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Potential Placements

Potential Placements

The opportunities listed below will give you a sense of the different types of placement and different organisations you can do a placement with. They are current vacancies and can be applied to but the list is not exhaustive. You are welcome and encouraged to explore opportunities at other organisations that may be more relevant to your research.

Please contact us if you are interested in any of the opportunities below or have a different organisation in mind for your placement.

Contact – Dr Steven Colburn,

CHASE DTP Placements and Partnerships Officer:

steven.colburn@chase.ac.uk

+44 (0)1273 873673


+ 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century

Editorial Internship in Academic Publishing Online

Start date: Monday 13 May 2019 for 12 months

£3675 per annum or £4175 per annum (with London Weighting) [equivalent to £21.85 or £24.85 per hour, worked out as 3.5 hours per week over 48 weeks]

The electronic, open-access journal, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century is seeking a postgraduate editorial intern in Academic Publishing Online. You will gain editorial, organizational and technical experience under the supervision of the General Editor, Dr Carolyn Burdett, and with the guidance of the Editorial Board and the journal’s publisher, the Open Library of Humanities (OLH).

Having established itself as an innovative electronic journal in 2005, amongst the earliest titles in the area of nineteenth-century studies and fully peer-reviewed and free to view, 19 is now part of the open-access world it has helped to create: it has professional typesetting and production, digital preservation, permanent identifiers, and a sustainable publisher in the OLH.

Interns have always been, and remain, integral to the journal’s developing strategies to retain quality and distinction in a rapidly changing academic publishing field. The post provides a vital service for the journal; it also provides highly enjoyable and challenging doctoral training provision, equipping humanities graduates with vital transferable skills and experience within the important industry context of academic publishing.

The internship will build skill and expertise in submitting and achieving publication of research material; editing special issues; developing publication projects in association with conferences and seminars; networking; presentation skills; and communication skills. It will equip you with real-world publishing training experience in an open-access environment.

Interns gain detailed knowledge of the entire process of article submission and peer review. They are trained by an incumbent intern and, in turn, train the next post-holder thus consolidating knowledge and communicating it effectively and in ‘real work’ environments.

The post is for 12 months part time (equivalent to a part time placement of 3 months (FTE)). Most of the work involved can take place wherever there is access to a computer. Each term there will be a team meeting held at Birkbeck, University of London (travel funding will be available).

Hours are necessarily flexible because of the nature of journal publication and work patterns will be agreed with the General Editor. However, the ‘norm’ is 3.5 hours per week, worked over a 48 week year.

Remuneration:

£3675 per annum

£4175 per annum (with London Weighting)

Eligibility

We invite applications from students with research interests in the nineteenth century.

Selection Criteria

Essential

  • Excellent literacy skills
  • Organizational and clerical skills
  • Independence and initiative
  • Research interests in Nineteenth-Century Studies

Desirable but NOT essential

  • Web authoring and design skills
  • Experience in electronic publishing
  • Editing experience
  • Organization of research activities such as Reading Groups, Seminars or Conferences

Application

Please include in your application a letter, outlining your reasons for applying for the post, and CV, together with the name of your supervisor, from whom we will require a reference, by 15 April 2019. Send to Dr Carolyn Burdett c.burdett@bbk.ac.uk to whom queries can also be addressed.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed shortly after the deadline date.

Start date: Monday 13 May 2019

THIS POST IS OPEN TO BOTH FUNDED AND NON-FUNDED RESEARCH STUDENTS IN CHASE

+ BBC Archives

The BBC Archives contain a wealth of material covering a the full spectrum of the BBC’s output since it began broadcasting. There should be material of interest to all PhD researchers. Placement opportunities are primarily available working on cataloguing the vast BBC archives but other opportunities are potentially available. See this guide for an overview of the BBC archives.

See this guide for further details of archival projects available.

+ Bloomsbury Academic

Bloomsbury Academic is offering two part-time placement opportunities to CHASE students, with one in its editorial department and another in its marketing department.

