ROTA Community Research Partnership (RCRP) 

ROTA are recruiting 10 Peer Researchers (PRs) to take part in the first ROTA Community Research Partnership, supported with funding from Propel. Successful candidates will be engaged in the partnership from June until December. 

What is the RCRP?

The ROTA Community Research Partnership (RCRP) is the new flagship project from ROTA, which will take place over at least the next three years, enabled by funding from Propel.  

This project aims to explore the ways in which racial inequities affect the Black and other racialised communities of London. In order to do this, we will be establishing partnerships with individuals and organisations with direct lived experience of these inequalities. 

ROTA will train 10 PRs, and co-design a programme of research with and for them to undertake. This could involve, for example, handing out questionnaires to PRs’ local communities, or inviting a number of PRs peers to take part in research interviews. Both research and pastoral support will be available across the length of the programme. 

It is hoped that this will both empower individuals and organisations to address and advocate for issues within their communities, and establish long-term partnerships across the diverse communities of London. 

We are committed to supporting intersectional research throughout the RCRP. Applications that explore the ways in which racial inequity interacts with other forms of discrimination, such as misogyny/misogynoir, ableism or homophobia, along with additional issues faced by care leavers or looked after children, for example, will therefore be favoured. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about intersectionality, or whether your proposal addresses intersectional themes.

Each year, the RCRP will centre on two themes which directly affect Black and other minorities communities in London.  

The RCRP research themes for 2024 are employment and education. These themes are defined loosely, and applicants are encouraged to consider ways to draw these themes together in their project proposals.  

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with ROTA’s Policy and Research Officer, Kulvinder, at rcrp@rota.org.uk, if you wish to discuss whether your project might fit within these themes.

As a PR, your commitment will be to attend all of the training sessions between June and November, including the core research training of 5 days across two weeks in late June. PRs will also be expected to spend around one day per week working on the independent research elements of the project from July until October. 

To be eligible to apply you must: 

  • Be based in London to conduct the research. 
  • Have lived experience as an individual from a Black & Global Majority Background. 
  • Have close ties with your community. 
  • Be committed to developing research skills in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Possess good people skills. 
  • Have the ability to engage with and listen to members of your community.  
  • Have good communication skills in English 

PRs will receive extensive training and support in conducting research and analysis. They will also be paid a stipend of £3,000, in regular monthly instalments from June to December. 

PRs and their communities or organisations will also benefit from the relationships established during the course of the partnership. ROTA has over 2500 partner organisations and members in the racial equity space, and events during the course of the partnership and moving forward will provide good opportunities for networking.


How do I apply? 

If you are interested, please complete and submit the application form.

On the application, you will be asked to provide a brief (up to 500 word) summary of the research that you would ideally like to carry out. We will work with the successful applicants to develop their research ideas over the training process, and so do not be discouraged if you only have a loose idea of, for example, the rough area you would like to research, or the community that you would like to work with. Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss your application ahead of the submission deadline.  

The closing date for all applications is 24 May, 2024 at 12 noon

Note: please only apply if you know you can be fully committed to this research as it allows for a much wider reach to community researchers.


How will my application be assessed?

Your application will be assessed according to the below criteria: 

Proposal (50%)  We will consider the ways in which: (i) your proposed research will benefit intersectional communities of Londoners; (ii) the importance and timeliness of your proposed research; (iii) your ideal research outcomes; (iv) the feasibility of your proposed research, given the short research and training periods; and (v) how your research fits in with ROTA’s current strategic priorities. 

Fit with research themes (20%) We will also look at the ways in which your proposed research: (i) fits into the stated research themes; and/or (ii) incorporates both research themes. Applicants are encouraged to consider the ways in which their research could incorporate both research themes, although strong examples only addressing either theme will be considered equally. 

Your connection to research participants (10%) We will look at the extent to which applicants have a strong connection to the communities that they hope to research, and their ability to predict any issues with participant recruitment.  

Partnership opportunities (20%) As a membership organisation, ROTA are always looking for ways to expand our community, and to draw in a wider range of perspectives. As such, we will be looking into: (i) the alignment of applicants and/or their organisations with ROTA’s aims and priorities; and (ii) the intersectional diversity of PRs, and/or their organisations community or service users.


Where can I find out more?

For any queries please contact Kulvinder and Taranjit at rcrp@rota.org.uk. We will also be hosting two launch events for the RCRP, on the 16th of May (at 13:30 and 18:30) at the Resource for London on Holloway Road. Come along to hear more about the Partnership, meet the team, and have any questions answered. Register your interest here


For any queries about the project, please contact Kulvinder and Taranjit at rcrp@rota.org.uk.

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