Collaborative Doctoral Awards

Collaborative Doctoral Awards

Downloads

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award

Guidance Document (Word Version) (PDF Version)

Application Form Template (Word Version) (PDF Version)

Institutional Statement (Word Version) (PDF Version)

The Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) scheme funds projects that are developed in collaboration with external organisations across creative, heritage, third and business sectors. These provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first hand professional experience outside the university environment whilst undertaking a PhD.

The application process for Collaborative Doctoral Awards is as follows:

  1. An application made to your chosen project. This application process is wholly run by your chosen HEI through an unique process. You should contact them as soon as possible to find out how they are selecting proposals for nomination, and their internal deadlines for applications. Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded. Nominated students will process to the second stage.
  2. Students who are successful in being nominated by their HEI progress to the second part of the process. Applications are then made through the SGSAH AHRC Scholarship Application System in February 2019. Dates will be published along with full guidance on 1st October 2018.

We recommend that all applicants view the "How to Apply" section to be aware of the entire application process and how Collaborative Doctoral Awards are handled.

You can find the CDA projects for 2018/19 available below. All applications are handled by the individual HEIs. As such, methods of application and deadlines will vary.

All queries regarding this stage of the application process should be directed to the HEI managing your chosen project.

Close Encounters: art, presence and environmental engagement at Loch Lomond

HEI: University of Glasgow

Industry Partner: RSPB

Supervisor: Dr Emma Cardwell, Dr David Borthwick, Prof Hayden Lorimer, Dr Katherine Jones

Summary: Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD studentship opportunity (3.5 years, full-time), which will examine environmental engagement through place-based artwork at Loch Lomond Nature Reserve, Scotland. The studentship will be undertaken in collaboration with RSPB Scotland and is an opportunity made available through the Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme of the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities. Due to begin in October 2019, the studentship project will be supervised by Dr Emma Cardwell, Dr David Borthwick, Professor Hayden Lorimer (University of Glasgow) and Dr Katherine Jones (RSPB Scotland).

How to Apply: Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in Geography, Art and Design, English Literature, Environmental Studies, or another relevant discipline/subject area, and, a Masters-level degree that satisfies AHRC eligibility requirements for advanced research training; or equivalent professional/occupational experience. Preference may be given to candidates with prior experience of working on projects related to nature/wildlife/environment, though this is not essential.

First Phase:

Applicants should submit (i) a Curriculum Vitae, including contact details of one academic referee, (ii) a sample of academic writing (approx. 2000-3000 words in length), and (iii) a 2-page covering letter outlining your art practice or ethos, suitability for this particular studentship project, and for doctoral research more generally, to:

Dr Emma Cardwell, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ (Emma.Cardwell@glasgow.ac.uk) no later than Monday 17th December 2018.

Interviews are scheduled to take place at the University of Glasgow on Wednesday 9th January 2019.

Second Phase:

Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded. Interviewing will enable the identification of a candidate who will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH.

For any enquiries concerning the project, please contact Emma Cardwell (Emma.Cardwell@glasgow.ac.uk)

For further information about PhD research in Geographical and Earth Sciences at University of Glasgow go to:

http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/ges/researchandimpact/

Click here for full project details

 


DeepLandscape: Integrating Artificial Intelligence into practices of archaeological landscape interpretation

HEI: University of Glasgow

Industry Partner: Historic Environment Scotland

Supervisor: Dr Rachel Opitz, Dr Jan Paul Siebert

Project Summary

This PhD project aims to develop a method for integrating AI-led survey with contemporary topographic interpretation practices, and to reflect on the impact of the introduction of this new approach on professional practice. In the context of landscape archaeology and topographic interpretation, in order to take advantage of AI-led approaches, e.g. the automatic identification of features and changes, we must develop a framework for integrating AI into practices of archaeological landscape interpretation, a practice that is currently entirely based on individual visual observation. This requires a critical examination of our interpretive practices, interrogating the influence of our individual experiences, and asking how new interpretive practices might be developed.

The PhD project will take advantage of a pilot project on Arran, where AI-based automated identification of several classes of the islands archaeological features has been conducted within the framework of an archaeological survey of the island by Historic Environment Scotland (HES). The pilot study suggests that creating sound training sets for the identification of archaeological features in lidar topographic models is critical to the process of integrating AI-led approaches and contemporary survey practices. This task is particularly challenging because the identifications of training features are inherently highly interpretive and prejudiced by (expert) observers’ prior knowledge. To mitigate this, we must ask: How can we understand the relationship between what observers identify and what the AI identifies?

