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Researchers gain insight into world of TV

Date: 25/06/2018


Six young academics from across the UK will be taking part in a “TV PhD”, a new collaboration between the The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Edinburgh International Television Festival (ETF) to allow doctoral students to attend the Festival in August 2018.

This new training and mentoring programme is intended to help them get work in – or with – the television industry.

Dr Paul Meller, Strategic Lead for the Creative Arts and Digital Humanities at the AHRC says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for these six AHRC-funded students who will participate in one of the biggest and most prestigious media events in the UK.”

Those taking up their places on the scheme this year are drawn from academic institutions across the UK. They are: Ayesha Taylor-Camara, University of Nottingham; Anna McKay, University of Leicester; Fiona Clapperton, University of Sheffield; Rob Eagle, University of the West of England; Christina Brennan, University of Manchester; Juliet Brown, University College London.

The six will receive a unique opportunity for training and mentoring tailored to support them in their research and future careers.

Campbell Glennie, Director, Education and Talent Development at ETF, says: “TV PhD will put the latest research from a diverse range of academics in close proximity to the beating heart of the TV industry.

“From helping those coming to the end of their research launch a career in television, to those looking for industry to contribute to their ongoing work, this initiative will be of enormous value to all involved. We are tremendously excited to be working with the AHRC on this project and look forward to welcoming them to Edinburgh this August.”

Building on the strong relationships this programme will establish between these researchers and TV professionals.

“We are aiming to grow broader and longer lasting links between arts and humanities researchers and the TV industry,” says Dr Paul Meller.

The ETF takes place in Edinburgh from 20-24 August 2018 and draws over 2000 delegates from across the TV world including the big national and international broadcasters, production companies and digital providers.

Successful applicants will enjoy four days in Edinburgh during the festival with accommodation and all access included. They will attend bespoke sessions, benefit from 12 months mentoring and development from the industry and be paired with an industry guide to enhance their experience of the festival and help with networking opportunities.

There will also be the opportunities to attend seminar, workshops and talks across the festival, which in the past have featured speakers such as Sir David Attenborough, Jon Snow, Nicola Sturgeon, Vince Gilligan and Eric Schmidt.

A dedicated area of the Festival website will also be set up for the successful candidates, including their profiles.

“There is huge potential benefit of such links on both sides in terms of catalysing more and better research on TV as a medium, improving the visibility of arts and humanities research, and contributing to the diversity and quality of TV programmes,” says Dr Paul Meller.

“ We therefore expect this new collaboration with the Edinburgh TV Festival to be a starting point for further exciting initiatives to generate these benefits.”

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