Discover Digital Peer Researcher

Peer Researchers are people who help us reach out into communities to understand what gets in the way of digital inclusion, what works for people and how we can support more people to have the access they need (and want) to the digital world.

Who can be a peer researcher?

Anyone over the age of 18 can become a Discover Peer Researcher. You do not need to have any experience of research or be digitally savvy. You will be trained and supported by an experienced team and provided with all the materials and contacts you need to reach out to your networks. You will help people to ‘Get Talking’ about how they want to interact with the digital world and the support they need to do it. We are especially interested in recruiting peer researchers who often left out of more traditional research including people from minoritized cultures and backgrounds.

What skills or experiences do I need?

You will enjoy talking and interacting with others and will be interesting in helping your community. You do not need to have any experience or qualifications – you will get all the training and support you need. You might have some ideas of your own about the barriers you and others have faced in getting online, and we will encourage you to share these so others can learn from you.

What is in it for me?

  • All peer researchers will receive a bursary to cover out of pocket expenses.
  • You will be fully trained and supported throughout the programme.
  • You will develop new skills in peer research, and may be able to gain a level 3 qualification in Community Consultation (if you complete the programme and an assessment).
  • You will be able to list your volunteering on your CV.
  • You will join a supportive team and a growing network of peer researchers in the city.
  • You will extend your own network by working on a project with 12 community partners.

How do I sign up?

We are hosting an information event on 18th January 2022. To sign up please go to our Eventbright page.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further please contact Nic Gratton at n.gratton@staffs.ac.uk, or telephone 01782 292751 (From 4th January 2022)

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