The project will have five main stages to study the relationship between human and AI led visual interpretations of topography: application of next generation DCNN methods: an exploration of deep net architectures and combinations of learned and defined features, and integration of multi-modal data-sets; method development for archaeologists’ fieldwork using AI-identifications; integration of archaeologists’ feedback; method development for archaeologists’ creating training data, and reflection on the impacts of AI methods on practice. Issues considered will include agreement between identifications by the deep net and archaeological professionals pre- and post- the addition of new training data, and responses to pre- and post- workshop surveys of archaeological professionals.

This project is embedded at HES and consequently will have direct impact on practice in Scotland. It uses lidar as its test data type, but the principles of the approach are readily expanded to HES’ archives of historic aerial photographic and more recent multi-temporal spectral dataset acquisitions and a variety of datasets increasingly produced through precision agriculture. The use of all these resources is limited by the shortage of expert human interpreters. This problem is critical, as national and international agencies responsible for the management of heritage and individual archaeological researchers working on a variety of questions from how ceramics represent trade to the role of charcoal production in the rural economy are looking to adopt AI led approaches to scale up their studies and address landscapes and assemblages as a whole, rather than through limited case studies.

The project will be formally co-supervised by Dr Rachel Opitz and Dr Jan Paul Siebert (University of Glasgow) and will include regular meetings and further supervision by Mr Dave Cowley (HES). The student will therefore be a member of both the Computer Science and Archaeology postgraduate communities at University of Glasgow and engage directly with the archaeological community at HES.

Eligibility

We encourage applications from students with the following qualifications:

- 1st class or equivalent Honours Undergraduate Degree
- 1st class / Distinction / Merit expected or earned in Master’s Degree

For non-native English speakers, applicants are required to meet the english language requirements.

A degree in Computer Science, Archaeology or allied disciplines are preferred.

Funding eligibility

To be eligible for a full award a student must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if the following criteria is met:

  • The candidate has been ordinarily resident in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

To be eligible for a fees only award:

  • Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU; in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

To be eligible you will also need to be accepted onto the relevant PhD programme via University of Glasgow Admissions.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae, including contact details of one academic referee, and a 2-page covering letter outlining why they are interested in this collaborative doctoral award and what they would bring to this project.

This should be sent in an email to Rachel.Opitz@glasgow.ac.uk and Paul.Siebert@glasgow.ac.uk by 14 December 2018.

An interview will be required - date to be advised.

Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded. Interviewing will enable the identification of a candidate who will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH.

Further information

If you have any questions, please email the Lead Supervisor, Dr Rachel Opitz: Rachel.Opitz@glasgow.ac.uk


Emigrant Irishwomen and Dundee’s Textile Industry, c. 1830-1930.

HEI: University of Strathclyde

Industry Partner: Dundee Central Library

Supervisors: Dr Niall Whelehan, Professor Enda Delaney

Summary: From the mid-nineteenth century Irish migration to Dundee was distinctive because it comprised of more women than men, the majority of whom worked in the textile industry. This PhD project investigates how the predominance of working class women shaped a distinctive Irish community in Dundee. It explores their lives and reception as immigrants, situating their experiences within the broader transnational context of the Irish diaspora. A partnership between the University of Strathclyde, the University of Edinburgh and Dundee Central Library, this project offers a unique combined environment for doctoral research and the development of skills relevant to the academic and heritage sectors.

Click here for more information and to apply. Deadline 26/11/18

Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded. The selected candidate will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH.


Music, Community and Wellbeing: researching and evaluating a large-scale SCO Community Residency programme

HEI: University of Edinburgh

Industry Partner: The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO)

Supervisors: Dr Katie Overy, Professor Dorothy Miell

Summary:

The University of Edinburgh and Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) are seeking prospective doctoral students to collaborate with us on an AHRC-funded PhD proposal on Music, Community and Wellbeing. The project has been short-listed by the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) and will be supervised by Dr Katie Overy (Music, University of Edinburgh), Professor Dorothy Miell (College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh) and Dr Kirsteen Davidson Kelly (Director of Creative Learning, Scottish Chamber Orchestra).

If the application is successful, the studentship will commence on 1 October 2019. We warmly encourage applications from researchers with a background in music, psychology and/or education to apply. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a strong PhD student to explore their own research interests, while working closely with a major arts organisation.

The student stipend is £14,999 per annum plus tuition fees for 3.5 years. The award will include a number of training opportunities offered by SGSAH, including their Core Leadership Programme and additional funding to cover travel between partner organisations. Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded. The selected candidate will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH.

