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[Commlist] Fully funded AHRC studentship at the University of Salford in Play Experience and Digital Museum Content

Thu Feb 28 23:40:53 GMT 2019

*North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership*

*NWCDTP Funded PhD Studentship: Collaborative Doctoral Award 2019-2020*

*Play Experience and Digital Museum Content *

A Practice-based PhD placement in MediaCityUK and Manchester City Centre

*A Research Opportunity involving fun applications and public impact*

The PhD Candidate will work with public engagements having real-world impact. First-hand experience outside an academic environment will be supported by team involvement in University of Salford’s MediaCityUK production environment, working with the exhibition group of the Science and Industry Museum (SIM), located in Manchester City Centre ( SIM is a member of the Science Museum Group (

The Studentship will be awarded on the basis of the candidate’s application documents, curriculum vitae, and an interview with the selection committee.

*Financial Basis of the Studentship *

-Payment of academic fees, at the standard RCUK rate

-Maintenance Stipend (£14777, in 2018/19)

-Access to a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) fund for reimbursement of research related expenses including conference attendance and fieldwork expenses.

-Access to a Student Development Fund (SDF) for supporting training specific to your research and not readily available at your institution or the DTP subject to successful application

-Access to a Cohort Development Fund (CDF) to support the wider cohort, in organising events such as conference, workshops, and public engagements

-Opportunity to apply for additional funding towards:

oOverseas Institutional Visits


*Candidate Profile and Teamwork*

The CDA program supports a practice-based PhD in the field of digital content designed for public settings. Not a traditional museology degree, this research will include design, implementation and assessment of interactive digital content. The preferred candidate will have a background related to user experience, digital design, documentary multimedia, and interactive technology.

The candidate will develop their research while participating as member of an interdisciplinary team, based at U. Salford’s MediaCityUK campus, and will have access to tools and expertise in the collaborative. The candidate will have on-going regular access to engage with and have feedback from SIM’s Learning group, Digital group, and Audience group, as well as through SIM having access to SMG initiatives in digital strategy. Research activities will include prototyping aimed to influence the delivery of planned new public exhibitions. User experience observation will be conducted both in laboratory at the university’s MediaCityUK campus, and at SIM.



Candidates will submit by email (1) an expression of interest describing interests and qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) a single example of relevant original work. The work example may be scholarly, technical, or creative. Applications should be submitted to Professor Insook Choi at (i.choi /at/ <mailto:(i.choi /at/>.Materials should be submitted by the evening of *_Friday 8 March 2019_*. Files sent by email should be combined into a single .pdf file. If the work example file size is greater than 10mb, please submit separately using a file exchange service of your choice.

See below the Conditions of Residential Eligibility for this award.


A selection of finalists will be contacted for interview by the committee. Candidates will be notified of their selection for interview by *_Friday 8 March_*. Interviews will take place *_12-13 March 2019_*. Interviews will be conducted by online video conference, or in person at University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester. (Travel for interview in person is at the candidate’s discretion. The university does not reimburse candidate travel costs.)


Candidates who have been contacted for Interview must apply for admission to the U Salford PhD programme by *_Monday 15 March 2019_*. The application is submitted to the School of Arts and Media for the pathway Visual Arts: Arts and Design. NOTE: THE CAD CANDIDATE IS NOT REQUIRED TO COMPETE THE RESEARCH PROPOSAL section of the application.

Applications to the University of Salford can be made at the following link:

*_Conditions of Residential Eligibility_*__

Candidates for awards must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if, at the start of the course:

-The student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the date of application for an award, and

-Has not been resident in the UK, during any part of that 3-year period wholly or mainly for the purposes of full-time education (EU students – see below) and

-Has settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (i.e. is not subject to any restriction on the period for which he/she may stay).Candidates who meet all three of the above criteria may apply for a full award.

A relevant connection may be established for an EU student if the student has been resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the start of the course, even if for purposes of full-time education. EU students in this situation may apply for a full award. EU Students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years may apply for a fees-only award. Non-EU students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years are not eligible to apply.

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