Editorial Placement:

Bloomsbury are looking for organised, hardworking and meticulous candidates to provide editorial and administrative support to their team. You’ll be an enthusiastic team player with good time management and excellent communication skills, as well as a demonstrable interest in academic publishing. You will receive experience of implementing contract and publication procedures, preparing cover copy, administering the peer review process, preparing manuscripts for handover to production, attending meetings and conferences as required, and much more.

Marketing Placement:

Bloomsbury are looking for organised candidates with a ‘can do’ attitude and good attention to detail. We publish across the humanities, including literary studies, history, philosophy, film, design and fashion and you will be working on anything from marketing trade crossover titles to research monographs. As well as providing us with essential support across many marketing functions, you will get the chance to shadow members of staff, attend meetings and work closely with editors, authors, and a number of other departments.

Placements will ideally be for 2-3 days a week over a period of 6 months, but there is some flexibility. Both placements would be based at our offices in Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DP.

To apply for the editorial placement, please send a cover letter and CV to Rhodri Mogford: Rhodri.Mogford@Bloomsbury.com

To apply for the marketing placement, please send a cover letter and CV to Alexandra Smith: Alexandra.Smith@Bloomsbury.com

+ Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre

A medical practice that utilises complementary care to support its core health services. The centre is keen to host PhD students and is open to exploring any project that would be of mutual benefit to the student and the centre. There are a number of projects potentially available at this innovative centre that is working in a fast-moving field.

See their website for an overview of the centre.

+ British Archive for Contemporary Writing (University of East Anglia)

The University of East Anglia holds within its archives a collection known as ‘The Kenney Papers’. Two members of the Kenney family, Annie and Jessie, were militant suffragettes in the WSPU (Women’s Social and Political Union). This archive includes Annie’s and Jessie’s correspondence with other suffragette leaders during the time of their activism (1900-1918) and up to the 50s and 60s. There are letters from leading suffragettes (e.g. Christabel Pankhurst, the Pethick-Lawrences, Lady Constance Lytton) and various politicians (e.g. Arthur Balfour, Stanley Baldwin, PS/David Lloyd-George). The archive also contains press cuttings, book manuscripts and other suffragette miscellanea such as badges and hatbands in the suffragette colours.

2018 is the centenary of women over the age of thirty winning the vote and, to recognise this important date, UEA Archives is seeking a PGR student with an interest in politics, heritage and archives, and cultural history to undertake a short-term project (6 months at 17.5 hours per week – March 2018 – August 2018) under the supervision of the Archives staff. The objective will be to identify and digitize a number of the key holdings within the Kenney Archive in UEA’s Media Hub and will include supervising undergraduate volunteers in the digitization of materials from the archive and working closely with another CHASE placement in charge of curating a Wordpress site where these resources will be published. It will also involve writing blogs and helping volunteers to also write blogs about the holdings of archive as well as a overseeing a crowdsourced transcription project of some of the key items.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience within a historical archive environment. Although the main objective of the project is to create a catalogued portfolio of digitised documents, the placement student will also see first-hand how material is selected for academic teaching, research and public engagement. They will contribute to our blog and social media presence and gain valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities facing cultural heritage organisations.

Please send a CV and cover letter expressing your interest to Justine.Mann@uea.ac.uk Suitable candidates will be invited to a panel interview.

Deadlines - Exhibitions Assistant Wed 8 May; Events Assisitant 22 May

+ British Archive for Contemporary Writing (Doris Lessing Centenary: Events Programme Assistant)

JOB DESCRIPTION: Doris Lessing Centenary: Events Programme Assistant

Job Title: Doris Lessing Centenary: Events Programme Assistant

Placement Type: CHASE PGR Professional Placement

Host Department: British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW), UEA Archives, The Library

Period of placement: 6 months, 18 hours per week (June 10 2019 – December 20 2019)

Reporting to: Justine Mann / Senior Events Administrative Assistant/ SCVA Learning and Development Manager

Placement Function/Purpose:

An opportunity to work with staff across the University to help deliver a high profile public event programme that celebrates the life of the Nobel laureate, Doris Lessing. Lessing gifted her substantial archive of correspondence, diaries and personal papers to the University of East Anglia’s British Archive for Contemporary Writing. She had a long association with UEA, where she held the title of Distinguished Fellow of Literature.

