The project “Explaining ‘Unexplained’ Grade Inflation in the UK’s Universities” aims to understand the reasons for the steep increase in the proportion of students gaining an upper-second class or first-class degree from UK universities in recent decades. Using a large administrative dataset the project will empirically test competing hypotheses for the observed grade inflation and explore the implications for Government higher education policy and regulation.

You will work closely with Dr Robertas Zubrickas and Dr Matt Dickson (Institute for Policy Research).

There will also be opportunities for you to access research development and have time to spend on your own research, in line with the Researcher Concordat recommendations. There may also be possibilities to supplement the role with additional teaching in the Department of Economics.

This role is offered on a part-time (0.75 FTE i.e. 27.5 hours per week) fixed-term basis with an expected duration of 12 months. Alternatively, the post could be held full-time (36.5 hours per week) for a fixed-term of 9 months. We are looking for someone that can start on or before 1st September 2023. Please indicate at application stage your interest in hours.

For informal discussions about the role please contact Dr Robertas Zubrickas (Senior Lecturer) on or Dr Matt Dickson (Reader) on