is being delivered together with a range of museums, strategic sector agencies and academic partners - including the Museums Association, HLF, Nesta, Arts Council England, Association of Independent Museums, National Museums Directors’ Council, the Collections Trust and the Museum Development Network.

‘One by One’ aims to help UK museums of any size better define, improve, measure and embed the digital skills of their staff and volunteers in all roles and at all levels. By introducing a new approach to ‘digital literacy’, understanding and development, this project aims to create new organisational mindsets in museums to help support their digital transformation needs. Specifically the One by One project will design and test a practical digital skills framework for the UK museum sector that:

–Has clear and well-developed definitions of skills and ‘digital literacy’
–Has evidence to demonstrate its effectiveness
–Is adopted sector-wide, with multiple touchpoints
–Is characterised by collective responsibility and ownership
–Is flexible, evolving, adaptable, assuming change
–Is sustainable within organisations
–Has buy-in from sector leadership

The Digital Fellow will join the 'One by One' team during Phase 4 of the project and continue to its end. The Fellow will be based in the partner museum (National Museums Scotland) to deliver the Action Research Project Plan (see below). The postholder will also have an active role within a peer-network of up to six other Digital Fellows across the partner museums.

The objective of this phase will be to evidence whether the proposed model for museum digital skills activation is effective. This objective will be achieved by running, analysing and evaluating the action research interventions in the partner museum. Each intervention (co-designed by the partner museum earlier in the Phase) will relate to that museums’ current strategic needs and capacity, and as a suite of projects will allow the project to test a varied profile of digital skills activation.

The action research project at National Museums Scotland will consider how we might help museum people have confidence to create a ‘plan’ to identify and use the digital skills they have, to develop where they need to, and to understand the impact of these skills on themselves, their organisation and beyond.

Specifically the project will seek to:
• test and evaluate the best ways for individuals in museums to identify their current digital skills and locate the skills they do not yet have;
• explore and evaluate ways for individuals to align these skills with their role profiles;
• support individuals to use, test and develop particular digital skills that will help them do their job better and remove blockers that are hindering or frustrating them;
• help individuals demonstrate the impact that this has had, on themselves, their role and on the museum in creative ways; and
• to explore ways in which this process could be scaled up across the Museum or transferred to other organisations.

The Fellow will be embedded within the Digital Media team and will work with staff across the organisation and museum sites including: Marketing & Communications, Development, Curatorial Teams, Collections Services, HR and Visitor Experience.
About you

With a PhD or equivalent experience, you will have significant research experience and skills in the relevant research area. We are looking for a self-starter who has a real passion for the subject matter. You will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills with a willingness to foster new collaborations, particularly within professional museum settings.

Additional information

Part time (0.4 fte) fixed term contract to 29 February 2020.

Please contact Professor Ross Parry ross.parry@le.ac.uk or Isobel Woodliffe ijw3@le.ac.uk / 0116 252 5633 for informal enquiries.

We anticipate that interviews will take place on Monday 3rd December 2018
In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance and an online portal that offers a range of lifestyle benefits and discounts.. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

Museum Studies: Established in 1966, the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester is the only autonomous department in the UK dedicated to the study of museums and galleries. It is the oldest and largest academic unit of its kind in the world. Through its research and teaching, and the careers of its students, the School seeks to have global influence both on its academic field and the institution at its heart. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008), the Department of Museum Studies, as it was then called, was the highest scoring unit of any discipline or institution in the UK.

For over 50 years, the School of Museum Studies at Leicester has played an influential role in the reinvention of museum theory and practice. The School has been the locus of creative and critical researchers and practitioners who have transformed the academic field and professional practice. By producing original, rigorous and internationally influential research, and by working collaboratively on a range of pioneering initiatives, the School has made a significant and sustained contribution both to the specific field of museum studies and to the international cultural sector more widely.

Partner Museum: National Museums Scotland is one of the UK’s leading museum organisations and has a broad national and international reach. It is responsible for over twelve million objects from across the globe, built up over 200 years. Our largest site, the National Museum of Scotland is one of the leading museums in Europe and is the most visited museum or attraction in the UK outside London. Our objects encompass a huge range of internationally important collections covering science and technology; art, design and fashion; the natural world, cultures across the world; and the story of Scotland itself. These unusually broad ranging collections enable us to explore, to debate and to celebrate our nation and the world around us - past, present and future.

Inspired by the pioneers and thinkers who founded our institution and created our collections, National Museums Scotland is committed to take every opportunity to realise its vision: Inspiring people, connecting Scotland to the world and the world to Scotland. We work with museums and communities across Scotland and internationally, introducing our collections to a much wider audience than can physically visit our museums through touring exhibitions, loans, community engagement, digital programmes and research.