Project Details

The internationally celebrated Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) receives core funding from the Scottish Government as one of Scotland’s five National Performing Arts Companies. The SCO Community Residency consists of a multi-year programme of creative music workshops and performances for people of all ages. The Residency aims to empower people living in a particular community to: a) develop musical and artistic skills; b) take part in cultural activity in the city centre and c) collaborate with musicians and artists in a creative environment. The project is currently running in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh and more than 1000 people have already taken part. According to feedback gathered to date, the projects are perceived by participants as being valuable, enjoyable and of high quality. Teachers, parents and participants have reported additional positive outcomes such as enhanced confidence and social interaction. The proposed PhD research would a) examine in detail the impacts of the programme and b) develop and investigate an original research question pertinent to the field of expertise of the applicant (e.g. music psychology or music education).

Eligibility

At the University of Edinburgh, to study at postgraduate level you must normally hold a degree in an appropriate subject, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), plus meet the entry requirements for the specific PhD programme.

To be eligible to apply for the studentship you must meet the residency criteria set out by UKRI, including the stipulation that candidates must have been normally residing in the UK or EU for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. For further details please see the UKRI Training Grant Guide document, p17.

The AHRC also expects that applicants to PhD programmes will normally hold, or be studying towards, a Masters qualification in a relevant discipline. If you are not in this position you may be able to use relevant professional experience to provide evidence of your ability to undertake independent research. If this is the case, please ensure you provide details of your professional experience in your covering letter.

Prior experience of empirical research and some experience of music-making in education or community settings, will be of benefit to the project, but are not required.

Application Process

Application to the Music PhD programme is through the University’s online postgraduate application system.

Apply to the Music - PhD programme at University of Edinburgh

Please note: your research proposal (1-2 pages) should respond to the aims of the CDA project outlined above, and will be considered as a starting point for further discussion.

Applicants should also submit a single Word file, maximum length strictly four pages, with:

 

  1. a curriculum vitae (1 page)
  2. a letter explaining your interest in the studentship and outlining your qualifications for it (2 pages)
  3. a brief cover note that includes your full contact details together with the names and contact details of two academic referees (1 page).

 

PhD applications should be submitted online and the Word file emailed to k.overy@ed.ac.uk and ecaresearchdegrees@ed.ac.uk no later than 12 noon on Monday 3rd December 2018.

Applicants will be notified if they are being invited to interview by Monday 10th December. Interviews will take place on 17th/18th December at the SCO’s office in Edinburgh or via Skype for candidates unable to attend in person.

Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded. The selected candidate will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH.

Further information

If you have any queries about the application process, please contact ecaresearchdegrees@ed.ac.uk

Informal enquiries relating to the Collaborative Doctoral Award project can be made to Dr Katie Overy k.overy@ed.ac.uk


Mapping and Measuring The Scottish Music Industry

HEI: University of Glasgow

Industry Partner: Scottish Music Industry Association

Supervisors: Matt Brennan, John Williamson

Summary: The value of the music industry in Scotland has not been measured since Martin Cloonan, Simon Frith and John Williamson’s “Mapping the Music Industry in Scotland” report in 2003. Since that time the global music industries have faced dramatic technological, political, economic, and cultural disruptions. More recently, Creative Scotland commissioned a music sector review (conducted by EKOS in 2013) but did not have the scope to provide a detailed focus on specific challenges facing Scottish SME music businesses, nor was it able to take into account the impact of recent political disruptions such as Brexit and their impact on Scotland’s position and prospects in the international music industries.

The project aims to address these significant changes and the lack of Scottish-specific data on the music industries to map the current music industry ecosystem, measure its value and assess opportunities for growth. In addition, the student will carry out the following related objectives:

  1. assemble a dynamic online database of the music industry in Scotland.
  2. identify the key actors in the industry (e.g. Artists and Composers, Live Music, The Recording Industry, Media, Technology, Other Creative, Ancillary, Education and Retail) and analyze their relationship to one another within the wider UK and global music industries, as well as related international creative and technology industries.
  3. conduct comparative research that examines music industries in countries of comparable size and means (e.g. Sweden, Norway) and identify examples of best practice and gaps in provision in the Scottish context.

How to apply

Applicants should submit (i) a Curriculum Vitae, including contact details of one academic referee, (ii) a sample of academic writing (approx. 2000-3000 words in length), and (iii) a 2-page covering letter outlining your art practice or ethos, suitability for this particular studentship project, and for doctoral research more generally, to:

Dr Matt Brennan, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ (matt.brennan@glasgow.ac.uk) no later than Monday 17th December 2018.

For any queries please contact Matt.Brennan@glasgow.ac.uk

Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded. The selected candidate will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH.


Passing on the baton: Future proofing the heritage value of Scottish athletics

HEI: University of Stirling

Industry Partner: Scottish Athletics

Supervisors: Professor Richard Haynes, Dr Paul Dimeo

Summary: The project will investigate the management and ‘future proofing’ of athletics heritage in Scotland, including the material culture of the governing body Scottish Athletics (SA), the national governing body of athletics in Scotland, and its 150 member clubs. By investigating the choices made over the heritage value of the athletics archives in Scotland the research will provide valuable and critical knowledge to inform SA on its future heritage management policies and guidance to its member clubs.

