Creating Futures (Project 1) – Exploring primary teachers’ understanding of the creative industries and how this informs their practice

   School of Education and Social Work

  ,  Sunday, June 30, 2024  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The role of the creative industries in future economies is ever-increasing and there is growing interest in how children and young people access and develop careers in this field. Key to this is the support that children and young people receive during their time at school. This research project specifically seeks to explore primary teachers’ experiences and understanding of the creative industries and how this informs their practice. It will also explore the experiences of second-career teachers (SCTs) who have prior experience in the creative industries and the impact this has on practice and the school community.

This is an under-researched area and there are therefore a variety of ways that the topic could be approached. We are keen to hear from people with an interest in qualitative and participatory approaches and the bricolage, as well as those with an interest in creative methodologies and methods.

We invite applications from strong and motivated candidates who are prepared to take a leading role in the project. We envisage students having a background in Education or a relevant subject (e.g. arts education, the arts, humanities, business and management). The specialisation in the research degree would be in Education, and the project would be suitable for a PhD or a Professional Doctorate (DEd) degree.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Anna Robb ()

For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

Our research community thrives on the diversity of students and staff which helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for postgraduate research. We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are committed to widening access to those who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education.


Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent for non-UK qualifications), and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline. For international qualifications, please see equivalent entry requirements here:

Applicants to the Professional Doctorate Programme must also have five years of professional practice experience.

English language requirement: PhD candidates must have an IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.5, with not less than 6.5 in any individual element. Professional Doctoral candidates must have an IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 7.0, with not less than 7.0 in any individual element. The University of Dundee accepts a variety of equivalent qualifications and alternative ways to demonstrate language proficiency; please see full details of the University’s English language requirements here:


Step 1: Email Dr Anna Robb () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Robb, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. Further information and application instructions can be found at the relevant link below:

In the Research Proposal section, please:

  • Enter the lead supervisor’s name in the ‘proposed supervisor’ box
  • Enter the project title listed at the top of this page in the ‘proposed project title’ box

In the ‘personal statement’ section, please outline your suitability for the project selected.

Creative Arts & Design (9) Education (11)

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding.

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