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Stage Directions Funded PhD opportunity

  • Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)

Profile Description

The University of Salford invites expressions of interest in a unique, industry-based collaborative PhD Studentship. The award will support the fees for PhD study (Full time), commencing January 2020.

This studentship provides an opportunity for a PhD researcher to gain first-hand experience of work outside an academic environment, through pursuing a doctoral project that runs alongside and contributes to ‘Stage Directions', which is a new, 3 year, large scale theatre making project in Salford. Funded by the Department for Culture Media & Sport, Arts Council and organisations within Salford, this programme will engage with over 2,500 Children and Young People in all aspects of Theatre-Making. Stage Directions is delivered through Salford's Local Cultural Education Partnership (University of Salford, Salford City Council, Salford Community Leisure, The Lowry, Walk the Plank, [email protected], Quays Culture and Curious Minds) with other key partners, notably BBC North, will introduce and explore cutting edge and contemporary theatre performing and making. Over three academic years Stage Directions will create and run:

  • 12 Theatre Companies within school settings (6 primary, 6 secondary, including 2 SEN schools)
  • 9 Theatre Companies within community settings
  • 11 Offstage Cohorts (e.g. technical, design, digital, producer, etc.) targeting 14-18 year-olds
  • An inaugural, North West wide Creative and Cultural Careers Fair in partnership with BBC

The PhD will be supported by academic supervisors from the University of Salford and the project team based at the Lowry.

The Studentship will be awarded on the basis of the candidate's application documents, curriculum vitae, and an interview with the selection committee.

Successful Stage Direction Candidate Profile
The studentship program supports a traditional or practice-based PhD. We are interested in responses to one of the following themes: 

  • Examining young people's creative engagement with the arts and arts organisations through the prism of the ‘Stage Directions' project.
  • The role of a city's resources, infrastructure and arts ecology in collaborative city-wide projects with young people. This could be focused on progression routes / career opportunities within the city for young people.
  • New models of co-creation between young people and theatre practitioners, as part of ‘Stage Directions'.
  • Exploring emergent modes of collaborative facilitation between theatre practitioners and teachers, as part of the ‘Stage Directions' project.

Application process
STEP ONE – Expression of interest. To be submitted to Sam Ingleson at by Thursday 31st October, 2019.

Candidates will submit by email (1) an expression of interest describing your interests and qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) a one page proposal, outlining how you would intersect with the Stage Directions programme as a researcher/practitioner and which aspects of the programme (see above) you want to investigate in more detail.

STEP TWO – Application by Friday 22nd November, 2019

Submit a formal application at this link.  

You will need to have the following documents ready to upload to the application site:

STEP THREE – Invitation to interview. Following short-listing the successful applicants will be invited to interview.

For further information about the project, please contact Sam Ingleson Associate Dean; Engagement & Enterprise, School of Arts and Media, University of Salford.
For more information about how to apply, please contact

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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