The project aims to:

  • Investigate the purpose and value of sport heritage in Scotland through a case study of SA and its member clubs.
  • Develop a cultural memory project focused on past members and associates of Scottish club athletics as well as national representatives for Team Scotland and Team GB.
  • Examine the practices and processes for future proofing the heritage value of the material and digital visual cultures of SA and its member clubs.

The project has the following objectives:

  • To examine the heritage value and management of Scottish athletic clubs through a detailed audit and study of their collections - including minute books, correspondence, photographs, film, outfits, and club memorabilia.
  • To initiate, establish and interpret a cultural memory project of Scottish athletes through oral history methodologies to create an intangible heritage archive of value for future research and heritage activities associated SA.
  • To explore the future potential of the SA Archive and associated collections for future heritage and learning activities, in relation to their use in public exhibitions, digital communications, educational resources and reminiscence toolkits.

Link to apply will be posted in due course. In the meantime please direct all enquiries to r.b.haynes@stir.ac.uk

Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded. The selected candidate will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH.


The Impact of Moving Image Education on Pupils' Short and Long-Term Leisure, Education, and Career Choices

HEI: University of Glasgow

Industry Partner: Creative Scotland

Supervisors: Dr Inge Ejbye Sorenson, Professor Philip Schlesinger

Summary: The aim of this CDA is to investigate the short and long-term impacts of organised Moving Image Education (MIE) on young people’s present and future lives, culture consumption, education and career choices.

For the past two decades Creative Scotland (formed from the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen in 2010) has provided teacher training, CPD, resources, in-class support and other MIE interventions in schools and other learning contexts across Scotland. This CDA will embed the doctoral researcher in Creative Scotland’s Film Education team under the supervision of Director of Film Education Scott Donaldson for 18 months, in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the scope and impact of Creative Scotland’s MIE initiatives, programmes and provision, and the implementation of these in schools and as CPD.

The doctoral researcher will investigate what are the immediate and short-term impacts of MIE activities on pupils in Scottish schools today, as perceived by the pupils themselves and their teachers? This will be explored through participant observation of the work of the Film Education team; a series of case studies of ongoing MIE programmes in Scottish Primary and Secondary Schools; and semi-structured interviews with pupils and teachers. The doctoral research will also evaluate pupils’ digital, visual and textual literacy and analytic skills as well as their knowledge of various roles and career opportunities within the screen industries, with control groups of classes with no MIE provision.

Further, the doctoral researcher will explore what are the long-term effects of MIE? by comparing the present leisure and cultural activities, education choices and career trajectories of pupils who were involved in the formal MIE programmes and activities in earlier MIE programmes, notably Scottish Screen’s strategic MIE programme across all Angus schools during 2004-10, compared to their peers.

How to Apply

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in relevant subject are or discipline including, but not limited to, Education, Film & TV, Film Making and Screen Production; Media and Communication, Cultural Policy & Creative Industries, and Art and Design.

Applicants should also have a  Masters-level degree that satisfies AHRC eligibility requirements for advanced research training, or equivalent professional/occupational experience.

Candidates with prior experience of teaching or working in Moving Image Education are particularly encouraged to apply.  

Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae, including contact details of one academic referee, and a 2-page covering letter outlining why they are interested in this collaborative doctoral award and what they would bring to this project.

This should be sent in an email to inge.sorensen@glasgow.ac.uk and scott.Donaldson@creativescotland.com by the 14th of December 2018.

Interviews will be held on in January 2019. 

Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded. Interviewing will enable the identification of a candidate who will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH.


The Philosophy of Safety Engineering

HEI: University of Glasgow

Industry Partner: NASA

Supervisors: Dr Neil McDonnell, Dr J. Adam Carter

Summary: 

Research questions: How do we establish that a system is safe? In looking at past accidents, what causal frameworks should we employ to analyse and report what went wrong? In looking at proposed systems, what methods of analysis and reporting should we use to establish confidence that it is safe enough?

Background: Safety Engineering is the discipline which aims to establish and improve safety in engineered systems. Classic successes of Safety Engineering include airbags and seatbelts in cars, residual current devices (RCD breakers) in home electrical systems, and airborne collision avoidance systems (ACAS) in aircraft.

It is easy to see that these developments improved the safety of the systems in question as they mitigated known and serious risks, but do seatbelts, RCDs, or ACAS establish that cars, electrical systems, or aircraft are now safe? This project will focus on two strands of this question: accident investigations, and ‘safety cases’.

