Funded PhD by Practice opportunity – Documentary Practice and the Creation of Contemporary Scottish Identities

Documentary Practice and the Creation of Contemporary Scottish Identities (PHDCCI004)
Representations of Scotland on film are well documented most especially research relating to the romantic and fictionalised representations by both Hollywood and UK based filmmakers. Less well explored is the role of more contemporary documentary representations of Scotland for both broadcast and theatrical release. Whilst not always addressing the thematic of identity directly such representation nevertheless informs various audience, publics’ and creative understandings of identity as variously self, community, and nation.

This research proposes to critically explore such documentary representations through practice and to invite the successful candidate to contribute to existing representations through the creation of their own documentary project. Through this practice-based approach the candidate will combine practice, critical reflection and an engagement with existing literature with a view to making a significant research contribution to a developing field of cultural studies and critical practice.

Funding Notes:
UWS is an inspiring, vibrant place to study with a growing research community; an important aspect of which is its outstanding and committed research students.

Successful candidates will receive a £13, 863 annual stipend payable for three years and payment of tuition fees (current value £3900).

This studentship is open to Home/EU candidates with a first degree in a relevant discipline. Non-EU students can apply, but will not receive the stipend and will be required to pay fees.

The deadline date for applications is 16th May 2014. Candidates must be available to commence their studies in October 2014.

How to apply:

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Applications without all relevant documents will not be considered. Please quote the Project Reference Number.

Should you have any queries please contact the Innovation & Research Office on + 44 (0)141 848 3919 or email

The deadline date for applications is 16th May 2014. All interviews will take place between 26th May and 6th June 2014.

Please note that this project is part of a competitive round and there is no guarantee that it will be awarded.

Professor Nick Higgins
Director of the Creative Media Academy
School of Creative and Cultural Industries
Faculty of Business and Creative Industries
University of the West of Scotland
Ayr, Paisley, Glasgow

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