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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, AIM, NMDC, 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 literacy 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 literacy framework for the UK museum sector that:

 –Has clear and well-developed definitions of ‘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 3 of the project and will be based in the partner museum, The National Army Museum and Museum of London, 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 literacy 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 literacy activation.

About you
With a PhD or equivelant 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.
Additional information

Part time (0.8 fte) fixed term contract to 29 February 2020

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

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.

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 Army Museum Re-opened last year after a £23.75 million transformation, the National Army Museum’s mission is to connect people with the stories of Our Army and the people that have served in it.  We are a contemporary museum with a world-class collection that moves, inspires, challenges, educates and entertains a wide range of visitors. Through our five thematic galleries and our innovative exhibition and events programme, the public can explore what it’s like to be a soldier, why we fought in conflicts – past and present, and discover the impact the Army has had on our society and the world

Partner Museum:The Museum of London

The Museum of London tells the remarkable story of London and the people who shaped the capital from prehistoric times to the present day. It attracts around 1m visitors per year to its three sites - museums in the City and Docklands, and the largest archaeological archive in the world in Hackney, and there are over 7m objects in its Designated collection. The organisation is in an exciting stage in its development as it prepares to relocate its City-based museum to a new site in West Smithfield in 2023.