The purpose of the in-practice visiting researcher position is to support a practitioner in their academic development and help them prepare for future funding applications – especially for pursuing a part-time or full-time PhD or other funded research.

Applicants are therefore invited to hold the status of visiting researcher for 1 year, starting October 2022 in the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) in Cardiff University. This opportunity will be relevant to those with a demonstrable interest in social work with children, young people, and their families.

This honorary affiliation with Cardiff University is unpaid but there is a stipend of £500 to offset costs, assuming full engagement.

Applicants are expected to be a registered social worker and have a strong interest in research.

The visiting researcher will receive fortnightly virtual supervision over the year from Dr Martin Elliott between October 2022 and June 2023. They will be affiliated with the CASCADE research team, which includes researchers who have come from practice. The visiting researcher will be required to undertake research and skills development activity between supervision sessions.

The visiting researcher will have remote access to electronic journals and books, as well as to the Cardiff University libraries. The visiting researcher will be supported over the year in conducting a literature review for publication, and in identifying potential research questions, methods, and sources of data for future research. They will also have opportunities, should they wish, to be involved in existing projects in CASCADE.

As well as a professional social work qualification, candidates will have excellent academic results. The reason is that this will increase the visiting researcher’s likelihood of success with future grant applications.

The successful applicant will need to make their own arrangements with their employer for time to hold the visiting researcher position, whether through study leave, annual leave, or other arrangements.

Location. To apply please e-mail Dr Martin Elliott ( by Friday 9th September. With your e-mail please attach: (i) A letter (no more than 400 words) outlining why you would be interested in further academic development, your central research interests, and your longer-term ambitions/plans; ii) Your CV, stating your contact details, qualifications and grades, employment, and your citizenship. iii) Details of two professional referees, to be contacted if you are selected for interview. Interviews will be held virtually.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. Appointment will also be contingent on a DBS check.