To mark this important milestone, UEA's School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, in partnership with the BACW, is hosting a major international conference ‘Doris Lessing at 100’ from 12-14 Sep 2019, an exhibition within the Sainsbury Centre 12 Sep 2019 – 10 Feb 2020 and a series of other linked events.

The successful candidate will receive induction, training and supervision from staff who work in the cultural heritage sector. The nature of the work will equip the candidate with valuable experience of exhibition event programming and administration. Key professional insights will be gained from working as a part of a complex team of individuals operating between the archive, the gallery and the academic department planning the events. There will be opportunities for creative input in the development of the public engagement and learning programme. The role will suit a candidate interested in a career within the cultural heritage, wider arts sector or academia.

The placement will be undertaken within the framework of an agreed training and development programme and the role holder will be supported and supervised in the delivery of tasks and activities.

The placement is funded by the CHASE Consortium and the home institution will retain formal duty of care for the student during the placement.

Main duties include:

Working with colleagues from the Archive, Schools of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art in devising and implementing an events programme as part of the centenary celebrations and the Doris Lessing 100 exhibition.

Assisting with the creation, planning, publicity and administration of events, including liaison with staff and attendees and keynote speakers.

This work will include publicity planning, social media communications, creating web pages, conference and event planning and administration.

Receiving, processing and accurately recording event registrations and payments.

During the events, the placement student will be required to supervise some volunteers and student ambassadors and liaise with Sainsbury Centre events and curatorial staff

Detailed breakdown:

  • Working as part of a small project team to develop and finalise the Lessing 100 events programme
  • Communicating with event organisers, delegates, keynote speakers, guest speakers and others by email, phone, in-person and at meetings.
  • Deivising and sending out targeted event invitations to attract good audiences
  • Processing ticket payments and registrations using event management system software (following training)
  • Supervising photographer / videographer during events
  • Creating and updating web pages (following training)
  • Contributing to, and implementing, publicity plans
  • Assisting with the production of publicity material, to publicise events
  • Monitoring generic email accounts and responding to enquiries, seeking guidance when in doubt.
  • Maintaining mailing lists and databases associated with Lessing Centenary events.
  • Monitoring and reporting on audience numbers and feedback.
  • Social media: assisting in the daily running of communications sent via the @DorisLessing100 Twitter feed and Facebook account.
  • Working with other departments involved with the successful promotion and delivery of Centenary events (e.g. Sainsbury Centre staff)
  • Processing ticket payments and registrations using event management system software
  • Maintaining accurate shared data files to enable all team members to access current and event information.
  • Supervising volunteers and student helpers during events.
  • Any other duties as required by your line manager

Special Requirements

  • To support events, the placement student will be required to work some evenings and the weekends (instead of office hours) including 12-14 September 2019 and 26 October 2019. These hours will not be additional to the hours of the placement so flexibility in working hours will be required.

PERSON SPECIFICATION:

Essential

  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff and students, internal and external contacts in-person, by phone and/or email.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills with ability to prioritise competing demands and meet deadlines whilst still producing work to a high standard.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to produce grammatically accurate e-mails, letters and publicity.
  • Excellent IT skills (ideally Word, Excel, email and databases).
  • Ability to generate accurate data/information.

