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:


+44 (0)1273 873673

Latest Placements

+ 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

+ Boiler House Press / UEA - Beyond Criticism

Deadline for applications: Friday September 13th, 2019

Applications and enquiries to Dr Thomas Karshan at UEA: t.karshan@uea.ac.uk

Placement to begin on or after October 14th, 2019

A CHASE placement is proposed, for which any PhD student at a CHASE institution would be eligible, to work with Boiler House Press, in collaboration with the School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing at UEA, on the development of the Beyond Criticism project on creative-critical writing and teaching. This will involve work on both the Beyond Criticism website, and the Beyond Criticism Editions book series. The work will offer rich intellectual and creative possibilities, and will also offer opportunities for learning about publishing hands-on: the Beyond Criticism book series is now about to launch and there is a particular opportunity for work on the development of a publicity plan and its subsequent implementation via marketing and launch events.

The post may be full-time over six months or a shorter period of time, or may be applied for on a fractional basis. The conditions of CHASE placements are that CHASE will support the successful candidate during the period of the placement, while their PhD is fully or partially suspended.

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The post would offer opportunities for the successful candidate to adapt the post to their own interests in any area of the creative-critical relationship: both in pursuing a particular project of the candidate’s own design, which will involve significant intellectual, editorial, and creative work likely related to their research; and developing website, publishing, marketing, and events organisation skills.

The placement would suit a student with a strong interest in the relations between the creative and the critical, whether in writing or in teaching, who wishes to have the opportunity to take a primary role in co-ordinating the continuing development of a project that we hope will grow to be central to this developing field and of use to writers, teachers and students of literature worldwide. Good web development skills, or a willingness to learn these, would be a significant advantage, as would any experience with either media marketing and book marketing more generally.

This would be the second such CHASE placement. The first has now been successfully completed by Michael Askew, a PhD student at UEA. Michael would provide assistance to the new placement-holder, who would also be supervised by Dr Thomas Karshan at UEA and by Nathan Hamilton, the Managing Director of UEA Publishing Project, of which Boiler House Press is a key imprint. Based at Boiler House Press, the successful candidate will liaise with the editor of the Beyond Criticism website (Thomas Karshan); with Nathan Hamilton and the editorial board of the Beyond Criticism book series; with the Institute of English Studies.

Potential candidates should explore the Beyond Criticism and Boiler House Press websites (and other associated sites) and develop a proposal for work that would interconnect:

  • soliciting, writing, and editing new materials for the website.
  • devising and implementing a publicity plan (with support) for the book series.
  • organising a conference and co-ordinated series of partner institution events which would promote the key titles.

This proposal could contain one or more specific areas of focus linked to the student’s own work and the candidate should indicate what they wish to prioritise among the following:

1) acquiring, editing, writing, and building materials on the Beyond Criticism website.

2) organising related workshop and conference.

3) helping to develop and market the existing Beyond Criticism Edition books and to solicit new book proposals.

4) any other events organisation and projects to be discussed with Thomas Karshan, Nathan Hamilton, and Michael Askew.

The prioritisation of this will help inform other positions/support for the role.

Interested candidates should first contact Thomas Karshan at the e-mail address below, to develop a proposal.

Contacts: Dr Thomas Karshan (UEA): t.karshan@uea.ac.uk Nathan Hamilton (Boiler House): Nathan.hamilton@uea.ac.uk Michael Askew (UEA): m.askew@uea.ac.uk

+ 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.

+ 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).

+ Essay Film Festival (Birkbeck)

Curatorial internship at the Essay Film Festival, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image

The Essay Film Festival is a well-established film festival, taking place in London in late-March/early-April every year since 2015, and currently looking forward to its sixth iteration in spring 2020. The EFF screenings and events are held at Birkbeck Cinema, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and other venues (e.g. Goethe-Institut, Institut Français). The EFF is a unique project in that it is a research-based film festival, created in the context of a multidisciplinary and public-facing research institute (Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image) by academic researchers for whom film curating and film programming is an integral part of their research and teaching, and who share a vision of how their academic work interacts with artistic creation, political debate, and social activism.

The successful candidate will work with the EFF programming team, currently including: EFF Director Dr Michael Temple and the BIMI Manager Matthew Barrington (also a Birkbeck doctoral student), and also: Professor Catherine Grant (Birkbeck, interim Director of BIMI 2019-April 2020), Professor Laura Mulvey (Birkbeck), Dr Janet McCabe (Birkbeck), Ricardo Matos Cabo (independent curator and Birkbeck doctoral student), Kieron Corless (deputy editor Sight & Sound), and Raquel Morais (former MA Film Programming and Curating student, Birkbeck).

While managed and mentored by the EFF Director and BIMI Manager, the intern will be totally integrated into the programming team and will work as a full and equal member of this group, learning and receiving training on the job in all aspects of creating and curating this unique festival.

The internship duration will be the equivalent of 6 months full-time, but this could be adapted to suit the candidate, for example 3 or 4 days per week, over a longer period. For this coming year, 2019-2020, it is likely that the placement will start in December 2019, and run until May 2020, full-time, or to July 2020, 4 days a week, or to September 2020, 3 days a week.

For further details, please click here.

Application deadline: 13th September 2019

+ MayDay Rooms

Archives Digitization Project: MayDay Rooms Archive

Dates: 1 October 2019 – 1 April 2019 (flexibility is available)

Hours: Full time for 6 months.

We are looking for a PhD student to assist in digitally archiving our leftove.rs project. The research placement would be located at the MayDay Rooms Archive and would assist with the creation of an online digital resource. Mayday Rooms is an archive, resource centre, and political self-education space established to safeguard the ephemera and documentation of radical social movements. Our work sees to connect radical historical materials with contemporary social struggles. This project will expand a crucial aspect of this work by creating a platform that facilitates the creation of a shared online archive of radical, anti-oppressive, and working class movements, developing a vital educational resource under a creative commons license.

You can read more about the project here: https://maydayrooms.org/leftovers/

We have already digitsed and imputed data for around 3000 items and we are looking to expand this. The digital archives research placement would assist with the following:

  • Inputting metadata for online material, including tagging, and annotations of items.
  • Help digitise key collections from the MayDay Rooms archive.
  • Be involved in creating an online archival guide to accompany a key collection.
  • Assist with writing up archival workflow for use by the general public.
  • Collaborating with the the staff at MDR to help direct the form and reach of this resource.

The research placement will involve training in:

  • Digitisation workflows
  • Archiving and metadata creation
  • Archival handling

We would love to hear from someone who is keen to be involved in the process of developing this resource as we wish this to be a collaborative endeavor that is used be a public the goes outside of academia. Knowledge of Python and Linux would be a bonus.

This placement is open to all TECHNE, CHASE and AHRC funded students but would particularly suit students interested in:

  • The History of Social Movements
  • Working Class history
  • Archives and Museums
  • Digital Humanities

If you’re interested in the position please contact rosemary@maydayrooms.org from more details.

+ 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 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

+ 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: ongoing

+ 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.