Professor Nick Barber is looking for between 1 and 3 research assistants to help with the final stages of preparation of his book, The United Kingdom Constitution: An Introduction.  The research assistant(s) will check references, ensure that the manuscript is in OSCOLA style, and provide general editorial assistance, and critical engagement, with the text.

Duration and hours

Total number of hours of work available: 100

Maximum number of hours of work per week : 8 hours, in line with Faculty policy on work by graduate students

Start date: Monday February 22nd 2021

Date by which the work must be completed: Friday 30th April (10 weeks)


The Research Assistant will report to Nicholas Barber.


  • A good understanding, or the willingness to gain such an understanding, of OSCOLA is essential
  • The capacity to focus on detail is essential
  • A general understanding of the UK constitution is desirable
  • Prior editorial experience is desirable


This position 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.  It is expected that the work will be undertaken in the UK.

Rate of Pay

This will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £15.37 per hour (based on Grade 6 point 1)  plus holiday pay of £1.86 per hour worked (= total of £17.23/hour).


This position is funded by the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government. (reference BA0910-CB096)

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to Nick Barber ( by the end of Friday 29th January. Please explain how you meet the requirements for the role, and give details of your availability.  The post may be split between up to three candidates – please indicate if you have a preference for the number of hours awarded.  

Supervisors may be asked for a reference. 

Informal enquiries may be emailed to Nick Barber