Personal attributes

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Ability to work effectively in team environment
  • Willingness to be flexible by undertaking additional duties and at times working in different locations
  • Willingness to undertake further training and learn new skills
  • Ability to exercise judgement in making decisions by following established procedures or by referring to others
  • Calm professional approach in dealing sensitively with people at all levels

Desirable but not essential

  • Interest in twentieth century literary and some knowledge of Doris Lessing
  • Experience of exhibition events and conferences

+ British Archive for Contemporary Writing (Doris Lessing Centenary: Exhibition Assistant)

JOB DESCRIPTION: Doris Lessing Centenary: Exhibition Assistant

Job Title: Doris Lessing Centenary: Exhibition Assistant

Placement Type: CHASE PGR Professional Placement

Host Department: British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW), UEA Archives, The Library

Period of placement: 7 months, 18 hours per week (28 May 2019 – November 29 2019)

Reporting to: Archivist/ Curator

Placement Function/Purpose:

An opportunity to work with the British Archive for Cotemporary Writing and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art to ensure the smooth installation and running of the Doris Lessing Centenary Exhibition ‘Doris Lessing at 100’. 2019 would have been Lessing’s centenary year. The exhibition and associated events will celebrate the life of the Nobel laureate.

Lessing gifted her substantial archive of correspondence, diaries and personal papers to the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW) at the University of East Anglia, where she held the title of Distinguished Fellow of Literature. To mark this important milestone, UEA's School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC) is hosting a major international conference ‘Doris Lessing at 100’ from 12-14 Sep 2019.

The BACW is working with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art (SCVA) to deliver an exhibition of the Doris Lessing Archive from 12 Sep 2019 – 10 Feb 2020 as well as other events. The exhibition will open during the academic conference.

The placement will suit a candidate interested in a career within the cultural heritage, wider arts sector or academia.

The placement will be undertaken within the framework of an agreed training and development programme and the role holder will be supported and supervised in the delivery of tasks and activities.

The placement is funded by the CHASE Consortium and the home institution will retain formal duty of care for the student during the placement.

The successful candidate will receive induction, training and supervision from staff who work in the cultural heritage sector. The nature of the work will equip the candidate with valuable experience of curatorship and exhibition planning and implementation. Key professional insights will be gained from working as a part of a complex team of individuals operating between the archive, the gallery and the academic department planning the conference. There will be opportunities for creative input in the development of an engagement programme.

Main duties include:

  1. Work closely with Archivist, Curator and SCVA Deputy Director to assist in delivery of the Doris Lessing at 100 exhibition.

  2. Work with the SCVA and Archivist to develop an events programme to engage audiences

  3. Develop, compile, check, update and circulate object lists, liaising with the SCVA/Archivist as required.

  4. Assist the Curator and Archivist with correspondence for incoming loans from private and institutional lenders.

  5. Assist with practical arrangements for the exhibition, including record keeping, installation, co-ordination of copy and packaging of archive materials

  6. Liaise with Exhibition Designers as necessary, ensuring that all project team members have the relevant and correct information needed to make decisions.

  7. Assist with the editing and proof-reading of texts, including label copy, information panels, press releases, gallery guides, etc.

  8. Assist in seeking copyright clearance for some material, manage AV assets, record details of photographs

  9. Assist with the installation of the exhibition, supervise archive/ object handlers; record movement and location of objects.

  10. Attend meetings and note actions for circulation to the project team

  11. Maintain shared digital records and files relating to the exhibition. Ensure they are accurate and up to date

  12. Conduct routine checks on the exhibition

  13. Answer written enquiries about the exhibition

  14. Carry out ad hoc duties as requested by appropriate managers within your department.   Special Requirements

  15. The placement student will be required to work during August and September 2019. This will include some evenings and weekends (instead of office hours). Specific dates include 7-8 September 2019; 12-14 September 2019 and 26 October 2019. These hours will not be additional to the hours of the placement so flexibility in working hours will be required.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff and internal and external contacts in-person, by phone and/or email.
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills and the ability to multi-task whilst still producing work to a high standard.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to produce grammatically accurate e-mails, letters and publicity.
  • Excellent IT skills (ideally Word, Excel, email and databases).
  • Ability to generate accurate data/information.

