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Training for PhD Students at this year's Edinburgh Television Festival

Date: 09/02/2018


Current Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded PhD Students are to get the opportunity to attend the Edinburgh Television Festival (ETF) and participate in a new training and mentoring programme that will help them get work in - or with - the television industry.

Candidates for the programme will be selected following a two-stage assessment process involving a written application and interview.

Successful candidates will then receive training to help them to develop skills, make contacts and increase their knowledge of the television industry.

The ETF takes place in Edinburgh from 20-24 August 2018 and draws over 2000 delegates from major networks and production companies internationally.

Professor Andrew Thompson, Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for AHRC-funded students, either with plans to work in the TV industry or whose research focuses on that industry, to attend the biggest and most prestigious media event in the UK.

“The bespoke training and mentoring they will receive is unique and will help develop strong relationships between them as researchers and professionals in the TV industry.”

Successful applicants will enjoy four days in Edinburgh during the festival with accommodation and all access included.

They will attend the festival’s globally renowned sessions, which in the past have featured speakers such as Sir David Attenborough, John Snow, Nicola Sturgeon, Vince Gilligan and Eric Schmidt.

They will also attend bespoke training 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.

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

Campbell Glennie, Director of Talent Schemes at ETF, says: “By opening up the industry to new voices, we are hoping new and varied stories will emerge and a new generation of experts will gain the connections to explore new topics and bring the latest discoveries to the screen.

“AHRC PhD students will be able to take the subjects they are passionate about and bring them to life in a new forum, and start the process of building a career working in or with the television industry. As well as learning about how the industry works, they will make valuable connections and enjoy year-round support as they progress their projects and careers.”

The scheme is open to PhD Students who are currently being funded by the AHRC through an AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), an AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) or an AHRC ollaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP). The student must be within their AHRC funding period and must have the consent of their supervisor in order to apply.

Application details will be made available to eligible students through their DTP, CDT or CDP.

About the AHRC

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: history, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, languages, design, heritage, area studies, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98 million to fund research and postgraduate training, in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits and contributes to the economic success of the UK but also to the culture and welfare of societies around the globe.

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