Accident investigations provide an explicit case history of the causal assumptions and reasoning – i.e. the causal metaphysics – that engineers use to establish fault, and to inform future design. Contemporary metaphysics is well placed to assess, and critique, those assumptions in their practical context.

The term ‘safety case’ is used to refer to a disparate range of practices within Safety Engineering, and the methodology, and purpose, of such safety cases are ripe for philosophical analysis. One prominent form of ‘safety case’ is an explicit argument to the conclusion that a system is safe, and there is live debate within the Safety Engineering community about what should count as evidence and what should count as justification in this context. The resources developed through contemporary epistemology could contribute a great deal to such debates, and to the practice of producing a ‘safety case’ more generally.

With millions of components, and a low threshold for risk, aeronautic engineering is a prime example of where these epistemic challenges interact with value judgements in the practical sphere. NASA’s Formal Methods research team seeks to regiment and formalise these inferences in the aeronautic context, and to do so they need to take a stance on vexed issues of causation, explanation, evidence, justification, risk, knowledge, understanding, and value. This collaborative PhD project will investigate the role that contemporary epistemology and metaphysics can play in the work of these safety engineers.

The project has three primary aims:

Backwards: Analyse the case history of contentious accident investigations and identify the causal frameworks being employed. Are better approaches available?
Forwards: Analyse the epistemic assumptions in each of the disparate methodologies that are currently employed under the heading of ‘safety cases’. Is there a better model for producing ‘safety cases’?
Policy: Apply recent developments in philosophy, and new resources in Safety Engineering, to generate policy proposals in collaboration with NASA.
The targeted impact is to reduce accidents involving complex systems.

Project structure: The successful candidate will primarily be based at the University of Glasgow and will work closely with supervisors (Dr J. Adam Carter and Dr Neil McDonnell). Subject to budgetary confirmation, it is anticipated that they will also spend a period of between six months, and one year, with NASA at the Langley Research Centre, working closely with C. Michael Holloway and colleagues.

The project will involve analysing the case history of accident investigations, and a range of so-called ‘safety cases’, with the aim of identifying, and defending ways to improve upon, the philosophical assumptions and frameworks that are being deployed.

The philosophical training most relevant to the backwards-looking dimension of the project will be in contemporary metaphysics, especially, the metaphysics of causation and metaphysical explanation, whereas the philosophical training most relevant to the forwards-looking dimension of the project will be in epistemology, especially, the epistemology of luck and risk, justified reasoning and epistemic normativity.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct the analysis outlined above, contribute to the writing of policy proposals in respect of the findings of the aforementioned analysis, and to write a philosophical thesis (70,000 – 100,000 words) within the broad topic area of the Philosophy of Safety Engineering. The resultant thesis may incorporate the practical policy-directed research, or be wholly theoretical, depending on the career ambitions of the candidate.

During the course of the PhD, the candidate will have the opportunity to—along with regular supervision by the project team—present work in progress at Glasgow’s Postgraduate Seminar as well as at Glasgow’s COGITO Epistemology Group Work in Progress Seminar, both of which are held weekly in Glasgow.

Eligibility

We seek applicants with a masters degree (or equivalent) in analytic philosophy. A demonstrable interest/competence in relevant topics in epistemology and/or metaphysics will be considered an advantage.

Funding eligibility

To be eligible for a full award a student must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if the following criteria is met:

The candidate has been ordinarily resident in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay
Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)
Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).
To be eligible for a fees only award:

Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU; in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

To be eligible you will also need to be accepted onto the relevant PhD programme via University of Glasgow Admissions.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae, including contact details of one academic referee, and a 2-page covering letter outlining why they are interested in this collaborative doctoral award and what they would bring to this project.

This should be sent in an email to Neil.Mcdonnell@glasgow.ac.uk and Adam.Carter@glasgow.ac.uk by 14 December 2018.

Interviews will be held on 11 January 2019. Interviewing will enable the identification of a candidate who will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH. Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded.

Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded. Interviewing will enable the identification of a candidate who will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH.

Further information

If you have any questions, please email the Lead Supervisor, Dr Neil McDonnell: Neil.Mcdonnell@glasgow.ac.uk


The Photographic Collection of E. A. Hornel

HEI: University of Aberdeen (lead), University of Edinburgh

Industry Partner: National Trust for Scotland

Supervisors: Professor Edward Welch and Dr Áine Larkin (University of Aberdeen), Professor Frances Fowle (University of Edinburgh) and Ben Reiss (National Trust Scotland).

Summary: 

Applications are invited from prospective candidates for an AHRC-funded PhD about the photographic collection of E. A. Hornel (1864-1933). The successful applicant will work with the supervisory team to prepare and submit an application to the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) in February 2019 as part of the SGSAH Collaborative Doctoral Award competition. The project will be supervised by Professor Edward Welch and Dr Áine Larkin (University of Aberdeen), Professor Frances Fowle (University of Edinburgh) and Ben Reiss (National Trust Scotland). Successful applications will be fully-funded by the SGSAH and begin in October 2019.