Personal attributes

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Ability to work effectively in team environment
  • Willingness to be flexible by undertaking additional duties and at times working in different locations
  • Willingness to undertake further training and learn new skills
  • Ability to exercise judgement in making decisions by following established procedures or by referring to others
  • Calm professional approach in dealing sensitively with people at all levels

Desirable but not essential

  • Experience of working in a museum or archive
  • A commitment to, and enthusiasm for, organising exhibitions in a museum environment.
  • An interest in 20th century literature and/or the work of Doris Lessing

+ Learning on Screen (formerly BUFVC)

The BUFVC is beneficiary of an extensive archive of film and video content. They work on archiving uncatalogued materials, digitising content and offering training in the use of film and video for teaching and training purposes. They have worked with PhD students on archiving and digitising projects and welcome proposals for projects that utilise their content. You can see examples of previous projects on their website and are welcome to arrange to visit their offices in central London to explore their archives and discuss potential projects with their team.

+ Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral welcomes enquiries from CHASE funded students; staff will be happy to discuss any specific interests students may have. Placements could be within the Archives and Library Department, but it may be possible to arrange a placement within another department. Within the Archives and Library, students could potentially work on listing and cataloguing projects, digitisation projects and commemoration projects. The Archives and Library holds a rich written collection dating from the late 9th century onwards. The archive of the medieval cathedral is inscribed on the UK Memory of the World Register. There are particular opportunities for students with skills in medieval and early modern palaeography and diplomatic.

See their website for an overview of Canterbury Cathedral.

Please send enquiries to Cressida Williams (Cressida.Williams@canterbury-cathedral.org).

+ Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne, an independent opera house in Sussex, is happy to discuss a range of placement projects. Whether ‘front of house’ in the creation of content or contributing to shows or ‘back of house’ working with the team that manages the opera house. Students are invited to find out more about Glyndebourne and are happy to discuss potential placement opportunities that would be beneficial to the student and the organisation: Glyndebourne website.

+ The National Archives

Potential Activities for CHASE Students on Placement at The National Archives

Medieval and Early Modern Teams

  1. Checking of cataloguing work on private deeds and evidence abandoned in the Court of Wards and Liveries (c. 1150-1642)
  2. Summarising for TNA’s catalogue the decisions recorded in the Privy Council registers of the 1630s
  3. Cataloguing transcripts of medieval and early modern English and Scottish letters held in European archives
  4. Contributing to multiple projects taking shape within a programme that will commence with the 2017 anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation
  5. Helping to develop funding bids and activities relating to the crown’s executive function in the royal and privy council
  6. Converting the text of medieval charter roll calendars into a form suitable for TNA’s catalogue
  7. Checking the manuscript key to the Letters and Papers Henry VIII against original documents to identify missing referencing information
  8. Contributing to conversion of published calendars of letters and papers of the British commanders in chief during the American Revolutionary War
  9. Cataloguing of the papers of the Exchequer during the Civil War and Interregnum
  10. Surveying obsolete and antiquarian lists, indexes and publications for descriptions that are suitable for conversion into data for TNA’s catalogue

Modern Records Teams

  1. Assisting with various projects to mark the centenary of the introduction of Cabinet Office minutes and the history of No. 10 Downing Street (including researching and assembling physical exhibitions; preparing text for an online exhibition, helping to convene an academic discussion event at TNA).
  2. Involvement in cataloguing of Foreign Office personal and ministerial private office papers
  3. Contributing to various cataloguing and research activities relating to nineteenth century poverty and public health
  4. Helping to scope work on how born-digital records and data can be used more effectively by researchers in the humanities

General Activities

  1. The option to write a blog for TNA’s website
  2. Attendance at team and departmental meetings within TNA’s Advice and Records Knowledge Department; shadowing on advice points and observance of key roles such as the Enquiry Service Manager (reading room service supervision)
  3. Visits to other TNA departments to help with their day-to-day business activities and to speak to staff about their work: notably Education (school group visits), Collection Care (document preservation and conservation labs), Document Services (archival storage and retrieval for researchers), Catalogue and Taxonomy (management of catalogue information), Press and Marketing, Research and Engagement (coordinating academic activities).

