Professor Carolyn Hoyle (Centre for Criminology) is looking for a research assistant to update a literature review and recent case law on the availability of state compensation for the wrongfully convicted.

Duration and hours

The work can start as soon as possible and should ideally be completed by the end of November 2018.

The Research Assistant will be expected to work 50 hours in total. The work can be completed over the course of the late summer, spread across the remaining summer vacation and into Michaelmas term, or be completed within Michaelmas term, at a rate of approximately 6 hours a week.


The post will report to Professor Hoyle.


  • A general understanding of the field of law is essential.
  • A reasonable understanding of the Court of Appeal (Criminal division) and the criminological literature on state compensation for the wrongfully convicted is desirable.
  • This post requires good 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. There will be no need to come to Oxford to meet with Professor Hoyle, as communications can be by email or skype. 


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

For work lasting more than 12 weeks: This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £14.80/hour plus holiday pay of £2.53 = total of £17.33/hour


This post is funded by the Law Faculty’s Research Support Fund (RSF1718-76)

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to ( by the 23rd August 2018. Please explain briefly how you meet the requirements and give details of your availability over summer.

Supervisors may be asked for a reference.


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.