The photographic collection of E. A. Hornel is held at Broughton House & Garden, Kirkcudbright, the artist’s home and studio. Broughton House is now under the care of the National Trust for Scotland. Hornel’s photographs have been mentioned in previous research, but almost always in passing when discussing his artwork. It has long been accepted that he effectively 'stitched' together forms from his photographs to compose his paintings, and more recent research has suggested that Japanese photography in particular was particularly influential on his forms and composition. However, there has never been any concerted research into the collection, and how it is emblematic of wider trends in Scotland and beyond.

The first aim of the PhD is to undertake research into the photographic collection to help improve our understanding of Hornel’s art. The hundreds of prints and glass plate negatives come from Japan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Scotland, and often provide demonstrable models for Hornel’s paintings. A second aim is to use the collection to illuminate photography’s developing roles and functions at the time. Key among these are the role of artistic and other social networks in stimulating the circulation of photographic images, and the ways in which Hornel’s photographs helped shaped perceptions of identity and otherness through visual culture. A third aim is to interrogate the relationship of the physical space of Broughton House to Hornel’s photography, in order to inform the Trust’s work at similar properties in the future.

Like other contemporary practitioners such as George Washington Wilson, Hornel was able to collect or take many of his photographs thanks to his extensive networks, developed especially through the prevalence of Scots in British Empire-building. Many of his photographs are of foreign people and places, collected or taken by a Scot who then produced paintings that were a commercial success because they fed into the popular zeitgeist. The sharing of photographs is a repeated theme of correspondence between Hornel and fellow artists, and offers important clues about how the increasing circulation of photographic images may have played a role in artistic practice, but needs sustained investigation.

The PhD student will also support the development of an exhibition on Hornel to be held at the City Art Centre (CAC) in Edinburgh. Talks are currently taking place with the CAC to confirm this exhibition (tentatively planned for winter 2020-21). It would examine Hornel's working practice, with photography the primary focus. The PhD student would contribute research for both interpretation and the catalogue, while supporting the development of the exhibition themes. This would be the student’s project with an industrial partner. The exhibition would then travel to Aberdeen to coincide with the third Morton international photography symposium in April 2021, which will explore themes related to the CDA project.

Research Question or Problem

  1. What light does the E. A. Hornel photographic collection at Broughton House & Garden shed on his artworks?
  2. How does this collection demonstrate how photographs were exchanged and used during the late 19th and early 20th century in Scotland?
  3. How does this collection illustrate how Scottish networks of artists contributed to the collecting and sharing of photographs?
  4. How did these shared images contribute to the perception and understanding of identities at home and abroad in Scotland, and how is this visible in the collection?
  5. What is the relationship between Hornel’s photographs and the physical space of Broughton House?

Potential impact

The project will generate new knowledge about Hornel's use of photographs, how photographs circulated, how they were used and what their impact was, all specifically in a Scottish context. It will allow the student to make a substantial contribution to the first major exhibition on Hornel, which has the potential to reach a wide audience and increase public understanding of the artist and the period. It will also inform the NTS’s practice in relation to properties containing art produced by an artist who lived there.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Meet the residency criteria set out by UKRI.
  • Be prepared to live within a reasonable distance of one of the partner organisations in Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The AHRC defines a reasonable distance as follows: a student ought if necessary to be able to travel to the organisation every day to work core hours (10am to 4pm).

The AHRC also expects that applicants to PhD programmes will normally hold, or be studying towards, a Masters qualification. If you are not in this position you may be able to use relevant professional experience to provide evidence of your ability to undertake independent research. If this is the case, please ensure you provide details of your professional experience in your covering letter. We welcome applications from students intending to study full- or part-time.

How to Apply

Some understanding of photographic history will be of benefit for the project, but while preference may be given to candidates with prior experience in this area, others are warmly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a single Word file, maximum length strictly four pages, with:

  1. a curriculum vitae (1 page)
  2. a letter explaining your interest in the studentship, and how your academic career or professional experience to date has prepared you for it (2 pages)
  3. a brief cover note that includes your full contact details together with the names and contact details of two academic referees (1 page).

Applications must be emailed to Edward Welch (edward.welch@abdn.ac.uk) and Ben Reiss (breiss@nts.org.uk) no later than 30 November 2018.

Interviews are scheduled to be held in Edinburgh on 13 December 2018. If you have any questions concerning the project, please contact Edward Welch (edward.welch@abdn.ac.uk) or Ben Reiss (breiss@nts.org.uk).

Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded. Interviewing will enable the identification of a candidate who will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH.


The Politics of Small Places

HEI: University of Dundee (lead), University of Aberdeen

Industry Partner: Deveron Projects

Supervisor: Dr Lorens Holm (University of Dundee)

Summary: The polymathic botanist/planner Sir Patrick Geddes is regarded as one of the key players in the design culture of Scotland, with an entry in the new Scottish Design compendium published by the V&A to celebrate the opening V&A Dundee. Geddes argued that engagement with our urban and rural environments was the basis for strong communities, lasting local identities, and coherent political positions. Although Geddes framed these ideas initially through engagement with the land, subsequent work on Geddes – and Geddes’ own activism – has been focused on cities. This project seeks to redirect Geddes’ thought back to rural environments, where arguably it is as needed as it is in cities. 

The aim of The Politics of Small Places is to investigate the relevance of Geddes’ thought to contemporary rural environments. It aims to do this through the development of a program of practice-­‐based research projects working with the community arts organisation Deveron Projects. We are looking for enthusiastic candidates from a range of disciplines (anthropology, art, sociology, architecture, etc) that can bring a passion of making the workings of Huntly, our rural market town visible. Candidates should be interested in the visual representation of information and the exhibition format as a means of exploration and debate. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone interested in working with a thriving community arts organisation.

The candidate selection is conditional on successful application to the University of Dundee PhD programme.

Available to UK residents (some restrictions apply).

Interested candidates should contact either claudia@deveron-projects.com or Lorens Holm at the University of Dundee or Jo Vergunst at University of Aberdeen as soon as possible to discuss informally. Please send a CV with your email.

Candidates going forward should be prepared to submit a 1000 word research proposal by Monday 10 December 2018.

Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded. The selected candidate will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH.


Valuing Young Audiences: how children experience live theatre and dance, and why it matters

HEI: University of Aberdeen

Industry Partner: Imaginate

Supervisors: Dr Amy Bryzgel, Dr Jo Vergunst

Summary: Applications are invited from prospective candidates for an AHRC-funded PhD on the value for children of experiencing live theatre and dance as audience members. This is a new collaboration between the University of Aberdeen and Imaginate, Scotland’s national organisation which promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for children and young people.

The successful applicant will work with the supervisory team to prepare an application to the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) in February 2019 as part of the SGSAH Collaborative Doctoral Award competition. If successful the studentship will commence on 1st October 2019.
The project will be supervised by Professor Amy Bryzgel (Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen) and Dr Jo Vergunst (Anthropology, University of Aberdeen) and Paul Fitzpatrick (Imaginate).
The student stipend is approx. £15,500 per annum, with access to additional funding for travel and training.

Location: The student will be expected to conduct field research with Imaginate in the Edinburgh area for at least 6 months in total across Years 1 and 2 of the PhD. There is possibility for a smaller-scale comparative study in Aberdeen or elsewhere depending on the student’s interests. Academic supervision will take place in the University of Aberdeen and supervision with Imaginate (the Industry Partner), in Edinburgh.

Project Details: This PhD explores how children’s experiences of theatre and dance as audience members can be meaningfully understood.

Our starting point is the lack of robust evidence on the value that experiences of watching live theatre and dance can have for children. However, there is considerable anecdotal evidence within the sector that such experiences can be beneficial. Scottish youth arts policy currently values theatre and dance ‘participation’ – children’s direct involvement in dance or drama workshops, classes and performances – in terms of confidence development, resilience and communication skills. By contrast, there is little research on the value of watching theatre and dance, despite the fact that this may constitute the majority of performing arts experiences for many children.

Key questions include:

  • Can a ‘one-off’ experience of a visit to the theatre be transformative for a child?
  • What is the value of repeated performance experiences and associated outreach activities?
  • How do children, teachers and parents understand the value of these experiences?
  • How can this value be communicated in terms which honour the artistic experience but can also be understood by funders and policy-makers?

This PhD will make a vital contribution to the children’s theatre and dance sector, enabling it to better reflect on its own practice, to collaborate more usefully with the education sector, and to improve its advocacy by drawing on a stronger evidence base. The research also has potential to influence arts and cultural policy in Scotland and beyond.

Conceptually, the project will build on the AHRC’s recent Cultural Value Project (Crossick and Kaszynska, 2016). However, where valuing of the arts for children is usually regarded in terms of cognitive development, social skills or educational attainment, here we wish to start from children’s, teachers’ and parents’ own experiences. We will for example build on work in anthropology and performance studies that has long recognised the distinctive roles of the audience in making a performance happen.