The National Portrait Gallery welcomes placement enquiries from CHASE funded students interested in working in any area of the gallery. Students interested in a placement at the National Portrait Gallery are advised to research the gallery collections and identify a particular area that matches your interests. Contact the CHASE Placements and Partnerships Officer if you would like to pursue a placement at the National Portrait Gallery: steven.colburn@chase.ac.uk

The National Portrait Gallery is also happy to arrange tours for groups of up to 15 students who would like to visit the gallery archives. You will receive a guided tour from the Archive Manager and the opportunity to explore the gallery’s holdings not currently on display. This is a good opportunity to find out more about the work of the gallery, its holdings and how they might benefit your research. Contact us if you would like to sign up for a tour: enquiries@chase.ac.uk

+ ONCA

ONCA supports the wellbeing of people and places by increasing awareness of, and engagement with, environmental and social challenges. ONCA is a space for meeting, thinking, learning and celebrating art, always encouraging artists to ask big questions about difficult issues.

ONCA embraces diverse perspectives and needs by modelling and fostering inclusive creative practices. They are proud to help people imagine, and move towards, thriving futures. To do this, they partner with local and international artists and organisations. They specialise in creative learning projects with children and young people.

They do all this from their gallery and performance space in Brighton, UK, where they host a range of events – some led and curated by them, and some by visiting artists and companies who hire the gallery. Upstairs at ONCA they also run workspaces for artists, charities and businesses.

“A wonderfully creative space for exploration and reflection” (Caroline Lucas), which “brings together communities in open-hearted and mind-altering ways” (Robert Macfarlane).

Placement opportunities at ONCA may include but are not limited to the following areas of work:

  • Curatorial/ programming
  • Education and Learning
  • Outreach and community projects
  • Research and development - arts and environmental projects
  • Strategic management and planning
  • Business & partnership development
  • Fundraising
  • Operations
  • Marketing and PR

Find out more about ONCA here

+ Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

OLH is an exciting project, led by Birkbeck, to make humanities scholarship available free of charge through open access publishing. Placement opportunities are available in a range of functions of the organisation:

  1. Editorial work
  2. Copyediting
  3. Proofreading
  4. Digital preservation
  5. Understanding new business models for digital content dissemination
  6. Financial accounting
  7. Charitable law and governance A placement with OLH will enable you to gain experience in several of these areas. Please contact the CHASE Placements and Partnerships Officer for further details: steven.colburn@chase.ac.uk

+ Turner Contemporary

At Turner Contemporary, they believe in the power of art to transform people and places, doing things differently to achieve their vision that “art and creativity are at the heart of a vibrant, healthy and equal society.” Their mission, “pioneering change by making the arts more vital and connected to daily life” informs everything that they do.

Since opening in 2011, Turner Contemporary has become one of the most successful galleries in the UK. They’ve achieved more than 2.3 million visits and the gallery has been a catalyst for the social and economic regeneration of Margate. Located in a building designed by David Chipperfield Architects, on a site overlooking the North Sea, their programme of exhibitions of historical and contemporary art and their innovative learning programme have fast earned the gallery an international reputation.

With free admission, great art is accessible for all. Turner Contemporary are committed to challenging traditional practice to make themselves more accessible; repositioning art as more relevant to society. Their distinctive, audience-focused approach is integral to their success and inspires interest from their peers, nationally and internationally.

Turner Contemporary is a charity governed by a Board of Trustees. The organisation receives revenue funding from Arts Council England and Kent County Council and the whole team works creatively to raise significant amounts of additional income. The following are broad areas of work that are open for placement applications.

