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PhD Studentship: Cultural and Media Studies

The University of Worcester is seeking to expand its research strength in Media and Cultural Studies.

For further details and to download the relevant application form, please visit: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/researchstudentships

The University of Worcester is seeking to expand its research strength in Media and Cultural Studies. In the government’s last Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), Research Fortnight identified Worcester as the most improved university in the UK. Researchers in our Media and Culture course team contributed to that success and continue to produce publications of regional, national, and international significance. We are now seeking aspiring researchers who will benefit from that environment and who could, at the same time, consolidate and re-shape our existing research specialisms. As a postgraduate researcher you could also help enhance our University-wide focus on producing distinctive research in Arts, Culture and Heritage.

To this end, the University of Worcester is offering a full time, fully funded PhD studentship to address, broadly, one of the following three areas: social media; eco-media; media, culture and sport. These studentships offer an exciting opportunity to help expand media and cultural studies in new discrete areas of study which are beginning to receive critical attention. It is, therefore, an important element of these studentships that the direction of the project should primarily be determined by the skills, knowledge and interests of the applicant. Seeking applications that address the broad headings below, we also welcome enquiries from anyone thinking creatively and uniquely around the areas specified or who might wish to propose an alternative angle.

For general enquiries about the studentship, please contact Dr John Parham (j.parham@worc.ac.uk). For enquiries around specific topics contact the researcher identified below.

Closing date: Sunday 07 May 2017

Reference number: N/A

Job details

Job details

Salary
£13,863
Hours
37 hours per week
Start
2nd October 2017
Duration
3 years
Responsible to
Director of Studies
Responsible for
N/A
Interview date
To be confirmed

Background

Background

The University of Worcester

Research at the University of Worcester has grown significantly over the last 10 years. This growth is most clearly shown in the outcomes of the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). Worcester was the most improved University in the UK based on Research Fortnight’s "Research Power" measure, reflecting a more than four-fold increase in the number of staff submitted compared to RAE 2008 and a commensurate increase in the quality of the research. As a consequence of its REF 2014 submission, Worcester’s QR income for 2015- 16 is up by 341% from 2014-15.

The University is committed to further developing its research profile in the coming period, through a strategic approach to its support for and investment in research. As part of this investment it is funding a number of full-time PhD studentships in its areas of particular research strength.

The Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts

The Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts is home to 2,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, and academic staff. The Institute is a vibrant community, which makes a distinctive contribution to local public life and to international knowledge through our academic activities. The institute’s broad discipline base gives students the opportunity to develop their creativity and learn the transferable skills necessary to adapt in the post-university job market.

Research School

The Research School is a focal point for all our research students. It provides:

• day-to-day support for our students, both administrative and practical, through our dedicated team

• a Research Student Study Space with both PCs and laptop docking station

• a comprehensive Researcher Development Programme for students and their supervisors

• a programme of student-led conferences and seminars

Details of the studentship

During the period of your studentship you will receive the following:

• a tax free bursary of £13,863 for a period of 3 years

• a fee-waiver for 4 years

• a laptop

• use of the Research Student Study Space in Research School

• access to the Research Student Support Scheme to cover costs and expenses related to your research

Main duties

Main duties

Person specification

Person specification

Essential Criteria:

Applicants should have or be able to evidence:

• A First or Upper Second (2.1) Honours Degree, or expect to receive one by October 2017;

• A sound understanding of, and interest in one of the areas of Media and Cultural Studies outlined above;

• Computer literacy;

• Ability to organise and meet deadlines;

• Good interpersonal skills;

• Ability to work independently and contribute to a team;

• Commitment and an enthusiastic approach to completing a higher research degree.

Desirable Criteria:

• Education to Masters Degree level in a relevant area;

• Experience of appropriate research methods and skills;

• Ability to contribute to research study design;

• Means of travelling independently to archives etc.

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