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Research Associate - Job opportunity at the University of Manchester

Research Associate in Modern Slavery in the Leicester Ready-Made Garment Industry

A Research Associate is required to work on a Leverhulme Trust funded research project within the Fashion, Business & Technology discipline, Department of Materials, Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Manchester.

The aim of this innovative research project is to explore and expand on the impact of worker voice on the auditing and due diligence processes relating to modern slavery in the Leicester ready-made garment (RMG) industry. The research is related to the field of sustainable supply chain management and operations, modern slavery and work-based learning.

The successful candidate will be part of multidisciplinary team. The project involves working in close collaboration with the Principl Investigator (PI) Dr Amy Benstead, University of Manchester and the following Co-investigators (Co-Is), Erica Charles, GCU London, Dr Dane Lukic, GCU London and Dr Helen Goworek, Durham University.

The Department of Materials is the largest department of its kind in Europe and is one of only two Russell Group Universities offering fashion business and technology courses. It is therefore distinctive in nature and purpose. Its academic staff has an expertise that spans an unusually wide range of materials disciplines, from fashion, textiles, business and technology to polymers, metals, ceramics, biomaterials and composites. The teaching and research reflects this breadth of activity.

The Department and the University are committed to the well-being and work-life balance of all staff. It has a package of family-friendly policies covering flexible working, career breaks and entitlement to paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave. For more details on these and other benefits see

The post-holder will work closely with the PI and the Co-Is. Background knowledge of modern slavery and socially sustainable supply chains is desirable. Strong qualitative analysis and communication skills are the primary requirement for this role. The successful applicant will focus on reviewing the literature and reports. They will also participate in data collection (interviews and workshops), data analysis, undertaking and publishing research whilst also contributing to the efficient management and administration of the project.

As this role involves research at a postgraduate level, applicants who are not an EEA national or a national of an exempt country and who will require sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route of the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) Points Based System in order to take up the role, will be required to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate and will need to obtain this prior to making any official visa application UKVI)

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Amy Benstead, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Management

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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