Applied Research Collaborative Studentships

Applied Research Collaborative Studentships

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What are ARCS?

ARCS are doctoral projects designed and supervised by at least two higher education institutions (HEIs) and at least one other partner. They must demonstrate mutual benefit for all partners and the doctoral researcher. They offer opportunities for:

  • doctoral researchers: to undertake innovative training and applied research experience as well as access to expertise and resources not available within an academic setting.
  • partner organisations: to work with a highly motivated doctoral researcher on the development of cutting-edge research addressed to their organisation's needs and priorities.
  • HEIs: to demonstrate societal, economic and cultural impact through collaboration, develop supervisory capacity and build new inter-institutional links.
  • SGSAH: to strengthen existing partnerships or develop new ones which may have benefit for other doctoral researchers.
  • everyone: to build new research collaborations.

Each doctoral researcher will be supported by academic and partner supervisors, and will have a flexible placement opportunity with the partner organisation.

ARCS are supported by the Scottish Funding Council, which is meeting 50% of the costs of each three-year studentship, which includes a stipend at RCUK rate. The remaining 50% of costs will be met by HEIs. We have five awards to make for studentships starting in October 2017.

Applications for ARCS beginning in 2017 have now closed.

ARCS 2016 Awards

British Sign Language and video-mediated interpreting: Proximity in police settings

SignVideo & Police Scotland, Heriot-Watt University, University of Dundee

Curating Heritage for Sustainable Communities in Highly Vulnerable Environments: The Case of Scotland's Northern Isles

Shetland Museums and Archives, Heriot-Watt University, University of the Highlands & Islands

Glasgow Girls Revisited: Designing, Making, and Exhibiting Women's Industrial Design of the Gilded Age

Four Acres Charitable Trust, University of Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art

Runic writing in the Viking diaspora: expression of the Norse identity?

Orkney Museum, University of the Highlands & Islands, University of Aberdeen

Testing the limits of the 'hard man' in film: Masculinity and male health behaviour in Scotland's public health films, 1934 – 2000

National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive, University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde


ARCS 2015 Awards

Archiving and historicising the feminist anti-violence movement in Scotland

Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL), University of Stirling, University of Glasgow

Books and Borrowers, 1747 – 1857: Innerpeffray Library and the History of Scottish Reading

Innerpeffray Library, University of Stirling, University of Dundee

Connecting Performance and Play: interdisciplinary design methods for the development of games and performance

National Theatre of Scotland, University of Abertay, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Improving the Nation: investigating the principles of improvement in the new planned settlements of rural Scotland, c. 1750 – c. 1905

Inverary Castle and Argyll Estates, University of Dundee, University of Stirling

Human Rights Film Festivals: Politics, Programmes and Practices

Document:  International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, University of Glasgow, University of St Andrews

Hunting Whales and Making Knowledge: Dundee’s Globalisation through Trans-Maritime Whaling, 1750 – 1914

Dundee Heritage Trust, University of St Andrews, University of Dundee

Placing Sound: the Role of Aurality and Visuality in Locating Identities

sound@Woodend Barn, Robert Gordon University, University of Aberdeen