Research Assistant - RLSS UK (Fixed Term)

University of Chichester

United Kingdom

September 28, 2022


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Hourly Paid: £14.46 per hour. Fixed term: September 2022 to February 2023. Up to 370 hours across 50 days (flexible)



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Research Assistant - RLSS UK (Fixed Term)

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Institute of Sport, Nursing and Allied Health

Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK)

Research Project: How effective is the 10:20 scanning system for hazard detection using a video task?

A lifeguard's job is to engage in constant surveillance of an assigned zone in the water, and although an occasional rescue may be warranted, surveillance is still the primary component of their day-to-day work experience (Lanagan- Leitzel & Moore, 2010). The surveillance process can be described as observing, recording and assessing the water area that is being surveyed (Fenner, Leahy, Buhk, & Dawes, 1999).

The 10:20 system is the most widely used scanning technique used by lifeguards in the world. However, the evidence that underpins this guidance is limited and as of September 2022 we are unable to access any peer-reviewed supporting studies. Given the limited evidence base exploring the effectiveness of the 10:20 scanning system, this programme of research will provide evidence of its efficacy in comparison to a natural observation strategy determined by the lifeguards.

This project will involve working with an experienced research team and industry experts to develop stimuli (video capture and editing), collect and analyse eye tracking data, as well as determining hazard detection ability.

The Institute of Sport, Nursing and Allied Health are looking to recruit a research assistant to join this research project. Informal enquiries are welcomed by Dr Jenny Smith - Reader in Performance Psychology at

The University of Chichester embraces all forms of diversity and aspires to be a fully inclusive and representative employer and so we encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people.

Closing Date: Wednesday 28 September 2022 (midnight)

Interview Date: TBC

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Founded in 1839,The University of Chichester is an open university which received its university status in 2005. Notably, the University of Chichester is a member of The Cathedrals Group.Situated in West Sussex, England, the university maintains two campuses one in...