Become a member of the Research Retold team!
WHAT DOES RESEARCH RETOLD DO?O
ur mission is to help academic researchers better communicate their findings to those beyond the academic community who need to implement them. We’re really good at translating complex information into simple language and then turning that information into beautiful designs that spark curiosity and aid learning.
WHY DOES RESEARCH MATTER?R
esearch is knowledge and knowledge is power. Whether it’s the dynamics of global health in Africa, how to improve sound in cinemas or ways in which music can help us sleep better, the topics explored by researchers aim to bring humanity forward and improve people’s lives. We’re proud to be making an active contribution to this process and we’re excited to learn with every new project.
HOW CAN ‘RE-TELLING’ RESEARCH BE FUN?W
orking with world-leading academic researchers gives us real sense of excitement not to mention a unique educational edge. We work with academics at the end of their research cycle when they are excited to tell the world about it. The key to considering it a fun process is the awareness that we are ultimately making knowledge more accessible… but then again we’re the first to admit we’re all a bit nerdy.
WHERE CAN YOUR WORK BE SHOWCASED?
Our clients take our documents in meetings with policy-makers, industry representatives or business people.
We work with leading researchers from across UK universities such as the University of Leeds, University of Sheffield or University of Derby and the institutions also promote our outputs.
RESEARCH COMMUNICATOR REQUIREMENTS
Our clients are super smart researchers, so you’ll need to be able to hold intellectual conversations with them and express genuine interest and enthusiasm in what they do. Of course, it’s OK to ask questions if you’re unsure of certain concepts, but you should feel confident about talking to academics and yes, you should know what ‘methodology’ means.
LIKE TO READ
While we aim to create efficiencies by directly asking the academics what part of their reports need highlighting, you are expected to have read a fair amount of academic material during your student years and not look starstruck when someone says ‘epistemology’. You will receive training, but it needs to be in your nature to want to explore and discover new subjects of knowledge.
TO THE POINT
Being a good research communicator is all about extracting the essence from a piece of written work, so you should be able to rephrase information in straightforward ways. We’ll teach you some techniques of asking good questions, but it should come as a natural reaction to want to remove jargon and replace it with easy-to-understand words.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER REQUIREMENTS
PRO WITH ILLUSTRATOR
The magic of re-telling research is finalised on an Adobe Illustrator artboard. You should be able to work Adobe Illustrator like a pro and love working with it and its many quirky features. If there’s something you don’t know how to do, you will find an online tutorial and learn it. You will also save your work regularly to avoid disasters.
When the research communicator comes to you with two pages of text you need to power up your creative engines and think of innovative ways to display that information. Depending on the client’s requirements, you will creatively use colour principles that enhance the text and aid learning. The artboard is your oyster… so to speak.
FLEXIBLE AND PATIENT
The design phase of our process requires 2-3 stages of feedback and implementation from the academic. We need to make sure their entire team is on board and has given us feedback, so you need to be flexible with their demands, meticulous to implement their changes and excited to bring their research to life.
We expect everyone who works with us to be a team player, a good communicator, proficient in English and reliable.