Dr Andrew Higgins is looking for a research assistant to help with an empirical research project on media coverage of tort cases, rights and obligations.

Duration and hours

The work is to start as soon as possible and is likely to run until the end of Hilary Term 2018.

The hours will vary, but will not exceed 8 hours per week or 80 hours in total.  


The post will report to Dr Higgins


A general understanding of English tort law is essential.

A general understanding of English civil procedure is desirable.

Experience in carrying out empirical research is desirable.

Experience with Nvivo software is desirable but not necessary.

The post requires excellent writing and research skills, and access to online search tools and a law library. Good admin and IT skills are essential.

The work can be done in any place where you have access to a good library, but you must be able to travel to Oxford for occasional meetings.


This post is open to current graduate research students in the Law Faculty and the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students.

Rate of Pay

This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £14.56/hour plus holiday pay of £2.49 = total of £17.05/hour. 


This post is funded by the Law Faculty’s Research Support Fund.

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to Andrew.higgins@law.ox.ac.uk by 29 September 2017. Please explain briefly how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability over summer.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.

Informal enquiries may be emailed to Andrew.higgins@law.ox.ac.uk


Guidelines for Faculty members / line managers

Graduate Studies Committee agreed in Michaelmas Term 2013 the following guidelines and stipulations which were endorsed by the Law Faculty Board the same term.

BCL/MJur students are not permitted to undertake paid work of any kind for the Faculty, and are advised against undertaking paid work offered from any other source as well.

PRS, MPhil, and MSt students are not permitted to undertake teaching for the Faculty but can undertake up to eight hours’ paid work per week and can be employed by the Faculty up to that limit for work other than teaching.

DPhil students can undertake up to eight hours’ paid work of any kind (including teaching) per week and can be employed by the Faculty up to that limit.

Any queries regarding the eligibility of a particular student should be directed to Geraldine Malloy in the Faculty Office.