  • Curatorial
  • Education and Learning
  • Research – curatorial, data capture and analysis
  • Strategic management and planning
  • Operations/customer care/visitor experience
  • Marketing and PR
  • Fundraising/development
  • Income generation/business development

+ University of Sussex (School of English)

Storytelling to support working migrants in transition

Project Summary

There is a long history of the relation between migration and transcultural storytelling. Health research suggests vivid and engaging storytelling can help audiences identify with characters and their predicaments. Stories provide shared spaces to engage, to imagine and participate as communities, and to act. This enables audiences to understand health messages, and can influence health-related knowledge attitudes, beliefs and behaviour.

We aim to challenge, reflect on and transform approaches to health education by bringing literary approaches to the study and production of narrative in this International Development Challenge Fund project. We will focus on outgoing and returnee Nepalese migrant workers in the Gulf countries. We will explore, and transform through community co-production, traveler stories in Nepalese literature and travel texts to support the health of migrant workers and families. This transdisciplinary approach will bring together published writers and specialists on migration in the arts and humanities with international experts in public health.

Your involvement

The Sussex University, School of English Sussex will be organising a Reflective Symposium in the fourth week of July 2019 to address the potential in storytelling for imaginative exchange and material outcomes in physical and emotional health. You will work with poet Prof Carol Watts (Head, School of English) and public health researchers at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School to support and facilitate the symposium. This will also be an opportunity for you to network with partners with literary perspectives as well as the public health researchers.

At the heart of this project is the identification of literary resources relevant to the health of Nepalese migrant workers. For this, we will organise a Workshop at the Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University, Nepal on the week beginning the 12th of August 2019. This will bring together academicians, librarians, writers, journalists, artists, students and migrant workers and their families to gather information about relevant literature. You will have the opportunity to take part in the workshop to understand the folk literary basis of narrative resources in other settings.

Please contact Professor Carol Watts to apply Carol.Watts@sussex.ac.uk

Closing date Tuesday 30 April (Due to annual leave Carol Will only be contactable on 29 or 30 April)

+ V&A (Victoria and Albert) Museum

The V&A provides a range of training and support for PhD researchers working on their collections. They are happy to consider proposals for placements working with any of their collections. Given the range of collections and the number of curators you are advised to research the V&A website, visit the museum and identify the collection you would like to work with.

Please contact the CHASE Placements and Partnerships Officer when you are know which area of the museum you are interested in.

+ CHASE Vitae PGR Placement

If you are interested in the policies and structures that shape the Higher Education research landscape, this is the ideal placement for you. Vitae (managed by CRAC Ltd.) is a non-profit programme that works with researchers and researcher developers. We are based in the UK but with a global reach and have over 45 years’ experience in enhancing the skills and careers of researchers. We strengthen our members' institutional provision for the professional development of their researchers through:

  • research and innovation
  • training and resources
  • events
  • consultancy
  • membership

We are offering three part-time placement opportunities to CHASE PGRs, as follows. If you have an idea for a placement theme not listed below, please give details of this in your application; there is some flexibility and we are interested in hearing your suggestions.

  • Arts and Humanities researchers and public engagement
  • The supervisor voice: perspectives of Arts and Humanities supervisors
  • Resilience: an examination of the term and its use in higher education policy

During the course of the placement, you will have opportunities to conduct meaningful research designed to shape the Higher Education research agenda. Amongst other things, you will gain experience in event and project management and develop contacts with people working in a range of roles in Higher Education, including the Vitae and CRAC teams. Outcomes of the placement might include (but are not limited to) a research report, a webinar or podcast series, a face-to-face event or workshop, a series of blog posts, etc. We are looking for someone with a demonstrable interest in Higher Education policies and structures and a desire to influence the HE research landscape for the benefit of researchers. Placements can be either full time or part time and will be based at our office in Cambridge, CB5 8LA.

Please contact the CHASE Placements and Partnerships Officer for further details: steven.colburn@chase.ac.uk

+ Wasafiri

Wasafiri, The Magazine of International Contemporary Writing is currently offering a part-time editorial and administrative placement opportunity to CHASE students.

