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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) studentship – Informing our Heritage Future(s): Preserving our Digital Past(s)


   Department of Archaeology

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  Dr Kate Giles, Mr Kieron Niven  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

York United Kingdom Archaeology History

About the Project

The University of York and Historic England are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded Collaborative doctoral studentship from October 2021  under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme.

This project will explore one of the most pressing challenges facing the heritage sector: the consistent capture, selection and archiving of diverse digital data sets that ensure their future accessibility and interoperability by the public and historic environment stakeholders.

This project will be jointly supervised by Dr Kate Giles and Kieron Niven (UoY) and David Andrews and Simon Taylor (HE) and the student will be expected to spend time at both the University of York and Historic England, as well as becoming part of the wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK. The studentship can be studied either full or part-time.

Project Overview 

The project will take as its focus the historic High Street, which is currently facing a period of unprecedented change as COVID accelerates long-term trends in retail and residential demand, and as developers and local authorities seek to support the sustainable development of this heritage asset to meet key challenges of economic and environmental sustainability, housing needs, and climate change. The project will use the multiple and diverse digital data sets by commercial archaeology, planning authorities, developers, architects and creatives as the evidence base for a ground-breaking doctoral study supported by supervisors and partners from Historic England, the University of York’s Archaeology Department especially its globally-leading centre of excellence, the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) and its strong links with the international cross-sector membership organisation, the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC). 

Close attention will be paid to the formats of digital data sets generated by stakeholders with particular emphasis on new developments in complex digital data sources such laser scanning and LIDAR and the capacity and potential of data management systems such as GIS and HBIM to support better sharing, accessibility and interoperability within and between relevant stakeholders, aligning with HE’s Heritage Information Access Strategy (HIAS).

Research questions include:

What are the key issues relating to the generation, accessibility and archiving of digital data within commercial archaeology, planning and development and the wider historic built environment sector? 

How can the heritage sector learn from other sectors, share good practice and create new cross-cutting initiatives?

What new technologies, policies, guidance, standards or initiatives are needed by the sector? 


Funding Notes

The award pays tuition fees up to the value of the full-time home UKRI rate for PhD degrees. International students would therefore need to make up the difference between the home and international fee level. The award pays full maintenance for all students both home and international students. The National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for 2021/22 is £15,609, *plus a CDP maintenance payment of £550/year.