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Placement opportunities

CHASE Placements 

We are extending our successful placement scheme to doctoral researchers not funded by the DTP.

Current doctoral researchers in AHRC eligible areas may apply for placement opportunities advertised by partner organisations listed below.

Placements may last between one and six months.

Successful applicants will receive stipend and fees at RCUK rates for the duration of the placement, as well as reasonable expenses.

Current stipend rates are approximately £14,700 per annum (or £16,700, with London weighting, if you are registered at a London based institution). Your stipend award will be calculated on a pro rate basis. For example, a three month full time placement will result in a stipend award of 25% of the above figures. Stipend awards for part-time placements will be calculated on a full time equivalent basis.

For placement queries, please contact Steve Colburn steven.colburn@chase.ac.uk 


Available placements

+ 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century

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 an open-access world it has helped to create with professional typesetting and production, digital preservation, permanent identifiers, and a sustainable publisher in the OLH. Interns have been, and remain, integral to its developing strategies to retain quality and distinction in a rapidly changing academic publishing field. This not only provides a vital service for the journal, but also forms part of an important doctoral training provision, equipping humanities graduates with vital transferable skills and experience within the important industry context of academic publishing.

Working on the journal’s processes as detailed below provides multiple training opportunities and fosters a range of key skills in partnership with OLH, an external industry partner (charitable company limited by guarantee). In addition, the intern experience facilitates and supports students 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 enhances personal effectiveness and influence, embedding learning in peer-to-peer training of journal process and equipping the post-holder with real-world publishing training experience in an open-access environment.

All elements of the post require, test, and enhance personal effectiveness including time-management, working with others, appropriate and effective communication. 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). Interns will attend a termly team meeting at Birkbeck, University of London, but most work otherwise can be carried out with access to a computer. Work pattern to be agreed with successful candidate and variable to meet project needs.

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 29 March 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed shortly after the deadline date.

Start date: Monday 13 May 2019

Contacts:

Dr Carolyn Burdett, General Editor, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, Birkbeck, University of London

Please send enquiries and applications to c.burdett@bbk.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

+ 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

+ 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.