Wasafiri is the UK’s leading magazine for international contemporary writing. Founded by Susheila Nasta MBE, the first issue was launched in 1984. It is now renowned for publishing some of the world’s most distinguished writers, including: Chinua Achebe; Kamau Brathwaite; Anita and Kiran Desai; Sam Selvon; Nadine Gordimer; Abdulrazak Gurnah; Ngugi wa Thiong’o; Michael Ondaatje; Vikram Seth; Nayantara Sahgal; Gillian Slovo and Ben Okri amongst many others. And we actively seek out writers from minority ethnic backgrounds who often struggle to be heard in the mainstream.

We are looking for an organised, hardworking and lively candidate. You will need a meticulous eye for detail and will provide editorial and administrative support to our small, in-house team. Specific responsibilities are likely to be either helping with the administration and organisation of the magazine’s review pages or supporting the publicity and content for our growing digital programme by finding new avenues to increase our social media reach. You will also participate in organising and delivering our live events programme. You will need excellent writing and communication skills as well as a demonstrable knowledge of, and interest in, publishing and international writing. As the team works closely together on a daily basis you will need to share ideas with a dynamic and busy creative team each week. You will receive experience of working on an established literary magazine, dealing with contributors, developing knowledge of publishing contracts, publication, submissions and peer review procedures, proofreading and copyediting.

Based on the Mile End Road in London and housed with the School of English & Drama at Queen Mary College, University of London, this placement offer an exciting opportunity and creative environment to develop new skills. Wasafiri will publish its 100th issue in 2019. It is an independent arts organisation funded by Arts Council England, Routledge and Queen Mary University of London.

CHASE students have the option of working from home at least one day a week.

For more information about the magazine visit: www.wasafiri.org @Wasafiri1

To apply please send a covering letter and CV to Pauline Walker p.walker@qmul.ac.uk.

Deadline: 5.30pm, Friday, 1st March 2019

+ Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library exploring health, life and our place in the world. Inspired by the collections assembled by Henry Wellcome, they encourage great ideas about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation that exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. Their vision is to be a place that challenges the ways people think and feel about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection are managed across four departments: Collections & Research - responsible for collections development, cataloguing and research activity across all their collections, regardless of format or medium; Digital Engagement – responsible for creating a user-centric digital collection platform where people can discover and engage with content and other users to explore the cultural contexts of health, science, life and art; Wellcome Collection Operations – responsible for providing integrated services and expertise for the smooth and efficient running of Wellcome Collection and the care and preservation of our unique and distinctive collections; Public Programmes – responsible for running temporary and permanent exhibitions, the Reading Room, live events, publishing, touring exhibitions and the loan of collection objects to external venues.

+ YA Shot

YAShot is a not-for-profit organisation that works to encourage a love of reading, a passion for writing, and aspirations to careers in the Arts through various ‘Young Adult’ Literature-related activities. Their flagship fund-raising event is a large, annual one-day festival (featuring 50-75 authors) that partners with the UK’s YA blogging awards for an evening of blogging and vlogging activities. They use the funds raised to run a large internship programme and a series of outreach activities. These outreach activities include partnering with libraries and schools for free school events, as well as developing ways of working with council authorities to bring author events to some of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK (including children in care, care leavers and young carers). They are seeking input and help to develop all their outreach work, including through securing new sponsorship and funding. They are now entering their third year, with excellent brand-recognition across the UK YA world and growing international recognition through working with festivals in Australia and Chicago and increasingly engaging with large publications with an international readership (including PLO, the Bookseller, The Guardian and others). They have several opportunities that could be of interest to postgraduate research students looking for opportunities for challenging and exciting work to allow them to develop a range of new and existing skills, use research to pursue immediate practical goals, and gain experience in a range of areas such as team-working, supervising junior colleagues, project management and developing documentation. They offer roles with significant responsibility and autonomy but also plenty of input and support, including a professional mentor with experience in skills development at a postgraduate level.