Research Volunteer

Release is the national centre of expertise on drugs and drug laws, providing free legal services to people who use drugs and those most affected by the UK’s drug laws. We campaign for reform of the UK’s drug laws, specifically calling for the end of criminal sanctions for possession offences in recognition that the evidence supports that continued criminalisation is unnecessary, harmful and undermines public health.

We are looking for a research volunteer to help carry out freedom of information (FOI) requests related to the UK’s drug policy and analyse the quantitative and qualitative data received.

This position would be well suited to final year students or recent graduates of criminology or a public health-related degree.

Desired skills:

·         Strong research and writing skills.

·         Strong attention to detail.

·         A keen interest in UK drug laws, policing, harm reduction and drug treatment.

This internship is part-time (2 days a week) and for 2-3 months over the summer period. Though the position is unpaid, Release can reimburse travel within zones 1-2 in London on the days worked.

Please send a statement of interest (maximum 1 page) and a CV to by Monday June 6.