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Research Officer in Sensorimotor Development (Handwriting)

Do you want to apply your knowledge of motor development to improve academic outcomes for the next generation of young learners? Are you interested in training teachers to deliver a promising new handwriting intervention designed for the classroom? Would you like to contribute to an ambitious team seeking to transform children’s access to essential support for learning?

We are seeking highly motivated individuals to join the Helping Handwriting Shine (HHS) project at the University of Leeds, funded by the EEF and being independently evaluated by NFER. This is one of two researcher posts we are advertising.

You will be responsible for designing and delivering intervention training for an existing, previously piloted, in-school motor-skills intervention. You will then deliver this training to education professionals across the North of England and oversee the subsequent intervention delivery, maintaining school-staff peer networks and offering targeted support. Data from this study will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention in improving handwriting ability and writing composition in Y2 and Y5 students. Through interviews and lesson observations, you will also contribute to reviewing implementation of the intervention, making future recommendations to improve impact.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Prof Mark Mon-Williams, School of Psychology

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5725, email:

Further Information

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. We will be happy to consider job share applications and are committed to flexible working for all our employees.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:  School of Psychology
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £32,548 to £38,833 p.a. pro rata
Due to funding limitations it will not be possible to appoint above spine point 33 (£33,550)
Working Time:  60% Full Time Equivalent
Post Type:  Part Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (1 September 2018 - 30 October 2019)
Release Date:  Wednesday 25 July 2018
Closing Date:  Tuesday 07 August 2018
Interview Date:  Wednesday 15 August 2018
Reference:  MHPSY1046
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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