We offer the opportunity to work with an outstanding supervisory team on this high-impact project. Primary supervisor Professor Amy Bryzgel is a leading European authority on performance studies, and Dr Jo Vergunst brings expertise as a social anthropologist with extensive experience of ethnographic and qualitative research methodologies. With Paul Fitzpatrick of Imaginate, the PhD student will be supported to engage with children, parents and teachers through three Imaginate projects:

 

  • Inspiring Schools: a new programme working in 6 disadvantaged schools across three years in partnership with Punchdrunk theatre company. Inspiring Schools will give pupils a range of high-quality theatre and dance production experiences both in and outside of school, developing the value of these experiences in the classroom through artist residencies.
  • Theatre in Schools Scotland: a national touring programme which brings professional theatre and dance productions into schools.
  • The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival: Scotland’s world-leading Festival of children’s theatre and dance, with an annual audience of over 17,000 children, teachers and parents.

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Meet the residency criteria set out by UKRI, including the stipulation that candidates must have been normally residing in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship.

The AHRC also expects that applicants to PhD programmes will normally hold, or be studying towards, a Masters qualification in a relevant discipline. If you are not in this position you may be able to use relevant professional experience to provide evidence of your ability to undertake independent research. If this is the case, please ensure you provide details of your professional experience in your covering letter.

Experience of research into the value of the arts, and/or some understanding of theatre and dance for children, will be of benefit to the project. However, this is not a prerequisite so
while preference may be given to candidates with prior experience in these areas, others are warmly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Applicants should submit a single Word file, maximum length strictly four pages, with:

  1. a curriculum vitae (1 page)
  2. a letter explaining your interest in the studentship and outlining your qualifications for it (2 pages)
  3. a brief cover note that includes your full contact details together with the names and contact details of two academic referees (1 page).

Applications should be emailed to Amy Bryzgel: a.bryzgel@abdn.ac.uk, no later than 5pm on 30th November 2018. Applicants will be notified if they are being invited to interview by Friday 7th December.

Interviews are scheduled to be held on Thursday 13th December, at Imaginate’s office in Edinburgh. We welcome Skype interviews for candidates unable to attend in person.

Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded. Interviewing will enable the identification of a candidate who will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH.

If you have any questions concerning the project, please contact the supervisors: Amy Bryzgel (a.bryzgel@abdn.ac.uk), Jo Vergunst (j.vergunst@abdn.ac.uk) or Paul Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive of Imaginate (paul@imaginate.org.uk).


'You say creative, I say creative': Defining the creative industries in Scotland

HEI: University of Edinburgh

Industry Partner: Creative Scotland

Supervisors: Dr Dave O'Brien, Professor Candace Jones

Summary: There is now an extensive literature on the coherence, or otherwise, of definitions of the creative industries. Recent thinking questioning definitions has drawn attention to these questions in the Scottish context (e.g. Schlesinger et al 2016, Munro 2017). In particular the Scottish context, with a preponderance of micro-enterprises with low levels of interdependency, suggests a different set of challenges to larger, IP focused, creative organisations. The Scottish context is in contrast to UK focused work on definitions, much of which has been written by the proposed supervisor (e.g. O’Brien et al 2016, O’Brien et al 2018). At present the UK uses an adapted version of NESTA’s ‘creative trident’ (Bakhshi et al 2013), coupled with an intellectual property focus, to define the creative industries as ‘those which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent. They also include industries that have the potential to create wealth and jobs through the development, production or exploitation of intellectual property.’ This definition, and the sets of industries and occupations captured by the definition, have been subject to a variety of criticisms, not least of which is the mismatch between the definition, the policy prescriptions, and the reality of the labour markets for these industries (e.g. Pratt 1997, Hesmondhalgh 2002, Garnham 2005, Luckman 2017, Oakley et al 2017, Campbell 2019).  The PhD will focus on the Scottish policy, exploring the appropriate definition in the context of important differences between the Scottish and UK creative economies, along with the devolved policy competence of the two levels of governance.

This project will connect Creative Scotland to University of Edinburgh’s key creative economy academics, through support for a doctoral researcher. The project will examine the characteristics that make up those businesses operating in the creative sector and to help define how the motivations that are driving the business can be most effectively amplified to support growth. This will in turn examine the language and the terms on which economic activity is understood and aligned to other values and to help reframe the policy structures that are intended to provide support. In doing so this will make a valuable addition to the academic literature on defining the creative economy. In particular, whilst this field has been dominated by economists and economic geographers, the project offers the opportunity for the Arts and Humanities disciplines and approaches to be placed centre stage of this important area of public policy.

Link to apply will be posted in due course. In the meantime please direct all enquiries to d.obrien@ed.ac.uk

Those successfully nominated will not be automatically funded. The selected candidate will liaise with the supervisory team and complete a full CDA PhD studentship application form by 13th February 2019, for consideration and final evaluation by SGSAH.