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TV industry crash course for AHRC-funded students

Date: 30/07/2020

The charity arm of the UK’s most prestigious TV industry event, The Edinburgh International Television Festival has announced the 15 successful candidates for its talent scheme, TV PhD following an application process and a series of interviews delivered over Zoom during the UK-wide lockdown.

TV PhD was born from a partnership between the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation which funds internationally outstanding independent researchers across the whole range of the arts and humanities, and The TV Foundation, the Festival’s charity with a mission is to identify and nurture the next generation of talent from all backgrounds.

TV PhD, now in it’s third year, gives AHRC funded PhD students the chance to participate in a programme of exclusive sessions, and receive training to help them to develop skills, make contacts and increase their knowledge of the television industry, as well as benefiting from a Festival pass.

This year’s delegates are drawn from a wide range of institutions and have a diverse range of specialisms including mindreading, library music and fashion.

This centrepiece of the Festival is the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture, which this year will be delivered by Historian, Broadcaster, Writer and Filmmaker David Olusoga. Olusoga, who is a TV Foundation schemes alumnus having been amongst the Festival’s TV25 (now Ones to Watch) in 1998, is the latest in a prominent catalogue of leading industry voices to give the agenda-setting keynote speech at the Edinburgh TV Festival. Those who have taken the stage to deliver the MacTaggart include Dorothy Byrne, Ted Turner, Armando Iannucci, Rupert Murdoch, Dennis Potter, Jon Snow, Elisabeth Murdoch and Michaela Coel.

Campbell Glennie, MD, The Edinburgh Television Festival and The TV Foundation, says: “The TV PhD scheme goes from strength to strength in its third year, and I’m delighted that this year’s cohort will be able to see the MacTaggart Lecture delivered by David Olusoga. As a TV Foundation scheme alumnus and a current AHRC Council member he is the perfect embodiment of our partnership with the AHRC.”

Dr Paul Meller, Associate Director, UKRI’s 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. This year the selected students will have the unique opportunity to access the full digital programme, including specific sessions and training, and hopefully the physical festival next year.

“It’s wonderful to see such a breadth of subject disciplines represented in the cohort which will in time enrich our broadcast landscape.”

The 2020 TV PhD Delegates are:

Harriet Aldrich, University of Oxford

Cassie Davies-Strodder, Victoria & Albert Museum and University of the Arts London

Sophie Eager, King’s College London

Pauline Harding, UCL

Joe Hopkinson, The University of Huddersfield

Stephen M Hornby, University of Salford

Toby Huelin, University of Leeds

Juliette Irretier, University of Glasgow

Carrie Long, Durham University, The National Archives & The National Maritime Museum

Nick Makoha, King’s College London

Stuart Nolan, Lancaster University

Leonie Price, University of Sheffield

Georgia Vesma, The University of Manchester

Julian Wojtowicz, King’s College London

Hannah Yip, University of Birmingham

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