GCHU Micro-Internship applications now open

The GCHU is excited to announce our continued participation in the University of Oxford’s Micro-Internship programme with three placements available for September 2021. Applications can be submitted through the CareerConnect website. The deadline for submissions is Monday 2nd August.

Research Analyst: Preventable deaths in cities in England and Wales

Understanding the causes of deaths, and how they can be prevented is critical for improving how we live. At the national level, over-reporting or under-reporting of deaths can profoundly affect policy decisions, which in turn alter global economies, and the day-to-day lives of citizens. At the individual level, understanding how and why deaths occur may prevent similar deaths or serious harms from occurring in the future. 

As a Research Analyst at the Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation (GCHU), Kellogg College, you will work on the Preventable Deaths programme. This pioneering research aims to harness lessons from premature deaths to reduce avoidable harms, serve patient and public safety, and to educate the public, clinicians, and policymakers. You will work closely with Dr Georgia Richards, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at GCHU, and choose a city (e.g. Oxford) to focus your analysis. Your findings will contribute to a Report on “Preventable Deaths in Cities in England and Wales”.

This innovative research will make use of coroners’ Prevention of Future Deaths reports (PFDs), by synthesising and analysing data on a city of your choice. We have used PFDs to create the Preventable Deaths Tracker and are conducting research on preventable opioid-related deaths, deaths involving cardiovascular disease and anticoagulants, suicides, SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), and deaths involving medicines and misused drugs. In addition to analysing data and producing a report, you will have the opportunity to publish your work as a blog, or as part of a journal publication.

This placement is open to both undergraduate and graduate students on taught or research programmes. It would be suitable for an individual interested in working with real world open data that has policy implications for how we improve the lives of people living in England and Wales. This placement is an opportunity for those wishing to contribute to an evidence-based strategy for reducing avoidable harms, and creating a data analytics tool that enhances surveillance of preventable deaths in England and Wales.

Start date: Monday 6 – Friday 10 September 2021

Application closing date: Monday 2 August 2021

Further information including on how to apply can be found on the CareerConnect platform.