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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


+ 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 Vivien Quick: Vivien.Quick@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 email Steven Colburn for a full job description: Email

+ 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.

+ 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 ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Art)

FRAMES of REPRESENTATION (FoR) is a laboratory conceived to engage with new visions of documentary cinema through supporting exhibition, production and distribution of innovative and politically aware cinematic languages.

FRAMES of REPRESENTATION film festival will return at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London from 5th to 13th April 2019.

Through a series of screenings and related forums #FoR19 returns for its fourth year to investigate the core founding principles of its political and aesthetic approach. In conversation with the filmmakers, researchers, audience and the overall community around festival, FoR 2019 aims to question the categories, languages, and modes of speech and visibility that are associated with the cinema of the real. It places film at the heart of global conversations around decolonisation, the shared expression of cultural complexity, and the direction of power in relation to race, gender, class and geography.

ICA and CHASE are looking to appoint two CHASE PhD-researchers for two roles as FoR Festival Coordinators.

Deadline to Apply: 7 November 2018 - HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your CV (no more than 2 pages) alongside a short supporting statement (500 words max) explaining your interest in the roles. Please send to Steven Colburn (CHASE Placements and Partnerships Officer): steven.colburn@chase.ac.uk

The CHASE PhD-researchers will receive a dedicated placement opportunity at the ICA for the 5-month period leading up to and including the festival, encompassing professional and academic development in planning, production, presentation and research. The researchers will be supported by reporting to and working alongside FRAMES of REPRESENTATION founder and ICA cinema curator Nico Marzano.

The CHASE PhD-researchers will work with and within the festival team across all aspects of festival production including researching, budgeting, programming, delivery and administration to plan and execute the 9 day long festival (5-13 April 2019).

This role will interest to anyone with an interest in moving image, documentary film or photography, third cinema, landscape and environmentalism, new media arts/VR/new technologies, or experimental curatorial formats and political engagement through the arts.

Opportunities will include: a. Viewing and helping collate documentaries for programming purposes b. Communicating with rights’ managers, production companies and press to secure films, Q&A’s with directors, and media coverage c. Achieving logistics required to prepare, organise and execute the practical delivery and presentation of events and screenings as part of the festival at the ICA and CHASE d. Curating, planning and presenting public panel discussions in relation to one or some of the screenings e. Acting as single point of contact and communication for logistical inquiries from partners, venues and production team f. Supporting all social media activities and outreach campaigns to support FoR festival to find an audience and press profile g. Coordinating the publication of short pieces for the ICA online Bulletin and/or for the festival booklet

More information about the festival can be found here: http://www.framesofrepresentation.com

+ 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

+ School of English, University of Sussex

The School of English is offering a placement to run approx. 2 days per week from January to May 2019 and September to December 2019. The placement will involve working within the School’s pilot project on developing cultures of peer support amongst undergraduate students.

In the first phase of this pilot (Autumn 2018), the School established 21 Student Groups, each comprising 8-10 students, among the students taking the first year module, ‘Thinking Literature’. As well as a meeting with faculty in induction week, these groups will have had the opportunity to work together in two workshops during the Autumn term and will have been asked to think about how they have used the groups in a reflective journal. Each group also has a CANVAS Home Page.

In the first half of the Spring term, we need to evaluate if, and how, the students made use of the Student Groups, and explore with them how we might take this work forward. The placement will involve meeting with the students in their original Student Group, exploring their experience of the group, and how it has, or hasn’t, worked for them. In the second half of the term, the placement will involve further group work with students and faculty to devise a proposal for the future shape of the Student Groups for both the current first years (as they move in to their second year) and the new undergraduate intake in 2019.

The placement is necessarily open-ended because this is a new initiative, though the School already has a strong indication that the idea of belonging to a small group throughout their period of study at Sussex was warmly welcomed by a significant number of students. Working on themes identified by the School, there will be an opportunity to generate ideas in response to the discussions with Student Groups as well as gain experience in implementing initiatives designed to engage with the ‘student experience’ agenda. With its focus on that agenda, and exploring the challenges facing students in their first year (and beyond), this placement is likely to suit a doctoral researcher with an interest in pursuing an academic, or academic-related, career.

Prof. Vicky Lebeau is co-ordinating the pilot this year. Please contact her (v.a.lebeau@sussex.ac.uk) if you would like further information about the pilot.

Deadline to apply: Friday 9 November

+ 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.

+ 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

+ Vitae

Vitae is the professional body for Researcher Developers, based in the UK but with a global reach. If you are interested in the policies and structures that shape the Higher Education research landscape this will be an ideal placement. You will have opportunities to conduct meaningful research designed to shape the Higher Education research agenda. You will also gain experience in event management and administration and have the opportunity to develop contacts with people working in every facet of Higher Education. 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 two part-time editorial and administrative placement opportunities 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 two organised, hardworking and lively candidates. You will need a meticulous eye for detail and will provide editorial and administrative support to our small, new, 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. CHASE students have the option of working from home at least one day a week. Based on the Mile End Road in London and housed with the School of English & Drama at Queen Mary College, University of London, both placements offer an exciting opportunity and creative environment to develop new skills. Wasafiri will publish its 100th issue in 2019. It an independent arts organisation funded by Arts Council England, Routledge and Queen Mary University of London. 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. The deadline for applications is: Midnight 30 November 2017

+ 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.