Closing the Gap: Using UK equality legislation to address economic and status inequalities

Professor Sandra Fredman, Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, and Dr Aaron Reeves, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, are looking for a Research Assistant to work with the Closing the Gap project.  The project is funded by the Fell Fund (BAD00310), and the PIs are Professor Fredman, Dr Reeves and Dr Meghan Campbell, Deputy Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub and senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham.

The Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH) brings together academics, practitioners, and policy-makers from across the globe to advance the understanding and protection of human rights and equality. Through the vigorous exchange of ideas and resources, we strive to facilitate a better understanding of human rights principles, to develop new approaches to policy, and to influence the development of human rights law and practice.

In partnership with the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, a cross-disciplinary group comprising lawyers and social scientists aims to explore how findings from the social sciences might be deployed more effectively in order to develop persuasive legal arguments in relation to the Equality Act. To date, such efforts have been imperfect and often resulted in disappointing legal outcomes.

To take this project forward, we are looking for a research assistant to analyse the Equality Impact Assessments undertaken by the government in response to COVID-19.

Duration and hours

Total number of hours of work available: 100 hours

Maximum number of hours of work per month: 20 hours

Start date: 14th December 2020

Date by which the work must be completed: 30th September 2021


The Research Assistant will report to Professor Sandra Fredman and work with Dr Aaron Reeves and Dr Meghan Campbell.


  • Hold a first degree, together with some relevant experience
  • Excellent Research Skills
  • Ability to manage own research and administrative activities.


  • Conduct original qualitative analysis on Equality Impact Assessments
  • Assist in project development
  • Contribute to discussion and attend meetings
  • Contribute toward writing a report or journal article based on original research


This post is open to current graduate research students in the Law Faculty or in any other department in the University of Oxford and the hours are in line with the restrictions on working hours for students. 

Rate of Pay

More than 12 weeks (variable hours contract): 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 £2.63 per hour worked (= total of £18.00/hour).


This position is funded by the University’s John Fell Fund, reference BAD00310.

How to Apply

A short CV and cover letter (including the name of your supervisor, if any) should be sent by email to by 4th December 2020.  Please explain how you meet the requirements for the role, and give details of your availability .

Supervisors may be asked for a reference. 

Informal enquiries may be emailed to